Experience the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont

Essex House and Tavern

On the VAST Trail and Next to Island Pond in Island Pond, VT


The Essex House and Tavern, newly renovated and nestled in the mountains of Northeastern Vermont, is a Vermont country lodging retreat with its antique structure dating back to the mid 1800's and picturesque setting.

Originally The Essex Hotel, was built in 1866 and offers a glimpse of the past with many of it's original beams, ceilings, floors and stairway.


Later named The Osbourne Hotel, the establishment acquired a reputation based, in part, on the free spiritedness of the era.


Enjoy fabulous water views of Island Pond's lake from the east and the Clyde River from the west. Though the Clyde River sometimes changes direction, it generally flows underneath the hotel to empty into Island Pond's lake by the same name.


A Four Season Mountain Retreat

The Essex House and Tavern accommodates guests who enjoy spring, summer, fall and winter area sports and attractions. The town of Island Pond is home to the sandy shores of its beautiful lake that is conveniently located across the street, as well as The Bluff Mountain Hiking Trail, The VAST Trail, tennis courts, boat rental and the Friday Night Live Outdoor Summer Concert Series.


Visit The Tavern

Enjoy lunch & dinner at the Essex House and Tavern seven days a week!


The Tavern is open to the general public and conveniently located on the first floor and serving a light pub menu and spirits, including beer on tap.


After a days sporting and sightseeing, bring the whole family to our pub and game room and enjoy our comfortable atmosphere, large screen TV, pool tables and arcade.


The Tavern at the Essex House Inn can accommodate groups of up to 75 for functions, including; weddings, birthdays, graduations, conferences and parties.


Enjoy a fabulous buffet especially prepared for your special occasion. For more details concerning private parties, please contact us at 802-723-9888.


The VAST Trail

The VAST Trail brings many visitors to the area during the winter season. The Essex House and Tavern is located directly on The VAST Trail.


In the winter snowmobilers step outside and ride. Don't worry about parking your trailers. We have plenty of room for snowmobile trailer parking.


Next To Island Pond

During the warmer months visitors and residents, alike, enjoy swimming, boating and fishing on Island Pond's pristine lake.  Sandy beaches are located on the northern, southern and western shores.


Boat and kayak rentals are available at Lakeside Camping.


The Essex House and Tavern

138 Cross Street,  Island Pond, VT 05846

Reservations: 802-723-9888



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