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.

Winter Adventure Package

February 8th through March 15th, 2020
Wednesday through Sunday stay-overs

The Eagles are Here!

Come to Essex and enjoy the comfort and charm of The Griswold Inn and experience the beauty and tranquility of the Connecticut River.

All aboard RiverQuest for a winter adventure: get an up-close view and learn the fascinating story of the majestic Bald Eagle. A naturalist will help spot these awe-inspiring creatures and point out other winter wildlife along the River. EagleWatch Boat Tours are 90 minutes and depart from the docks of the Connecticut River Museum. Binoculars and complimentary coffee are included. We suggest bringing warm clothes for the cruise. Though the cabin is heated, you may want to venture out on deck from time to time.

Excursions are as follows:

February 8th through March 15th:
Wednesdays @2:00 pm (excluding 2/12);
Fridays @10:00 am and 12:30 pm (no 10am on 2/14);
Saturdays and Sundays @9:00 am, 11:30 am and 2:00 pm;

The Winter Adventure Package includes:

  • An overnight stay in one of our charming standard rooms*
  • Continental breakfast for two
  • Two tickets for passage aboard RiverQuest – includes free admission for two to the Connecticut River Museum’s exhibits and galleries

Stay-overs on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays are $205; stay-overs on Fridays and Saturdays are $250.

For your planning…Lunch and dinner are served daily in our historic dining rooms and our award-winning Tap Room features live entertainment every night of the week! Additionally, our stunning Wine Bar is open Wednesday through Sunday. For those staying with us on Saturday or Sunday evening, consider enjoying our famous Hunt Breakfast before or after your EagleWatch Boat Tour, offered on Sundays from 11 am – 1 pm. Our Events Calendar may also be helpful in planning your trip.

Ring 860.767.1776 to reserve this package today.

*  Tax not included. Limited availability. Room upgrades available for an additional charge.

Winter Weekend Getaway

January 1st through March 18th, 2020

Sundays through Thursdays

Escape to The Griswold Inn Sundays through Thursdays and avail yourself of all the Inn has to offer for just $125! Accommodations are charming standard rooms which include continental breakfast for two! Enjoy live music every night of the week in our award-winning Tap Room and dinner in our Historic Dining Rooms – voted Connecticut’s “coziest” by Food & Wine and Travel & Leisure magazines – any night of the week. Our stunning Wine Bar is open Wednesdays through Sundays. Please see our Events Calendar which may be helpful in planning your trip.

* Limited availability. Room upgrades available for an additional charge. Not available on 2.16.20.

Contact Us

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