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.  The Inn’s 10 lovingly restored rooms and suites (and additional Annex lodging that overlooks Lake Champlain) provide modern convenience amid rustic charm, while the Inn’s tavern and restaurant offer an exquisite wine selection and hand-crafted cocktails.  

From Main Street, enter the Inn with its wooden walls, hand-hewn exposed beams, and wide-plank floorboards. Throughout the colder months, fires burn in the tavern's two hearths, while during warmer seasons, the front porch 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 High Peaks region, accessible by plane, train, car or even boat.


Spring Hours

Come check out our brand new menu! Spring hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 5:00 - 9:00.

New Chef

The Essex Inn announces the hiring of Jonathan Gravatt as our new Chef!  Jonathan grew up in Lakeland, Florida and over the last several years has lived and worked in Lake Placid where he was the Executive Chef at the Lake Placid Lodge and most recently operated his own catering and private chef venture.  Jonathan’s extensive cuisine ranges from fine dining to southern barbecue.  What Jonathan calls his “Southern roots with an Adirondack twist” will be infused into the offerings at the Essex Inn.

Jonathan is an adventurer too!  He has traveled throughout the world to learn about different foods and venues.  This eclectic range of influences and experiences will bring an exciting mix of culinary delights to the Essex Inn.

Among other talents, Jonathan is a professional pilot and scratch golfer. His wife Megan and their two daughters recently moved to Essex, so let us welcome them to the community and to the Essex Inn!  We’re excited to get the summer season rolling led by Jonathan’s passion for food and culinary expertise.

“This light-yellow historic inn has always been one of my favorite buildings in the district. I love visiting the restaurant for a quiet night with exceptional food.” 

- Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (when sharing her eight favorite upstate NY spots)

Grand Hike

Over 250 people came to Champlain Area Trails (CATS) Grand Hike to Essex Inn last Saturday.  Most people parked in Essex and took shuttles to Wadhams where they hiked on three new trails on their way to the Block Party in Essex.

“The day was fabulous,” said Chris Maron, CATS executive director.  “I saw a lot of smiling faces on the trails and at the oases where they re-energized with food, water, and a little rest.  The block party was great fun with music by the Russell Bailey Trio, restorative yoga and massage from Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness, and a tasty barbeque.” 

CATS organized the hike to promote tourism, especially hamlet-to-hamlet hiking so people identify the Champlain Valley as a place they can visit, hike from town to town, eat at local restaurants, and stay in the variety of lodging the area features.  It all supports the goal of having trails link communities, connect people with nature, and promote economic vitality.

“Everyone I spoke with really enjoyed the hike,” said Essex Inn Owner Rick Dalton. “It generates a lot of excitement, attracts people from outside our region to hike CATS’ beautiful trails and creates a niche for inn-to-inn hiking year round. We look forward to partnering with other inns so hikers can stay at the Essex Inn, have a nice dinner, a good sleep, and take a boxed lunch for their day’s hike. We’re happy to provide transportation to trail heads and shuttle luggage to other inns in the area.”

Learn more about the Champlain Area Trails at and find other great hikes at

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 High Peaks region, 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.

Think Essex Inn

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