Escape in Essex

  • Experience New England, Connecticut style. Park your car in Essex and stroll down quaint Main Street. Stop in the boutiques and specialty shops. Enjoy the charm of the waterfront. Have lunch at the Black Seal Tavern or take it with you to a park bench along the Connecticut River and watch the boats sail by. Learn about the history of the river at the Connecticut River Museum. Don’t leave Main Street without dining at the 1776 Griswold Inn. Make an overnight reservation there or at any one of the lovely B&Bs before dinner. Next day, take a ride on the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat through the beautiful Connecticut River valley.
  • Drive scenic road Rte.154 to Chester where you can saunter among the unique shops. Enjoy lunch at any of a number of extraordinary dining places.

DRIVING TIP: Mileage from 1 to 2 is 5 miles.

Connecticut River Museum

Housed in an 1878 Steamboat Dock warehouse and located on the waterfront, the museum tells the Connecticut River Valley story in four galleries through paintings, models, objects and interactive exhibitions, with a working reproduction of the American Turtle, America’s first submarine. Gift shop.

Griswold Inn

1776 inn with an outstanding art collection, riverboat decor, furnished with antiques. 31 rooms with private bath (14 suites, eight with fireplace), rest, lounge, ent.

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Ride

Ride in 1920s? coaches pulled by an authentic steam locomotive. Then, board the river boat Becky Thatcher and cruise along the Connecticut River. Gift shop, snack shop, special events. Dinner train (May-Oct.).


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