Thursday, December 31, 2015

the beagle last hike of the season

With the warmer temperatures in 40's and no snow I took Aeolus along for a 5 mile hike to a cave dig with my caver friends this past week.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Holiday Wishes

This holiday season, may your life be filled with Love, Laughter and Good Luck. Happy Holidays from our home to yours.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015

Need a Holiday gift idea try an gift certificate for a hiking vacation

Tired of giving the same old gifts each season and looking for an idea.. Try a gift certificate for a Vermont hiking vacation, this will be one holiday gift they will remember or won’t re-gift. We are currently taking reservation and offering gift certificates for the 2016 hiking season that begins on May 27th and runs through Columbus Day Weekend closing on October 10th, 2016. Please checkout ATA's webpage for more information at www.appalachiantrailadventures,com or call 1-888-855-8655. John Keough Founder & Guide Appalachian Trail Adventures Killington, Vermont

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015

November's Newsletter

Check out November's Newsletter at https://appalachiantrailadventureshikingspa.wordpress.com

Friday, October 9, 2015

Peak colors are here, come join us for a hiking adventure.

Peak colors are here, come join us for a hiking adventure. for more information check out www.appalachiantrailadventures.com

Friday, October 2, 2015

October's Newsletter

ATTENTION LEAF PEEPERS....LAST CHANCE.... 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 pine trees. ATA is open till October 12th for those leaf peepers seeking to experience the fall foliage. 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. 2015 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. Single Occupancy Double Occupancy 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 the beagle seems to be slowing down, it's been a long season so it's understandable. Instead of running around at the apple or lunch breaks he will lie down and rest. Even in the van rides sometimes he would find a spot on floor and just nap on the drive back. Somedays I felt like joining him, hehe. Aeolus sure likes to play in any body of water; puddle, pond, river, brook or mud hole. I think the beagle is confused and believes he's a water dog. He also seems to love rolling in any dirt or mud he can find. Let's just say he's had a record number of baths this hiking season. One day on drive back to the lodge Aeolus had his head out the window and accident his paw hit the window up button. We had squealing beagle for a few seconds until the window was put down. He was all right with not even a mark and of course no one laughed at him. After a quick "hike" down Killington Peak later that night the poor little puppy couldn't jump up on the sofa and was favoring one leg. So we had to put him on injured reserve for a couple days to rest. It seemed to help but he needed to rest again after a couple days of hiking. I am hoping this week he will do better and won't need to stay home alone. 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: Socks: How to Choose Outdoor activities are tough on feet, so a pair of high-tech socks is your first line of defense for dry, comfortable and blister-free feet. While "technical socks" might sound funny, there's no denying the big improvement they make over your old all-cotton tube socks. Socks by Activity: Socks are organized by intended activity. Each features subtle differences in construction: Athletic or multisport socks: This broad category ranges from traditional white gym socks (updated with moisture-wicking fabrics) to technical socks intended for cross-training and running. Most provide some sole cushioning but have minimal bulk overall. Running socks: These range from thin liner socks with very little padding to those with dense cushioning in the heel and ball of the foot. Some runners prefer less padding for a better fit in their shoes; others like more padding for added cushioning and reduced foot fatigue. Walking socks: These offer cushioning and moisture-wicking properties for fitness walkers. Casual socks: Though distinguished by their casual styling (colors, stripes, etc.), these lightweight socks, at least those found