Gemstone Hotels & Resorts assumed management of the 120-room Essex Culinary Resort and Spa in Burlington, Vt. The resort is situated on 18 acres tucked between Vermont's Green Mountains and Lake Champlain.
"Essex Culinary Resort and Spa is a hand-in-glove fit with our growing portfolio of 18 luxury and upscale resorts and hotels," said Jeff McIntyre, principal of Gemstone. "Essex is smartly on-trend for today's food-savvy, wellness-focused traveler, and our team has a unique understanding of the operational and marketing needs of one-of-a-kind resort properties. Gemstone specializes in creating and celebrating 'brands of one'."
The resort's culinary experience includes two restaurants and 10,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and catering venues. The hotel also has an in-house “Cook Academy,” where guests have the opportunity to learn from the resort's chefs in special classes and daily samplings. The school and the resort's food and beverage offerings are under the direction of certified European chef Arnd Sevier. The hotel's restaurants, Amuse and The Tavern, are led by two-time Vermont iron chef Shawn Calley.
Essex Culinary Resort and Spa also has the area's only full-service spa, The Spa at Essex, with ten treatment rooms, a fitness center, indoor lap pool, a seasonally available outdoor pool and hot tub and a full-service salon. The resort also is home to Vermont Tennis Vacations and the area's only 18 hole executive golf course.
The hotel's recently renovated guestrooms and suites, some with fireplaces or in-rooms spas, are outfitted with flat-screen, high-definition televisions, in-room coffee and iHome audio systems. The hotel is pet friendly.