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Find an avenue into New England stories from local artwork

Every New England state has its own particular character, based on history and geography, one large factor being whether a place is on the sea or in the mountains or the farmlands. Art reflects culture, and the magnificent art of New England is an avenue into local culture. Many New England restaurants and lodgings display the art that tells their stories, of things like Revolutionary War battles; sailing, fishing, or whaling expeditions; traditional industries and crafts; or simply landscapes and seascapes. Don’t hesitate to ask your hosts about the stories behind the artwork on their walls; they are happy to invite you in to local history.

Lodgings with Art in Connecticut
The Connecticut Yacht Painting - Griswold Inn - Essex, CT
The Griswold Inn

36 Main Street Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-1776

Historic inn’s popular art tour a voyage into the maritime past

Over the years (and, as one of the oldest continuously operated inns in the country, it’s a lot of years), the staff at the Griswold Inn received so many questions about all the maritime art displayed in its public spaces that it organized a tour. The free session is led by an expert on the inn’s museum-quality collection, who not only points out significant and interesting pieces but tells the fascinating stories behind them. Afterward, head for the inn’s historic dining rooms and enjoy some fine New England cuisine – and show off your new-found appreciation for the marine art that surrounds you.