at REI, usually feature performance fabrics such as merino wool. Lightweight hiking socks: These relatively thin socks provide a good fit for hikers with high-volume feet (i.e., feet that are wide or have a high instep). They wick away moisture and offer modest cushioning in the heel and ball of the foot. They are thinner, especially on the top, than midweight socks and can be worn with or without liner socks. Midweight backpacking socks: Their additional thickness gives a good fit to hikers with low-volume feet (i.e., feet that are narrow or have a low instep). They offer more padding in the heel and ball of the foot than do lightweight hiking socks, plus cushioning on the top of the foot and leg for comfort on long trails. They can be worn with or without liner socks. Mountaineering socks: These heavyweight socks are your thickest option, with extra bulk and padding for cold, rugged conditions. Ski and snowboard socks: These are padded in the shin area and usually underfoot as well. Otherwise, they are thin and not intended to provide significant warmth; rather they are meant to protect your feet from pressure points and rubbing inside the boots. Their design also serves to not interfere with the energy needed to make quick turns. ________________________________________ ATA's Dvd Recommendation: Tibet: Who Killed the Electric Car? Amid a volatile climate of ever-changing gas prices, this documentary delves into the short life of the GM EV1 electric car -- a fuel-efficient auto that was once all the rage in the mid-1990s and now has fallen by the roadside. 2006 PG 91 mins ________________________________________ Healthful Living Tips: Smart Snacks Most healthy eating plans allow for one or two small snacks a day. Choosing most fruits and vegetables will allow you to eat a snack with only 100 calories. About 100 Calories or Less: a medium-size apple (72 calories) a medium-size banana (105 calories) 1 cup steamed green beans (44 calories) 1 cup blueberries (83 calories) 1 cup grapes (100 calories) 1 cup carrots (45 calories), broccoli (30 calories), or bell peppers (30 calories) with 2 tbsp. hummus (46 calories) Instead of a high-calorie snack from a vending machine, bring some cut-up vegetables or fruit from home. One snack-sized bag of corn chips (1 ounce) has the same number of calories as a small apple, 1 cup of whole strawberries, AND 1 cup of carrots with 1/4 cup of low-calorie dip. Substitute one or two of these options for the chips, and you will have a satisfying snack with fewer calories. ________________________________________ Healthful Living Recipe: Spaghetti Frittata Leftover spaghetti? Try mixing it with eggs for an Italian omelet. Makes: 6 servings, Active Time: 25 minutes, Total Time: 35 minutes • 8 ounces spaghetti, (or 4 cups cooked spaghetti) • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil • 3 onions, chopped • 2 large eggs • 2 large egg whites • 1/2 cup skim milk • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil • 1 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper • 1 tomato, diced (optional) Preparation Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but firm. Drain and refresh with cold water. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the onions to a small bowl and let cool slightly. Wipe out the pan. Whisk together eggs, egg whites and milk in a large bowl. Stir in the onions, Parmesan, parsley, basil, salt and pepper. Add the spaghetti. Spray the pan well with nonstick cooking spray and place over medium heat. Pour in the egg mixture and distribute evenly in the pan. Cook until the underside is golden, moving the pan around on the burner to ensure even cooking, about 6 minutes. Invert a large platter over the skillet, grasp the platter and skillet with oven mitts and carefully turn over. Lift off the skillet and spray it again with nonstick cooking spray. Slide the frittata back into the skillet and cook until the bottom is golden. Slide the frittata onto a platter. Garnish with tomatoes if using. Nutrition Per serving: 178 calories; 7 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 75 mg cholesterol; 21 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 9 g protein; 2 g fiber; 516 mg sodium; 216 mg potassium. Carbohydrate Servings: 2 Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat

