Thanksgiving Dinner at the Essex Inn

Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast (photo courtesy of Jill Piper)

Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast (photo courtesy of Jill Piper)

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast, served family style with a whole turkey to carve. Toasty fireplaces, rustic splendor, fabulous food and drinks, family, laughs, special memories… and NO WORRY ABOUT CLEAN UP.

When: Thursday, November 24th. Seating from Noon to 1:30pm, Open Reservations.
Where: Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast
Info: See our website for the full menu and pricing: www.essexinnessex.com

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Visions of the North Country: Mixed Media Art Show

Visions of the North Country (Sue Doin, Amy Guglielmo and Judy Guglielmo)

Visions of the North Country (Amy Guglielmo, Judy Guglielmo and Sue Doin)

Visions of the North Country: Mixed Media Art Show
Sue Doin ‐ Watercolors
Amy Guglielmo ‐ Acrylic
Judy Guglielmo ­‐ Mixed Media

Opening Reception:
November 9th, 2011
6:30-­‐8:00pm
Refreshments will be served

Show Dates:
November 2nd-­‐ December 7th

Location:
Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast
2297 Main St Essex, NY
518.963.4400
www.essexinnessex.com

Farm to Table Dinner

Farm to Table Dinner at the Essex Inn, featuring food from Essex Farm

Farm Fresh Garden Salad with our House Balsamic Vinaigrette
Organic Free Range Chicken Curry
with Farm Fresh Currants, Wilted Swiss Chard, and Brown Rice
NY Style Cheesecake made with Farm Fresh Eggs
drizzled with a Fresh Raspberry Melba Sauce
28 per person
*Includes coffee or tea, does not include taxes or gratuities
reservations required
518-963-4400

Longtime Residents Recall Essex Inn Years Ago

Karen and Rick Dalton at the Essex Inn with longtime Essex residents

Karen and Rick Dalton with longtime Essex residents (photo courtesy of The Press Republican)

Last Sunday Alvin Reiner at the Press-Republican ran a fascinating story about the Essex Inn and the fusion of past and future in this historic landmark recently renovated by the Daltons and now open to the public.

Early on, Rick and Karen Dalton took down the fence between the Essex Inn here and the senior center behind the historic property.

“We told them (the seniors) would be the first guests to have lunch here,” said Rick, who with his wife bought the inn last year and had it renovated.

At that lunch, senior citizens reminisced about their memories of the inn; high-school students from Willsboro caught those stories for a video production on the history of Essex and its inn.

“This is a place to learn about local history, and for the students to develop a bond with senior citizens,” Rick said. (via Press-Republican)

It is this interplay of historic Essex and evolving, revitalized Essex that makes the Daltons’ renovation so exciting. On the one hand, they’ve restored a significant historic landmark that dates back to the founding of Essex. On the other hand, they’ve resuscitated and modernized the facilities to ensure that even the most discerning clientele will feel pampered and eager to return.

In addition to charming inn accommodations, a delicious restaurant (where my appetite’s been spoiled twice already and where I’ll be returning this evening), a handsome Adirondack rustic bar, and a garden oasis, the top-to-bottom renovation allowed the Daltons to include offices for College for Every Student (CFES). Their two decade old nonprofit “helps underserved students take steps to prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college.” In short, CFES is an organization committed to the future of everyone they serve!

CFES currently works with 140 rural and urban schools and districts in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Each school works with more than 50 CFES Scholars (low-income youth), most of whom would be first in their family to pursue higher education, to help them get to college and succeed there. (via collegefes.org)

Dakoda Latford, Taylor Strong, John Fine-Lease and John Pollack, Willsboro students who are currently enrolled in the CFES program, are creating a multi-media presentation from the stories that the seniors recounted about the history of the Essex Inn as part of a service leadership project. According to Karen Dalton, these CFES students are building their own college futures while preserving the past.

“We are reaching out to bridge the gap, as there is often a lot of knowledge that gets lost,” she said. (via Press-Republican.)

Essex has long represented an important bridge back into history, but the Dalton’s Essex Inn revitalization is one of many new bridges forward toward a bright and shiny future.

Summer Arrives in Essex on Lake Champlain

Kim Rielly posted an enthusiastic blog post about summer in Essex celebrating flood recovery, exciting new businesses and the timeless charm that has drawn visitors and residents for decades. She asks,

“could it possibly be true that the recently-submerged businesses were planning to open THIS summer?

It’s true. In fact, the community is not only ready to welcome visitors for the summer – it is veritably BUZZING with activity.

A stroll through the tree-lined streets of this historic town is quite a treat. Bolstered by pedestrian traffic from the ferry from Vermont, the restaurants, shops, inns and art galleries complement the gorgeous 19th century architecture, (the entire village is on the National Historic Register, and includes the most intact collections of federal and Greek Revival architecture in the entire state!)

And you won’t find any empty storefronts; there are several new businesses, and twists on some of the classics. (via LakePlacid.com.)

Kim highlights some of the newest additions to the Essex allure including:

  • the newly renovated Essex Inn
  • the newly renovated Ice Cream Shop
  • the newly opened Live Well holistic health center
  • the newly relocated ReNew thrift shop
  • the newly opened Pink Pig
  • the better than ever Adirondack Art Association
  • and Champlain Area Trails.
Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast

Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast (photo credit LakePlacid.com.)

As  I indicated in my comments beneath Kim’s blog post, she captures the current energy and excitement in Essex. I wrote:

The number of new and renovated businesses alone is thrilling! And when you consider the record-breaking flooding and how much effort has been required to recover from the incumbent setbacks, it is truly astounding. What I see happening in Essex is a nothing short of a renaissance, a top-to-bottom revitalization of the community and the businesses and organizations which lend vitality to the charming landscape, geography and architecture. It’s an exciting time to live and work in Essex!

Essex friends, neighbors, businesses and recent visitors will understand what I mean. I hope that you will come to Essex to discover what all the buzz is about!

Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast

Delevan's Tavern at the Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast in Essex, New York

Delevan's Tavern at the Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast in Essex, New York

The Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast has undergone a total renovation that has transformed this nearly 200-year old landmark into the crown jewel of the Lake Champlain region… Opening in mid-June, Delevan’s Tavern – designed & handcrafted by talented Adirondack artisans – will offer fireside dining, as will the adjoining room, while the garden patio and front porch will provide additional seating in the summer and shoulder seasons.

Two private dining rooms – one, just off the Main Street entrance , the other, a charming board room framed by a 19th Century Dutch fireplace — both offer a special setting for rehearsal dinners and corporate retreats. Think Essex Inn for romantic getaways, weddings, board meetings, holiday parties, family reunions or just a memorable dining experience. (via Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast)