We'll chug past quaint towns and sail through the valley named by Nature Conservancy as one of the top 40 places on earth worth seeing. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s 2½-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley. Our guide will tell stories behind the Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, coves, inlets, and islets. Lunch (with tip) at historic Griswold Inn included. Select entree choice with registration: pan seared breast of chicken or baked fillet of cod.