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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 26

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 26th at 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required, 860.767.1776.

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Essex Spring Boat Show

The 6th Annual Boat Show is just around the corner from the Gris at Brewer Dauntless Marina. It features a variety of vessels, power and sail, and runs for three days, April 24, 25 and 26, 10-4 pm. Free admission. Info at byy.com

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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! "The Last Romance" plays from April 22nd through May 10th. 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 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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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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