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The Essex Resort & Spa

Essex, Vermont

By Roger Cox, Editor

The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, Essex, Vermont
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What began as an inn has evolved into a resort following the addition of six Har-Tru courts, its own summer tennis camp, a 21,000-square-foot full-service spa, a culinary kitchen. Guests bed down in and of the 120 handsomely decorated rooms—some with gas-log stoves, whirlpool baths, or even kitchenettes—and dine on meals that focus on local Vermont produce. An added bonus is the inn's proximity to the airport in Burlington.

I've referred to this as an inn because it was originally called the Inn at Essex, but as tennis and other amenities were added, "inn" began to seem like too narrow an expression of the guest experience, so the name was changed to The Essex Resort & Spa. Whatever. But there is not doubt that it has been made more appealing by the opening of a 21,000-square-foot spa.
Now guests who overdo it will be steps away from relief, whether that means a massage, facial, or body treatment or simply relaxing in the sauna or steam rooms. The complex also includes a 25-yard indoor heated swimming pool with a heated Jacuzzi on its outdoor terrace and a complete fitness center with weight and cardio equipment and a selection of classes.

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Pro Shop: 802-878-1100
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Tennis Staff. Tennis director Rob Barr and head professional Anders Lundberg are now running the Essex's tennis programs. Barr ran New England Tennis Rob Barr, Tennis Director, Vermont Tennis Holidays, The Essex, VermontHolidays programs here for six years and has coached on the ATP and WTA tours. Lundberg played for the University of Texas and has been ranked No. 1 in his native Sweden in three different age divisions. Together they spearhead the three-hour-a-day tennis camp dubbed "Vermont Tennis Vacations." This 2- or 5-day program covers technique, strategy, shot selection, match psychology, and movement utilizing fast-paced competitive drills.
Tennis Programs. Aside from the camp, the resort stages a weekly roster of tennis activities and events during the May to October outdoor season. These include daily stroke clinics, junior clinics, Cardio tennis, and mixed scrambles.
Courts & Fees. There are six Har-Tru courts. Court fees: None for camp participants or hotel guests.

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Other Recreation

Golf Courses. The Inn also owns the Links at Lang Farm, a 4,100-yard, 18-hole, par-60 course with a full practice facility and a clubhouse. Each of its holes has multiple tees to accommodate golfers of differing abilities. In addition, the Inn can make arrangements for guests to play at local courses, including the Vermont National Country Club, the only New England course designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Spa & Fitness Center. The two-story, white clapboard spa backs up to the woods at one side of the property just across from gardens and white picket fence surrounding the outdoor pool. It's a peaceful place of stone and wood, with fireplaces in the men's and women's lounges, maple flooring, and picture windows. The menu of treatments is broad, from the sports massages I crave to a colffee almond detox or calming honey lavendar exfoliation. The fitness center has been furnished with high-quality (and quiet) TechnoGym equipment and a variety of cardio stations, all situated in a room with views on the forest. There's also a 25-meter indoor lap pool, a Jacuzzi on an outdoor terrace, and sauna and steam rooms.

And ... At the back of the property stands an adventure center that focuses on team building programs but also has a recreational menu of zip lines, rock and ice climbing wall, an overhead challenge course, and more. There's also hiking and biking in the nearby mountains and woods, and guided fly fishing trips.

Lodging

The inn has 120 rooms and suites. Nearly half have Vermont hearthstone stoves or fireplaces. Each is individually decorated. All have been renovated with the help of Vermont artist Susan Sargent.

Restaurants

There are two dining options: The Tavern & Junction. The Tavern serves Vermont pub fare and has an extensive list of craft beers on draft. The Junction showcases showcase local Vermont products.

See Also

If you're looking for a tennis camp with lots of social atmosphere, also check out any of the following:

Rates and Reservations

The prices for the tennis vacation package below include 3 hours/day of group instruction, lodging, breakfast daily, additional court time, and spa access. Rates are per person/double occupany. See the website for single-occupancy options.

Tennis Vacation Packages: June 24-Aug. 31, 2016
2-day: $449. 5-day: $1,059

The Essex Resort & Spa
70 Essex Way
Essex, VT 05452
802-878-1100
Toll-free: 800-727-4295
Fax: 802-878-0063
Web Link: The Essex Resort & Spa


Travel Essentials

Seasons. The resort is open year round; however, the tennis season runs from late May to mid September

Travel Instructions. The newly renovated and expanded Burlington International Airport has direct jet service from Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Newark, New York and Boston. Major carriers include American, Business Express, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, United, and US Airways. Major car rental agencies are located in the terminal itself. Upon request, The Essex provides complimentary shuttle service.
To reach the Inn from the airport, take a left out of the terminal onto Airport Drive. Travel ½ mile to Williston Road, turn left and continue for 1.7 miles to Industrial Avenue (first set of lights). Turn left for 1½ miles to the next light. Turn left again onto Route 2A North for 1.8 miles to a 5-way intersection in Essex Junction. Bear right onto Route 15 East for 1½ miles to VT 289 East and then .2 of a mile to Exit 1O, Essex Way. Turn right and a quarter-mile along you'll see the entrance to the resort on the left.

General Tourist Information. for general information about travel in Vermont, visit the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing website or contact them at 6 Baldwin Street, Drawer 33, Montpelier, VT 05633-1301; Phone 800-VERMONT (800-837-6668).

©2017 Roger Cox


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(45 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4½-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
3-Ball Rating Lodging
3½-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
4-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
3-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
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Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating Game Matching
3-Ball Rating Cuisine
4-Ball Rating Other Recreation
3½-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating Romance
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Vermont Tennis Vacations Ratings
( 16 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
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©2017 Roger Cox