At just 30 years old Elise Stefanik is America’s youngest Congresswoman, but the youthful New York Republican representing the 21st District demonstrated diplomacy and mettle in a recent New York Post article. When queried about favorite upstate haunts, Rep. Stefanik’s praise fell upon several local (and local-ish) destinations including Fort Ticonderoga, Stewart’s Shops, Cascade Mountain, and the Essex Inn.
Stefanik Loves Essex Inn
“This light-yellow historic inn has always been one of my favorite buildings in the district. I love visiting the restaurant for a quiet night with exceptional food.” ~ Rep. Elise Stefanik (New York Post)
Bravo, Essex Inn! And bravo, Rep. Stefanik for celebrating a local gem! I heartily agree with Stefanik. The handsome yellow building with a row of stately white columns is an Essex icon, and the food just gets better and better each year.
Popular Essex Inn Articles
If you’ve missed any of the recent buzz about the Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast, here are some of the most popular posts.
Essex Inn Welcomes New Chef and Innkeeper The recently reopened restaurant at the Essex Inn is dishing up gourmet fare at reasonable prices, and the public is taking note. I’ve yet to visit the restaurant on a slow night. Diners are coming from near and far, with many motoring south from Plattsburgh in pursuit of fine dining in a charming Adirondack Coast atmosphere. Executive Chef Keith Castro and Room 12 co-owner Lanai Monahan are Plattsburgh residents, and their loyal following think nothing of the 35-45 minute drive to Essex.
Historic Essex Inn The Essex Inn is another historic Essex building that was built in stages. It was built in c. 1810 in Federal style with a five-bay facade, and triangular gable roof ends on either side of the building–unlike the later popular front-facing Greek Revival gable. The inn was later expanded and connected to a similar framed building to the north of it around 1829, which gave it a very similar look to Wright’s Inn down the street. A Greek Revival colonnade was added to the front of the building in c. 1835, and the eleven wooden columns that supported the new two stories of porches gave the building a look somewhat like Greek temple. It is perhaps the most iconic Greek influenced building within the main village.
Essex Inn Takeout Offering takeout is a tricky business… [but] Keith Castro is not one to choose the easy way out. Right from the get-go he made a commitment to serve takeout, and he’s consistently impressed me with made-to-order specials, custom tailored to my diet and preferences, again and again.
Vintage Postcard: Essex Inn (Early 1900s) The original inn was built circa 1810 and since then has undergone several additions and renovations. Though the inn today is certainly recognizable and closely resembles the historic image on the postcard there are some changes to its outer appearance. Today the lanterns on the end columns are no longer there along with the rectangular sign above the entryway on the porch and the small one on the left end of the building. You can see the new sign for the inn in the recent photo to the right.
Westport Hotel to Essex Inn: The Grand Hike on Champlain Area Trails The Grand Hike on Champlain Area Trails will take place on May 3, 2014! Beginning at the Westport Hotel and Tavern in Westport, NY with breakfast available, this 14-mile trek will take participants along CATS trails and back roads through the Champlain Valley’s picturesque landscape to Essex, NY where they can join in celebrations at the Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast.
Vintage Photo: Essex Inn & Old Brick Block Last week we shared the photo above that captures an old scene on Main Street in Essex, New York. Since the date 1908 is on the photo I think it’s a safe guess that is the year the photo was taken. Do you recognize this Essex scene? I’m sure the long building in the center is recognizable—the Essex Inn—especially with the sign clear on the upper porch along with the photo’s title naming it!
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