Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Weekend in Essex, CT

Last weekend was a nice long weekend so we decided to take a day trip to Essex, Connecticut.  I love Essex because it's such a quaint New England town with historic houses that line a beautiful main street.  There is a main strip of antique shops, retail stores, coffee houses and restaurants that makes for a fun stroll on a sunny day.  And of course, "The Griswold Inn" adds such wonderful character right in the middle of town.  We ate brunch in the Tavern room on Sunday and there was a little band playing. 
Here are some of my favorite photos from the day. 
We call this "The Birdhouse" House.  This is one of my favorite houses along main street- and it's actually for sale.  (Interested parties can view more photos here). 
The yard is always so manicured!
Property Photo
Courtesy William Pitt Realty
 Yes, the sun is glaring into my iPhone but I love this house as well-- The bright red door and black lacquer shutters, love! 
Courtesy of Historic Buildings of CT
 The houses are still decorated with New England Christmas flair.  Fresh greenery and wreaths adorn the doorways and gates. 
The 'boys' outside of The Griswold Inn just as we're getting ready to go in for brunch. 
Griswold Inn bar as seen in American Public House Review
Courtesy of The American Public House
And the "after" photo of the Vivster and and me relaxing after we have stuffed our tummies with wonderful comfort food. 
 Strolling along Main Street doing some "window" shopping. 

 The kids get some exercise by the water. 
We continue on to look at more of the houses.  Some have very nautical themes.  Essex is right on the water!  A beautiful place to visit in the spring and summer time. 
The kids stop to reflect the day's events. 

It's nice to visit other New England towns outside of my own.   
It makes for a fun day trip away with the family. 
  I know I've been off to a slow start this year in blogging.  I've been taking some time off to enjoy the family.  We've been so busy during the weekends and the weeks seem to fly by.  You know the drill.  Before we know it, spring will be here.  Once I get my act together and get myself more organized, I'll be back on track with blogging more regularly again!  Promise, ya'll! 


Heather | Vivid Hue Home


designchic said...

Full of charm and character - love white clapboard houses!!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful trip. It reminds me of Williamsburg. You all are darling. Love the Vivster! She's like my Bethany- full of spunk.
xo Nancy

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Thank you for sharing your delightful days in this charming New England town.

Anonymous said...

I love Essex! I worked in CT for several summers and have taken day trips there. Makes me very nostalgic!

Unknown said...

What a fun day trip. We had such a good time when we took our day trip with you all to the Griswold Inn. Wish we could have been there.