Popularity of our small Essex town is growing! The Montreal Gazette came out with a nice article yesterday describing the revitalization of the Essex Inn. The piece entitled, “Rejuvenated Essex Inn Has Become a Social Hub” describes the changes and improvements to the inn and also talks about some activities tourists can partake in at the inn and also in the surrounding area, including the Champlain Area Trails, Live Well, and more. Rumor has it, the Montreal Gazette may be back in the area to explore more of Essex in the spring (according to Josh Archer). Here is just an excerpt from the article, but be sure to read the whole thing!
“Nearly new at about 200 years old, the delightful Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast is at the heart of the revitalization of a historic town on the New York shore of Lake Champlain.
The Essex Inn opened circa 1812 when the lakefront town was a shipbuilding centre, but even with all the business traffic, the little inn likely never was as appealing as it is today. It is operated by a young couple, Gladys Archer and her husband, Josh, the chef. Enthusiastic and determined, they have a hit on their hands. The inn has a lively pub and dining room, eight handsomely decorated guest rooms in the main building and one striking three-bedroom apartment across the street, with a spectacular view of Lake Champlain.
The rejuvenation of Essex has been a team effort. Rick and Karen Dalton, summer vacationers who recently became full-time residents, have restored several buildings. It’s a worthy project. The town is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, prized for its exceptional architecture, some of which dates to the late 1700s…” (Montreal Gazette)
- Lake Champlain Region Heritage (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vine, Wine, & Dine (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Happy Hour at the Essex Inn (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)