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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.

Summer Social Saturdays

July 11th through September 5th - we'll stay open until 7:00 and offer light refreshment from 4:00 pm on. Some Saturdays we'll welcome special guest artists - authors and artisans - to join us for casual conversation. On others, we'll have special themes. And we'll always offer a social and sensational shopping experience! See Calendar of Events or Store page for more info.

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Friday Happy Hours

TGIF! Get the weekend started! Enjoy reduced drink prices, our own Revolutionary Ale at $3 the pint, complimentary appetizers and Ray on the piano. Every Friday, 4 - 6pm.

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Hunt Breakfast

Enjoy the thrill of the hunt each Sunday when a bountiful spread is laid out buffet-style. Breakfast is served from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and reservations are suggested, 860.767.1776. Dixieland Jazz by Freight Train Five begins at noon!

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Wine, Women & Wednesdays

All wines by the glass are 1/2 price for women - over 50 to choose from! Every Wednesday.

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Dixieland Sundays

Join us for our jazzy Sunday Hunt Breakfast featuring Dixieland Jazz by Freight Train Five, noon to 3 p.m. Reservations for brunch recommended, 860.767.1776.

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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! "South Pacific" plays from July 1st through July 28th. For ticket info, 860.767.7318 or visit ivorytonplayhouse.org. See our "Stay & Play" Package for more.

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Goodspeed Opera House

Goodspeed Opera House presents "La Cages Aux Folles" June 26th through September 10th. For more, 860.873.8668 or goodspeed.org.

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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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