breakfast last week :-)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

thank you note

Just got a very nice thank you note this week, I felt that it should be shared smile emoticon ATA prides itself tailing everyone's stay to their hiking abilities and wishes. Our past guests who have stayed with other hiking spas and adventure vacations have said NO ONE can compete with the product(food etc)/vacations we offer. our trip advisor reviews don't lie, not one negative review EVER.

Monday, September 7, 2015

ATA facebook page pics from the week

check out ATA's facebook page for pics from this weeks adventure. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Appalachian-Trail-Adventures/349699359223

Monday, August 31, 2015

ATTENTION LEAF PEEPERS: Don't wait to the last minute to book your fall foliage hiking vacation. We are sold out September 10th-12th and 18th-19th. We recommend a fall hiking vacation during September 20th through October 11th, with the last week in September and the first week in October for peak foliage colors. ATA'S 2015 season runs through Columbus Day weekend October 12th.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ATTENTION LEAF PEEPERS…..Foliage hiking vacations filling up fast!

ATTENTION LEAF PEEPERS… With the summer flying by and the fall around the corner, don’t forget to book your fall foliage hiking vacation before it’s too late. Please note we have limited availability during some time periods. 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 pine trees. Appalachian Trail Adventures (ATA) is open till October 11th for those leaf peepers seeking to experience the fall foliage. We recommend the last week in September and the first week in October for peak foliage colors. Besides it’s the best time of the year to go hiking; no bugs, cool temperatures, less crowds and spectacular foliage colors. ATA provides an affordable guided hiking and kayaking vacations in the Green Mountain National Forest along the Appalachian Trail for all abilities.

