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The Inn at Essex Culinary Resort & Spa – Summer Mid-Week Packages

Nestled in the panoramic Green Mountains, The Inn at Essex provides gracious hospitality in charming Essex Junction, Vermont. Discover this unique alternative to the typical Burlington Vermont hotels – where stylish charm and rich service are basic ingredients of every stay. Our stylish country accommodations and tasteful amenities combine elegantly with the warmth of a traditional inn. Savor some of the finest gourmet cooking in the country – from customized private dining to culinary demonstrations – prepared by thehighly acclaimed New England Culinary Institute. Venture out to explore Burlington attractions – just minutes away – or revel in five distinctive ski resorts. You’ll find we’re perfectly positioned to enjoy the best of both worlds. Truly a gem among Vermont resorts, our AAA four – diamond hotel offers personalized service and luxury in a quaint setting.

Day One
Group arrival at the Inn at Essex – A Culinary Resort in Essex, Vermont.  Upon your arrival you will be greeted by your local escort followed by a Welcome Reception.  Tonight we enjoy a wonderful dinner prepared by the inn’s acclaimed chefs.  (D)

Day Two
After a hearty breakfast, you depart with your local guide for a delicious day of touring.   This morning we travel to the Morse Sugar Farm where you will learn about maple sugaring followed by a traditional sugar-on-snow party.  Next enjoy lunch on your own in Montpelier (Vermont’s State Capital) which is home to the New England Culinary Institute.   This afternoon we visit Neighborly Farms, a true Vermont family farm, where you will learn about and see the production of their tasty organic cheddar style cheese.  This evening we enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by another delicious dinner at the inn.  (B,D)

Day Three
Following breakfast, we travel along Lake Champlain to Dakin Farms where you will see the production of their gourmet meats and sample many of their fine Vermont made products.   Next enjoy a visit to the Shelburne Museum, located in Vermont’s scenic Lake Champlain valley, Shelburne Museum is one of the nation’s finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.  Lunch is on your own at the museum.  Our final stop today takes us to the Shelburne Vineyard for a tour and tasting at this new Vermont vineyard. A farewell dinner is served followed by a dessert making demonstration. (B,D)

Day Four
After breakfast, say good-bye to Vermont taking with you many tasty memories.  (B)

Inclusions: 

Three nights deluxe accommodations at the Four Diamond – Inn at Essex

Three dinners

Three full breakfasts

One cooking demonstration

One dessert making demonstration

Guided tour of Morse Sugar Farm with a sugar on snow

Visit to Montpelier

Admission to the Shelburne Museum

Admission to Neighborly Farms

Visit Dakin Farms

Admission to the Shelburne Vineyard

Visit Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory

Two days Vermont guide service

Baggage

Tax and service charges

Comp package for 25 paid packages

Motorcoach Not Included

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the-essex-vermont-s-culinaryChristmas in Vermont
The Brandon Inn & The Inn at Essex
Vermont’s Four Diamond Culinary Resort

Day One – Today we depart for the Green Mountains of Vermont.   We arrive in Brandon, VT where we’ll spend the evening at this historic inn.  Upon your arrival you will be greeted with a Welcome Wine & Cheese Reception in the living room.  This evening we enjoy a four course Christmas Feast followed by a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.  (D)-

Day Two –

Day Three – A deluxe continental breakfast is served at the hotel.  This morning we board the coach for Montpelier (Vermont’s State Capital) where we visit the Morse Sugar Farm to learn about maple sugaring and to enjoy a traditional sugar-on-snow.   Next we enjoy lunch in shopping on our own in Montpelier.  This afternoon we travel to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill where we learn about the production of their delicious cider and sample many of their fine products.  Next we visit the Cabot Cheese and Lake Champlain Chocolate Annex for a little shopping.  We travel to the Trapp Family Lodge for a horse drawn sleigh ride followed by a delicious dinner served in the Main Dining Room.  (DCB,D)

Day Four – After breakfast, we board the coach for home taking with us many fond memories of our time in Vermont! (B)

Inclusions:

One night accommodations                                    Brandon Inn                Brandon, VT

Two nights accommodations                                   Inn at Essex                 Essex, VT

Three dinners including dinner at the Trapp Family Lodge

Two full breakfasts

One deluxe continental breakfast

Visits to Danforth Pewter Company, Dakin Farms, Burlington, Montpelier, Cabot Cheese Annex, Cold Hollow Cider

Admission to Shelburne Vineyard, Morse Sugar Farm, Trapp Family Sleigh Ride (Weather Permitting)

