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Essex is a small town located on the western shore of Lake Champlain in Essex County and is a popular tourist destination. It is also often called New Yorks "most historic hamlet." As of the 2000 census, the population of Essex was 713. Essex was part of a land grant made to Louis Joseph Robart by King Louis XV of Franch, but the land grant was lost after the British took over the region after 1763. The area was first settled around 1765 and the town was formed from a part of the town of Willsboro in 1805. It became an important shipbuilding location. Today, Essex contains one of the most intact collections of pre-Civil War architecture in the nation and has welcomed visitors for centuries to the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain. The towns remarkable collection of Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it boasts that it is a village that "went to sleep architecturally for 100 years" and has not changed in any important aspects. Essex is a quiet, peaceful place, with over sixty percent of the land in the town classified as agricultural. The countryside is filled with working farms and open fields and a "pastoral landscape. " Lake Champlain offers swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, picnicking, hiking and biking. Essex is just one hour from Burlington, Vermont and two hours from Albany and a four hour drive from New York City.

Surrounding areas: Willsboro, New York (4.1 mi), Westport, New York (9.6 mi), Augur Lake, New York (12.6 mi), Jay, New York (18.9 mi), Keene, New York (22.0 mi), Wilmington, New York (23.5 mi), Plattsburgh, New York (27.1 mi)

Essex Vacation Rentals

Essex Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Jimmos Four Corner Motel BLDG 1Rt 7North Ferrisburg, VT7.5 mi.(802) 425-2967
Jimmos Four Corner Motel BLDG 2Rt 7North Ferrisburg, VT7.5 mi.(802) 425-2967
Jimmos Four Corner Motel BLDG 3Rt 7North Ferrisburg, VT7.5 mi.(802) 425-2967
Pico Resort HotelSherburne PassShelburne, VT7.9 mi.( ) -
Shelburne HouseHBR RdShelburne, VT7.9 mi.(802) 985-8686
T-Bird Motel Inn4405 Shelburne RdShelburne, VT8.7 mi.(802) 985-3663
Dutch Mill Motel BLDG Units 1-52056 Shelburne RdShelburne, VT8.8 mi.(802) 985-3568
Econo Lodge Office1960 Shelburne RdShelburne, VT8.8 mi.( ) -
La Quinta Inn2056 Shelburne RdShelburne, VT8.8 mi.(801) 954-9292
North Star Motel2000 Shelburne RdShelburne, VT8.8 mi.(802) 863-3421
Econo Lodge3164 Shelburne RdShelburne, VT9.7 mi.(802) 985-3377
The Westport Hotel6691 Main StWestport, NY10.5 mi.(518) 962-4501
Rodeway Inn1860 Shelburne RdSouth Burlington, VT10.8 mi.( ) -
Comfort Suites1712 Shelburne RdSouth Burlington, VT10.9 mi.(802) 860-1112
Holiday Inn Express - So Burlington1720 Shelburne RdSouth Burlington, VT10.9 mi.(802) 860-6000
Main Stay Suites1702 Shelburne RdSouth Burlington, VT10.9 mi.(802) 860-1986
Smart Suites1700 Shelburne RdSouth Burlington, VT10.9 mi.(802) 860-9900
Handys Town House1330 Shelburne RdSouth Burlington, VT11.2 mi.( ) -
Ho Hum Motel1200 Shelburne RdSouth Burlington, VT11.3 mi.( ) -
Rodeway Inn1016 Shelburne RdSouth Burlington, VT11.5 mi.(802) 862-6421
Susse Chalet590 St George RdWilliston, VT13.1 mi.( ) -
Bel Aire Motel111 Shelburn RdBurlington, VT13.4 mi.(802) 863-3116
Hawthorn Suites Hotel401 Dorset StSo Burlington, VT13.4 mi.(802) 860-1212
Mid Town Motel230 Main StBurlington, VT13.5 mi.( ) -
Wyndham Burlington60 Battery StBurlington, VT13.5 mi.(802) 658-6500
Comfort Inn & Suites5 Dorset StSouth Burlington, VT13.9 mi.(800) 808-4656
Sheraton Burlington Hotel870 Williston RdSouth Burlington, VT14.0 mi.(802) 863-6576
Clarion Hotel & Conference CTR1117 Williston RdSouth Burlington, VT14.1 mi.(802) 658-0250
Holiday Inn Burlington1068 Williston RdSouth Burlington, VT14.1 mi.(802) 863-6363
Comfort Inn & Suites1285 Williston RdSouth Burlington, VT14.2 mi.(802) 865-3400
Swiss Host Motel Office Building1272 Williston RdSouth Burlington, VT14.2 mi.(802) 862-5734
Flight Inn1710 Williston RdSouth Burlington, VT14.3 mi.(802) 985-8002
Residence Inn By Marriott35 Hurricane LnWilliston, VT14.7 mi.(802) 878-2001
Courtyard By Marriott177 Hurricane LnWilliston, VT14.8 mi.(802) 879-0100
Villa Motel1875 Rt 9Keeseville, NY14.9 mi.(518) 834-7579
Days Inn23 College PkwyColchester, VT15.6 mi.(802) 655-0900
Towneplace Suites By Marriott66 Zephyr RdWilliston, VT15.6 mi.(802) 872-5900
Fairfield Inn By Marriot84 South Park DrColchester, VT15.9 mi.(802) 655-1400
Sugar House Motor InnRt 7New Haven, VT16.2 mi.(802) 388-2770
Bryants Tourist HomePartridge HLWilliston, VT16.6 mi.(802) 878-4741
Bed & Breakfast
Mama Bowers B & BMain StRichmond, VT18.9 mi.(802) 434-2632
Swift House Inn25 Stewart LnMiddlebury, VT22.2 mi.(802) 388-9925
Mad River Inn243 Tremblay RdWaitsfield, VT28.2 mi.(802) 496-7900

