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.
90 Reviews for The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa
Recommended by 93% of couples
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Diana Southworth Stewart Hassenberg · Getting married on 09/09/2020
Dream-like and stress free!
Emily Ellis and Julia were amazing coordinators! The process of settling all the details was easy with them in our corner, and they really go above and beyond in every way to make sure you feel special, stress-free, and so helped with everything! They even helped me stuff welcome bags and set up the gardens for our rehearsal dinner cocktail hour since the weather was nice! The venue is beyond gorgeous. the gardens and grounds were immaculate which is saying a lot since we had our wedding later in the season after so many weddings all summer.. but you would never have known! Many guests told my husband and me that it was the most fun and beautiful wedding they have ever been to, and a lot of that is kudos to the venue for making it that way!Sent on 10/25/2019
Meg A · Getting married on 07/10/2020
The Essex Helped us plan our dream wedding!
We got engaged late in the season and only had a limited amount of time to plan our wedding, but the minute we saw the Essex, our decision was made and our stress went away. The atrium space is absolutely GORGEOUS, but still a blank canvas that you can show your own personality! Not to mention, it meant piece of mind in case of inclement weather for our fall wedding. Emily Ellis and her team were a dream to work with. They were always responsive and provided us with the guidance we needed to plan our dream wedding. The Essex supplies everything you can imagine from tables, chairs and linens to easels, table numbers, and a cake stand. The food was DELICIOUS (as was the cake, which was so beautiful and designed exactly as I had imagined). Everyone in the bridal party did hair and makeup onsite at the spa and they did a wonderful job. They helped us to make a schedule that wasn't rushed, and everyone looked amazing. The Essex also let us setup the day prior to the wedding and were available to assist with everything. Emily was our coordinator and day-of she made the day run SO smoothly. I didn't have to worry about a thing, and she was flexible in making adjustments as things changed. She also took amazing care of us - always offering to grab us something to eat or drink (and even suppling endless gluten free options to meet my dietary restrictions). Plus, the venue and grounds are absolutely gorgeous with many amazing spots for photo ops. Finally, it was amazing to be able to have all of our friends and family staying onsite in their very nice accommodations. We had the best day of our lives and thanks to the Essex it was stress-free and perfect. We would highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a seamless, wonderful day!Sent on 11/02/2019
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
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!