You’re seen pictures and probably visited your share of pretty New England waterfront towns. Essex is particularly wonderful in its picturesque beauty and hospitality toward visitors. If you're looking for food, drink, or companionship, start your visit at the Griswold Inn, for traditional New England dishes prepared with knowledge and care in a warm, fireside environment.
Essex is composed of three distinctive villages, Essex, Centerbrook, and Ivoryton. Each features fine examples of Colonial and Federal architecture that are now homes, antique shops, boutiques, inns, and restaurants. At the Connecticut River Museum, a range of clever exhibits describes the natural and human-influenced history of this river artery through New England. (Look for the first submarine – built and tested – during the Revolutionary War.)
Essex was designated "The Perfect Small American Town" in the "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" travel guide. Come and learn for yourself how that honor came to be for this town and the entire Mystic region.