April 3, 2020

Essex Celebrates Presidents’ Weekend with Eagle Trolley, Boat Tours and Village Specials

Essex Is For Eagle Lovers! Enthusiasts are gearing up for free rides on the Eagle Trolley, EagleWatch boat tours and plenty of special offers at shops and restaurants in Essex Village on February 19 and 20.

Essex, CT – This Presidents Weekend, experience the majestic beauty of Bald Eagles and the cozy charm of Essex Village during its annual EagleWatch and WinterFest celebration.   Whether on land or on water, there’s plenty of opportunity to view wintering Bald Eagles along the Connecticut River while enjoying the hospitality of an authentic New England village. 

On Saturday, Feb. 19 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., the Essex Board of Trade is organizing an afternoon of eagle fun for everyone.  All are invited to climb aboard the Essex Eagle Trolley with First Selectman and Naturalist Phil Miller for a free ride and guided tour through Essex Village to eagle land-viewing spots.  The trolley will depart from Essex Town Hall and loop through town stopping along Main Street, the Connecticut River Museum, the Essex Steam Train and other points of interest. Village shops and restaurants will also be serving up special refreshments while extra special offers and discounts will be given to all those with an Experience Essex button, sold for $5 at designated locations. 

For those who want to get up close and personal, eagle-viewing boat tours featuring heated cabin and narration will depart from the Connecticut River Museum on Friday 2/18 at 1:00 pm as well as Saturday 2/19 and Sunday 2/20 at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm.  Free admission to the Museum’s Eagles of Essex exhibit and other galleries is included with every boat tour.  And for the music lover in all of us, the Griswold Inn is the spot to be on Sunday, February 20 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a special performance by Blues on the Rocks, to benefit the CT Audubon Society Eco-Travel.    

Free parking is available on village streets, in designated lots, and at Essex Town Hall, also the starting and ending point for the trolley loop.  For other Winter Festival events information, including the Essex Land Trust’s Winter Walk at Falls River Preserve on Saturday, February 19 at 10 am, go to www.essexct.com or call the Essex Board of Trade at 860-767-3904.