80 Rooms / 40 Suites
The Essex Resort & Spa lures you in with its lovely location (it’s close to the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain) and its coziness factor (suites come with a sitting area in front of a fireplace). Foodies have an extra incentive to visit the Forbes Travel Guide recommended resort: Onsite restaurant Amuse uses produce plucked from its own garden, and The Tavern specializes in dry-aged local beef and Vermont microbrews. The Burlington hotel offers a cooking school where you’ll dig into local ingredients alongside world-class chefs. When you want a break from the kitchen, spend some time in the full-service spa, where you can warm up in front of the fire in the lounge.