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Venues in Essex Junction, Vermont,
(800) 727-4195

About Us

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.

Services Offered

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:

  • Bridal Suite
  • Event planning
  • Set up
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Linens
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Parking
  • Clean up


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:

  • Buffet
  • Cocktail reception
  • Dessert
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Plated meals
  • Wedding cake
  • Cake cutting
  • Servers
  • Stations
  • Tastings


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.

Diana Southworth Stewart Hassenberg

5 out of 5
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  • 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!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 5,000.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 2,500.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

    $ 750.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

    $ 500.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Cake Cutting, Server(s), Wedding Cake

    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 10.00

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Bartender(s), House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar

    Describe your venue

    Banquet Hall, Farm/Ranch, Resort

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Accommodations, Bar Services, Cake, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

    What event items are available?

    Altar/Arch, Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Shuttle, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    June, July, August, September, October

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, March, April, November, December

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