Where historic ambiance meets excellence in lodging and cuisine
One of the oldest continuously operated inns in the country, The Griswold Inn in Essex, Conn., opened its doors for business in 1776. For more than two centuries we've catered to overland travelers, sailors, and later yachtsmen. Today Essex' golden era of steamboating is remembered well in our outstanding collection of marine art from the period. Prints by Currier & Ives and Endicott & Co., ship's portraits by James Bard, Antonio Jacobsen, and others, and illustrations by Samuel Ward Stanton and Norman Rockwell cover the walls. Through the later 20th century, dining rooms were expanded and the owners purchased nearby historic properties to offer additional lodging. Today the "Gris" remains the center of a thriving community, offering a unique experience and a comfortable connection to the past.