Welcome Wine & Cheese Reception Brandon, Welcome Reception Inn at Essex

Holiday Culinary Demonstration

Baggage, tax and service charges

Comp package for 30 paid packages

Christmas in Vermont
Inn at Essex

Day One

Today we depart for the Green Mountains of Vermont.  This afternoon we check into the Four Diamond, Inn at Essex.  Upon our arrival you will be greeted by the staff with a Red Carpet Welcome followed by cider and cookies in the lobby.  A wonderful holiday buffet dinner is served along with a holiday culinary demonstration.  (D)

Day Two

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we board the coach for Dakin Farms (Vermont’s Tastiest Attraction) where you will see the production of their gourmet meats and cheeses and sample many of their fine products.   Next we visit the Christmas Loft (A 18th Century Dickens This afternoon we enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping on your own at the historic Church Street Marketplace. Next we visit the Shelburne Vineyard for a tour and tasting at this new Vermont vineyard.  Another wonderful dinner is served at the inn.  (DCB,D)

Day Three

Following a deluxe continental breakfast, we travel to Montpelier (Vermont’s State Capital) where we visit the Morse Sugar Farm for a maple sugaring presentation and a traditional sugar-on-snow.  Next we visit the Vermont State House for a guided tour and then enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping on your own.  This afternoon we visit the Cold Hollow Cider Mill where you can see the production of apple cider and sample many of their fine products.  Our next stop takes us to the Cabot Cheese & Vermont Teddy Bear Outlet for a little shopping.  We conclude our day with a horse drawn sleigh ride followed by a delicious dinner served at the Trapp Family Lodge.  (DCB, D)

Day Four

After a full breakfast, we board the coach for our journey home taking fond memories of our time in Vermont!! (B)

Inclusions:

Three nights Four Diamond Accommodations                     Inn at Essex

Three dinners including dinner at the Trapp Family Lodge

Two deluxe continental breakfasts

One full breakfast

Visit to Dakin Farms

Visit to the Christmas Loft

Visit the historic Church Street Marketplace

Admission to the Shelburne Vineyard

Visit to Montpelier

Admission to Morse Sugar Farm

Visit to Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Cabot Cheese & Vermont Teddy Bear Annex

Admission to Trapp Family Sleigh Ride (Weather Pending)

Baggage

Tax and service charges

Comp package for 30 paid packages

Brandon-Inn-Photo-Front-Entrance1Culinary & Arts Weekend Brandon, Vermont

Come and explore Vermont and the small town charm of Brandon. Brandon is home to many artists including the famed- folk artist, Warren Kimble, and over the past few years has seen an influx of new galleries as well as the renovated Brandon Artists Guild.

The new centerpiece of dining in Brandon is the Café Provence, owned and operated by Chef Robert Barral. Barral attended culinary school in Montpellier and hotel school at Lediguière in Grenoble before going to work at the hotel Alban Ambassador in Basel, the four-star Château de Divonne in Divonne-les-Bains, France, and the Terminus Saint-Lazare in Paris. But North America beckoned, and Barral crossed the Atlantic to hang his hat at the Four Seasons Hotel group, working in Montreal, Edmonton, Chicago, and Boston. In 1987, Chef Barral joined the faculty at the New England Culinary Institute and, except for a two-year hiatus cruising around the world as executive chef for Celebrity Cruise Line, he has been there ever since.

Owner/chef Louis Pattis has won the most consecutive awards in the history of A Taste Of Vermont, the most prestigious statewide culinary competition with 25 pre-qualified participants. In past years Chef Pattis and the Brandon Inn were the overall Grand Prize winners and received Gold Medals in Entree, Dessert, Salad and Appetizer categories. Silver Medals were awarded to him in Bread & Starch and Vegetables categories. The Brandon Inn won a Silver and a Gold Medal for Salon Culinaire for Chef Pattis’ butter sculpture of Morgan Horses and his marzipan “Jungle Parade.” Chef Pattis has worked for many top hotels throughout Europe and the United States including the Four Seasons.

Take a weekend to discover the culinary and visionary arts that this wonderful town of Brandon has to offer. Enjoy two nights at the Brandon Inn, Established in 1786 and listed on the National Historic Register. The Brandon Inn is a traditional style country inn in a quintessential small Vermont town setting. The inn offers 40 individually decorated air conditioned rooms with phones; comfortable spacious sitting rooms with antiques; large enclosed porch; and great inn style meals. ?Going to the Brandon Inn is the Attraction?

Upon your arrival you will be treated to dinner at the inn by Austrian trained chef, Louis Pattis. This will be an unforgettable dining experience in the inn’s Main Dining Room.

