Essex, Connecticut.

Essex Connecticut Photo Diary 7

A little over a week ago, a few of my girlfriends and I hopped on the train to Essex, Connecticut for one of our coworkers’ weddings. I didn’t originally intend to blog about the town or our trip at all, but I was so enamored by the picturesque town that I had to post about it here. In hindsight, I’m really glad I packed my camera as I wanted to photograph pretty much everything in sight! The coastal town is just a short (around 3 hours) train ride from the Manhattan and would make for the perfect little weekend escape. Also, the New York Post is calling it the next Hamptons, so there’s that.

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We stayed at the Griswold Hotel. Our room was nestled atop a “Curiosities Shop,” which only added to the charm of the town. Little did we know, our hotel is actually the oldest Inn in America. Yes, seriously. How cool is that?

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  1. Yaya:

    I’m originally from CT and there are so many great places to visit and see there. Make sure you go back in the Fall. It’s amazing and so picturesque

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  2. Lindsay:

    I was just there recently as well… such a cute town! You should head back around the holidays and do brunch at the Gris,

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  3. Cathleen:

    So pretty! Another place to add to my list.

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  4. Evelyn:

    hi Grace! This looks beautiful. Would you kindly share the name of the venue where the wedding was? I’m looking at places in Connecticut that are not too far from NYC.

    And if any other readers would like to chime in, I’m all ears!

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    • graceatwood:

      Hi Evelyn, Of course! They got married at Harkness State Park. It was incredible… one of the prettiest spots for a wedding I’ve been too (and I’ve been to a lot of weddings… ha!) Good luck with your wedding planning. I will say that Essex/Harkness State Park are a good 3 hours from the city so it’s not thaaaat close to NYC, but it’s still doable… we stayed overnight but some people drove home to the city from the wedding. xx

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  5. Allison | VelvetCrate:

    From the American flag to the red door to the hydrangeas in bloom, this is all so picture perfect!

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  6. Nan:

    It looks like such an adorable town. I was just away in Salisbury, CT for the weekend from NYC and it was the perfect city escape!
    xo Nan

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  7. andréa:

    such a cute little town! i love all of the details in all of the photos


    A.Viza Style

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  8. Alina Ermilova:

    Love those bright colored door! Overall, Essex looks like a really nice place!


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  9. Mel:

    Love your pictures of Essex, especially the pineapple door ornament– so New England! I’m a Connecticut native, and Essex always makes me think of Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls…totally quaint and adorable. (If you ever find yourself back there, I seem to recall that the Copper Beech Inn is also cute and has a good brunch!)

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  10. P&F:

    Those pics are amazing!
    Love the colors – the space is beautiful!

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