Within the deep nooks of the Connecticut River, the protected harbor of Essex, CT lies. Back before the Revolutionary War, it was the region’s predominant shipping and shipbuilding port all the way up to the advent of the railroads in the mid-1800’s. Six miles upriver from the Long Island Sound and safe from any stormy tides, this town of 6,000 residents continues to bond with the water. In Essex, a mansion, dock and yacht are not needed to get around its several waterways. Many respectable homes have a well-worn canoe lying next to the front door for easy access to the river. The shops along Main Street are completely locally-owned, with the local grocer being a 65-year old family-run business.
Essex, CT —
Welcome to Essex and Bon Voyage!
Ah, Paris! No doubt Paris is a romantic city but I have mixed feelings about it. Do I miss Paris? Yes, for the memories of visiting it with my family. Yes, for my favorite museum, the Musee D’Orsay where I immersed myself in Camille Pissarro’s beautiful paintings. Yes, for all the breathtaking architecture I saw while I was on the Bateau Mouche along the Seine River. But, a definitive NO for the scary traffic and the crowded atmosphere everywhere.
Essex, CT —
A Wonderful Place to Visit Anytime of the Year!
The town of Essex is a wonderful place to visit anytime of the year! This winter you could start your day with breakfast at Abby's Place for a sit down meal in the Dauntless Marina, or if you would like a quick meal to go, stop by Olive Oyl's for freshly made baked good and breakfast sandwiches. Next, you should stroll down to the foot of Main Street and if it's not too chilly, bring your binoculars to look for bald eagles which nest along the shores of the Connecticut River. Head into the CT River Museum to warm up and learn about the history of the river.