Outdoor Recreation

Essex, New York


The intersection of mountains and our vibrant and beautiful lake offers four-season recreational opportunities that are unsurpassed.

HIKING: Champlain Area Trails (CATS) offers trails for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, birding, and picnicking in the Champlain Valley of New York State’s Adirondack Park. For a full map of the trails:

ADIRONDACK HIGH PEAKS: For more strenuous terrain than most of the CATS trails, hike the 46 Adirondack High Peaks. The height of the 46 peaks ranges from 3,820 to 5,344 feet in elevation. All but four of the 46 are right here in Essex County, many within 40 minutes of the Inn. Each offers a unique trekking experience, and it’s possible to hike two or three peaks during a single day.

BIKING: Bicyclists consider the Lake Champlain Bikeways some of the finest cycling in North America.

FISHING: Lake Champlain, with its abundance of trout, salmon, walleye, smelt, and bass, is the four-season home to some of the best fresh-water fishing in the country. Local guide, Jim Hoatling, offers guide service and fishing in his boat, Trolling Tina, on Lake Champlain. 518.963.8266 for reservations.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING: Cross Country Skiing: Within minutes of the Inn, dozens of pristine trails ramble through the hills, woods and pastures, skirting frozen lakes and rivers. Both the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Ski Center and the Cascade Cross Country Ski Center offer groomed trails in Lake Placid.

DOWNHILL SKIING: Whiteface Mountain, known as the Olympic Mountain, is 40 minutes from the Inn and has the highest vertical drop in the East.

SNOWMOBILING: The Adirondacks have miles of well-maintained snow-covered trails through beautiful scenery. Farmhouse Snowmobiling, in Lake Placid, offers tours and trips for groups or families. 518.327.3429

With 200 plus years of history, today’s Essex Inn offers the pinnacle of hospitality.  The Inn’s 10 lovingly restored rooms and suites (and additional Annex lodging that overlooks Lake Champlain) provide modern convenience amid rustic charm, while the Inn’s tavern and restaurant offer an exquisite wine selection and hand-crafted cocktails.  

From Main Street, enter the Inn with its wooden walls, hand-hewn exposed beams, and wide-plank floorboards. Throughout the colder months, fires burn in the tavern’s two hearths, while during warmer seasons, the front porch may beckon you outside for a glass of Chablis or a sumptuous meal.

Located 20 minutes south of Burlington and a short ferry ride across the lake, Essex is cradled between Vermont and the vibrant village of Lake Placid, on the eastern slope of the Adirondacks High Peaks region, accessible by plane, train, car or even boat.

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