Group Tours & Packages

Essex offers group travel experiences second to none. From museum exhibitions, walking tours, and boat cruises, to musical theater and more, specialized packages offer diverse entertainment and dining options for small and large groups alike. Take in an exhibit at the Connecticut River Museum or enjoy a show at the Ivoryton Playhouse. Climb aboard the Essex Steam Train or cruise the Connecticut River on the Schooner Mary E. Dine at the historic 1776 Griswold Inn or the award-winning Copper Beech Inn. Explore the arts and great outdoors down river at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme or up river in East Haddam at the Goodspeed Musical Theater or Gillette’s Castle State Park. Check out the packages below or customize one to fit your own group travel needs.

November 1 through March 31, 2019
Sundays through Thursdays

Get away from the day-to-day and celebrate your romance. We’re here to help! Simply choose the date of your overnight stay, give us a call and we’ll do the rest!

We’ll get the romance started for you in the “classic” way – with a split of sparking wine. From there…

The package price of $350 includes:

  • Overnight stay in Deluxe Suite with fireplace*
  • Continental breakfast for two
  • Split of sparkling wine in room upon arrival
  • $75 voucher for dinner with us – Must use voucher during date of stay-over. We offer three dining alternatives: in our Historic Dining Rooms, our Tap Room, and our Wine Bar. (Please note: our Wine Bar is open Wednesday through Sunday evenings.)

*Will upgrade to Superior Suite when available.

For reservations, ring 860.767.1776.
Not available December 23 – 25, February 14.

STAY & PLAY: A Connecticut Christmas at The Griswold Inn

December 2nd through December 30th
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday stays.

For many, Christmas in Connecticut translates to the quintessential classic holiday experience. Coupling Essex and The Griswold Inn, which exude a cozy, old-fashioned, “Rockwellian” vibe, and a “new” holiday musical based on the classic Dickens Christmas Carol offers all the elements for a spirited holiday getaway. Yes – there’s a lot to do at this time of year but taking 24 hours out for yourself goes a long way toward enjoying this special season.

The package price of $225 includes:
a stay in one of our classic Standard Rooms
continental breakfast for two
2 tickets to A Connecticut Christmas Carol at The Terris Theatre (Goodspeed at Chester)

Sundays, December 2nd and 9th @ 6:30pm; December 12th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th @ 2pm.
Wednesdays @ 2pm and 7:30pm
Thursdays @ 7:30pm

Tickets offered are best available at time of purchase.

*Room upgrades for an additional charge. Not available December 23rd through 25th.

Please ring 860.767.1776 to reserve.

Contact Us


Essex Board of Trade, Inc., P.O. Box 322
Essex, CT 06426 860-767-3904 or email