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Tennis, Golf & More

Burlington Attractions to Suit Every Taste

There’s no shortage of things to do during your visit to The Essex Resort & Spa.

We are the home of Vermont Tennis Vacations (ranked among the best in New England by Tennis Magazine) and the region’s only championship executive golf course.

Grab your spatula for a fun class in Cook Academy, stroll the bountiful gardens scattered throughout our 18 acres, or take a day trip to the mountains, Lake Champlain, or any of the Burlington, VT area’s renowned attractions.

Vermont Tennis Vacations

2015 Camp Dates:  June 26 to August 31st

Vermont Tennis Vacations Coaching Philosophy

At Vermont Tennis Vacations, we pride ourselves in taking an individualized approach to teaching and coaching. We look to refine and strengthen existing skills while developing sound shot selection. The result is a customized program perfectly suited for each person, from the beginner to the tournament player. 

  • 2 night package (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner) is $849 for single, and $1,298 for two
  • 3 night package (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners) is $1,222 for single, and $1,850 for two
  • 5 night pakcage (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners) is $1,849 for single, and 2,898 for two

All reservations include ONE $100 resort gift card per person that may be used toward dining, beverages, spa service, or cooking classes. only (not valid toward payment of tennis package or additional room nights).

Daily tennis programs 

  • Tennis camps 
  • Private/semi-private instruction 
  • Complimentary court time for all resort guests 
  • Complimentary game-matching services 

Tennis camp and meals start the day AFTER check-in. Camp runs from 9:00am until 12:00pm, with lunch at 12:15pm. Additional camp time is available after lunch for an additional $50 plus tax.

Each of our overnight tennis packages includes:

  • Accommodations at The Essex Resort and Spa
  • Meals from the full menu at our own Tavern Restaurant
  • *3 hours of Professional tennis instruction per day, including video analysis (English only) (*additional hours may be added on up to a max of 5 per day.)
  • Unlimited access to our indoor/outdoor pools, hot tub, steam rooms, saunas and fitness center
  • Indoor court rain-backup

Guest Reviews

from Tennis Resorts Online:
"I love this tennis camp! I have gone with a group of friends for 3 years running, and my week there is a highlight of my year. The setting and courts are beautiful, the pros are great (both as people and teachers), the atmostphere is serious but also fun and supportive. I can't say enough great things about this camp!" -N.S.

"The strength of this program is the individualized attention you get from Rob and Anders. The teaching is appropriate for each individual's game level and the opportunity to practice with newly learned skills is an added plus." 


For more information, dial 800.727.4295 or email Vermont Tennis Vacations.

Rob Barr – Director, Vermont Tennis Vacations

With over 20 years of coaching experience, Rob has served as a personal coach for top professionals on both the ATP and WTA tours, was a successful collegiate coach, and continues to compete, holding senior national and world rankings. Rob directed the programs for New England Tennis Holidays at The Essex for six years. In 2010, he was named Head Coach of the defending National Champion tennis team at Middlebury College.


Spring will be here soon! 


Are you ready to hit the links? Test your golf skills with a round at The Links at Lang Farm, New England's only Championship Executive-length Vermont golf course, just a fairway wood from the Resort. A favorite among the locals, The Links at Lang Farm is known for the great conditions, superb greens, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff. This northern Vermont golf course is a 4,000-yard par 60 with a 20-station bent grass driving range, a practice bunker, and two putting and chipping greens. Club and cart rentals are available. 

Vermont National Country Club
The Essex has also teamed up with Vermont National Country Club to provide our guests with a special opportunity. Located just minutes from the Resort, VNCC is the first Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in New England. A 7,035 masterpiece, it sits on 400 acres with a grand 14,000 square foot clubhouse, Junior Olympic swimming pool, and two Har-Tru tennis courts.


Vermont guided tours

Jump start your vacation! 

Vermont Guided Tours, LLC can turn a good vacation into a GREAT vacation, as you enjoy northern Vermont and the surrounding Burlington Area.

Greg Doremus is your tour guide. A life-long Vermonter, Doremus is an avid outdoorsman with a wide breadth of knowledge of what makes Vermont so special.

Vermont Guided Tours, in partnership with The Essex Resort & Spa, is a fully licensed and insured LLC. 24 hour cancellation policy. Tours conducted rain or shine.

For details of the various tours, visit VermontGuidedTours.com  or click here to check our activities calendar.


There is a simple reason why a balloon ride in Vermont is on the Bucket List for so many people: it’s absolutely amazing!

The term "balloon ride" or "balloon flight" can be slightly misleading, since the event is more of a life experience than anything else. Your experience will include everything from the anticipation and excitement before your balloon flight, to the wonder and awe that comes during the actual balloon ride itself, followed by the euphoria that blankets you during the traditional post flight toast as you recount your experience.

Teathered and Flight Balloon rides are available on our grounds.

Contact the front desk or VermontBalloon.com for more info

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