Essex Weather & Climate

The Adirondack Mountains, near Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, enjoys four specific seasons with winters that are crisp, cold and snowy and warm, pleasant summers with low humidity. In spring and autumn, the days are warm and the evenings cool, perfect for viewing the wildflowers of April or the colors of fall. The average summer temperature is 75 F (24 C) and the average low is 50F (10 C); winter's average high is 27 F (-3 C) and the average low is 5 F (-15 C). The annual precipitation is 39 inches, keeping the forests green and the lakes and streams flowing. As with most mountain climates, the weather can change quickly, however, so be prepared. A sunny day can turn stormy very quickly in the higher elevations. Luckily, the Adirondacks do not experience the devastation of tornadoes, earthquakes or hurricanes as do some other areas of the country. There is no specific rainy season; rather there are both wet and dry spells in every season.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 3°F 2.65 in. -
February 31°F 5°F 2.16 in. -
March 41°F 17°F 2.73 in. -
April 54°F 30°F 2.87 in. -
May 68°F 41°F 3.17 in. -
June 76°F 50°F 3.37 in. -
July 81°F 55°F 3.13 in. -
August 79°F 53°F 3.88 in. -
September 70°F 43°F 3.63 in. -
October 57°F 32°F 3.20 in. -
November 45°F 25°F 3.28 in. -
December 33°F 13°F 2.45 in. -

