Archive for May, 2016

A few pics from today’s adventure, I was hiking to fast to take any keep reading, lol….

May 29, 2016

one advanced hike went to Vermont second highest peak and got to cross snow left from the ski season. The other advanced hike with Fiona from Australia and Alexandra from Michigan, set a record for one of our hikes. We reached the summit by 10:10 and fished an 8 mile hike by 2pm including a lunch break. And our guide on our beginner hike today forgot to take some pictures with her own camera

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just a few photos from opening day of the 2016 season

May 28, 2016

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the beagle mascot after his first swim of 2016 season

May 27, 2016

ATA’s mascot after his first swim of the year, it hit 80 degrees for the first time today. Aeolus is very excited for opening day tomorrow. He’s smiling from droopy ear too droopy ear itching to hike and kayak.


Opening day for the 2016 hiking season starts tomorrow and yes that is snow. With a record cold and dry spring the ski resort still is open on weekends.

May 26, 2016


Proud to announce for the 2nd year in row we’ve received a @TripAdvisor #CertificateOfExcellence for 2016! Thanks to all our guests for reviewing us!

May 25, 2016

Proud to announce for the 2nd year in row we’ve received a @TripAdvisor #CertificateOfExcellence for 2016! Thanks to all our guests for reviewing us!

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photos from around the Summit Lodge

May 25, 2016

While setting up the hiker room I took some photos from around the Summit Lodge. Here are just SOME of the improvements the new owner has accomplished. Such as: New internet system, new rugs, wood floors, teak patio furniture, outdoor grill and much more! The list of improvements is very long, you can just feel the excitement around the lodge with new owner!

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2016 opening day around the corner!

May 21, 2016

guided vermont hikeIt’s only ONE week to opening day and our first hike of the 2016 season! We are very excited especially Aeolus the beagle mascot and to see a lot of returning hikers have booked a repeat stay. Please give us a call at 1-888-855-8655 if you have any questions about ATA’s hiking and kayaking vacation or go to

May’s Newsletter

May 21, 2016


ATA’s 2016 season runs May 20th through October 10th


We are currently taking reservations for the 2016 season and have limited room’s available August 19th-21st.

Appalachian Trail Adventures (ATA) offers a distinctive adventure vacation with guided daily hiking, kayaking, and caving in the Green Mountains of Vermont that targets families and individuals who are adventurers, families, and those seeking an active vacation, including hikers who do not feel comfortable hitting the trails alone.

ATA provides an affordable all-inclusive hiking or fitness vacation giving a real Vermont outdoor adventure. That’s why it has the best hiking vacation at the lowest possible prices, starting at $232.00 per night, per person, including taxes and gratuities. Unlike most spas, ATA’s owner John Keough is engaged daily with the guests, encouraging them on the trail and kayaking.

ATA offers a variety of options to help customize one’s vacation. The most common is the Hiking Vacation that consists of an air-conditioned room with three daily spa meals, snacks, a guided novice, intermediate or advanced hike and an afternoon of kayaking, an excursion or caving. Massages, yoga classes and tennis lessons are available a la carte.


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Yoga and Hiking Retreat from June 10th-12th

Coming Home to New England Means Teaming Up With Old Friends

Living abroad is certainly a memorable experience, one that I wouldn’t change for the world. However, I’m a New England kid, born and raised in Rhode Island, and over the course of the years have managed to live and work in all six New England states. New England has a certain charm to it, that I really can’t find anywhere else in the world and I’m very excited to share some of my favorite spots with you.

This June, I will be teaming up with John at Appalachian Trail Adventures to show you around one of New England’s treasures, the Green Mountains. Yoginis and hikers of all skill levels are welcome to join this all-inclusive yoga retreat.

Each class is designed to open your body, loosen your joints and ease tensions. Delicious meals nourish and sustain you, while meditation and yoga take you to a deep state of inner peace. This isn’t a typical, strict, back-to-back yoga retreat, but more of a yogic holiday escape, so feel free to indulge in a dessert or a glass of wine as well! Be as relaxed or as active as you like during your vacation with optional activities such as, silent walks, kayaking, private yoga sessions a massage.

There is still space in my Beginner’s Yoga workshop next weekend. Share your love of yoga with a friend; this is a great way to discover the practice of yoga.

The Yoga and Hiking Retreat will take place June 10th-12th, 2016. There will be 4 yoga sessions and 2 hikes with lodging at the Summit Lodge in Killington, Vermont. Check out for more details or call John at Appalachian Trail Adventures.


The Summit Lodge

Exciting news the Summit Lodge has been sold! Appalachian Trail Adventures can’t wait to begin our new partnership.

