The crown jewel of the Adirondack Coast, the Essex Inn adorns Main Street in the Essex hamlet, steps away from the ferry landing on the shores of Lake Champlain.  Recognized as one of the most charming towns in the Northeastern United States, Essex, with its unspoiled Federal and Greek Revival buildings, appears in its entirety in the National Register of Historic Places.

With 200 plus years of history, today’s Essex Inn offers the pinnacle of hospitality.  Totally restored only months ago, the Inn’s 10 rooms and suites (along with additional lodging in the Annex that overlooks the Essex harbor) provide modern convenience amid rustic charm, while the Inn’s tavern and restaurant, known as Room 12, offers an exquisite wine selection and hand-crafted cocktails.  Keith Castro, recognized as one of the region’s most talented chefs, offers a memorable dining experience.  His “sophisticated and fun” dinner menu changes weekly with only the freshest ingredients, inspired by farms in the Champlain Valley.

From Main Street, enter the Inn with its “wooden walls separate hand-hewn, exposed beams and wide-plank floorboards.  It’s old-fashioned but cozy, not stuffy.” Throughout the colder months, fires burn in two of Room 12’s hearths, while during warmer seasons, the front porch or Garden Patio may beckon you outside for a glass of Chablis or a sumptuous meal.

Located 20 minutes south of Burlington and a short ferry ride across the lake, Essex is cradled between Vermont and the vibrant village of Lake Placid on the eastern slope of the Adirondacks, accessible by plane, train, car or even boat.

Located 20 minutes south of Burlington and a short ferry ride across the lake, Essex is cradled between Vermont and the vibrant village of Lake Placid on the eastern slope of the Adirondacks, accessible by plane, train, car or even boat.

Things to do

Outside the Inn’s doors, you’ll find a cornucopia of outdoor activities provided by Lake Champlain and nearby streams, hills and mountains.  Walk across Main Street for restorative yoga, massage, an organic facial or acupuncture.

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For romantic getaways, small weddings, board meetings, holiday parties, family reunions.