The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa
What We Love
- The Essex is an all-in-one resort; everything you’ll need during the trip is on-site
- Hands-on culinary classes at the Cook Academy
- The 22,000-square-foot spa with a top-notch fitness center and indoor/outdoor pools
What To Know
- The $20 (plus six percent tax) per room, per night, resort fee includes seasonal activities
- The outdoor pool is open from about mid-May until Labor Day; Tennis Camp runs from the end of June through the end of August
- Register for cooking classes at least two days in advance
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Against a mountainscape of maples, the Essex is a snapshot of quintessential New England. Driving up to the porte cochere past lawns swinging hammocks, it’s obvious that the resort has the down-home comforts of a country inn — and a beautiful Colonial one at that.
Bed & Bath
The airy rooms have a rural New England look, with brightly colored walls, maple armoires and patchwork quilts. Recent renovations added some extra home comforts, including 300-thread-count linens, flat-screen televisions and iHome players. Traditional Rooms are a spacious 375 square feet, though those with a fireplace are worth the upgrade for romantic winter evenings.
It’s the resort’s expertly prepared meals and smart culinary classes that really set it apart. The resort built its reputation on the Cook Academy, a destination in itself. Offering a rotating roster of various courses, the school has students chop, braise and sear up a storm. Meanwhile, the Tavern has lovely patio seating along the property’s herb and vegetable gardens and Junction restaurant serves classic dishes made with locally grown ingredients prepared in an open kitchen. The sparkling spa is a timber and granite sanctuary for rejuvenation, with treatments like a mineral and orange blossom body scrub.
In the Area
The Essex packs a raft of activities onto 18 acres: cycling paths, flower gardens, a championship golf course, a fly-fishing pond, an outdoor adventure center (rope courses, climbing walls). The Essex also partners with hot air balloon operator, Above Reality, to offer guests hourlong rides departing 50 yards from the resort’s front door. Or venture off-property and visit the 30-plus producers along the Vermont Cheese Trail and the Shelburne Museum for its collection of folk art, circus figures, weathervanes and wild fowl decoys in 20 quirky, historic structures.
How to Get There
nice property and hotel. both indoor and outdoor pools. several restaurants as well as a small selection of food items in the lobby. spacious rooms. busy location as it's convenient to the burlington area also.
I have been to The Essex for breakfast a few times lately and I have been very impressed. It is definitely the best breakfast in the area now. The service is excellent and the atmosphere is very nice. They also have outdoor seating. I definitely recommend it.
This is one of my favorite boutique hotels to stay in. From the moment you walk through the entrance, you have a feeling of being in a family home. Little nooks situated around the property for reading or catching a TV show. The cafe area in the lobby offers complementary coffee every morning. The room I was given has a king sized bed and a cute electric fire place for ambiance. Very comfortable and homey. The bathroom is small, but updated. I was in town on business and didn’t have the opportunity to partake in a culinary class, however I did make use of the nice clay tennis courts they have on property. There is also a golf course adjacent to the resort. I enjoyed my breakfast and lunch in the restaurant on site. The scenery is beautiful surrounding the hotel. There is an outdoor pool, for summer and a hot tub. Indoor pool, fitness center and spa. I can’t wait to travel here during the winter and see how pretty it is in the snow. One nice perk, check your key holder card, for a complementary dessert. It’s quiet and very safe feeling, unlike huge chain hotels I’ve visited. Teens would not appreciate this hotel, but great for adults. Beautiful for weddings as well.
This is the place to stay!!
Comfortable rooms with a culinary theme. My room had an electric fireplace for ambiance, and a view of the pool and grounds. The food is fantastic! The staff friendly and professional. The toiletries are wonderful and this place has pastries and desserts when you arrive, that are a wonderful teatime snack after a long day of travel.
Did I mention the food?? I did? Well, just to reiterate! You’ll find none better! Made from fresh ingredients, some straight from the gardens on the property! Looking forward to my next visit!
This is a beautiful location and not far by car to downtown Burlington or a small shopping center nearby. The restaurants are generally very good and the wait staff very pleasant, but special events may make wait times unreasonable for other guests. Rooms vary greatly from large and comfy to somewhat cramped; beds are comfortable, but the pillows are hard and over-thick for comfort.