Northeast Wars makes its home in the scenic Champlain Valley of the state of Vermont, on the shores of Lake Champlain. The valley serves as a crossroads for Boston, Montreal and upstate New York.
Hotel Booking Information
The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa
70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, VT 05452
Tel (802) 878-1100 / Fax (802) 878-0063
For reservations: 1-800-727-4295
In 2009, we move slightly inland from the lake shores, to the scenic Essex Culinary Resort & Spa, in the town of the same name. Not only are the accommodations rated four diamonds by AAA, but the Inn also boasts dining at the Tavern, for a casual bar and grill atmosphere, and Butler’s, for finer dining opportunities, with food prepared by the New England Culinary Institute.
Immediately adjacent to the Inn at Essex are the Essex Outlets, which include not only shopping options, but a movie theater and food as well, running the gamut from Thai dining to the jolly Scotsman’s high-speed cuisine. In 2009, convention cartographer Geoff created a Google map showing nearby restaurants and other establishments of interest to the discerning con-goer.
To make your trip to Northeast Wars and the Inn at Essex as simple as possible, we’ve written these driving directions that cover the most popular approaches to the greater Burlington area. They are, by necessity, written with fairly broad strokes. If you need more detailed directions, use the Google Maps widget, at right, to get step by step directions from your point of departure right to the Inn’s front door.
From the East
Odds are you’ll be on Route 15 if coming from points east — Johnson, Lyndonville, northern New Hampshire, etc. Follow Route 15 through Essex Center, past the intersection with Route 128. Approximately one mile from that intersection, turn left onto Essex Way. Drive for half a mile, watching for a sign on the left saying The Inn at Essex. Turn in there.
From the South
If driving up Interstate 89 — Montpelier, White River Junction, southern New Hampshire, eastern Massachusetts, etc. — get off at Exit 12 in Williston. From the exit, turn right onto Route 2A. Follow 2A through Williston and into Essex Junction. At the Five Corners intersection, bear right onto Route 15. Follow Route 15 to the 289 intersection. Go east on 289 to the next exit, labeled Essex Way. At the light, turn right onto Essex Way. Follow the road until you see the sign reading The Inn at Essex on the left. Turn in there.
If on Route 7 — Middlebury, Rutland, central New York State and points south — go north until the on-ramp for Interstate 189, which is in South Burlington, just after Swift Street. Bear right onto 189. Follow 189, bearing left when it forks, to get on I-89 North. Take Exit 15 off I-89, going left towards Essex Junction on Route 15. Stay on Route 15, bearing left through Five Corners, to the I-289 intersection. Turn right onto 289, and get off at the next exit, labeled Essex Way. At the light, turn right onto Essex Way. Follow the road until you see the sign reading The Inn at Essex on the left. Turn in there.
From the North
If on Interstate 89 heading south — St. Albans, Montreal, etc. — get off at Exit 17, heading south on Route 2 towards Colchester and Burlington. New Yorkers can get on Route 2 from Rouse’s Point, where it meets 9B, or by taking the Plattsburgh-Grand Isle ferry on Route 314.
Once on Route 2 going south, watch for a left turn onto Route 2A, also called Main Street. Follow 2A until you come to the left turn for VT-289. Get on 289 and follow it to the exit marked Essex Way. At the light, turn right onto Essex Way. Follow the road until you see the sign reading The Inn at Essex on the left. Turn in there.