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September’s Newsletter

September 17, 2019

September’s Newsletter

The FitChick Trip has started!!!!

August 15, 2019

The FitChick Trip has started!!!! The 2nd annual visit to Appalachian Trail Adventures. Laura Carson organizes a women’s hiking retreat for 50 Something Fitness members. Laura states “We selected Appalachian Trail Adventures after exploring another local option. Boy, am I glad we did. We arrived in Aug and the experience we had was simply AMAZING! John and his team were hand-on and designed customized days for us best on desire, skills, weather and more. We experienced all the best of Southern Vermont including hiking, kayaking, shopping and local sight-seeing. Also, the accommodations and food was amazing – many options and high quality which is rare for a package offering. We were so pleased and impressed that we are already planning our return trip in Aug 2020!h

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July 10, 2019

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ATA is very proud that we received the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Certificate of Excellence!

June 23, 2019

ATA is very proud that we received the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Certificate of Excellence!tripadvisor hall of fame

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June 10, 2019

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ATA Awarded Fifth Consecutive TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

June 4, 2019
 Killington, Vermont – Appalachian Trail Adventures is pleased to announced that it has received a 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year. Now in its ninth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.
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“Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row is a true source of pride for the entire family at Appalachian Trail Adventures and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said John Keough, founder and guide of Appalachian Trail Adventures.


At Appalachian Trail Adventures they strive to provide personalized hiking vacation with over 195 extremely well appreciative reviews on TripAdvisor demonstrates ATA commitment to the highest level of customer service. They are just not positive reviews, the comments left by hiker’s detail ATA’s commitment to the highest level of customer service. Its also been commented by numerous hikers they never seen such a high quality of reviews especially with not one negative or bad comment. They treat every guest like family and it clearly shows.


“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”


The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.


Please note this award is not the “fake awards” you see other business posting on their webpage. ATA could have won those awards in addition, if we wanted to pay. Yes pay, dont believe everything you see online, just like fake Russian news stories there are fake awards. ATA even had a chance to be one of the ten best US hiking spas on the tv show best spas in America, however it would have cost $25,000. So dont even believe the tv, those top resort shows etcetera are just paid commercials.

March’s Newsletter

March 8, 2019

March newsletter

Local Paper ran a story on ATA!

February 11, 2019

February’s Newsletter

February 11, 2019

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October’s newsletter

November 1, 2018

2018 Season Wrap Up

The 2018 hiking season has come to an end after a quick but spectacular season of fall foliage. Viewing the fall foliage in New England should be on your bucket list; as a matter of fact, Appalachian Trail Adventures is the only hiking spa open in Killington during the peak time for fall colors, the first and second week in October. Come experience foliage next October! We are currently taking reservations for the 2019 season.
ATA could not be more pleased with our new partnerships with the North Star Inn, McGrath’s Irish Pub and Killington Delicatessen, which have been Killington landmarks for over 30 years. This collaboration provides comfortable accommodations, delicious cuisine and experienced guides to lead you on an unparalleled Vermont hiking vacation. We repeatedly heard from guests this season “this was the most fun I ever had on a vacation and I never had my check’s hurts so much form laughing!”
We are very excited that after a few months of delays, ATA’s new webpage is finally live. There is still a lot of work needed, so I will be very busy over the next month uploading pictures, updating the text and tweaking things.
Aeolus’s Adventures

ATA’s Beagle Mascot

Aelous has kept hikers quite entertained this past month with a number of incidents, besides just being a cute, friendly, energetic beagle.
Waiting for hikers to come out of the inn, Aelous is usually staring at the front entrance door, wagging his tail, waiting to greet everyone. However, one morning his tail wasn’t wagging; it was hanging very low and looked a little larger just a few inches from the base. I touched it and he let out a large yelp. The veterinarian believes that since I didn’t recall an incident, such as his tail being shut in a door, and since we kayaked the day before, he must have “swimmer’s tail.” That is when a dog’s tail breaks or gets sprained while swimming. He has had a full recovery—and that tail is back to wagging nonstop.
While hiking one day, I noticed Aelous slowing down; he’s usually out in front or doing circles around us, running nonstop. He also was licking his paw. My past experience told me he might have a cut. Checking it out, I found a porcupine quill that he must have stepped on while hiking. I broke out the Leatherman tool’s tweezers, but had the hardest time pulling it out. Aelous was yelping very loudly and trying to escape—but eventually the quill came out and he was back to normal, running nonstop.
That same week while having lunch at a pond’s shoreline, we had some free entertainment. Aelous gave a good tug, breaking free from the leash in my hand, and proceeded to jump right in the water, swimming after some geese. (My poor beagle can’t swim fast enough and has no chance of catching the geese, but he thinks he can.) After a few screams for him to come back, Aelous eventually listened, turning around toward the shoreline.
Later that month while hiking I heard a yelp, then noticed Aelous limping. Something was wrong with his paw again, but I had trouble seeing it until a guest pointed out a very small thorn. I broke out my glasses and surgical tools, a.k.a. my Leatherman, and removed the thorn easily.