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The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa

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About The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa

The Essex Resort and Spa at The Ponds and Bolton Valley is a wedding venue in Essex Junction, Vermont. Known as Vermont’s culinary resort, The Essex Resort and Spa offers 18 acres, and its offsite venue, The Ponds at Bolton Valley, features more than 5,000 acres of stunning Vermont mountains and forests. Indoor and outdoor event spaces are the perfect combination of nature and elegance. You’ll find surprises everywhere — for example, the resort’s resident pair of Nigerian Dwarf Goats will entertain your guests as you sit around the campfire ring and catch up with friends and family.

Facilities and Capacity

The Essex Resort has indoor and outdoor spaces perfect for up to 65 guests, 125 guests, and 200 guests. The Essex offers 13,000 square feet of event space, including the The Atrium, East Lawn, The Ballroom, and Salons I, II, and III. The Ponds at Bolton Valley features a space with panoramic views, vaulted ceilings, and space for up to 250 people.


With a variety of culinary-themed guest rooms and suites, you and your wedding guests will be able enjoy the recently-renovated property to the fullest. In case anyone wants to have all the comforts of home, studios and suites with kitchenettes are available, too.

Services Offered

Bar services are also provided, including bartenders, barware, and house liquor, beer, and wine. Parking is available on site. The Essex offers an on-location spa, too, so you and your wedding party will be able to relax and enjoy yourselves. The following items and services are included as part of your wedding package:

  • Bridal Suite
  • Event planning
  • Set up
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Linens
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Parking
  • Clean up


Since The Essex Resort and Spa is a culinary-themed resort, prepare to be impressed. The Essex is known for their expert chefs and extraordinary service. Catering services include but are not limited to:

  • Buffet
  • Cocktail reception
  • Dessert
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Plated meals
  • Wedding cake
  • Cake cutting
  • Servers
  • Stations
  • Tastings


The Essex Resort and Spa and the Ponds at Bolton Valley are located near the shores of Lake Champlain in Essex Junction, Vermont. Burlington International Airport is only 6 miles away.

4.7 out of 5.0

83 Reviews for The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa

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Married on 10/17/2015

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

BEST PLACE TO GET MARRIED. First off- Shana is awesome and answered all our questions. She was so easy to work with. The Essex location is awesome. I was able to meet with Shana before the wedding and ... Read more went through all the small details. We originally wanted to have our ceremony outside but it was so cold that we decided to have it inside and it was perfect. The food was amazing. Also after the dancing was over, we were able to have a bon fire outside and then who ever wanted to stay late at the tavern bar could do so. Highly recommend The Essex for a wedding venue !


Married on 07/20/2019

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Amazing place!

This review is for the Ponds at Bolton Valley. Our planners Julia Preston and Emily Ellis were the most incredible planners throughout the process and were amazing to work with. They answered every ... Read more detailed question and request and threw in so many unique touches to make our day extra special (like a giant five tiered peanut butter cake for our dog) The venue and grounds were beautiful! Loved the bridal suite at the Ponds for pre-ceremony to stay cool... The food was incredible --our favorite was our Friday night welcome bbq with the best pulled pork, mac and cheese and potato salad!-- but everything throughout the weekend was so good. Can't say enough good things about this place!


Married on 07/06/2019

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Wonderful experience

The Essex was the perfect venue for us and I am so grateful to our wedding coordinator Arienne and the entire staff for making our day amazing! With The Essex providing the catering, wedding ... Read more coordinator, equipment (i.e. tables, chairs, linens), much of the usual stress of planning a wedding was alleviated and everything ran so smoothly. In terms of the venue, the lawn and atrium are gorgeous spaces for the ceremony and reception, respectively. Our guests were largely from out of town and it was so convenient for all of them to be able to stay at the resort (which also provides courtesy transportation from the Burlington airport). Our wedding coordinator, Arienne, was incredibly responsive and helpful with inquiries and was organized, calm and flexible throughout the entire planning process and on the wedding day. The food and cake were so delicious and we had many guests with dietary restrictions for whom the chefs made several special plates. All of our guests were very complimentary of venue and services provided. I cannot say enough positive things about the Essex and highly recommend for a wonderful wedding experience.

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