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THINGS TO DO

Whether you are inside the doors of The Griswold Inn, just outside on historic Main Street or exploring the local area, there is an extraordinary variety of Things To Do. Inside the Inn, enjoy our festive atmosphere and nightly entertainment, or one of our scheduled wine tastings, beer dinners, art tours, dinner programs or other special events. Just outside our door, enjoy shopping at the many unique shops on Main Street, a cocktail cruise on the Connecticut River, a ride on the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, or a day at the Spa of Essex. You may also take in a play, enjoy one of many other activities or just absorb the ambiance and architecture of Essex Village by foot, bicycle or kayak. You will quickly see why Essex was voted the Best Small Town in America. Beyond Essex and throughout the lower Connecticut River Valley and surrounding area, you will find many more activities and attractions, as well as incredible natural beauty. See why the Lower Connecticut River Valley was designated one of the Forty Last Great Places in the Western Hemisphere by the Nature Conservancy. For more detail on Things to Do, click on Events Calendar and Attractions.

Free Art Tour & Talk April 19

The Griswold Inn's museum-quality collection of nautical prints, paintings and ephemera will be the subject of a free tour and talk on Sunday, April 19th at 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required, 860.767.1776.

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"Pour Your Own Pint" Sat March 21

The "challenge" is hosted by The Gris and Guinness from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. following the Essex Go Bragh Festival. Come spectate or participate.

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Annual Essex Go Bragh at The Gris! March 21

The Fifth Annual Irish Parade and Festival celebrating Ireland and Essex will conclude at The Gris where all can enjoy Irish music by Rock of Cashel beginning at 11:30 in the Tap Room. See "Area Events" for more on the Parade.

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Irish I Were at the Gris! March 17

St. Patrick's Day Celebration beginning at noon with Irish-inspired food and drink. Live music with the spirited Jovial Crew in the Back Room from 6:30 to 10 pm!

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Goodspeed Opera House

Goodspeed Opera House opens its 2015 Season with the musical, "Guys and Dolls". April 10th through June 20th. For more, 860.873.8668 or goodspeed.org.

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Essex Go Bragh Saturday, Mar 21

Fifth Annual Irish Parade and Festival celebrating Ireland and Essex. Parade step-off at 10:30 a.m. from Essex Town Hall. Food, Music & Festivity at The Gris to follow.

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Ivoryton Playhouse

A wonderful year-round professional theatre featuring music, comedy and drama. The theatre is located in the neighboring village of Ivoryton, just 2 miles down the road! "Stand By Your Man" plays from March 18th through April 5th. For ticket info, 860.767.7318 or visit ivorytonplayhouse.org. See our "Stay & Play" Package for more.

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Eagle Boat Excursions

The Eagles are Here! Get out on the Connecticut River and enjoy the solitude, winter landscape and wildlife. Boat departures on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. January 30th through March 29th. See Events Calendar and special lodging package for more.

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Join us in our Award-Winning Tap Room!

Our Tap Room features live music every night of the week highlighting a variety of musical genres!

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