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The Essex Resort & Spa

Gemstone Collection

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Best Team-Building Activities: Mild & Wild

The Essex’s fun team-building exercises that fuel a little friendly competition, while also firing up the friendships.

Mystery Basket Challenge

Groups are divided into teams, then given “mystery baskets” of local, seasonal ingredients that they use to make either an appetizer and entrée or an entrée and dessert. They then present their favorite final dish to the judges, with winning team members receiving an Essex apron to take home.

Cooking for a Cause

Held in the resort’s Cook Academy teaching kitchen, this event is led by a chef who guides groups through the preparation of a specific meal for a pre-determined local charity. Each guest leaves with new cooking skills, memories of a great time in the company of colleagues, and a feeling of satisfaction knowing they have made a difference to those in need in the community. 

Escape Room 60

The premise is simple at Burlington’s interactive escape room adventure: You’re locked in a themed room brimming with concealed clues and hidden puzzles and must work together to crack codes and solve the mysteries of the room. But hurry…you only have 60 minutes.


Burlington’s premier golf course, The Links at Lang Farm is adjacent to The Essex. With 18-holes of superb golf, a 20-station practice facility with a full bent-grass teeing area, a practice bunker and two putting and chipping greens, The Links at Lang Farm is a great place to practice and improve your game. Guests at The Essex enjoy a complimentary golf shuttle to and from the course and can arrange tee times and golf lessons through our concierge.

Culinary Scavenger Hunt

The property’s unique culinary-themed scavenger hunt features poem-like riddles that teams must solve to take them to locations throughout the resort, from the kitchens to the gardens to the restaurants.