One of the oldest continuously operating inns in the country, The Griswold Inn opened its doors for business in 1776 and has been catering to yachtsmen and overland travelers ever since. Situated in the historic hamlet of Essex and nestled on the banks of the Connecticut River, anyone familiar with Essex knows it as an extraordinary town and The Griswold Inn, a very special place. Although the Inn exudes the charm of a day gone by, it is anything but dated. From its sophisticated cuisine, extensive wine offerings, comfortable accommodations and wireless, The Griswold Inn offers the best of times.
Three distinct dining experiences are offered at the Inn: Historic dining, dinner in the Wine Bar or Tavern Fare which can be enjoyed in the Inn's award-winning Tap room featuring live entertainment nightly and may be enjoyed in its art-filled spaces - The Covered Bridge, The Gun Room, The Library, The Essex Room and The Steamboat Room - with a menu that features American cuisine with a New England flavor. The Inn's stunning Wine Bar adds another dimension, providing patrons with an alternative dining experience. The Wine Bar is comfortable, classic and sophisticated and offers a more contemporary culinary experience featuring tapas-style dining along with more than 50 wines by the glass. Generous use of mahogany and other nautically-flavored details create an extraordinary space in which to enjoy a delicious experience. cuisne and features New England favorites and Gris's classics, has a renowned maritime art collection housed through the inn's historic dining rooms, antique furnishings, as well as 33 unique guests rooms with private baths (16 suites, eight with fireplaces).
The Inn's restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, and serves up a bountiful "Hunt Breakfast," presented buffet-style every Sunday along with the sounds of live Dixieland Jazz. Blending native New England food with a wide range of seasonal ingredients results in inspired cuisine reflecting local character and culinary history. This cuisine, coupled with a knowledgeable service staff and an imaginative award-winning wine list, has been enjoyed and acknowledged by many friends and overnight guests. For that perfect libation and nightly live entertainment, visit its famous historic Taproom. The Inn's chefs artfully craft fresh local fish, regional meats and produce into distinctly native and seasonal menus. From appetizers to desserts, imaginative presentation and exceptional taste characterize the Griswold Inn's memorable dining experience.
The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities, located directly across from the main inn, features an eclectic mix of products inspired by the Inn and New England, from their early American and maritime heritage to Connecticut lifestyle and entertaining today. Items include creatively-branded Griswold merchandise; handcrafted and Connecticut-made products; limited edition prints of The Griswold Inn's renowned art collection; home goods, select books, unique toys, jewelry, specialty foods. Traditional, whimsical and contemporary ~ Goods & Curiosities.