Guidebook for Essex

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Guidebook for Essex

Sightseeing

yummy free samples and wonderful products for family and gifts
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Cold Hollow Cider Mill
3600 Waterbury-Stowe Rd
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yummy free samples and wonderful products for family and gifts
Incredible variety of cheeses to taste and many local products. Wine tasting from local orchards too!
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Cabot Farmers' Store
2657 Waterbury-Stowe Rd
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Incredible variety of cheeses to taste and many local products. Wine tasting from local orchards too!
Scenic along island tour. Stop for a swim, picnic, or take pictures. Bathrooms are seasonal.
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Sand Bar State Park
1215 US-2
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Scenic along island tour. Stop for a swim, picnic, or take pictures. Bathrooms are seasonal.
Wonderful historic museum of VT buildings, artifacts, paintings, quilts, toys, carriages, trains, furniture, decoys, and more. Ticket is usually good for 2 days. Some walking involved.
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Museum Shelburne
6000 Shelburne Rd
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Wonderful historic museum of VT buildings, artifacts, paintings, quilts, toys, carriages, trains, furniture, decoys, and more. Ticket is usually good for 2 days. Some walking involved.
scenic stop on an island tour. wine tasting, wine for sale, lunch available, summer concerts on thurs eve.
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Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery
190 W Shore Rd
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scenic stop on an island tour. wine tasting, wine for sale, lunch available, summer concerts on thurs eve.

Drinks & Nightlife

Great selection of beer, but the best thing is blues night on Thursday eve.
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On Tap Bar & Grill
4 Park St
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Great selection of beer, but the best thing is blues night on Thursday eve.
Incredible sunset, live music, waterfront location! Seasonal.
Breakwater Café & Grill
1 King St
Incredible sunset, live music, waterfront location! Seasonal.
Colorful umbrellas and tables right outside on the docks. great for sunsets.
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Splash At the Boathouse
2 College St
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Colorful umbrellas and tables right outside on the docks. great for sunsets.
famous for loaded fries and great dance music
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Nectar's
188 Main St
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famous for loaded fries and great dance music
drinks and great music, accessible on church st
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Red Square
136 Church St
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drinks and great music, accessible on church st

Food Scene

Great french food and wine facing the Church St. marketplace often with small music ensembles.
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Leunig's Bistro
115 Church St
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Great french food and wine facing the Church St. marketplace often with small music ensembles.
Popular place to dine. Live jazz on Wednesday night.
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Hotel Vermont
41 Cherry St
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Popular place to dine. Live jazz on Wednesday night.
Best Italian restaurant, especially pizza and creamy tortellini! Casual.
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Mimmo's Pizzeria & Restaurant - Essex
4 Carmichael St
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Best Italian restaurant, especially pizza and creamy tortellini! Casual.
Restaurant with fantastic wine list. History, tours, xcountry ski, snowshoe, music, hiking. Incredible decorations at Christmas. Very Expensive to stay there, but not too far for a great day trip!
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Trapp Family Lodge
700 Trapp Hill Rd
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Restaurant with fantastic wine list. History, tours, xcountry ski, snowshoe, music, hiking. Incredible decorations at Christmas. Very Expensive to stay there, but not too far for a great day trip!
Best breakfast joint ever! Very popular, be prepared to wait. 2 people can share 1 breakfast. worth the wait :)
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Sneakers Bistro
28 Main St
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Best breakfast joint ever! Very popular, be prepared to wait. 2 people can share 1 breakfast. worth the wait :)
Easy place to stop for a snack (breakfast and lunch), newspaper, bottle of wine. Sets up above the lake with incredible views. Eat inside or out. Really good bathrooms too.
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Burlington Community Boathouse Marina
1 College St
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Easy place to stop for a snack (breakfast and lunch), newspaper, bottle of wine. Sets up above the lake with incredible views. Eat inside or out. Really good bathrooms too.
Excellent deli sandwiches and easy parking right in front.
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Martone's Market & Café
16 Main St
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Excellent deli sandwiches and easy parking right in front.
Especially great for coffee and baked goods. Popular for Sunday brunch. Beautiful remodeled VT home. cozy fireplace too.
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The Jericho Café
30 VT-15
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Especially great for coffee and baked goods. Popular for Sunday brunch. Beautiful remodeled VT home. cozy fireplace too.
Favorite ski area of the locals because it is not right off the highway. Reasonable prices for great skiing. Plenty of skiing for everyone and easy to contain children to certain areas and meet up.
Smugglers' Notch Base Lodge
Favorite ski area of the locals because it is not right off the highway. Reasonable prices for great skiing. Plenty of skiing for everyone and easy to contain children to certain areas and meet up.
Good eats, wonderful spa, cooking classes. Both fine dining and tavern.
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The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
70 Essex Way
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Good eats, wonderful spa, cooking classes. Both fine dining and tavern.
Excellent fine Italian dining! Not really a family place for smaller children.
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Trattoria Delia
152 St Paul St
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Excellent fine Italian dining! Not really a family place for smaller children.
feed the kids with "hot and ready" pizza for $6 per pizza
Little Ceasers Pizza
111 Jericho Turnpike
feed the kids with "hot and ready" pizza for $6 per pizza
great for a bite to eat and walk along the inland sea. Incredible location. Call to see what meals are available to the public.
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Shore Acres
237 Shore Acres Dr
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great for a bite to eat and walk along the inland sea. Incredible location. Call to see what meals are available to the public.
great view, haven't eaten there in a long time
Ice House Restaurant & Bar
great view, haven't eaten there in a long time
mostly seafood with a great view of the lake
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Shanty on the Shore
181 Battery St
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mostly seafood with a great view of the lake
best salad bar in the area
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Windjammer Restaurant
1076 Williston Rd
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best salad bar in the area
quick, easy, convenient, on the way to burlington
Bagel Market
30 Susie Wilson Rd
quick, easy, convenient, on the way to burlington
funky, cozy, coffee shop on main st. burlington. good stop to warm up.
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Muddy Waters
184 Main St
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funky, cozy, coffee shop on main st. burlington. good stop to warm up.
breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert crepes and live music
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Skinny Pancake
60 Lake St
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breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert crepes and live music

