Culinary Resort Nestled in Vermont Countryside
Located between Lake Champlain’s wooden shores and the Green Mountain foothills, The Essex Resort & Spa’s grounds sprawl across 18 forested acres. At most resorts, the picturesque setting would be its main draw, but this AAA Four Diamond resort also features a culinary school that teaches guests to craft French haute cuisine and exquisite appetizers, while an onsite spa soothes fingers cramped after days of rolling sushi. At night, guests drop their bags at the feet of a quilt-topped bed in a classic New England–style traditional room.
With this deal, you choose one of the following: a Swedish massage for one, a cooking class for one, or a three-course dinner for two. At Essex's Cook Academy’s cooking class, seasoned chefs teach how to disassemble and reassemble sushi and dumplings with military precision, or prepare French haute cuisine with classic elegance. Cook Academy sources local Vermont ingredients whenever possible.
At the Spa at the Essex, massage therapists ease tight muscles with medium-pressure strokes designed to promote full-body relaxation. The spa megaplex offers everything from steam rooms to saunas, including a 25-yard indoor lap pool and an oversize outdoor hot tub veiled in mist.
The Essex’s chefs showcase their cooking abilities at two onsite restaurants. Dinners at Amuse begin with a complimentary themed trio of liquid, foam, and solid, a precursor to an inventive meal from from the seasonal menu. At The Tavern, enjoy upscale pub fare such as duck-confit potato skins in a red-onion marmalade.
Lake Champlain, Vermont: Kayaking, Swimming, and Beaches Between Adirondacks and White Mountains
The Essex Resort and Spa is located just outside Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, which is home to a handful of renowned breweries and the boutique shops of the Church Street Marketplace, a pedestrian mall. The Burlington Bike Path is a 7.5-mile recreational trek that skirts the Lake Champlain shoreline and features panoramic views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains to the west. The Lake Champlain area is also a popular spot for kayaking, swimming, and fishing for catfish, northern pike, walleye, and more than 80 fish species.