Griswold Inn - Essex Inn: Mystic Country Inn, CT

Griswold InnEssex, CT

Located in the enchanting seaport village of Essex, The Griswold Inn is a Connecticut landmark in continuous operation since 1776. The Inn is the recipient of Connecticut's highest award for hospitality and features acclaimed dining in art-filled rooms, an award-winning taproom with live entertainment nightly, and a stunning wine bar. The property is comprised of seven historic buildings, offering a range of charming accommodations at various price points. The Connecticut River is a mere 50 yards from the Inn's front door! There is much to explore within the immediate area as well as a myriad of activities within easy reach. There's NO place like The 'Gris'.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Beach
  • Family Friendly
  • Fireplaces
  • Historical Features
  • Live Entertainment
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Wireless Internet Access


  • Antique Shopping
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cooking School Program
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cultural Activities
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Sailing
  • Shopping
  • Tennis


In our historic dining rooms, Executive Chef Jim Gallagher prepares classic American cuisine to perfection in simple, but imaginative ways. His menu showcases fresh seafood, aged beef, and the highest quality chops and poultry. After any meal, Chef Jim’s house-made desserts are a "must."
Our historic dining rooms exude character, charm, and tradition, where one can be as comfortable in casual attire as in "black tie." We are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
"The most famous brunch in Connecticut can be found at The Griswold Inn."
- The New York Times
Every Sunday we serve our famous Hunt Breakfast, a bountiful spread laid out buffet-style. A dining convention started when the British commandeered the Inn during the War of 1812, our Hunt Breakfast remains a popular tradition today.
In December, diners enjoy a unique and festive culinary experience: our Holiday Bill of Fare includes game offerings as well as more "traditional" holiday favorites.  There's something for everyone's palate! 


36 Main Street
Essex, CT  06426



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 One of the oldest continuously operated 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. We are situated in the historic hamlet of Essex, 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 days gone by, we are anything but dated.  From our sophisticated cuisine, extensive wine offerings, comfortable accommodations, and modern amenities, The Griswold Inn offers the best of times.


Number of Rooms: 33
 The Griswold Inn is defined by its uniqueness, and our guest rooms are no exception. We have 33 charming rooms, no two exactly alike. Most are furnished with antiques, period reproductions and Leonard’s Beds - yes, the same Leonard’s that has supplied a bed or two to The White House. Some of our accommodations have fireplaces, some have views of “village life” and some boast glimpses of water. All have wireless internet access and private baths. A complimentary continental breakfast is also included.