We've been staying at the Griswold Inn at twice per year (once in Winter, once in Spring or Fall) for at least 10 years. We're only 1.5 hours away, so sometimes we just go for an overnight.
We love the taproom with its popcorn machine and weekend sing-along entertainment. It is a little bit silly, a lot of fun, and a guaranteed stress-reducer.
The food at the Griswold is classic New England. The fried seafood is too die for - I spend time reviewing the menu and then always end up ordering the fried scallops, for I've never had better.
The rooms are quaint and pleasant - we especially like the suites above the the little stores across the street. We usually spend Saturday walking visiting the shops and antique stores - hit the taproom around 4 for a cocktail and then back to our room to rest before dinner. The band plays till around midnight.
We have yet to try the famous Sunday Hunt Breakfast, but we plan to next weekend - we've already booked our suite. All in all, one of our favorite inns.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the picturesque and historic village of Essex, Connecticut, The Griswold Inn is a destination experience. With 33 guest rooms, unique shopping, historic dining, a stunning wine bar featuring a tapas-style culinary experience, and an award-winning taproom voted "Best Bar" over and over by Esquire Magazine and countless others, the 'Gris' offers visitors an authentic and spirited adventure. Come make your own history here. The oldest continually operated inn in America. Fine Food, Spirits and Lodging....Since 1776! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Griswold Hotel Essex