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May’s Newsletter

May 1, 2018

May’s Newsletter

Mother’s Day Gift Certificates Available

April 30, 2018

Tired of giving the same old Mother’s Day gifts, looking for a new idea. Try a gift certificate for a Vermont hiking spa vacation for either a day visit or overnight.  What better than a guided day hike on the Appalachian Trail followed by picnic lunch with option of kayaking or shopping. Post adventure unwinding with a glass of wine, dinner and a massage. This will be one Mother’s Day she will remember for years to come. For more information visit  or call John at 1-888-855-8655


April’s newsletter

April 2, 2018

april’s newsletter

It’s getting that time to start thinking about your summer vaction! If you have any question give us a call at 1-888-855-8655

March 12, 2018

Book your Vermont Summer or Fall Hiking & Kayaking!

February 22, 2018

Book your Vermont Summer or Fall Hiking & Kayaking! Even though its winter, reservation are coming in for ATA’s Hiking & Kayaking Vacation. For information call 1-888-855-8655 or check out

February’s Newsletter

February 13, 2018

We are currently taking reservation for the 2018 season that runs from May 25th through October 15th. For more information call 1-888-855-8655

Aeolus Update: ATA’s Beagle Mascot

Aeolus is doing well but is really missing hiking and kayaking season. we have been visiting the local dog parks to keep him in shape. As for his health, we will be going next month to check on his heart murmur to see if it has got worse. Once again, he was a spoiled dog at Christmas, with lots of wrapped gifts that he loves to unwrap himself. You can see video on ATA’s YouTube and Facebook webpages. Aeolus has anew habit, when someone comes to my house his must sniff their car and if possible will jump in side and check it out. He has even jumped in the UPS and FedEx delivery trucks. What a character!

Aeolus is named after a cave myself and a friend dug open a blocked passage discovering the largest cave in New England back in 2000. The cave is named after the mountain, Mount Aeolus. Aeolus was the custodian of the winds in Greek mythology.

Hiking Tip: Day Hiking Checklist

Intentionally comprehensive so you don’t forget anything, our checklist for day hikers starts with the required Ten Essentials. Adapt those and the remaining items on the list based on weather and the remoteness of destination, as well as the hiking experience and preferences of your group. The main safety tool is to leave two itineraries, one left with family or friend and one left under your car seat. Also don’t forgot post-hike snacks, water, towel, and clothing change.

Hiking Checklist: The Ten Essentials

For safety, survival and basic comfort, bring these on every hike:

  1. Electronics & Navigation
  • Map
  • Compass

Route description or guidebook

  • Cellphone
  • GPS
  • Camera and accessories
  • Personal locator beacon
  1. Sun protection
  • Sunscreen
  • SPF-rated lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  1. Insulation: When packing, avoid cotton and adjust each layer based on the forecast; always prepare, too, for the chance that conditions will turn colder, wetter and windier.
  • Wicking T-shirt or long-sleeve top
  • Wicking underwear or long-underwear bottoms (women’s, men’s)
  • Socks
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts
  • UPF-rated shirt
  • Sun hat and/or rain hat
  • Insulating hat or headband
  • Insulating fleece or soft-shell jacket or vest and pants
  • Bandana or Buff
  • Mosquito net clothing
  • Rain jacket
  1. Illumination
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  1. First-aid supplies & Toiletries
  • First-aid kit (see our First-Aid Checklist)
  • Insect repellent
  • Whistle
  • Toilet paper
  • Sanitation trowel
  • Menstrual and urinary products
  • Waste bag(s)
  • Hand sanitizer
  1. Fire
  • A lighter or matches in a waterproof container
  1. Repair tools and kit
  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Repair supplies: Duct tape, zip ties etc,
  1. Nutrition
  • Food for the day, plus extra food
  • Lunch utensils

Energy beverages or drink mixes

  1. Hydration
  • Water bottles or hydration reservoir
  • Water filter or other treatment system
  1. Emergency shelter
  • Tent, tarp, bivy or reflective blanket

ATA’s DVD Recommendation: The Future of Food

Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia’s eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation’s smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner. 2004 NR 90 minutes

Healthful Living Tip:

Ten Easy Tips to Live By

Eating healthily is all about balance. Every now and then it’s perfectly OK to have pie for dinner or a nice slice of cake at teatime, treats are a part of life but it’s also important to recognize when we’re pushing things too far. Indulgent food should be enjoyed and savored, but only occasionally it’s important to remember that the majority of our diet should be made up of balanced, nutritious everyday foods. Make healthy food a priority in your life and allow it to bring your family and friends together. Learn to love how it makes you feel, how delicious it is and remember that a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise are the keys to a healthy lifestyle.

