The Essex Inn has been in operation for the better part of 200 years in the small lakeside hamlet of Essex, NY on Lake Champlain. A short ferry ride connects the small hamlet to Vermont. The Inn had suffered during the recent recession, and became a bank owned property. The small town of Essex with a population of about 300 people, loss what they felt was Main Street's 'heartbeat.' A local couple who are the founders of a non-profit organization that assists students nationwide to get into college and succeed beyond, decided they would take on the purchase and renovation of the Inn in 2010. They decided to convert some of the space into offices for their organization while also undertaking a complete rehaul of the Inn's rooms and restaurant and bringing it all to a new glory. The painstaking renovations took over a year to complete and in 2011 they leased the Inn, restaurant, and full operations to a young Chef and his wife. The relaunch of the Inn was very much anticipated by the town and area, and now, especially in the summers, the Inn thrives as a destination for lodging and eating for locals and visitors (many boaters from Montreal) alike! During the winters, the sleepy little hamlet is happy to still have a place to gather for things such as Community Happy Hour Night and the popular E-Club Night where patrons who sign up for the Inn's email "Happenings" receive special jaw dropping deals. The Inn offers casual fine-dining, and is nestled among the Adirondack mountains. The double sided wood burning fireplace is a popular focal point, as well as the yellow birch Adirondack styled full bar in the Tavern. The menu changes 3 to 4 times per year and boasts delicious items such as Lobster Bisque, Lamb Kofta Kabobs, Tavern Steak, Grilled Salmon Salad, and Almond Crusted Walleye. Dessert items include Heavenly Chocolate Cake and more. The menu uses local farm ingredients when feasible, and highlights items that can be prepared Gluten Free. There's only one Chef on site for the restaurant that can accommodate up to 60 people, he is also the Innkeeper. The Inn has become a hub for the community and a sense of belonging and a strong desire to see it succeed is a common sentiment among the locals and visitors alike. If you are a visitor, it doesn't take long to make new friends with the locals in Essex, and the Essex Inn's Tavern is just the right spot for that to happen! There's always something happening at the Inn, and you'll never be 'friendless' in the Tavern.
We would love for you to come check us out and find out for yourself from the locals about this cozy little Inn that we all work so hard to keep alive. Our efforts are tireless as we work to provide special dining memories for our guests. Please check it out for yourself!
Gladys and Josh Archer
Innkeepers and Chef,
Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast
2297 Main Street
PO Box 191
Essex, NY 12936
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