In the midst of the ever-quickening pace of society do you ever feel the need to drop everything and get away? With so many demands on our time and energy, it’s crucial that we reserve a few days, from time to time, to replenish and savor.
Few places in the nation are as ideally equipped to offer you just that than The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa. From the moment you arrive, you’ll have the opportunity to allow each and every sense to be energized, relaxed, and satisfied. We firmly believe The Essex is such a special place, that today we want to share five of our favorite reasons as to why.
5 Reasons to Stay at The Essex
1. Atmospheric Joy
Aside from the incredible array of amenities and on-site offerings The Essex has, which we’ll dive into in a moment, the resort is simply amazing because of the atmospheric sense of joy it provides. Enveloped within 18 acres of cozy Vermont countryside, the contrast between the lush green vegetation and the stark white exterior of the buildings is deeply soothing. The property feels expansive, yet the buildings are grouped in a way that feels intimate.
2. Game Changing Cooking Lessons
By far one of the most amazing things about The Essex is it’s cooking school. Unbeknownst to many, The Essex began as a cooking school only, and that much of the cooking school today remains the same as it did back then. These aren’t just any run-of-the-mill cooking lessons, the courses offered are taught by highly talented chefs, each of whom has a say over which courses are offered, when. After completing one, or more, of the cooking classes, your dinner party cooking game will be forever changed. Chop like a pro, saute like a chef, and tantalize the palette or whoever you’re cooking for! Classes you can look forward to include:
– Along the Rio Grande
– A Taste of Austria
– Italian Classic
– Veritable Vegetarian
– Thrilling Grilling
3. Enchanting On-Site Garden
Vermont claims to have been one of the pioneer states of the farm-to-table movement, and it’s easy to see why. With a bounty of farms and a statewide culture of appreciation for all things grown in Vermont, farm-to-table fare is found everywhere! At The Essex, there may not be a farm, but there is an enchanting on-site garden where herbs and produce are grown. The resort chefs curate the restaurant menus around what they’ll be able to use, each season, from the garden! The best part is that all guests are welcome to take a stroll through the garden anytime!
4. Delicious Cuisine
As you can imagine, dining at The Essex is next-level delicious. The on-site garden and cooking school both contribute to the cuisine-culture at the resort, but the cherry-on-top of it all is sitting down for a delectable meal at Junction or The Tavern. Since the resort features a cooking school, each chef selected to work at the resort is accomplished enough to teach other chefs, and, of course, guests! The very same chefs who lead the cooking classes curate the menus and cook at the restaurants. When you dine at Junction, you’ll have the chance to taste the excellence of the chefs in every bite. The menu is continually changing, but here’s a quick example of some of the dishes that may be available for you to order:
– Yellow Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
– Shawarma Roasted Cauliflower Steak
– Baba Ganoush
5. Total Relaxation
How frequently do we get to relax all five of our senses? It’s easy enough to rest one or two, but to be so deeply relaxed that all five senses are utterly satisfied and rejuvenated? That is bliss! Well, at The Essex total sensory relaxation is entirely possible. Taste is simple, after dining and learning to cook your tastebuds will be in heaven. The gentle and enjoyable surroundings and decor of the resort will be a treat for your eyes. Birds are chirping, a soft breeze blows, and the clanking sounds of a well-used kitchen will be music to your ears. A mixture of scents including the surrounding nature and the kitchen’s concoctions will be pleasing to your nose.
This brings us to the final sense, touch. Time to head to the spa! Idyllically set in one of the calmest and quiet areas of the resort, the spa is a tranquil slice of heaven. There are a variety of excellent spa treatments you can choose from, all of which will leave your mind, body, and spirit feeling blissful. With every single sense attended to and nourished, you will feel a complete sense of relaxation, one that we so rarely achieve in our day-to-day lives.
There you have it, five of our favorite reasons why The Essex is amazing. No need to take our word for it, though, you can view photos and videos of the resort right here, or better yet plan a trip!