Entertainment & Activities

Great rainy day activity for adults and children including water tanks, fish, weather, play stations, history, special exhibits. Cafe and gift shop.
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ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
1 College St
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Great rainy day activity for adults and children including water tanks, fish, weather, play stations, history, special exhibits. Cafe and gift shop.
Farm, restaurant and Seasonal property with incredible sweeping views of the lake and Adirondacks. Best for breakfast or Sunday brunch in season.
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Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road
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Farm, restaurant and Seasonal property with incredible sweeping views of the lake and Adirondacks. Best for breakfast or Sunday brunch in season.
great 2-3 hour walk/snowshoe. Requires a pass in the summer but open other seasons. Especially beautiful in fall foliage season.
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Indian Brook Reservoir
55-1479 Indian Brook Rd
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great 2-3 hour walk/snowshoe. Requires a pass in the summer but open other seasons. Especially beautiful in fall foliage season.
Excellent destination for a tour of the islands. Like a general store that also sells baked goods, coffee and sandwiches. Something for everyone. Old fashioned candy shop too.
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Hero's Welcome
3537 US-2
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Excellent destination for a tour of the islands. Like a general store that also sells baked goods, coffee and sandwiches. Something for everyone. Old fashioned candy shop too.
classic VT general store
Shelburne General Store SS/CF
classic VT general store
sledding, xcountry skiing, outdoor ice skating rink. Call for hours and equipment rental. summer mountain biking
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Catamount Outdoor Family Center
592 Governor Chittenden Rd
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sledding, xcountry skiing, outdoor ice skating rink. Call for hours and equipment rental. summer mountain biking
Great concerts and other performances
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Spruce Peak Base station
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Great concerts and other performances

Shopping

Many adult and children's clothing outlets. Movie theatre with 3D screen. Also dry clean, UPS, post office, CVS, Hannaford's, health food store, a few small restaurants
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Essex Experience
21 Essex Way
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Many adult and children's clothing outlets. Movie theatre with 3D screen. Also dry clean, UPS, post office, CVS, Hannaford's, health food store, a few small restaurants
Outdoor market place open year round. Decorated for the holidays. Excellent shopping and strolling. Makes for an afternoon activity. Park in parking garages.
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Church Street Marketplace station
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Outdoor market place open year round. Decorated for the holidays. Excellent shopping and strolling. Makes for an afternoon activity. Park in parking garages.
outlet prices
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Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store
750 Pine St
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outlet prices
great variety and some discounted products
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Lake Champlain Chocolates
2653 Waterbury-Stowe Rd
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great variety and some discounted products
Excellent variety of name brand footwear and general outdoor/sports clothing. sandals, winter boots, clogs, carhaarts, outer gear, winter socks, gloves, hats, etc
Lenny's Shoe & Apparel
2121 Essex Rd
Excellent variety of name brand footwear and general outdoor/sports clothing. sandals, winter boots, clogs, carhaarts, outer gear, winter socks, gloves, hats, etc
great gift ideas
Christmas Tree Shops
100 Cypress St
great gift ideas

Arts & Culture

Lots of choices, easy parking, 3D, modern and new.
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Essex Cinemas
21 Essex Way
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Lots of choices, easy parking, 3D, modern and new.
Smaller theatre with more unusual movie listings.
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Merrill's Roxy Cinema
222 College St
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Smaller theatre with more unusual movie listings.
check listings for local performances - great theatre! Park in surrounding garages.
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Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
153 Main St
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check listings for local performances - great theatre! Park in surrounding garages.
Variety of music, ensembles, singer/performers, visiting artists, comedy, etc. (Robert Cray, Second City....)
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Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
122 Hourglass Drive
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Variety of music, ensembles, singer/performers, visiting artists, comedy, etc. (Robert Cray, Second City....)
lots of great "rock" concerts and many other performances. Generally not seated. Bar and bar food available. Check to see if performance allows under 18.
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Higher Ground
1214 Williston Rd
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lots of great "rock" concerts and many other performances. Generally not seated. Bar and bar food available. Check to see if performance allows under 18.
check listings - music, dance, ballet, etc.
Flynn Avenue
Flynn Avenue
check listings - music, dance, ballet, etc.
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Fleming Museum of Art
61 Colchester Ave
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Everything Else

Great ski area! Well groomed and lots of trail selection. expensive but comprehensive.
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The Lodge at Spruce Peak
7412 Mountain Rd
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Great ski area! Well groomed and lots of trail selection. expensive but comprehensive.
A good option for first day of skiing, or for intermediate skiers, or teaching children. Not for the diehard, but has better prices and friendly for less advanced skiers.
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Bolton Valley Resort
4302 Bolton Access Rd
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A good option for first day of skiing, or for intermediate skiers, or teaching children. Not for the diehard, but has better prices and friendly for less advanced skiers.
closest golf course
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The Links at Lang Farm
39 Essex Way
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closest golf course
liquor store, gas station, convenience store - closest to home.
State Liquor Store
39 Park St
liquor store, gas station, convenience store - closest to home.
fantastic path for walking, biking, rollerblading, etc. along the waterfront
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Bike Path
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fantastic path for walking, biking, rollerblading, etc. along the waterfront
Interesting exhibits for adults and children, all about Lake Champlain and VT
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ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
1 College St
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Interesting exhibits for adults and children, all about Lake Champlain and VT