Monday, August 3, 2015

New York Post recently named Killington, VT one of Five ski towns

We were so pleased to see that the New York Post recently named Killington one of “Five ski towns that are worth visiting in summer,” The only resort in the northeast!! Alongside the Western resort towns of Park City, Utah, Vail , Colorado, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Big Sky, Montana

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

July's Newsletter

JULY’S NEWSLETTER Aeolus the beagle update: With the hiking season in full swing, I have the happiest dog in Vermont. He has the biggest smile on his cute face on the way to work, meeting hikers and all day hiking and kayaking. Aeolus gets so excited to meet new hikers wagging his tail and wiggling his butt. A hiker came back a week later after departing when she was driving through to Maine and Aeolus recognized her and started crying. He has such a friendly and loving personality. After the long days hiking and kayaking, Aeolus goes straight to corner of sofa and naps till 8pm when I wake him to go outside to the bathroom. Then he comes back in, maybe eats a little and then sleeps until morning. It’s funny watching the dog dreams with his legs kicking, snorting noises, tail wagging, he must be having some kind of dream. When I poke him sleeping, he makes this funny noise that sounds like “why are you bothering me, please stop I’m exhausted”. On the trail, he’s keeping pretty close, not running away and disappearing for a few minutes. I guess Aeolus is getting slower in his old age of four. Except in Woodstock last week he starting barking crazy getting on a scent, then he chased after a deer. He was gone 10 minutes before he returned to desperate pleas to “come”. He sure does love any stream, puddle, mud hole, and body of water, he will just jump in explore, grab a drink, roll in mud, he doesn’t mind getting dirty. While kayaking, he just loves it smiling the whole time, however his balance is rusty and he fell off a bit more than regular on the river. I guess he needs to get his kayak legs under him with a few more river trips. 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: After Extended Use: Clean, Condition, Waterproof Here are three types of footwear-care products. Here’s guidance for when and how often to use them: Cleaner: Use a cleaner when preparing to apply waterproofing, or any time stubborn residue (dust, mud, grime) is visible on the upper. Use a cleaner periodically. You always want to clean boots after a hike, but a simple brush-off or a rinse-and-wipe is usually sufficient. But if boots are muddy or really dusty, adding a footwear-specific cleaner will optimize your effort. Tip: Always clean boots thoroughly before applying waterproofing. Conditioner: Use a conditioner when full-grain leather boots appear dry or cracked. It can also be used if new footwear needs to be broken in quickly. Use a conditioner judiciously. Healthy leather (like our own skin) functions best when moisturized. Yet too much conditioner can make boots too soft, reducing the support they provide on rugged terrain. Do not use Mink Oil or similar oils better suited for logging/industrial boots; it over-softens dry-tanned leather used in hiking footwear. Waterproofing: Use a waterproofing treatment when water does not speedily bead up and roll off a boot’s surface, allowing water to sink into the exterior layer. Use it as needed. The frequency depends on how hard you use your boots. It is not uncommon for serious trail hounds that do a lot of wet-weather hiking to apply waterproofing several times a year. ATA’s Dvd Recommendation: Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey This is the story of a woman who thought she had it all … until she lost her beloved mother to cancer. Trying to process and understand her profound grief, Suzanne Bryant embarks on a spiritual journey and turns to a deeper practice of yoga. 2012 PG 62 mins Healthful Living Tips: What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk of Skin Cancer? Protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. UV rays from the sun can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as bright and sunny days. UV rays also reflect off of surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow. Indoor tanning (using a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get tan) exposes users to UV radiation. The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Daylight Saving Time (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. standard time) are the most hazardous for UV exposure outdoors in the continental United States. UV rays from sunlight are the greatest during the late spring and early summer in North America. CDC recommends easy options for protection from UV radiation: Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours. Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs. Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck. Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block both UVA and UVB rays. Use sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection. Avoid indoor tanning. Healthful Living Recipe: Salmon salad Salmon salad served on tangy pumpernickel bread makes for an easy dinnerùa double batch will give you lunch the next day. Makes: 4 sandwiches, Active Time: 15 minutes, Total Time: 15 minutes 2- 6 to 7ounce cans boneless, skinless wild Alaskan salmon, drained 1/4 cup minced red onion 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 4 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufch 8 slices pumpernickel bread, toasted 8 slices tomato 2 large leaves romaine lettuce, cut in half Combine salmon, onion, lemon juice, oil and pepper in a medium bowl. Spread 1 tablespoon cream cheese on each of 4 slices of bread. Spread 1/2 cup salmon salad over the cream cheese. Top with 2 tomato slices, a piece of lettuce and another slice of bread. Nutrition: Per serving: 286 calories; 9 g fat (3 g sat, 4 g mono); 34 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 22 g protein; 4 g fiber; 645 mg sodium; 262 mg potassium. Nutrition Bonus: Folate (22% daily value), Iron & Vitamin C (17% dv), source of omega-3s. Carbohydrate Servings: 2 Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 1 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 ATA’s Facebook page helps guests keep in touch and recommend us to their friends. Check out ATA’s Facebook Page for weekly photos, videos and our YouTube Page. 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. The Summit Lodge 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, weight room, five 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.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Vermont Kayking tour

