Connecticut Bound: 52 Weekend Getaways

5. Escape in Essex

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


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