The Essex Resort & Spa

1- or 2-Night Stay with Spa Access, Spa Credit, and Cooking Class at The Essex Resort & Spa in Essex Junction, VT

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AAA Four Diamond Culinary Resort Nestled in Vermont Countryside

The Essex Resort & Spa stretches across 18 forested acres between the wooded shores of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains foothills. But the picturesque setting is just part of the draw. This AAA Four Diamond resort also features an award-winning full-service spa as well as a culinary school that offers classes ranging from professional cake decorating to Italian feasts.

At the resort's cooking academy, seasoned chefs can teach you how to mix, knead, and roll pasta or how to cook dishes with Vermont cheese. Check out the schedule for details and prices; this deal includes two-for-one admission.

Executive Chef Shawn Calley, two-time winner of the region’s Top Chef competition, shows off his talents at two onsite restaurants. Amuse serves inventive dishes from a seasonal menu, whereas The Tavern offers upscale pub fare such as beef nachos and wild-mushroom cannelloni.

The full-service Spa at The Essex features saunas, relaxation lounges, and a 25-yard indoor lap pool. The spa’s menu of services includes volcanic-clay purifying facials, body wraps, and manicures and pedicures. In addition to accommodations in a traditional guest room, this Getaway includes daily spa access and a $25 credit toward a treatment that lasts at least 50 minutes.

Lake Champlain, Vermont: World-Class Skiing Between Adirondacks and Green Mountains

The Essex Resort & Spa is located just outside Vermont's largest city, Burlington, right between the mountains. Burlington is also home to a handful of renowned breweries as well as boutique shops at Church Street Marketplace, a pedestrian mall.

This region of Vermont is known for its skiing. Head to Stowe Mountain Resort for 39 miles of ski trails, most of which are intermediate level, or Smugglers' Notch Resort for skiing and snowboarding across three mountains.

About 10 miles from the hotel, the University of Vermont sits on a hill overlooking the city. Take a stroll through the leafy campus to Fleming Museum, a striking Beaux Arts building that houses works by John James Audubon, Andy Warhol, Winslow Homer, and other American artists.

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What You Get

Stay for two in a traditional room

  • Option 1: $99 for a 1-night stay, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday; not valid for Friday- or Saturday-night stays (up to a $299 value)
  • Option 2: $249 for a 2-night stay, valid for check-in Thursday–Saturday; not valid for Monday- to Wednesday-night stays (up to a $598 value)

Included in all options:

  • Daily spa access for two
  • $25 credit toward a spa treatment (at least 50 minutes)
  • Two-for-one admission to any Cook Academy class priced at $149 or more

Policies and Fees

Book by: 1/17/14
Travel by: 4/30/14

  • Blackout dates: not valid 12/27/13 or 1/3/14-1/4/14; option 1 not valid 12/24/13-1/1/14
  • Cancellation policy and fees: all cancellations subject to $20 fee. 24-hour cancellation notice required or fee up to the Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 9% tax not included
  • Additional fees: $15 daily resort fee not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Premier culinary resort renowned for cooking classes
  • Farm-to-table restaurant
  • Modern spa facilities
  • Pet-friendly lodgings
  • Complimentary high-speed Internet

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 1/17/14 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 4/30/14
  • Not valid 12/27/13 or 1/3/14-1/4/14
  • Option 1 not valid 12/24/13-1/1/14
  • Limit 4 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 4 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $20 fee
  • 24-hour cancellation notice required or fee up to the Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • Not valid with reward points
  • $15 daily resort fee and 9% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Traditional Room

  • One king or queen bed or two queen or full beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 5
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional adult; no charge for kids

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Resort fee includes: high-speed Internet, parking, access to pool and fitness center, local phone calls, and faxes
  • Parking: included in resort fee
  • Rollaways: available for $10 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for $45 per pet per night.
  • Accessibility: please contact the property for handicap-accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: may be available during booking or check-in for an additional cost

Getting There

  • By plane: 9 miles from Burlington International Airport (BTV)
  • By cab: about $25 from BTV
  • By car: about 95 miles south of Montreal, Quebec

Traveler's Tips

  • The two-night option is valid every day of the week, not just weekends, between 12/24/13-1/1/14 (with the exception of 12/27/13); holiday travelers can plan their trip accordingly.
  • Tethered hot air balloon rides are available for guests on select dates between 12/24/13–1/1/14, when the two-night option is available.
  • Guests should book the Cook Academy class prior to arrival by calling the property.

Customer Reviews

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Nicole S. · 8 reviews TOP REVIEWER
· October 17, 2017
would stay again in a heart beat! Loved the staff and the place! Try the cooking class you wont regret it!


Ernette H. ·
· November 20, 2016
The hot tub and the location


Michael. H. ·
· November 2, 2016
Great hotel one of my favourite places to stay in Vermont.
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