Cook from scratch: This is one of the most important life skills you can learn. It allows you to have complete control of what goes into your food.

Eat a balanced diet: Aim to eat a balanced diet that contains each of the food groups in the correct proportions.

Variety is key, eat the rainbow. Fill your diet with a wide range of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, eggs, pulses, nuts, seeds, wholegrains and naturally low-fat dairy foods. When it comes to fruit and veg, different colors provide your body with the different nutrients it needs to stay strong and healthy it’s not just greens that are good for you!

Understand what you’re eating: Make an effort to learn about the food you’re eating, we all need to understand where food comes from and how it affects our bodies.

Eat nutritious calories: Make sure the majority of your energy intake comes from nutritious calories that also provide your body with nutrients like vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber and good fats. Avoid empty calories.

Don’t skip breakfast: Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and helps you to be alert and awake throughout the day. Make sure you always eat a nutritious breakfast. Make it wholesome and make it count.

Read the small print: It’s important to read packaging correctly. Be aware of the recommended portion sizes, and the sugar, salt and saturated fat contents. Remember that not all E-numbers are bad, but too many are often a bad sign.

Drink more water: Water is an essential part of your diet. Drink plenty of water and avoid empty calories from things such as fizzy drinks, energy drinks or juices with added sugar. Eat your calories don’t drink them.

Keep active: Exercise is an extremely important factor in staying healthy so try to be as active as you can.

Sleep well: Make sure you get enough sleep – it’s an essential part of being healthy and directly affects how well we are able to learn, grow and act in life. While we’re asleep, our bodies have that all-important time to repair.

Healthful Living Recipe:

Almond-Honey Power Bar

Great for breakfast on the go! Golden roasted nuts, seeds and oats are enveloped by flavorful almond butter in these delectably chewy, no-fuss energy bars. Unrefined turbinado sugar adds a deep caramelly undertone. Feel free to use light brown sugar instead. Bars stored at room temperature will be softer than those that are refrigerated.

Ingredients: 8 servings

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

¼ cup slivered almonds

¼ cup sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon flaxseeds, preferably golden

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1 cup unsweetened whole-grain puffed cereal (see Note)

⅓ cup currants

⅓ cup chopped dried apricots

⅓ cup chopped golden raisins

¼ cup creamy almond butter (see Note)

¼ cup turbinado sugar (see Note)

¼ cup honey

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

⅛ teaspoon salt

Preparation: Active 30 minutes and ready In 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square pan with cooking spray.

Spread oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds and sesame seeds on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the oats are lightly toasted and the nuts are fragrant, shaking the pan halfway through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add cereal, currants, apricots and raisins; toss to combine.

Combine almond butter, sugar, honey, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low, stirring frequently, until the mixture bubbles lightly, 2 to 5 minutes.

Immediately pour the almond butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon or spatula until no dry spots remain. Transfer to the prepared pan. Lightly coat your hands with cooking spray and press the mixture down firmly to make an even layer (wait until the mixture cools slightly if necessary). Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes; cut into 8 bars.

Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month; thaw at room temperature.

Ingredient notes: For this recipe, we like unsweetened puffed multi-grain cereal, such as Kashi’s 7 Whole Grain Puffs.

Almond butter can be found at natural-foods stores and large supermarkets, near the peanut butter.

Turbinado sugar is steam-cleaned raw cane sugar. It’s coarse-grained and light brown in color, with a slight molasses flavor. Find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or at natural-foods stores.

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

New partnership with the North Star Inn & Resort

January 18, 2018

Appalachian Trail Adventures (ATA) is excited to announce a new partnership with the North Star Inn & Resort, which has been a Killington landmark for over 30 years. Known for their friendly staff, it’s the perfect home base to explore all that Vermont has to offer. With all the cozy pleasures of a modern hotel, updated rooms that include air conditioning, mini-fridge and microwave, including suites with kitchens and Jacuzzi tubs.