The perfect fit with the new owners Emmett O’Dwyer and his wife Laura. Emmett and Laura O’Dwyer are moving to Vermont with their 2-year-old daughter, Orlaith from South Florida. However, Emmett is originally from Ireland, Laura from Pittsburgh. Emmett has over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. A big part of the O’Dwyer family decision to move here was personal. They love the community, local schools and family values, in addition to the business opportunity.

A lot is planned over the next few years but for guests this year, the main things they will notice are as follows:

High speed internet due to the installation of fiber optic link to the summit and the installation of a new data suite

POS System for the bar and restaurant which will help with speed and clarity whilst ordering food and drink

New Flooring and a general tidy up in the large family room

Continuing service on the front desk so it will not be left empty at any time when we are open

New Poolside furniture

Repairs are being made to all of the slate around the pool and steps in order to make it safer

The dogs will not be with us this year as they belong to Billy Bauer and will be moving with him as I am going through this transition my family and I will not have dogs at the lodge at this time.

We will be continuing to upgrade all services at the Summit Lodge as we go forward trying to achieve most of the renovations in our shut down periods so as not to affect our guests stay

Long considered Killington’s classic four-season resort hotel, the Summit Lodge is an ideal destination for your Vermont vacation that is why ATA has chosen it for their home base. Located in the heart of Killington, the lodge is situated high on a private knoll with magnificent views of Vermont’s second highest mountain and the surrounding Green Mountains. With eleven acres and forty-five comfortable rooms, the facilities and grounds are extensive including an outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi whirlpool, saunas, three tennis courts, massage therapy, a library, two restaurants and bars, duck pond, game room, a bocci court, horseshoes and shuffleboard. A sit down breakfast and a bag lunch are supplied by the Summits chef, while dinner is served at the Foundry Restaurant.


The Foundry Restaurant

The Foundry Restaurant’s Executive Chef Sean Miller has created a delicious spa menu for ATA hikers who are seeking healthier meals. The menu is able to cater to special dietary restrictions such as vegan, low sugar, sodium-, wheat- and dairy-free options. This enables ATA to accommodate couples, athletes, weight loss vacationers, as well as all those with no dietary restrictions who seek to eat healthily.

Located on the banks of the Summit Pond, The Foundry offers a distinct year-round dining experience. In addition to the ATA hikers’ menu, The Foundry offers two menu options: an American Bistro-Style menu in its formal dining room, as well as a more casual Tavern menu in the bar. Their impeccable chef-driven cuisine provides guests the finest cuts of prime meats, fresh seafood, homemade pastas and much more. They use the freshest ingredients to create mouthwatering appetizers, flavorful side dishes and irresistible desserts, designed to engage all of your senses. The Foundry experience focuses on providing un-paralleled hospitality in a warm and relaxing setting. In addition to its dining options, The Foundry offers live entertainment regularly and is host to many of the area’s events.


Aeolus the beagle update:

We have been visiting dog parks almost daily and it’s just so funny how many folks comment how cute the “beagle” is playing with other dogs. Aeolus has this smile, puppy playfulness and wagging tail that combine to accentuate his cuteness factor. Just the other day there was a bigger hound dog with exactly the same colors as Aeolus. It was dad and son running around, greeting new dogs that arrived and smelling everything.

For those who hiked with us they understand everyone once in a while Aeolus gets into adventure on the trail disappearing chasing an animal or on a scent trail. Go figure we had an adventure this past month. I had contractors over doing work on the house and somehow Aeolus got outside. We are not sure how long he was gone for but we looked all over the neighborhood. Then we decided to call the animal control and they had a report of a friendly beagle being found a few streets over. I called the residence and got directions to pick up my little escape artist, half way across town.

Not only did he get wander the neighborhood, he met a nice guy and his little dog, got to go on car ride with them and then played around his house and off course sniffed everything until I came to get him. As I was walking up to the door, Aeolus saw me and went nuts, jumping and scratching at the door. If he could only speak, I bet he would have saidα “Dad, I went on the greatest adventure exploring the neighborhood, chasing squirrels and smelling all these good scents. Then I met this nice guy and dog, they gave me a car ride and invited me over to their house. I got to sniff the perimeter of the house and even play with a dog in the same weight class. It was the best day EVER!”

Aeolus is named after a cave where myself and a friend dug open a blocked passage discovering the largest cave in New England back in 2000. The cave is located just north of Manchester, VT and named after the mountain, Mount Aeolus.

Aeolus or Eolus (Greek: Aiolos [jjolos]), was the Custodian of the winds in Greek mythology. A minor deity, he is the son of a king called Hippotes, and lived on one of the rocky Lipara islands, close to Sicily. In the caves on this island were imprisoned the winds, and Aeolus, directed by the higher gods, let out these winds as soft breezes, gales, or whatever the higher gods wished. Being visited by the Greek hero Odysseus, Aeolus received him favorably, and on the hero’s departure presented Odysseus with a bag containing all the adverse winds, so that his friend might reach Ithaca with a fair wind. Odysseus did as Aeolus bid, but in sight of his homeland, having been untroubled by foul weather, he fell asleep and his men, curious, opened the bag, thus releasing all the fierce winds, which blew their ship far off course (Odyssey X, 2; Vigil I, 52).


