Indulge in Vermont's culinary culture and scenic trails. Enjoy cooking classes, farmstands and farm-to-table meals.
Each day we balance time on the trails with an introduction to the culinary delights of Vermont, a state known for its small family farms and abundance of local, organic food
The Vermont Trail Running + Culinary Retreat is ideal for runners who appreciate good food and want to experience Vermont’s food-maker culture, from cooking classes to farm tours. While staying at The Essex Culinary and Spa Resort, conveniently situated between downtown Burlington and Stowe Village, you’ll enjoy daily guided mindful runs along with special dining and culinary experiences that are sure to delight your senses.
Enjoy the support and guidance of our retreat leader, an expert in mindful running, locally based running guides who know this region inside and out, and take cooking classes with the Essex Resort’s top chefs, who will inspire you to create new dishes using local flavors and while showcasing regional approaches to food preparation.
You don’t have to worry about being the slowest one at this retreat! This four-day women-only retreat is ideal for those who are either new to running, returning to running after an injury or layoff, or who prefer to run short distances. All the runs at this retreat (which are between three and six miles) employ a run-walk approach, so no matter your pace you’ll be able to go at a pace that’s comfortable for you. With the support of our professional running guides, you can relax and enjoy the running without having to navigate or worry about logistics.
You will also have free time to explore Burlington, take in an optional massage at the spa, or enjoy the diverse wellness and recreational amenities.