Welcome to The Riverwind Inn, the quintessential Connecticut bed and breakfast.


The Riverwind Inn is located in quaint Deep River, nestled between Essex and Chester in the heart of the Connecticut River Valley. The original Federal Style house was built in 1854, with a seamless addition built on in 1987. It has been operating as an Inn since 1985.

Deep River and the surrounding towns are known for the ivory trade. The growth of the piano industry led to a new use for this exotic and

long-treasured substance and linked this area to Zanzibar for its ivory.  The Piano Works on Main Street, was once a factory that produced piano keys.


Once known as “The Queen of the Valley”, Deep River and surrounding towns have strong historical bonds.

Riverwind Inn, Essex, Connecticut common room
Riverwind Inn, Essex, Connecticut
Riverwind Inn, Essex, Connecticut
Riverwind Inn, Essex, Connecticut



The Riverwind Inn is nestled between Essex and Chester, in quiet, historic Deep River, central to the area’s many pleasures. Suggestions for the day’s events are always available from your Innkeepers, Stacie & Mike DiNello.


Upon returning to the Inn, afternoon snacks with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and bottled water are provided. Complimentary sherry is always available. Relax on our wraparound porch in one of our rockers, or sit under a canopy of mature trees in Adirondack chairs.


Evening brings exquisite dining with numerous cuisines from which to choose. A number of cafes are located in our small villages, and wonderful gourmet picnic fare is available for your enjoyment at any of the lovely spots along the river or in front of a fireplace at the Inn.


Within five miles of the Inn are many renowned restaurants featuring extraordinary seafood, traditional New England fare, or exemplary continental cuisine.



Eight traditionally appointed guest rooms provide comfort and privacy. All rooms have private baths, hair dryers, AC, Wi-Fi, ceiling fans, period antiques, and some have fireplaces. There are two common areas with fireplaces, and one features our 12-foot-long Rumford fireplace made of stone from the original foundation.


Start each morning at the Inn with our complimentary full country breakfast, served individually in our candlelit dining rooms between 8:30 and 9:30 am. Relax, join in great conversations, and meet new friends while planning your daily excursions. For those early risers, coffee and tea are available in our upstairs coffee room.


After breakfast, start each day of your vacation or romantic weekend getaway in Connecticut exploring our River Valley. Picture-postcard seasons, superb dining, exceptional theater, and the relaxed pace of our small villages are only a few of the many reasons visitors travel to the Connecticut River Valley.




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Riverwind Inn, Essex, Connecticut gourmet breakfast
Riverwind Inn, Essex, Connecticut grounds
Riverwind Inn, Essex, Connecticut

Riverwind in the News


 * Editor's Choice, Yankee Magazine


* Editor’s Choice, Early American Life magazine.


* Featured in Country Inns, New York, Country Living, Country Decorating, Travel & Leisure,

The Discerning Traveler, Greenwich Magazine, Connecticut Magazine, NY Times, LA Times,

Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, NY Newsday,

...and all the best regional, national, and international bed & breakfast guides.


* Selected for inclusion in Johansen's “World’s Finest Recommended Hotels and Inns Guide”.


* Chosen repeatedly to represent Connecticut as a romantic getaway.


* Included as a featured chapter in “The Romance of Country Inns” by Gail Greco.


* Designated a "Connecticut Romantic Hideway" by The Discerning Traveler.