Essex Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Burlington International airport (BTV) located about 14 miles northeast of Essex in Burlington, Vermont, the Plattsburgh International airport (PBG) located approximately 24 miles north of Essex in Plattsburgh, New York, the Clinton County airport (PLB) located roughly 27 miles northwest of Essex in Plattsburgh, New York, the Edward F Knapp State airport (MPV) located around 39 miles east of Essex in Barre - Montpelier, Vermont, the Adirondack Regional airport (SLK) located about 42 miles west of Essex in Saranac Lake, New York, the Rutland State airport (RUT) located approximately 57 miles south of Essex in Rutland, Vermont, the Floyd Bennett Memorial airport (GFL) located roughly 68 miles south of Essex in Glens Falls, New York, and finally the Lebanon Municipal airport (LEB) located around 70 miles southeast of Essex in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Essex Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Great EscapeLake GeorgeNY63.6 mi.
Magic Forest ParkLake GeorgeNY63.6 mi.
Water Parks
Water Slide WorldLake GeorgeNY63.6 mi.
Enchanted Forest/Water SafariOld ForgeNY90.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Willsboro Golf ClubWillsboroNY4.1 mi.
Kwiniaska Golf ClubShelburneVT8.2 mi.
Westport Country ClubWestportNY9.8 mi.
Cedar Knoll Country ClubHinesburgVT12.0 mi.
Vermont National Country ClubSouth BurlingtonVT13.8 mi.
Port Kent Golf CoursePort KentNY14.7 mi.
Catamount Golf ClubWillistonVT16.7 mi.
Williston Golf ClubWillistonVT16.7 mi.
Essex Country ClubEssex JunctionVT17.3 mi.
AuSable Valley Golf CourseAu Sable ForksNY18.1 mi.
Camroden Golf CourseRomeNY18.5 mi.
Delta Knolls Golf CenterRomeNY18.5 mi.
Golf KnollsRomeNY18.5 mi.
Rome Country ClubRomeNY18.5 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country ClubRomeNY18.5 mi.
Moriah Country ClubPort HenryNY19.4 mi.
Ralph Myhre Golf CourseMiddleburyVT22.8 mi.
Arrowhead Golf CourseMiltonVT25.1 mi.
Barracks Golf CoursePlattsburghNY27.1 mi.
Bluff Point Golf Club & ResortPlattsburghNY27.1 mi.
Wilcox Cove Cottages & GolfGrand IsleVT28.5 mi.
Blush Hill Country ClubWaterburyVT29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
WhitefaceWilmingtonNY23.5 mi.
Bolton Valley ResortBoltonVT23.7 mi.
Mad River GlenWaitsfieldVT27.4 mi.
SugarbushWarrenVT28.1 mi.
Smugglers NotchJeffersonvilleVT34.6 mi.
Stowe Mountain ResortStoweVT34.7 mi.
Middlebury CollegeHancockVT36.7 mi.
KillingtonKillingtonVT52.2 mi.
Gore MountainNorth CreekNY54.0 mi.
Suicide SixWoodstockVT63.0 mi.
West MountainGlens FallsNY70.7 mi.
Okemo Mountain ResortLudlowVT71.0 mi.
Ascutney Mountain ResortBrownsvilleVT72.9 mi.
Cannon MountainFranconiaNH79.6 mi.
BromleyManchester CenterVT79.7 mi.
Willard MountainGreenwichNY84.6 mi.
Loon MountainLincolnNH85.4 mi.
StrattonStratton MountainVT85.4 mi.
Bretton WoodsTwin MountainNH89.7 mi.
Ragged MountainDanburyNH91.9 mi.
State Parks
Kings Bay State ParkVT6.1 mi. 
Mount Philo State ParkVT7.6 mi. 
Button Bay State ParkVT9.0 mi. 
Mallets Bay State ParkVT20.3 mi. 
Camels Hump State ParkVT21.8 mi. 
Sand Bar State ParkVT22.1 mi. 
Monroe State ParkVT24.9 mi. 
Grand Isle State ParkVT25.8 mi. 
Little River State ParkVT28.5 mi. 
Cumberland Bay State ParkNY29.2 mi. 
Knight Point State ParkVT31.3 mi. 
Branbury State ParkVT31.6 mi. 
Burton Island State ParkVT32.7 mi. 
Killkare State ParkVT32.9 mi. 
Woods Island State ParkVT34.7 mi. 
Knight Island State ParkVT35.0 mi. 
Bradbury State ParkVT35.4 mi. 
Saint Albans Bay State ParkVT36.1 mi. 
Shelburne MuseumShelburneVT7.9 mi.(Art)
Penfield Homestead MuseumCrown PointNY25.2 mi.(History)
Charles Dickert Memorial Wildlife MuseumSaranac LakeNY38.5 mi.(Science)
Vermont Historical Society MuseumMontpelierVT38.6 mi.(History)

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