Even among New England waterfront towns, Essex is particularly wonderful in its picturesque beauty and hospitality toward visitors. Start your visit, if you are looking for food, drink, or companionship, at the Griswold Inn, where you can enjoy traditional New England dishes prepared with knowledge and care in a warm, fireside environment.
Essex is composed of three distinctive villages, Essex, Centerbrook, and Ivoryton. Each village features fine examples of Colonial and Federal architecture that are now homes, antique shops, boutiques, inns, restaurants, and marinas. In the warm seasons, the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat takes visitors on a glorious, old-fashioned excursion by rail and paddleboat up this classic New England river. Evening entertainment may include live theater at the nearby Ivoryton Playhouse. Essex -- and the whole Mystic region, of which it's a part -- could not be more perfect for a cozy romantic getaway.
Essex residents proudly invite you to “Experience Essex,” which was designated "The Perfect Small American Town" in the "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" travel guide.