8.22.2011

A Weekend at the Essex in Vermont

We just returned from a fabulous weekend in Vermont at The Essex. We were a little apprehensive, due to previous reviews we read...but I am happy to report...it was FABULOUS! Today I will highlight the hotel...tomorrow I will show you some of the fun places we visited on our trips up and back.

Here are 2 of the 3 Main Buildings

Our Room

This is a Culinary Institute, so this was the first thing we encountered in the lobby. There was also a chef making amazing filled crepes. Lemonade and cookies available in the afternoon.


The Entrance

Outdoor Pool

They offer hot air balloon rides!

The Restaurants

Play Croquet...we did....I lost!

The Culinary Gardens

The path to the tennis courts.

The beautiful grounds.

We had a wonderful time. We rode bikes, swam in the indoor and outdoor pools, hung out on the hammocks, played at the playground, ate in The Tavern, toured the garden, played croquet, and the kids did the zip line which neighbors the hotel grounds.

The staff was so courteous, our room and the entire facility was very clean and well taken care of. The food was FABULOUS, and Chef Arnd and Chef Calley paid great attention to our gluten free accommodations(along with the kitchen and waitstaff...and any other chefs we haven't mentioned).

The resort also offers a full spa and fitness center. And because this is a Culinary Institute, you can also cook with the chefs and then eat the marvelous dinner you create. I would love to do this on another visit.

There is no need to leave this hotel! We give it 5 stars!

Stay tuned tomorrow for our stops at King Arthur Flour, Ben and Jerry's, and Cabot Cheese!

Also, please leave a post on my giveaway by 6pm eastern to qualify!



4 comments:

  1. Oh this looks like a fantastic place for a vacation. Great place to tell stories and enjoy the outdoors!!!
    When do you start back to school?

    Cheers,
    Bobby

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  2. I'm so glad to have found your blog/post. I've been wondering about taking a trip here this Fall and now I have my answer. Thanks!

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  3. I'd love to recommend the year round resort of Stowe, Vermont (where I live full time)as your next vacation destination...still time to book your leaf peeper and ski accomodations. PS - We're just up the road from Ben & Jerry's and The Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Ride or walk on our 11 mile rec path that winds along the river and over bridges from the village to upper Mountain Rd. Lots of shops, great places to eat - we're spoiled!

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  4. OOoooh never been on a hot air balloon ride. Wondering if I would love it or freak out! Hotel looks amazing!

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Thanks for chatting!

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