Our favorite things to do near Essex, New York

Chez Lin and Rays Restaurant is located in beautiful Essex, New York on Lake Champlain and close to the Adirondack region. Essex is conveniently located near Burlington, VT and Lake Placid, NY. The scenic area offers a number of spectacular places to visit on your trip or vacation.
Lake Placid, NY is located 1 hour away, Plattsburgh, NY is 40 minutes, Burlington, Vermont is 1 hour (includes a ferry ride) and Montreal is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Here are our favorite activities near Essex, New York.

Visiting from Burlington, Vermont?

Ride the Essex-Charlotte Ferry: This 20 minute ferry ride offers panoramic views of Lake Champlain and both the Green Mountains of Vermont and Adirondacks in New York. Burlington, Vermont is located only 12 miles from the ferry in Charlotte and is a vibrant city. Relax at Waterfront Park or shop and eat on the Church Street Marketplace- an outdoor mall.

Explore the Adirondack region near Lake Placid

Go for a hike: The Adirondacks have 46 high peaks- hikes that climb over 4000 feet. But there are also plently of shorter day hikes near Essex, NY including Rattlesnake Mountain (3 miles round trip) and many local CATS Trails. Lake Placid is located1 an hour away.

Adirondack Summer Hiking Guide
CATS Trails Guide

Breweries Near Essex, NY and Plattsburgh, NY

Drink a local brew: Ausable Brewing Company is a farm-based brewery for a variety of craft brewed lagers, ales and sodas. Located on 140 acres of land in the Champlain Valley in Keeseville, New York and a short drive from Essex. While you’re in the area you can also check out the Ausable Chasm … a miniature Grand Canyon!

Ausable Brewing Company

Local Food Near Essex, NY

Buy local produce: Essex is a local food paradise! Essex Farm is a year round farm that offers a complete diet CSA to members. But you can also visit their farm store for the best seasonal produce including tomatoes, herbs, lettuce, kale, carrots and a variety of other fresh vegetables, eggs, milk, tortillas and meat.
The Hub on The Hill offers a selection of local food from farms in the area.

Essex Farm

Hub on the Hill