If your vacations tend to be centered around where to find the best farm-to-table dinner, the quaintest B&B style breakfast, and the heartiest lunch fare, then you might consider planning an official food vacay. When food becomes the main attraction, it’s easy to feel relaxed. The only stress that might present itself is which appetizer to order, but then again you’re on vacation, so why not just order them all?
A Foodie Hotspot Beyond the Obvious
While San Francisco, New York, and Chicago might seem like the go-to’s for a gastronomic getaway, it’s the smaller towns that provide the thoughtful details that other big cities might miss. Burlington, Vermont is one such place, with a culinary school turned resort at the backbone of its epicurean roots. The Essex is an 18-acre resort and spa tucked away in the verdant Lake Champlain Valley.
Improve Your Cooking Skills
The Essex has stayed true to its history as a cooking school, by providing hands-on classes to guests looking to master their craft or learn the basics. Discover how to make your own pasta, cook with local Vermont beer, or explore the intricacies of international cuisine. Each class is an intimate setting limited to 8 people, so you’ll have one-on-one time with the chef to grasp proper chopping skills and see what mise en place really means.
Satisfy Your Cravings
It wouldn’t be a true culinary resort without some great restaurants on the property, and The Essex doesn’t disappoint with two sit-down eateries that feature ingredients grown in their on-site organic garden, and others sourced from local farms and businesses. At The Junction, you can taste high-end food without the pretension, with menu items like Organic Raised Lamb Rack with arugula puree, grilled parsnips, and blackberry gastrique, and a wine list that won the 2017 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. For a more low-key dining experience, The Tavern offers hearty pub fare like Vermont Cheddar Lobster Mac and their Whistle Pig Whiskey Burger.
If you’re salivating just as much reading this as we are talking about it, then check out the gourmet getaways that await you right around the corner at The Essex.