Hiking Tip: 5 Things To Consider When Hiking with Kids

Now that summer is in full force, many of you hiking enthusiasts have brushed the cobwebs from your gear and hit the outdoors. For those with families, preparing for trips can be difficult and requires a lot of brainstorming not just where to go, but also what to bring. From prepping your gear to preparing for the weather, planning a trip can be time consuming and frustrating. Who knows, maybe your wagon looks like the Griswold’s!

In order to keep your kids healthy and happy in the elements, they’ll need appropriate gear and clothing for trips spent in the outdoors. Here are 5 things to consider when hiking with kids:

1. How are you protecting your kids from the sun? Consider buying clothing with built-in sunscreen that lasts far longer than regular sunscreen.

2. It’s probable your kids have grown since last summer. Don’t clear your calendar and pack your car only to discover your kids’ hiking shoes are worn out or don’t fit anymore. Comfort is key!

3. It’s time to spoil yourself. Don’t let a scenic hike become dreadful and exhausting with a heavy child carrier. There are many baby carriers that are both comfortable and eco-friendly.

4. For trips that require families to pack food, bring insulated, water-resistant fabric lunch sacks. Along with spill-proof water bottles, these are designed to handle the wear and tear of hiking and keep both trails and shirts clean.

5. Engage your kids with interactive hiking tool kits. Designed to get them and keep them excited throughout your hike, this is a great way to avoid hearing the dreadful question: “are we there yet?”



New Hampshire boasts a well-established hiking community. And within that community, a subset of hardcore hikers has set up to conquer the 48 toughest peaks in the White Mountains. In the summer of 2004, 23-year-old hiker John Lacroix set out to finish the mission he’d begun in 1992. He wanted to complete the list. With 30 peaks to go, he decided to capture his incredible, emotional journey forever – he packed a small video camera to document each outing. By summer’s end, Lacroix had fulfilled his aspirations and completed the full 48. LENGTH: 55 minutes


Healthful Living Tip: Three Minutes to Stress Relief?

Effective stress control results in the enhancement of both mental and physical well-being. Exercise and practice of relaxation methods are the best ways to keep chronic stress in check, but it isn’t realistic to take a jog or a meditation break every time you’re faced with a stressful situation.

You can, however, practice techniques like controlled breathing exercises when you feel your stress levels soaring. The following exercise in breathing can be done for as little as three to five minutes at a time and is an effective way to halt escalating feelings of anger, tension, and frustration.

Controlled Breathing Exercise:

1. Sit upright in a comfortable position.

2. Focus on your present state and existence (this is often termed being “mindful”). Block out intrusive thoughts. You may close your eyes if you wish.

3. Pay attention to your breathing. Inhale slowly through the nose, taking several seconds.

4. Exhale through the mouth, trying to make the exhalation phase last twice as long as the inhalation.

5. Continue this mindfully breathing for 3-5 minutes.

If you like, you can increase the practice to 15-20 minutes per day. With regular practice, you can train your body to relax in stressful situations using this exercise. This exercise can also be effective in dealing with anxiety, panic attacks, stage fright, and fears (such as the fear of flying). Taking a restorative pause to focus on your breathing can also be a valuable anger management tool.


Healthful Living Recipe: Crab Cake Burgers

These burgers have a true crab flavor that isn’t masked by fillers or strong seasoning. Serve on a bun with tartar sauce or with a lemon-juice-dressed salad of greens, sprouts and sliced peaches. This recipe works best with convenient pasteurized crabmeat, usually found in the refrigerated case near the fish counter. If you prefer lump crabmeat, cut it into small, uniform pieces.

1 pound crabmeat
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs, (see Note)
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons minced chives
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 dashes hot sauce, such as
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons unsalted but
Mix crab, egg, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, chives, mustard, lemon juice, celery seed, onion powder, pepper and hot sauce in a large bowl. Form into 6 patties.

Heat oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until the butter stops foaming. Cook the patties until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.

Note: Panko breadcrumbs, also known as Japanese breadcrumbs or bread flakes, are coarser in texture than other dried breadcrumbs. They produce a crispy crust and are less likely to become soggy than finely ground breadcrumbs. Look for panko in the Asian food section of large supermarkets and in specialty Asian markets. 6 servings

Per serving: 163 calories; 8 g fat (2 g sat, 3 g mono); 86 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 0 g fiber; 350 mg sodium; 310 mg potassium. 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving. Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 2 very lean meat, 1 fat