if visiting or just wanting a very nice place to have a meal or just hang with the locals, the Griswold Inn in Essex is one of the early American Inns with lots of tradition and history. They serve fresh Fish along with great steaks and the Prime Rib was my favorite meal, When friends came to town to visit this was one of the places that I would take them along with a trip to Gillettes Castle. The Griswold and surrounding area is close to the Connecticut River Waterfront which was a major seaport in its time. Take a stroll down to the river and visit the many small shops that surround the Inn. I have never stayed there but there are also room to rent. You will see many pictures of the Essex area from the past. The bar is a local meeting place and you can find people from all over the world have a brew in the pub. I highly recommend a visit to the Inn.
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