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.

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Hours

The Essex Inn Tavern is open year round Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 5:00 - 9:00.

Mixology Master's Weekly Specials

Pickled Jalapeño Bloody Mary 

Tito's vodka with house bloody mary mix, pickled jalapeños, and a splash of apple cider vinegar.

Pomegranate Margarita

Clase Azul's 'La Pinta' pomegranate tequila and Patron Silver shaken with lemon juice and rosemary simple syrup.  Served up.

 

"Perhaps Chef Gravatt got lucky tonight? Perhaps. But it’s my fourth meal, and all have been this good."

Read George Davis' full review, Tippling and Tasting at the Essex Inn, on the Essex on Lake Champlain blog. 

Black Angus Prime Rib at the Essex Inn (Source: virtualDavis)

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)

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.