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Dear Friends,

With recent news of the consolidation of New England Culinary Institute (NECI) and the “closing” of their Essex Campus – we realize that there has been some confusion about what this means for The Essex Resort & Spa.  We’d like to take this opportunity to provide clarity to our friends.
First and foremost, we fully support NECI in their endeavors of closing the Franklin Street campus in the village of Essex Junction.  This is a well thought out, strategic move for NECI that supports their Culinary College theme.

This consolidation does not affect the ongoing operations of our resort food and beverage services.  NECI trained Chefs and student interns will continue to provide the exceptional cuisine we’ve been proud of for the last 20 years!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and click below to read more about NECI’s consolidation.  We appreciate your continued support!

Jim Glanville
General Manager


The Essex Resort and Spa had the pleasure of hosting Matt Lauer, from NBC’s Today Show, for an exclusive interview with Vermont native Captain Phillips, who was recently taken hostage by Somali Pirates.

The interview took place Friday, April 24, 2009 in our newly renovated ballroom in the Governors’ Mansion.  The ballroom was transformed from an empty space into a cozy living room with furniture brought in from all over the resort in order to personalize the space.  It was important to make sure everything was captured perfectly in reporting this heroic story.  All the staff at the resort was exited to work with the NBC team and Matt Lauer.  All can report how gracious Matt Lauer was to work it!  The Resort is proud to have been NBC’s choice of venue here in Vermont!

The Resort is proud to have been NBC’s choice of venue here in Vermont!

Click below to see the entire interview, or click HERE for the article!


The party planning season is coming around full-swing and The Essex is proud to announce their newly renovated ballroom as of this month! Whether it is a large company gathering or a pleasant wedding reception the ballroom can fit up to 130 guests. A rehearsal dinner or brunch with all of your closest family and friends would be perfect for the space!


Featured above is our NECI Wedding Coordinator, Stacy Elwell. She is one of the party planning ladies from the entire Essex Resort and Spa! She will coordinate your visit and be a part of every aspect throughout the planning process to being a part of the harmonious event you dreamed of having.  Site tours, menu tasting with the New England Culinary Institute and outdoor adventure opportunities can be a great adventure.  Your wedding should be the time of your life!

Visit the special Weddings & Catering section on our Web site!

By Maggie Kerin