My fiance surprised me with a weekend getaway to the "Gris". The entire inn is bedecked with New England charm. They have recreated a covered bridge as one of their dining rooms!
I was expecting classic but drab New England food for dinner, but wow! The restaurant is simply incredible. The Sunday hunt brunch was more classic, and probably not worth a drive to Essex, but I was still relishing the previous night's dinner of salmon wrapped in pancetta topped with lobster.
The suite we stayed in was tastefully decorated with wonderful old hardwood floors, oriental rugs, and a poster bed, not to mention the incredibly powerful water pressure and water views from the third floor. I felt like I was in the late 1700's while staying in the room, except for the modern electronic conveniences.
I spent the night slumbering comfortably and dreaming of veal osso bucco. Overall, a wonderful romantic weekend retreat was had in a quaint New England town with a surprisingly delicious dinner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the picturesque and historic village of Essex, Connecticut, The Griswold Inn is a destination experience. With 33 guest rooms, unique shopping, historic dining, a stunning wine bar featuring a tapas-style culinary experience, and an award-winning taproom voted "Best Bar" over and over by Esquire Magazine and countless others, the 'Gris' offers visitors an authentic and spirited adventure. Come make your own history here. The oldest continually operated inn in America. Fine Food, Spirits and Lodging....Since 1776! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Griswold Hotel Essex