We had a request to do some white water river last week. We did a local 12 mile section in about 4 hours with a lot of class II rapids. the kayaking wasn't too rough, it was one of the best rides down that section. PLEASE NOTE: WE DO MAINLY SCENIC FLAT WATER RIVERS

Sunday, May 31, 2015

JUNE’S NEWSLETTER

ATA’s 2015 season runs May 22nd through October 12th 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. 2015 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. Single Occupancy Double Occupancy 1-2 NIGHTS $270.00 $245.00 3-6 NIGHTS $265.00 $241.00 7+ NIGHTS $259.00 $232.00 The Summit Lodge 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, weight room, five 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 busy visiting the dog parks and doing some hiking to get in shape for the upcoming season. It’s so funny when I get dressed in the morning; Aeolus is waiting for me by the door expecting to go hiking. He gives me this guilty eye stare making me feel really sad to leave him alone, but hiking season is now here. We have been to Summit Lodge setting up and to play with their Saint Bernard mascots Rachel and Teddy. The two giants were so thrilled to see Aeolus again, I should make more visits over the winter season. Aeolus is doing really well listening to the command to “come” but he still has selective hearing some days. After all he is a beagle bred for hunting, a tough habit to break. So I hope this season I’ll spend some less time waiting for him or calling his name. But given the choice of chasing a squirrel or coming to me, I put money on the squirrel. 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: Hiking Boot Drying Tips Allow boots to dry at a normal temperature. Rushing the process is unhealthy for boots, particularly leather boots. Remove insoles and let them air-dry separately from the boots. Do not place wet boots close to a heat source (fireplace, campfire, wood stove, radiator, heater, sunny windowsill, whatever). High heat: Weakens the adhesives used in modern footwear. Bakes the upper, which could turn the leather brittle or cause it to shrink and curl, which potentially could squeeze a boot’s toe counter (a nylon reinforcement in toe), which would alter its fit. Recommended speed-drying method: Place boots (insoles removed, tongue propped open) in the path of a fan in a normal, room-temperature environment. No fan handy than stuff a sheet or 2 of newspaper into each boot. Newsprint is a surprisingly decent moisture absorber. Change the paper each hour. Boots dry faster when positioned upside-down. Store boots in a place where temperatures are stable and normal. Do not store boots in attics, garages, ATA’s Dvd Recommendation: Winged Migration Amazing cinematography propels this Oscar-nominated documentary that provides a hypnotic, bird’s-eye view of the grueling semiannual migrations of various avian species as they make their way across vast distances to more moderate climates. 2001 G 89 minutes Healthful Living Tips: Be active Be active for at least 2.5 hours a week. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and that strengthen your muscles. We know 150 minutes each week sounds like a lot of time, but it’s not. That’s 2 hours and 30 minutes, about the same amount of time you might spend watching a movie. The good news is that you can spread your activity out during the week, so you don’t have to do it all at once. You can even break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day. It’s about what works best for you, as long as you’re doing physical activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes at a time. Help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day. Include activities that raise their breathing and heart rates and that strengthen their muscles and bones. Physical activity helps to: Maintain weight Reduce high blood pressure Reduce risk for type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and several forms of cancer Reduce arthritis pain and associated disability Reduce risk for osteoporosis and falls Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety Adults need at least: 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms). 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms). An equivalent mix of moderate and vigorous intensity aerobic activity and muscle strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms). For Even Greater Health Benefits: Older adults should increase their activity to: jogging 5 hours (300 minutes) each week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and weight training muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms). OR jogging 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) each week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and weight training muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms). OR walking jogging An equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms). Healthful Living Recipe: Broccoli, Ham & Pasta Salad A great make-ahead entree, this lightened-up pasta salad is loaded with broccoli and peppers. Smoky ham and sweet raisins give it plenty of punch. Enjoy the leftovers for a fuss-free lunch. Makes: 5 servings, about 2 cups each, Active Time: 20 minutes, Total Time: 50 minutes Creamy Herbed Dressing 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise 1/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream 3 tablespoons rice vinegar or white-wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon honey, or more to taste 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion or dried chopped chives 1 1/4 teaspoons dried tarragon or dill 1/2 teaspoon onion salt or celery salt or 1/4 teaspoon of each White pepper to taste Salad 3 cups cooked whole-wheat fusilli or similar pasta (about 6 ounces dry) 4 cups chopped broccoli florets (about 1 1/2 large heads) 1 1/2 cups diced ham (8 ounces), preferably reduced-sodium 1 large red or yellow bell pepper (or a combination), diced 1/4 cup diced red onion, plus slices for garnish 1/3 cup raisins Freshly ground pepper to taste 4 cups spinach leaves 1 cup torn radicchio leaves To prepare dressing: Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, sour cream, vinegar, mustard, honey, onion (or chives), tarragon (or dill) and onion salt (and/or celery salt) in a bowl until well blended. Season with white pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings, if desired. To prepare salad: Combine pasta, broccoli, ham, bell pepper, diced onion and raisins in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss until evenly incorporated. Cover and refrigerate to blend the flavors for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days. Serve on a bed of spinach and radicchio, garnished with slices of red onion. Tips & Notes: Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Nutrition: Per serving: 306 calories; 7 g fat (2 g sat, 2 g mono); 31 mg cholesterol; 46 g carbohydrates; 4 g added sugars; 19 g protein; 6 g fiber; 838 mg sodium; 696 mg potassium. Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (167% daily value), Vitamin A (85% dv), Folate (24% dv), Potassium (20% dv), Magnesium (18% dv), Zinc (17% dv), Iron (16% dv). Carbohydrate Servings: 2 ½, Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 2 vegetable, 2 le10 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 ATA’s Facebook page helps guests keep in touch and recommend us to their friends. Check out ATA’s Facebook Page for weekly photos, videos and our YouTube Page.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TripAdvisor is delighted to award Appalachian Trail Adventures the 2015 Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor is delighted to award Appalachian Trail Adventures the 2015 Certificate of Excellence. This achievement is a direct result of your consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travelers.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May's Newsletter

