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Things to do in Essex

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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Essex
Category: Scenic Railroads; Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Take one or both tours in combination for a delightful sightseeing excursion through some of the most scenic areas of... more » Owner description: Take one or both tours in combination for a delightful sightseeing excursion through some of the most scenic areas of Connecticut: scenic train ride in restored railroad cars pulled by a coal-fired locomotive and a ride up the Connecticut River by riverboat. « less
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Ranked #2 of 12 attractions in Essex
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums

At the foot of Main, on the waterfront, in beautiful historic Essex, the Connecticut River Museum is a jewel of a museum.  Explore New England history, learn about the river and... more »

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Ranked #3 of 12 attractions in Essex
Category: Libraries; Cultural
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Ranked #4 of 12 attractions in Essex
Owner description: Sweet P's, has been established in Essex, CT since 1989. We specialize in gourmet ice cream- Ashley's gourmet ice cream voted... more » Owner description: Sweet P's, has been established in Essex, CT since 1989. We specialize in gourmet ice cream- Ashley's gourmet ice cream voted Connecticut's best for many years in a row, fresh smoothies made with the pulp of the fruit, hand crafted paninis and soups. Our handcrafted soups afford you the opportunity to enjoy gourmet, restaurant-quality soup at home without spending the day in the kitchen. Enjoy a "night-out" experience Sweet P's also offers gourmet freshly made panini (in Italy panino is a singular and panini is a plural) these are sandwiches toasted to grill-marked crunchiness on an Italian made iron press. Our meats are lean and our chicken is steroid-free/antibiotic free. All panini come with a free option of veggie chips. A complete gourmet lunch box to go :) Are you a local? Come and try us. We guarantee good service,delicious food and a fun time with us. Are you simply spending the weekend or a long vacation in our charming village? Make us part of your adventure and let us add a satisfying experience to your vacation. Our family welcomes you to come and enjoy new Sweet History Established in 1989. Sweet P's, has been established in Essex, CT since 1989 but has been under new management since May of 2014. Sweet P's started initially as an Ice cream and candy shop. Over the years the products vary from penny candies to high end chocolates and different brands of ice cream. As the new owner I have selected to sell Ashley's ice cream. Ashley's Ice Cream is a premium gourmet ice cream that is locally made with Connecticut ingredients. It is truly amazing! Our signature flavor is Essex Mud which is exclusively made for Sweet P's. Customer service is a huge priority for the Sweet P's family! Due to our increasing demand of Panini, we recommend that you call ahead to place your order instead of waiting in line; however, if you are not in a rush and don't mind waiting a few minutes you can simply place your order and take a brief walk, sit in our court yard or even visit the ducks at the docks and by the time you return your order will be ready to your satisfaction. Meet the Business Owner Angelica Business Owner I grew up in a big family with lots of good home cooking. I love to cook but most importantly I like to make quality food. When I was a single mom, I worked full time but I wanted my children to enjoy good food and treats, so finding restaurants or takeout shops with quality food was a bit of a challenge. At Sweet P's, when I see a mother sharing a panini meal with their children it brings back fond memories. I want to provide food that is fast and convenience but not fast food. I have created a menu that I believe is the perfect blend of gourmet quality and value in a simple take-out order without paying the price of a seat down restaurant. If you are visiting Essex Village by car or boat please feel free to stop by and say hi. Smiles and a friendly greeting are free! :) Boaters who wants to cook after swabbing the deck? Imagine eating a fresh panini while in the Connecticut River on the deck of your boat... And why not have some Ashley's ice cream for desert. you deserve it! :) General Information Come down for a lunch, mid-afternoon snack or dinner and try our new Soup & Panini menu with a cup of Essex Mud ice cream. It will blow your mind! « less
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Ranked #5 of 12 attractions in Essex
Category: Wellness Spas
Owner description: The Spa of Essex, an elite and elegant day spa, sits on three secluded acres just a short walk from the Essex Village. The... more » Owner description: The Spa of Essex, an elite and elegant day spa, sits on three secluded acres just a short walk from the Essex Village. The Spa of Essex offers more than simply treatments, they promise an experience! Escape, relax and renew. « less
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Ranked #6 of 12 attractions in Essex
Category: Specialty Shops; Shopping

Try Olive Oyl's on your visit to Essex.  Sandwiches with creative names and tastes to match fill the bulk of the menu but there are always an number of other options from salads... more »

Ranked #7 of 12 attractions in Essex
Category: Specialty Shops; Shopping
Shop selling Christmas collectibles all year long.
Ranked #8 of 12 attractions in Essex
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Ranked #9 of 12 attractions in Essex
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Home of one of the area's original settlers, William Pratt.
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Ranked #10 of 12 attractions in Essex
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Category: Specialty Shops; Shopping
Exotic hat shop.
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Ice cream and chocolate shop.
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