...We had planned on stopping in Essex on the way back so what is there to see or restaurants there...
Take a mooring at "The Chandlery" and hang in the ripping current of the Connecticut River. I had to pull the transmission into reverse during the night - the current was enough to open the MapProp and set it spinning.
Stop in the Griswald Inn (established in 1776) in Essex. Try to get the dining room at the appropriate hour else you will dine in the pub which is still historic, but still a pub!
Doubt you have web-browsing connectivity, but if you do here is a link to our trip that included a stop in Essex. Millford to Newport
And BTW my "off topic" remark in the other thread was meant only to cover my own ass
for my off-topic Mobjack Bay advice. I was happily followinig your adventure there too. Apologies for my inadvertent rudeness.