Start your Saturday with a hearty Vermont country breakfast at the inn. Following breakfast, enjoy a short walk to the Café Provence where you will enjoy a two hour cooking class with Chef Barral, featuring French Cusine. You will have some free time for browsing and lunch on your own in this charming town. This afternoon we return to the Brandon Inn for an afternoon cooking class with Chef Pattis, featuring the foods of Austria. This evening enjoy a gallery walk through a few of Brandon’s Art Galleries. This evening, take time to meet the artists while you enjoy Wine & Hors d’ oeuvres. Conclude your day with a Wine Tasting Dinner at the Café Provence.

After breakfast, depart for home taking with you many fond memories of your time in Vermont.

Package Includes:  Two nights accommodations at the Brandon Inn, two dinners including a wine tasting dinner at Cafe Provence, two full country breakfasts, French cooking demonstration with Chef Barral, Austrian cooking demonstration with Chef Pattis, evening gallery wine & cheese reception, tax and service charges.

Fall Color Culinary Adverture through New England

Sample Itinerary

Day One

Group arrival in Newport, RI. This evening you will be greeted by your tour director and a Welcome Reception at the hotel. Dinner is included this evening. (D)

Day Two

After breakfast, we depart for a day of touring the Newport area. This morning we travel to the Prescott Farm for a Jonny Cake demonstration. We’ll enjoy a guided tour and a visit to one of the beautiful Newport Mansions. We’ll enjoy a traditional Rhode Island Lobster lunch along the waterfront. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Newport Winery for a Tour and Tasting. Then enjoy some free time at the Brick Marketplace before returning to the hotel. Dinner is included at a select restaurant in Newport. (B,D)

Day Three

Following breakfast, we travel to Boston for a special culinary tour of the Italian North End. Lunch is on our own either in the North End or at Quincy Market which is located next door. We continue to Ogunquit for a lobster pulling cruise aboard the Finest Kind lobster boats. We continue to our hotel in Ogunquit where we’ll stay for the next two evenings. Dinner is included once again. (B,D)

Day Four
After breakfast, we’ll visit Kennebunkport (Summer Home of Former President Bush). Next we ravel to Freeport (Home of LL Bean) to visit the Cold River Vodka Company where we learn about their Maine Made Vodka and then to Wilbur Chocolates for some sweet sampling. We have time for a little shopping and lunch on our own in this charming town before returning to our hotel. Tonight we enjoy a traditional Maine Lobsterbake. (B, Lobster Dinner)

Day Five

Following breakfast, we say good-bye to Maine and journey through New Hampshire to Vermont. Our first stop takes us to Quechee Gorge where we’ll have a picture stop before having lunch at the Farmer’s Diner in the Quechee Gorge Village. This afternoon we visit the Vermont Water Buffalo Company where we will tour their farm and sample their delicious yogurt. We continue to Ludlow where we check into the Castle Hill Resort and Spa for the next two evenings. A delicious dinner is served this evening at the resort. (B,L,D)

Day Six

Following breakfast, we travel to Neighborly Farms where we’ll learn about the production of their organic cheddar cheeses and enjoy some wonderful samples. We continue to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill to see their cider mill and sample many of their fine products. Lunch is on your own in Montpelier (Vermont’s State Capital). You can visit one of the New England Culinary Institutes fine restaurants. We conclude our day with a visit to the Morse Sugar Farm where we learn about sugaring and then enjoy a traditional sugar-on-snow. A marvelous farewell dinner is served at the Castle Hill Resort. (B,D)

Day Seven

Following a hearty breakfast, we depart for home taking with us many fond memories of our Culinary Adventure in New England. (B)

Inclusions:

Two nights Newport – Holiday Inn Express in Middletown

Two nights York, Maine – Anchorage Inn or similar
Two nights Vermont – Holiday Inn Rutland
Six dinners including a lobster dinner
Four full breakfasts, two Continental
Admission to Prescott Farm for Johnny Cake Demonstration
Traditional Lobster lunch in Newport
Lunch at the Farmer’s Diner
Wine Tasting at Newport Vineyards
Guided tour of Newport
Admission to Newport Mansion
Visit the Brick Marketplace
Boston Culinary Tour
Admission to lobster pulling cruise
Visit to Kennebunkport
Visit to Cold River Vodka Company
Visit to Wilbur Chocolates
Visit to Freeport and LL Bean
Admission to Vermont Water Buffalo
Admission to Neighborly Farms
Visit to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill
Visit to Montpelier
Admission to Morse Sugar Farm
Fully escorted
Baggage
Deluxe round trip coach transportation

Tax and service charges