Considered Killington’s classic four-season hotel, the North Star Inn & Resort is an ideal destination for your Vermont vacation. Located in the heart of Killington, the Inn is situated with views of Vermont’s second highest mountain and the surrounding Green Mountains. All guest rooms are recently updated and available with a variety of options from double rooms to king suites with a private bedroom, Jacuzzi bath, living room with sofa bed and a full kitchen.

The facilities and grounds include an outdoor heated pool, exercise room, male and female saunas, massage therapy room, elevator, washer and dryer facilities, duck pond, barbecue and picnic area, 24-hour front desk service, game room with a sizable selection of books to read, DVDs rentals, clay tennis courts (short walk & fee required), business services with fax, coping service and high-speed internet access.

North Star Standard Rooms

The standard room have an option of either a king or two double beds, room amenities include private bath, air conditioning, mini fridge, microwave, wireless internet, hair dryer and Television with HBO and premium channels.

North Star Inn’s Queen Suite

The queen suite includes private queen bedroom, adjoining living room with a sofa bed and mini kitchen. Suites amenities include private bathroom, air conditioning, hair dryer, wireless internet, television with HBO and premium channels. Mini-kitchen includes sink, refrigerator, microwave, dish washer and two burner cook top.

North Star Inn’s King Suite

This king suite includes private king bedroom with a Jacuzzi tub, adjoining living room with a sofa bed and full kitchen. Suite amenities include private bath room, air conditioning, hair dryer, free wireless internet, television with HBO and premium channels. Full-kitchen includes refrigerator, four burner stove, microwave, sink and dish washer.

ATA’s affordable All-Inclusive Vacations offer customized hiking and kayaking adventures in a small group setting while exploring Vermont. Our guests include hikers who may not feel comfortable hitting the trails alone and those seeking an active or healthful vacation in a small group setting. With over 20 years of experience, we have handpicked the trails with the best scenic mountain vistas, waterfalls and historical features in Vermont’s Green Mountains. ATA specializes with customer satisfaction and has a perfect five star rating on TripAdvisor with over 180 positive star reviews.

The Hiking Vacation consists of accommodations with three daily meals; guided half or full day novice, intermediate or advanced hike. The half day hikes are followed by an afternoon with a variety of options such as: kayaking either on a lake or flat-water river trip, caving trips, an excursion to a local village or attraction. After a day of exploring, relax in the outdoor heated pool, sauna or massage room for those guests who wish massage therapy. In the evening, enjoy dining at either the O’Dwyer’s Public House or the Foundry Restaurant, known for their impeccable chef-driven cuisine.

ATA’s Peak Bagging Vacation is for those hikers who want the opportunity to hike Vermont’s 4,000-foot mountains, the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail, the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the country. Those who summit all five of Vermont’s 4,000 footers, are awarded with a certificate of accomplishment. This accomplishment in the hiking community is referred to as peak bagging.

The Family & Friends Hiking Vacation offer discounted rates for families or groups that are required to participate in same morning & afternoon activity. I.E. Family members participate on the same hike, then after a picnic lunch the entire family participates kayaking. Some family member(s) cannot go caving or on an excursion while others go kayaking. Afternoon activities include a choice of hiking, kayaking, caving and excursions.

For More Pictures or information visit our North Star Photo Album or

Gift certificates available for a Vermont hiking vacation or just a day adventure kayaking, caving or hiking in the Green Mountains of Vermont

December 1, 2017

gift vcertTired of giving the same old gifts each holiday season and looking for an idea. Try giving a gift certificate for a Vermont hiking vacation or just a day adventure kayaking, caving or hiking, this will be one holiday gift they will remember for years to come. call John at 1-888-855-8655 for more information.   We are currently taking reservation and offering gift certificates for the 2018 hiking season that begins on May 25th and runs through Columbus Day Weekend closing on October 14th, 2018.  Please checkout ATA’s webpage for more information at or call John at 1-888-855-8655.    John Keough Founder & Guide Appalachian Trail Adventures Killington, Vermont.



November’s Newsletter

November 6, 2017

ATA’s November’s Newsletter

October 2, 2017


FALL FOLIAGE: Save $20.00 to 40.00 per person, per night!

Come watch Vermont’s green peaks transform coloring the mountainsides with brilliant oranges, reds and yellows. There is still availability for prime foliage from October 1st-15th. We look forward to showing you a true Vermont adventure! For more information, please call John at 1-888-855-8655 or visit