Archive for August, 2016


August 31, 2016

ATA’s 2016 season runs through October 10th

We have limited room’s available September 19th-22nd.

ATA recommends a visit from September 23rd through October 10th for those leaf peepers seeking to experience the fall foliage at its peak color.
Fall Foliage Hiking Vacations

Attention leaf peepers Appalachian Trail Adventures (ATA) is excited the fall foliage hiking season is around the corner and reservations for prime foliage in late September and October are coming in daily.

Come watch Vermont’s Green Mountains transform as Mother Nature works her artistry coloring the mountainsides with brilliant oranges, reds and yellows mixed between the evergreen trees. ATA recommends a visit from September 23rd through October 10th for those leaf peepers seeking to experience the fall foliage at its peak color. Depending on demand and foliage duration we might extend the season until October 16th.

The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting mild and pleasant, fall is around the corner! It’s the best time of the year to go hiking, no bugs, cool temperatures and spectacular foliage colors. Vermont is well known for its fall colors, the changing leaves provide beautiful views along the hikes, kayaking adventures and drives. ATA offers an affordable priced fall foliage vacations for hikers who want to take advantage of everything this time of year has to offer. There is a program to suit just about everyone, from the single traveler, first time to experienced hiker, seniors, vegetarians, to couples

Don’t wait until the last minute to book, we already have a fair amount of hikers scheduled. Please check out the 150 helpful reviews, TripAdvisor was so delighted it awarded Appalachian Trail Adventures the 2015 & 2016 Certificate of Excellence. This achievement was a direct result of our consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travelers

ATA’s hikers stay at the Summit Lodge, which is known for its personalized service. Situated on eleven acres, the lodge offers all the cozy, traditional pleasures of a Vermont country inn, along with air-conditioned rooms, outside pool area and a spa for those guests who are looking for massage therapy.

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.

To learn more visit or contact John (Founder & Guide) at 1-888-855-8655.
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.

2016 Hiking Vacation Rates

Nightly rates are per person, including taxes and gratuity. The Hiking Vacation consists of an air conditioned room at the Summit Lodge with three daily spa meals; snacks; guided novice, intermediate or advanced hike; and an afternoon of kayaking, caving or an excursion. Massages ($75.00+), yoga classes ($30.00), tennis lessons ($70.00) are available a la carte.

Occupancy Single Double

1-2 NIGHTS $270.00 $245.00
3-6 NIGHTS $265.00 $241.00
7+ NIGHTS $259.00 $232.00
Aeolus the beagle update:

Aeolus, ATA’s beagle mascot is still running like a rabid dog while hiking sniffing every scent he can. It’s amazing how much energy he has, just refusing to slow down. We estimate Aeolus easily doubles the distance of the hiking group. However, back at home when it’s time to pee he walks slower than a prisoner on death row to the door. He does the same after hiking from the car to front door, it’s actually just painful to watch. Of course after the hike he just sleeps in different spots around the house. What a life, he won the doggy lottery!

So far no more encounters with porcupines on the trail, that’s good news. Just the other week the beagle got ridiculous muddy so he received a bath. The next day Aeolus found another mud puddle. It was so deep and sticky he couldn’t even roll over in it. It was funny watching him trying to sit down or roll. After that hike he received yet another bath and the following day found another mud puddle. Once again you couldn’t see a speck of white on him, time for another bath. The joys of being a dog owner!

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: Early Treatment of Itchy Foot Blisters and On Healing Foot Blisters

Blisters develop over a period of time and often you can already feel one coming up. Early detection and treatment is the key to preventing full grown Blisters. If you feel a sore place on your foot or irritation, do the following:
Take off your boots and hiking socks immediately and remove any sand or gravel from your feet. Let your feet dry and cool down.

Cover the sore area with surgical tape, band-aid, or even better special Blister moleskin. Moleskins are artificial skin that you can cut to shape and stick to your own skin. Moleskin can be purchased in most drugstores in a variety of brands and features.

Remove the moleskin once you stop hiking and let the skin recover during the night. The next morning, you can judge for yourself to apply a new cover or not. In general, take precautions and apply moleskin even if the area is only moderately irritated.
If the Blisters are at the surface and filled with fluid, you should take a sterilized needle and pierce the skin blisters. Pierce from the side close to the base of the Blister and let all the liquid flow out. If the affected skin is still intact then do not remove it. Instead, cover the drained Blister with moleskin. If the affected area is ruptured then carefully cut it away and clean the underlying new skin with rubbing alcohol or an antiseptic. If you have the time, you should allow the new skin to harden in the open air. If you need to move on again, apply moleskin and use gauze to keep the moleskin from directly contacting the tender new skin. Once the new skin has hardened a bit, you can apply benzoin or rubbing alcohol to further toughen up the new skin. Keep the new skin clean and sterilize it to prevent infection.

