"Seaside Connecticut" Essex by msbrandysue

Essex Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 118 photos

Why Did I Come?

I came to Essex because it was one of the first entries in 1000 Things to See Before You Die, USA Edition. It's such a charming one-road town. The water and the quaint shopping, historical inn and gracious atmosphere has to make it one of the best places to be in the summer.

My Favorite Part

My favorite part was definitely being on the Schooner. It wasn't fast and we really didn't go anywhere in it but it was beautiful outside and I got some sun but not burnt. I love the water....

Surprise Attraction

I was surprised at how nice the Commanders Brunch is at the Griswold Inn. The room at the inn didnt impress me but the restaurant, and more specifically the buffet brunch, was outstanding. I find myself wanting to go back. Too bad I'm 2000 miles away! :)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small town, patriotic, historical, RIVER, water is so close
  • Cons:Only one street, everything shuts down really early, no easy dinners lol
  • In a nutshell:Historical CT River Town
  • Last visit to Essex: Jun 2009
  • Intro Updated May 1, 2010
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