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Located about 15 minutes from Burlington, Vermont, The Essex Resort & Spa is a picturesque and charming getaway. The inviting property sits on 18 acres and includes a pool, six tennis courts, an adventure center and climbing wall, and tons of trails for hiking. But what sets it apart is the Forbes Travel Guide recommended hotel considers itself a “culinary resort.” There’s a chef’s garden filled with produce for the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, Amuse, and more casual spot, The Tavern. And budding chefs can participate in baking and cooking classes taught by chef instructors at its Cook Academy.