Located in Northwest Vermont and bordered by the Winooski River, with Mt. Mansfield and Camel's Hump in the background, Essex is the largest town and second most populous place in Vermont. The village of Essex Junction is completely contained within the town of Essex. The best way to see the town and the beautiful surrounding area is by hot air balloon offered by Above Reality Inc. Golfers can enjoy the Links at Lang Farm, the only public 18-hole executive championship golf course in New England. 1st Republic Brewing Company not only offers great locally made brews but provides all necessary supplies for homemade brewing. If you are curious about the benefits of Salt Cave, check it out at Purple Sage.

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1.Above Reality Inc. Hot Air Balloon Rides

Above Reality Inc. Hot Air Balloon Rides
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Above Reality Hot Air Balloon Rides allow you to see Vermont, Green Mountains and Lake Champlain like you have never seen them before. They have a range of balloons that can take from four to 14 people high up among the clouds, quiet and safe, looking for deer jumping across a fence beavers working on their dams or hawks cruising for pray. It is a magical experience and no two flights are the same. Baloons can land on cow pastures, backyard barbecue, parking lots, even at Burlington airport. Personal tours can take you anywhere you want including a tour of Vermont farmhouses, arriving at the school playground or at the friends’ backyard where cold champagne is waiting. Above Reality Inc is the most complete hot balloon service in Vermont, offering a range of services including tethered flight and diverse advertising opportunities.

Jericho, VT 05465, Phone: 877-386-7473, or Locally Phone: 802-899-4007

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2.1st Republic Brewing Company

1st Republic Brewing Company
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1st Republic Brewing Company in Essex, Vermont, is owned and operated by Shawn Trout and Mike Drake, two veterans who love beer. They love to brew it; to drink it and to teach others about it.. They are making some of the best Veteran brews in the area and provide the best selections of grains, hops and yeast for homebrewers in Vermont. After checking all the supplies, pull up a chair or relax on the comfy couch in the taproom and enjoy one of their latest releases. Come for a flight, a full pint, some locally delivered food, games, live music and a great atmosphere.

39 River Rd #6, Essex Junction, VT 05452, Phone: 802-857-5318

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3.Purple Sage

Purple Sage
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Located in Essex Shoppes & Cinema is an modern and elegant one-stop spa and salon in Essex, Vermont that offers holistic healing, spa and full beauty services to the clients in the area. They have healing sessions in the Salt Cave, full service salon, manicures, pedicures, waxing, massage, facials, body treatments and boutique. The goal of all their staff, stylists and practitioners is to make all their clients feel and look beautiful, inside and out. The shop sells Vermont-made skin and body care. The main attraction of the Purple Sage is the Salt Cave, a dimly lit dome filled with 20,000 pounds of Himalayan salt. Officially called “halotherapy,” salt-based treatments allegedly treats everything from respiratory problems to skin issues in a relaxing atmosphere.

21 Essex Way Suite 224, Essex Junction, VT 05452, Phone: 802-879-1160

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4.The Links at Lang Farm

The Links at Lang Farm
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Opened in July of 2002, the Links at Lang Farm was designed to attract golfers of all abilities. It is the only public 18-hole executive championship golf course in New England. It was designed by the award-winning golf architect Mike Asmundson. Since opening in 2002, The Links has been host to more than 700 private tournaments, fundraisers and outings. The course covers 4,000 challenging yards that include wetlands, old-growth white pine groves and pumpkin patches. The Links has three sets of tees and is as great course for the first-timer as it is for the skilled veteran. It is known for the superb conditions and excellent greens that roll and twist around deep bunkers. The Links offers the fastest and most enjoyable round of public golf in the Greater Burlington area.

39 Essex Way, Essex Junction, VT 05452, Phone: 802-878-0298

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5.Ray's Seafood Market

Ray's Seafood Market
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Ray’s Seafood Market is a family owned and operated seafood market in Essex, Vermont, that provides a huge variety of fresh seafood including live lobsters, clams, shrimp, scallops, scrod, sole, haddock, salmon, swordfish, tuna, and much more. Their own trucks bring the sea bounty from Bristol within 24 hours it left water. They also sell fresh-water fish from Lake Champlain, breaded and fileted fish, fish chowder and all condiments and spices buyers need to prepare their fish. Attached bright and colorful restaurant offers all that bounty already cooked any way you can think of, fresh and perfectly delicious. You can eat in or take your goodies with you. Ray’s also has year-round creemee stand that kids love.

7 Pinecrest Dr, Essex Junction, VT 05452, Phone: 802-879-3611

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6.Mimmo's Pizza

Mimmo's Pizza
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Mimmo’s is a bright, cheerful pizzeria and Italian restaurant in Essex, Vermont, treating locals with their authentic recipes since 1995. The star of the show is their famous New York style pizza made fresh using their own recipes. The open kitchen allows guests to enjoy the dough-tossing show pizza chef offers, and to see their food being prepared before it reaches their table. If you do not feel for pizza, the extensive menu offers great pastas, salads, hot heroes, main plates and desserts. All pizzas and pastas are available gluten-free. Mimmo’s is great spot for a quick lunch with friends or dinner with family. If you do not feel for dining out, you can ask for takeout or delivery.

3182, 4 Carmichael St, Essex Junction, VT 05452, Phone: 802-288-9494

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7.Vespa's Pizza, Pasta and Deli

Vespa's Pizza, Pasta and Deli
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Vespa’s Pizza, Pasta and Deli is a small, unassuming spot in Essex, Vermont that sells incredibly good food. They use only fresh ingredients and make all their foods from scratch while you wait. They grind their meat for meatballs and burgers and all their salad dressings, marinades and sauces are made fresh daily in house. They smoke their own bacon and make their own pancetta from scratch. They also bake their breads and rolls. You can watch the pizza chef toss the pizza dough in the air before loading it with your favorite topping. The range of available toppings is incredible. The menu is extensive and had something for everyone, from appetizers and salads to pastas and burgers.

99 Pearl St, Essex Junction, VT 05452, Phone: 802-878-6060

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8.Jules on the Green

Jules on the Green
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Jules on the Green is not just any restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. This cheerful and bright place in Essex, Vermont makes it easy for folks with food allergies to eat out and enjoy it. All items on their extensive menu are labeled when they are gluten-free or vegetarian and the entire menu is 100 percent peanut and nut-free. While they use eggs, wheat, soy and dairy, they invite their guests to specify their dietary needs. Jules on the Green is not only allergy-aware restaurant, it is also proudly local, working with local farms and suppliers to get their fresh ingredients. And the menu is incredible – it includes everything from Dutch Baby pancakes to New York strip steaks and vegetable quinoa bowls. Whether you have food allergies or not, you will eat well at Jules on the Green.

1 Commonwealth Ave, Essex Junction, VT 05452, Phone: 802-857-5994

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