Archives for the month of: January, 2011

The Essex Resort & Spa is pleased to announced SWIM! at The Essex

We are pleased to offer a full array of swim lessons and instruction. From infants to adults, there’s a level for every ability. We even offer a training program for local triathletes.

Annie Cooper, director of Swim! at The Essex has been teaching swimming to people around the world for most of her life with one mantra, “If you’re not having fun, I’m not doing my job.”

We swim. Simply. With ease.

Private Lessons
1 x 30 min Lesson $40.00
4 x 30 min Lessons $140.00
8 x 30 min Lessons $240.00
12 x 30 min Lessons $300.00

Semi-Private Lessons
(2, 3 or 4 swimmers)
1 x 30 min Lesson $30.00 per swimmer
4 x 30 min Lessons $100.00 per swimmer
8 x 30 min Lessons $160.00 per swimmer
Session I (6 weeks)
January 3rd-February 11th, 2011

Baby Swim! at The Essex
Parent and child – Intro to water
Games, songs, splashy fun!
Saturdays, 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Littles Swim! at The Essex
Swim lessons for toddlers and preschoolers
(Parent does not get in water)
9:30-10 a.m. Toddlers who don’t swim underwater
10-10:30 a.m. Toddlers who love to swim underwater
10:30-11 a.m. Pre K and K who don’t swim underwater
11-11:30 a.m. Pre K and K who love to swim underwater

Kids Swim! at The Essex
Must be able to swim 25 yards, independently (ages 4-8)
1-day Option
Wednesdays, 3:45-4:30pm

2-day Option
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:45-4:30pm

Swim! I at The Essex
Must be able to swim 50-100 yards in some fashion (ages 6-18)
1-day Option
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm

2-day Option
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm

Swim! II at The Essex
Must be able to swim 200-300 yards (ages 6-18)
1-day Option
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm

2-day Option
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm

Lunchtime Adult Swim! at The Essex
Must be able to swim 25 yards in some fashion
Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm

Adult Swim! at The Essex
Must be able to swim 25 yards in some fashion
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm

Tri Swim! at The Essex
For all Triathletes, both wannabees and for realz!
Must be able to swim 25 yards.



Call The Essex Resort & Spa for availability and to register:

Payment required at sign up.

Annie Cooper
Director, Swim! at The Essex
Ease in Water

a member of the
Positive Youth Sports Alliance of Essex:
“Promoting a positive sports experience that will teach lifelong
lessons through personal growth and healthy competition”

Local Flavor: Wintery Chicken Soup

By Tom Brooks, Director of Food & Beverage, The Essex Resort & Spa

As I write this, it’s a typical cold, wintery night in Vermont—and it’s got me thinking about a refined and sublime experience: There’s nothing quite like a deliciously satisfying (and hot) dinner while the snow is swirling outside.

One of my favorites is a steaming, piping hot chicken broth that’s clear as ice and teaming with homemade noodles, plus chicken, celery, and carrots. All you need is some crunchy Italian bread and a CD of your favorite Farucca music, and you have the ingredients for a warm, soothing night in.


Classic Chicken Soup
4 quarts water
2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
2 large carrots
3 long celery stalks, peeled
2 Bay leaves
1 lb. fresh dried (or frozen) noodles

Fresh Pasta
8 eggs
5 cups flour

Bring the water to a boil. Clean chicken breast under cold water, making sure to clean off all blood spots.  Put chicken into pot of boiling water, and then simmer for 2 to 3 hours, depending on the size of the breasts.  Cut peeled celery and carrots into large battonette (a little larger than a julienne cut).  Bring the water back to a boil. Take breasts out of broth and separate the meat from the bone. Discard the skin.

To make the pasta, combine the eggs and flour well-style until the dough is smooth to the touch.  Cut into flattened pieces and roll through the pasta machine on the thinnest setting, making wide noodles or thin spaghetti noodles. Cook in salted boiling water until al dente. In the other pot, bring the vegetables, chicken and chicken broth to a simmer.  When vegetables are at the desired tenderness, add noodles and serve piping hot with any favorite chopped herb. And don’t forget the crusty bread!