If the Blisters on Foot are buried deep in your skin and does not hold a lot of liquid then do not try to puncture them. Instead, just cover them with moleskin.
ATA’s DVD: THE LONG TRAIL: A Footpath in the Wilderness

Join hiker Chris McClure as he travels America’s oldest hiking trail. Built by the Green Mountain Club, the Long Trail’s 270 miles follow the ridge of the Green Mountains from Massachusetts to Canada. Program highlights include summiting Stratton, Mt. Mansfield and Camels Hump; a night’s rest at Taft Lodge; colorful fall foliage; snow-shoeing near Jay Peak and a hearty meal at the Inn at the Long Trail, as well as historic photos and interviews. LENGTH: 64 minutes
Healthful Living Tip:Thirteen Ways to Stay Fit When There’s No Time to Exercise?
While looking at an article by a leading fitness guru, I was struck by her emphasis on making exercise a priority and finding a way to fit in your gym time at any cost. Although she’s right in principle, I couldn’t help thinking that this woman cannot possibly be a working mom with small children!

Those of us who are balancing multiple roles as parent, worker, spouse, school volunteer, household manager, and responsible citizen often find that 24 hours per day simply aren’t enough. Fitness gets put on the back burner.

Even if you’re lucky enough to be able to set aside time to work out, things like school holidays, childhood illnesses, and teacher conferences have a way of eating up these extra hours along with our best intentions.

You may not have time to go to the gym, but you can still be physically active and boost your metabolism by using a bit of creativity in planning your day. During a recent week when my kids were side lined by a nasty cold, I started thinking about ways to be physically active when going to the gym was out of the question. I also asked some trainers for their advice. We came up with the following ways to fit exercise into a packed-full day:

1. If you’ve got a young sports enthusiast in the family, play along. Shooting baskets and kicking a soccer ball around the yard are great ways to get your heart pumping. Thirty minutes of cardio training are recommended, but even five to ten minutes will elevate your energy and speed your metabolism.
2. Take the kids for a walk. If their pace is too slow, add some lunges, jumping jacks, or running in place every few minutes to make yourself work harder.
3. Pull young children in a wagon through the neighborhood. Or give them a ride in a jogging stroller.
4. Let little children ride bicycles or tricycles while you jog behind.
5. Get into some vigorous sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming. These types of housekeeping chores can burn a significant number of calories.
6. Weªve all heard the benefits of taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Everything you’ve heard is true.
7. Likewise, getting off the bus or subway a stop or two before your destination on a regular basis adds up to a lot of heart-healthy walking.
8. Do yoga or Pilates while you, or the kids, unwind in front of a movie. While watching TV, do push-ups or sit-ups during commercials. Even one per commercial during a two-hour movie can give you some good exercise.
9. In a sedentary job, take your breaks outdoors and have a brisk, short walk. Youªll also improve your concentration and mood.
10. Dance or do aerobics at home. No one’s watching, anyway. If you like, include the little ones and turn it into a game.
11. Practice stretching or light yoga moves while talking on the phone, listening to the news, or while dinner is cooking.
12. Find the high-energy items on your to-do list and tackle these when you need physical activity. Think about washing the car, digging the garden, mowing the lawn, or reorganizing a closet.
13. Get up 15 to 30 minutes earlier than the rest of the family and use this time for a run, a walk, or some stretching and yoga.
Healthful Living Recipe: Braised Green Beans & Summer Vegetables

When green beans, summer squash and cherry tomatoes are plentiful in backyard gardens and farmers’ markets, try this quick braise. We like the salty, nutty flavor of Parmesan, but you can use any flavorful cheese. 6 servings, about 1 cup each.

• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 small onion, halved and sliced
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano , or 1 teaspoon dried
• 1/2 cup white wine , or reduced-sodium chicken broth
• 1 pound green beans, trimmed
• 1 medium summer squash , or zucchini, halved and cut into 1-inch pieces
• 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes , or grape tomatoes
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and oregano and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add wine (or broth) and bring to a boil. Add green beans, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add summer squash (or zucchini) and tomatoes and continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan.

Per serving: 92 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 2 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 3 g protein; 3 g fiber; 158 mg sodium; 290 mg potassium. 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving. Exchanges: 2 vegetables, 1/2 fat
ATA’s Recent Press Release

Vermont’s premier hiking spa Appalachian Trail Adventures announces an affordable hiking and kayaking vacation for the spring, summer and fall, please visit PRWEB to read the release
ATA’s Facebook & YouTube Links

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Just wanted to share a recent review from tripadvisor

August 14, 2016

Today pics from the Vermont Country Store in the quaint village of Weston. no where better to spend a rainy cheese, fudge and much more to taste.

August 14, 2016

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Fall Foliage Hiking and Kayaking Vacations with Appalachian Trail Adventures

August 8, 2016

Attention leaf peepers…..Appalachian Trail Adventures (ATA) is excited the fall foliage hiking season is around the corner and reservations for prime foliage in late September and October are filling up Come watch Vermont’s Green Mountains transform as Mother Nature works her artistry coloring the mountainsides with brilliant oranges, reds and yellows mixed between the evergreen trees. ATA recommends a visit from September 23rd through October 15th for those leaf peepers seeking to experience the fall foliage at its peak color.

fall foliage hiking vacation in vermont

fall foliage hiking vacation in vermont

ATA owner and beagle mascot enjoying the sun, cool breeze on our vista break yesterday. As you can see we were “hard at work”

August 6, 2016


“photo of the day” out of the 50 plus pictures i took its tough to decided the best one,lol:-)

August 2, 2016


Hikers ask what i do on my day off… this week i spent 13 hours traveling and caving a multi drop vertical cave.

August 2, 2016

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