RENDEZVOUS - The Essex, Essex, VT

Join us as we feed our spirits in the state of Green Mountains, maple syrup and gorgeous scenic drives.

The adventure begins with a 3-night stay at Vermont's Culinary Resort and Spa, The Essex.  Home to Vermont's premier cooking academy, let your inner-chef shine as a professional shows you the fine art of preparing a 3-course meal sure to impress!

This trip of land, air and sea will be one for the ages as we embark on scenic road trips over mountains, around lakes and through covered bridges.  We will float high above it all as we take turns at hot air balloon rides during the opening reception and enjoy a lazy afternoon boat ride on Lake Champlain.


Thursday, July 7



  5:45pm   -   6:45pm 

Welcome Reception with Heavy Appetizers and Open Bar

  6:45pm   -   8:45pm 

(Weather Permitting) Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides over the Resort

You are welcome to enjoy an evening on your own at one of Burlington's fine dining establishments or The Tavern at the hotel.  Reservations are required in advance for most dining establishments.

Friday, July 8

  8:00am  -   9:00am    


11:00am  -   2:00pm  

Lunch Cooking Class for 30

  5:00pm  -   8:00pm    

Dinner Cooking Class for 30

When not in cooking class, we encourage you to enjoy one of our pre-planned scenic drives, visit Ben & Jerry's for an ice cream on us, hike the Sunset Ridge Trail or spend a few hours relaxing at the hotel spa.  Fitness Center pools, hot tubs and relaxation lounges are included.  Spa treatments require advanced reservations.

Saturday, July 9

  8:00am  -   9:00am    


Enjoy a morning of pre-planned scenic drives, visit Ben & Jerry's for an ice cream on us, visit the Burlington Farmer's Market or the Church Street Marketplace.

  1:15pm  -   4:15pm  

Spirit of Ethan Allen Cruise on Lake Champlain - shuttle bus transport, appetizers and open bar on our own private deck

  7:00pm  -   9:00pm    

Farewell Dinner with wine

Sunday, July 10





$1,195.00/person Double Occupancy.*
$1,595.00/person Single Occupancy. *  
*Includes 3 nights accommodation including taxes, fees and self-parking. Welcome reception, two Breakfast Buffets, one Lunch or Dinner Cooking Class, Boat Reception and Farewell Dinner. Most alcoholic beverages, Cooking Class, Balloon and Boat fees and motorcoach transportation to boat.
*Does not include transportation to and from The Essex Resort in Essex, VT