Special Packages

Plan a day-trip to Essex or a longer stay to explore the region! Group Tour Package options are available. We have listed options below but other specials may be available and we are happy to work with you to customize your visit with multiple sites and places to eat/stay. Please contact the Education Department for more information at ainsall@ctrivermuseum.org

Onrust Sunset Cruise Package

Sunset Sail on the Connecticut

Thursday through Sunday stay-overs

Griswold Inn offers this wonderful experience.

Experience Essex from the water perspective and take a cruise aboard Onrust. This sailing vessel is a re-creation of the one Adriaen Block built in 1614 which he sailed up the Connecticut River: the replica is docked at the Connecticut River Museum, 50 yards from our front door!

Departure is 6:00 pm: as sunset changes departure will move a bit earlier.

Sunset Sail Package includes:

  • an overnight stay in one of our charming standard rooms *
  • continental breakfast for two
  • two round-trip tickets for passage aboard Onrust

* Room upgrades are available for an additional charge.

September Package Price: $234
October Package Price: $276

Make it extra special with our Wine + Cheese Box created specifically to be enjoyed aboard ship!

Wine + Cheese Box for Two ~ $30

a 1/2 bottle of Chardonnay or Prosecco (2.5 (5oz) glasses); 2 types of cheese with crackers, grapes, nuts, two small bottles of water. Necessary napkins and utensils.

Additional info
: Bring a jacket or sweatshirt as it can be cool out on the River in the evening.


To make reservations, please call 860.767.1776.

Winter Wildlife Cruises

Each winter as the temperature dips below freezing, Bald Eagles from as far north as Canada make their way to the open waters of the Connecticut River for easy fishing and nesting. Make it a weekend with the WINTER ADVENTURE PACKAGE offered by the Griswold Inn and the Copperbeech Inn!



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