The Essex Resort and Spa at The Ponds and Bolton Valley is a wedding venue in Essex Junction, Vermont. Known as Vermont’s culinary resort, The Essex Resort and Spa offers 18 acres, and its offsite venue, The Ponds at Bolton Valley, features more than 5,000 acres of stunning Vermont mountains and forests. Indoor and outdoor event spaces are the perfect combination of nature and elegance. You’ll find surprises everywhere — for example, the resort’s resident pair of Nigerian Dwarf Goats will entertain your guests as you sit around the campfire ring and catch up with friends and family.
Facilities and Capacity
The Essex Resort has indoor and outdoor spaces perfect for up to 65 guests, 125 guests, and 200 guests. The Essex offers 13,000 square feet of event space, including the The Atrium, East Lawn, The Ballroom, and Salons I, II, and III. The Ponds at Bolton Valley features a space with panoramic views, vaulted ceilings, and space for up to 250 people.
With a variety of culinary-themed guest rooms and suites, you and your wedding guests will be able enjoy the recently-renovated property to the fullest. In case anyone wants to have all the comforts of home, studios and suites with kitchenettes are available, too.
Bar services are also provided, including bartenders, barware, and house liquor, beer, and wine. Parking is available on site. The Essex offers an on-location spa, too, so you and your wedding party will be able to relax and enjoy yourselves. The following items and services are included as part of your wedding package:
Since The Essex Resort and Spa is a culinary-themed resort, prepare to be impressed. The Essex is known for their expert chefs and extraordinary service. Catering services include but are not limited to:
The Essex Resort and Spa and the Ponds at Bolton Valley are located near the shores of Lake Champlain in Essex Junction, Vermont. Burlington International Airport is only 6 miles away.
Recommended by 94% of couples
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Melinda · Married on 09/13/2019
Had the best day
It was a great experience. They were extremely helpful in planning and with the music with my playlist.Sent on 09/18/2019
Caroline · Married on 07/20/2019
This review is for the Ponds at Bolton Valley. Our planners Julia Preston and Emily Ellis were the most incredible planners throughout the process and were amazing to work with. They answered every detailed question and request and threw in so many unique touches to make our day extra special (like a giant five tiered peanut butter cake for our dog)Sent on 07/29/2019
The venue and grounds were beautiful! Loved the bridal suite at the Ponds for pre-ceremony to stay cool...
The food was incredible --our favorite was our Friday night welcome bbq with the best pulled pork, mac and cheese and potato salad!-- but everything throughout the weekend was so good.
Can't say enough good things about this place!
Mibi · Married on 07/06/2019
The Essex was the perfect venue for us and I am so grateful to our wedding coordinator Arienne and the entire staff for making our day amazing! With The Essex providing the catering, wedding coordinator, equipment (i.e. tables, chairs, linens), much of the usual stress of planning a wedding was alleviated and everything ran so smoothly. In terms of the venue, the lawn and atrium are gorgeous spaces for the ceremony and reception, respectively. Our guests were largely from out of town and it was so convenient for all of them to be able to stay at the resort (which also provides courtesy transportation from the Burlington airport). Our wedding coordinator, Arienne, was incredibly responsive and helpful with inquiries and was organized, calm and flexible throughout the entire planning process and on the wedding day. The food and cake were so delicious and we had many guests with dietary restrictions for whom the chefs made several special plates. All of our guests were very complimentary of venue and services provided. I cannot say enough positive things about the Essex and highly recommend for a wonderful wedding experience.Sent on 07/23/2019
We have done several weddings now at the Essex and the Ponds. We enjoyed working with their wedding coordinators, the function rooms are unique and the ceremony sites are beautiful! Highly recommend.
The Essex Resort and Spa is one of my favorite venues for a wedding. Top notch service and beautiful grounds make for an amazing setting. One of my favorite Vermont wedding venues.
Great staff and venue!