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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Train
“Essex Steam Train & Riverboat trips are a great way to tour the area. Might be a little too long for young kids, but check it out! www.essexsteamtrain.com”
  • 18 locals recommend
Museum
“A glimpse into the history of the area with views of the river as it heads to the Atlantic.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Theatre
“Locally produced plays and musicals -- affordable tickets. Roughly March thru December.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Lodging
“A great lively place for food and draft beer. This place has been around since the 18th century.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Train
“The steam train is a must-do and Main Street in Essex is a quaint area with shopping, food, and some great views of the marinas.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Pub
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“Check online for their live entertainment schedule. Casual pub food as well. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Non-Profit
“Creative delicious fine dining by chef/owner Colt. Book a table by the center fireplace. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Located directly off route 9 in Chester, this place features a solid American menu without having to leave town.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
  • 1 local recommends
Food
“This is my favorite place for fruit picking. It's much smaller than Bishop's but it is far less crowded and it is peaceful. Pick raspberries in early September, then apples and peaches in mid September. After that, it's apples and pumpkins. My kids love this place and I've been coming here since I was a kid. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
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“You can’t go wrong with the quality (and price) of the yummy dinner dishes at this family restaurant. Great vibes and with a fun bar as well.”
  • 1 local recommends
Meal Takeaway
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“You won’t be let down at this local favorite order-at-the-counter brunch and lunch stop that is in the style of the classic gas station it once was. They have indoor and outdoor seating. A walk through the Essex downtown area afterward is a must. Check hours before heading out. As is everything in Essex, a bit on the pricey side.”
  • 1 local recommends
Corner Shop
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  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Lodging
“A great lively place for food and draft beer. This place has been around since the 18th century.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Pub
“Check online for their live entertainment schedule. Casual pub food as well. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Non-Profit
“Creative delicious fine dining by chef/owner Colt. Book a table by the center fireplace. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Located directly off route 9 in Chester, this place features a solid American menu without having to leave town.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Everyone goes to Cristy's, but Hally Jo's is tucked away in Deep River and has a great assortment of breakfast treats.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Best breakfast in town! Owner Hedy makes amazing breakfast and lunch and has a lot of great stories to tell.”
  • 1 local recommends

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