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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Reopening

The restaurant will be reopening on May 12th with a brand new menu! Spring hours will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 5:00 - 9:00.

 

Grand Hike

The Inn is offering Grand Hike participants a discount of 25% off rooms booked for the nights of May 13th or 14th. Call (518) 963-4400 to make your reservation!

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is hosting the North Country’s third annual “Inn-to-Inn” hike on Saturday, May 14. The 11-mile “Grand Hike to the Essex Inn” will take place on CATS hiking trails and scenic back roads from Wadhams to the Essex Inn where there will be a “block party” celebration featuring live music, restorative yoga and chair massage provided by Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness, kids crafts and a photo booth to commemorate the event.  

“The Grand Hikes have been a great success,” said Chris Maron, CATS executive director. “Over 200 people hiked each time from Westport to Essex.  This year we’re starting in Wadhams so hikers can hike on two new trails.”

Check-in is from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. across from Dogwood Bakery in Wadhams. Participants are encouraged to park in Essex where free shuttles, starting at 12:15, will take them from the Essex Inn to Wadhams. People can hike the whole route or join at designated “oases," staffed with volunteers to provide refreshments. The block party begins at 4:00, so hikers should estimate their walking times and plan to arrive in Essex accordingly. People parking in Wadhams should arrange their own transportation back from Essex. 

“Three years ago, I approached Chris with the idea of inn-to-inn hiking and that led to the birth of the Grand Hike,” said Essex Inn Owner Rick Dalton. “Our goal is to attract people from outside our region to hike CATS’ beautiful trails and create a niche for inn-to-inn hiking. We look forward to partnering with other inns so hikers can stay at the Essex Inn, have a nice dinner, a good sleep, and pick up a boxed lunch for their hike the next day. We’ll offer transportation to trail heads and shuttle luggage to other inns in the area.”

Steven Kellogg, local author/illustrator added, "The Grand Hikes bring people together –young and old, near and far, serious hikers and folks just out for a stroll. The outstanding spring beauty of the Champlain Valley along the CATS trails has a remarkable equalizing effect."

Everyone is welcome to participate in the hike and block party at the Essex Inn, which non-hikers can also attend.  There is a registration fee of $20/person for the hike and block party; children under 17 are free.  To preregister go to the CATS website ChamplainAreaTrails.com or call 518-962-2287.

“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.