Essex Town/The City of Essex Junction/Colchester/Westford
These four communities are known as "bedroom" towns to Burlington. Each town has something different to offer their residents, and both Essex Town and Essex Junction are filled with many amenities. Colchester is an iconic lakeside community, close to both Cities of Winooski and Burlington. Westford is a picturesque countryside town, with views of rolling hills and close to Smugglers Notch Resort.
Incorporated in 1763, Essex Town is the second most populated town in the State of Vermont, right behind South Burlington and Burlington. The town is located just 15 minutes east of Burlington. Essex offers an abundance of amenities and outdoor recreation for both residents and visitors. The town is well known for having lots of neighborhoods with single family homes, condos and more rural properties with larger parcels of land.
Essex Town is home to Indian Brook Reservoir, a popular destination for both residents and visitors, featuring swimming, picnic areas, kayaking and swimming in the summer months, and hiking all year, including the winter. Sandhill Park is a 9 acre park that feaures tennis courts, basketball, public pool, a gazebo, a playground, and lots of open lawn space for kids to play on. Saxon Hollow offers walking trails and is located on the eastern side of the town, close to Jericho.
The Essex Experience (Double E) is the hotspot of Essex for dining and entertainment. Surrounding towns also come to enjoy this amenity, as there are over 6 restaurants, a handful of small shops, and the well known Cinema, which includes a “T-Rex” theater and a performing arts theater. In the summer, the green in the middle of the Double E offers live music, food trucks, and other events. The Essex Resort and Spa is across the street from the EE and features a full spa, indoor and outdoor pools, two restaurants, event space and hotel.
Essex Town has a small bike path that runs through the northern part of the town, providing access to multiple neighborhoods and the Double E. The Links at Lang Farm is a golf course located within the town, and there’s a mini golf course as well. The Barn and Lang Farm includes two separate barns: The Main Barn and the Garden Barn. There is a garden path and Sweet Alchemy Vegan Bakery is on the property. VT Route 289 runs from north to south of Essex and provides access to neighboring towns such as Colchester, Richmond and Essex Junction.
The City of Essex Junction
From 1892 until 2021, Essex Junction was a village and incorporated with Essex Town. As of July 1st 2022, Essex Junction officially separated from Essex Town and became Vermont’s 10th City.
The City of Essex Junction is home to Global Foundries, the largest private company in the State of Vermont. The Amtrak and Bus Station is located in the heart of Essex Junction, allowing easy access to the nearby City of Burlington and direct access to New York City via the Vermonter. The infamous Champlain Valley Exposition is located in Essex Junction, featuring events year-round as well as the annual Champlain Valley Fair, which brings people in from all over the northern region of Vermont. Pearl Street Park is tucked away on the outskirts of the Junction, and features tennis courts, walking paths, a playground and a disc golf course. In addition to Pearl Street Park, the City has Cascade Park, Stevens Park and Maple Street Park.
Some town favorite restaurants and eateries include Martones Market and Cafe, and On Tap Bar and Grill. The City is growing and small businesses continue to set up in Essex Junction. The five corners is a 5 way traffic stop that is the crossroads to all of the city and allows access to the neighboring towns of Williston, Essex Town, Richmond and Winooski.
Essex & Essex Junction
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Taxes Due twice a year, both town and city
Public Transportation most easily accessed in the City of Essex Junction
Bus Station and AmTrak in the City of Essex Junction
Located in the northern part of Chittenden County, the town of Westford is bordered by both Franklin and Lamoille Counties. Often referred to as "the gem of Chittdenden County", Westford is a picturesque place to live, with rolling hills, small farms and forests. Route 128 runs through the town, along with the Browns River. The town is comprised of two villages, Brookside and Westford Commons.
The Westford Commons, also referred to as the town center, is the meeting point for residents and visitors. There's a park and ride, a common hall which can be used for event space, and the outdoor area across Route 128 features a gazebo, picnic tables and plenty of lawn space. I nthe winter, an ice skating rink is placed in the Westford Common. The town is located 45 minutes from Burlington, 20 minutes to the neighboring town of Essex, and 15 minutes from Saint Albans. Smugglers Notch Resort is 20 minutes away.
Located just north of Burlington, Colchester is a town filled with a little bit of everything. Colchester is known for its popular parks including Airport Park, Bayside Park and Village park, all offering amenities including tennis courts, basketball courts, and more. Bayside park offers a skateboard park, as well as volleyball area. Airport Park is a launching pad for those who want to enjoy the famous Causeway - a nearly 11 mile recreation path that takes you over Lake Champlain and connects with a bike ferry that can bring you to South Hero during seasonal hours. In addition to the Causeway connecting as far north as South Hero, there are areas off the Causeway path that connect to the Burlington Bike path, which runs all through Burlington, into the South End.
Lake Champlain runs along the west side of Colchester, the Lamoille River runs to the north, and the Winooski River runs to the south. There's an abudance of seasonal lakefront homes in Colchester, as well as many condo and single family neighborhoods. The Sunset Drive In Theater is open from mid-spring to mid-fall and is enjoyed by both residents and visitors. Colchester has convenient town amenities including small grocery stores, restaurants and other services. Spare Time, a bowling alley with a full restaurant, arcade and laser tag, is the main bowling alley in Chittenden County.
In addition to town parks, rec paths, and town amenities, Colchester offers boating access on Lake Champlain. With a focus on community activites, plenty of town services and destinations, Colchester continues to be a popular town to live and visit.
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