THE GRISWOLD INN
36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-0481 Fax
New England has no country inn more traditional than the Griswold, known as "The Gris." Its main building, the first three-story frame structure in Connecticut, has been in continuous operation as a hostelry since its construction in 1776. In over two centuries, the inn has been under the direction of only five families.
Guestrooms have colonial decor and many of the wooden floors slant with the settling of time. There are no televisions or radios, only piped classical music. Each accommodation does, however, offer such modern amenities as private baths, telephones, and climate control.
A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily in the Library, a booklined dining room with crackling fireplace. There are four other dining rooms. The Covered Bridge is an abandoned bridge moved from New Hampshire and now famous for its important collection of Currier and Ives steamboat prints. The Gun Room houses a library of firearms dating back to the 15th century. The area between the main building and the annex houses The Steamboat Room. Hearty New England fare, including marvelous fresh seafood, is served in these rooms. A tradition started by the British when they occupied the inn in the War of 1812 is the Sunday Hunt Breakfast.
Today's yachtsmen on Long Island Sound often drop in at the Tap Room, built in 1738 as a schoolhouse, and later moved to its present location by a team of oxen. Visitors sit around the Tap Room's pot-bellied stove and enjoy nightly musical entertainment such as piano, banjo, sea chanteys, dixieland or jazz.
Three 18th-century houses are also part of the Griswold Inn. The John Hayden House is ideal for small business groups, family gatherings, and special reunions.
SERVICES & AMENITIES: Climate control, TV lounge, Library, Gift shop, Complimentary toiletries
RESTAURANT: Griswold Inn Dining Room, Noon-2:30 p.m., 5pm-9pm, Dress code
BAR: Tap Room; 11am-1am
BUSINESS FACILITIES: Audio-visual equipment, Message center, Copiers, Teleconferencing
CONFERENCE ROOMS: 2, capacity 12-75
ATTRACTIONS: Ivorytown Playhouse, Connecticut River Museum, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Ride, 1/2 hour from Connecticut College, Coast Guard Academy, Mystic Seaport, 1 hour from Yale University|
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