The Griswold Inn is somewhere I've been going to since I was a little kid. The Christmas charm that you get all year round from this place is unreal - even when it's not the holiday season you feel a sense of coziness and history the second you step inside. Essex, Connecticut is a beautiful town in general - being on the coast of CT it has a lot to offer. It’s one of my favorite places and is definitely one you need to visit! Below I've listed five reasons why...
1) The atmosphere
Like I said before, this place makes it feel like it's Christmas all year round. It's so inviting and you really feel warm and aesthetically pleased while inside. The bar area is my favorite, tables scattered throughout with the fireplace roaring right beside you. Also did I mention there's a vintage popcorn machine and historical pictures of ships scattered throughout the whole place? Right up my alley *happy dance*.
2) The food
Every single thing I've gotten from here over the years is always top notch (and I'm not just saying that). If you want appetizers, dinner, or even just desert, they have what you've been craving. From fishes, to meats, to seasonal soups and salads this restaurant has a lot of fresh cuisine to offer. The Tap Room vibe is also off the charts: from live music throughout the week, to five dining rooms, historical menus, and a Wine Bar...they really got it all.
3) The history and art
The Griswold Inn goes all the way back to the 1770s to the time when Essex was a legendary New England shipbuilding town. The artwork here is authentic, and really makes you feel like you're stepping back in time. This restaurant is also one of Connecticut's oldest dating back 250 years.
4) The location
Essex, Connecticut - a beautiful, historical town all in itself. NewEngland.com couldn't have said it any better, "On Main Street, village shops and early Colonial and Federal-era homes jostle side by side. A short stroll quickly reveals why Essex was named the “Perfect Small American Town” in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Another guidebook names Essex, CT #1 on its list of 'The 100 Best Small Towns in America.' ” Also look out for dogs every where you turn, as this town is huge for dog walking *heart eyes*.
5) The people
The second you walk through the door you will be greeted by a welcoming hostess. You will be entering the Inn sign in area (the Inn is located upstairs if you want to stay) but then you walk past the hostess area and there you are in the bar/restaurant. Everyone is either a local or just someone, like me, who's searching for the same thing...a quaint, cozy atmosphere that really makes you feel the heart of New England history while enjoying a meal, a drink (or two) and a memorable experience to say the least.
Have you ever been to The Griswold Inn? How about Essex, Connecticut?
What are some of your favorite New England restaurants?
What's the best part about them to you?