MAY’S NEWSLETTER ATA’s 2015 season begins May 22nd through October 12th 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. 2015 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. Single Occupancy Double Occupancy 1-2 NIGHTS $270.00 $245.00 3-6 NIGHTS $265.00 $241.00 7+ NIGHTS $259.00 $232.00 The Summit Lodge 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, weight room, five 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: Aeolus was very excited earlier this month when the temperature hit 70 degrees and most of the snow melted. He was running around the yard like a rabid dog except for his tail wagging in pure joy. He was dashing all over zigging and zagging around snow piles, trees, car, etcetera. I think he knows that hiking season is coming soon. When I get ready in the morning to leave, he sits by the door as if he is expecting to go hiking with me. With the joys of spring came AeolusÆ first roll in a mud puddle. What a simple pleasure, winter brought with no mud for him to roll in. Here comes another season of him seeking out any puddle while hiking, he really enjoys rolling in them. The dog parks are all open, and Aeolus had 15 dogs to play with the other day. He is so funny to watch playing with other dogs. We also have one appointment left with veterinarian, he just needs to get one more vaccination for season. 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: After Any Hike: Clean Those Boots Cleaning Tips: Be diligent in cleaning hiking boots. You say you’re too tired after a hike to clean your boots? Then clean ’em the following day. Why bother? With every flexing motion, particles of dirt, grit or sand can creep deeper into a boot’s leather or fabric upper and grind away like sandpaper. Mud can suck moisture from leather as it dries, leaving leather less pliable and vulnerable to accelerated aging. Removable sock liners (found in some boots) or insoles are potentially machine washable. Check manufacturer instructions before attempting this. Always remove liners or insoles and let them air out. Tip: Never put hiking footwear in a washing machine. Use a brush to gently remove dust and dirt. Choose a specialized tool or an old vegetable brush or toothbrush. For maximum thoroughness, remove laces prior to cleaning. Add running water and a specialized boot cleaner, saddle soap or, if no other options exist, a mild dishwashing soap. Do not use bar soap or detergents; they typically contain surfactants that attract water; detergents may also include fabric brighteners that can leave residues. Mold on the boots? Brush in a mixture of 80% water and 20% vinegar. If needed, wash off the outsole, too. A tread cleaner can extract stones and other stubborn gunk that plug your traction-boosting lugs. If mud is really caked on, soak the outsoles (not the uppers) in a shallow pan of water for several hours. Then hose away the sludge. ATA’s Dvd Recommendation: More Than Honey More Than Honey aims to understand why the world’s bees are disappearing, and in the process provides an abundance of mind-blowing facts about the insects. For example, one-third of what we eat wouldn’t exist without bees. That figure alone should make getting stung seem like much less of a big deal. 2012, 95 min Healthful Living Tips: What are vitamins, and why are they important? There are six basic types of nutrients that are considered essential to life: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. These nutrients are needed for your body to function properly, and your diet is the source of them. Vitamins and minerals are considered micronutrients because they are needed in smaller quantities than the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fat). Micronutrients do not provide calories. When your body does not absorb an adequate amount of any of the micronutrients, diseases can occur. It’s important to understand what your nutritional needs are and how to reach them. Vitamins are broken down into two categories: water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water. Leftover amounts are not stored and will leave your body through your urine. For this reason, you must consume them on a continuous basis. The water-soluble vitamins are the B vitamins and vitamin C. Fat-soluble vitamins dissolve in fat, not water. These vitamins need dietary fat in order to be better absorbed in the small intestines. They are then stored in the liver and fatty tissues (adipose tissues) and can accumulate to toxic levels when consumed in excess quantities. The fat-soluble vitamins are vitamins A, D, E, and K. Recommendations for essential nutrients are provided in the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) developed by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Dietary Reference Intakes is the general term for a set of reference values used for planning and assessing nutrient intake for healthy people. There are three important types of DRI reference values; Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA), Adequate Intakes (AI), and Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (UL). The RDA is set to meet the nutrient requirements for the average daily intake of nearly all (97% to 98%) healthy individuals in each age and gender group. When there is insufficient data to set an RDA for a nutrient, an AI is set. AIs meet or exceed the amount needed to maintain an adequate nutritional state in nearly every one of a specific age and gender group. Some nutrients can cause health problems when consumed in excessive quantities. The UL was set to provide the maximum daily intake that is unlikely to result in adverse health effects. Numerous health conditions, however, can impact your nutritional needs. A registered dietitian or physician can help you better determine your needs based upon your overall health and condition. Healthful Living Recipe: Broccoli & Feta Pasta Salad This vegetarian pasta salad recipe is perfect for your next potluck or as an easy side dish. The broccoli keeps it nice and crunchy and the chickpeas add protein. For the best flavor, combine the pasta salad with the dressing about 1 hour before serving. Makes: 6 servings Serving Size: about 1 1/3 cups each Active Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Dressing 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise 3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or 1 tablespoon dried 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar Pasta Salad 8 ounces (about 3 cups) whole-wheat fusilli 2 cups chopped broccoli 1 3/4 cups halved grape or cherry tomatoes 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese Freshly ground pepper to taste Preparation: To prepare dressing: Mash garlic and salt in a medium bowl with the back of a spoon into a chunky paste. Add buttermilk, mayonnaise, oregano and vinegar; whisk until combined. To prepare pasta salad: Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain, transfer to a large bowl and let cool. Add broccoli, tomatoes, chickpeas, feta, pepper and the dressing; toss to coat. Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate, without dressing, for up to 1 day. Toss with the dressing about 1 hour before serving. Nutrition: Per serving: 264 calories; 6 g fat (2 g sat, 1 g mono); 14 mg cholesterol; 44 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 11 g protein; 6 g fiber; 457 mg sodium; 367 mg potassium. Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (42% daily value), Folate (20% dv), Vitamin A (19% dv), Magnesium (15% dv) Carbohydrate Servings: 3 Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 medium fat meat, 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 ATA’s Facebook page helps guests keep in touch and recommend us to their friends. Check out ATA’s Facebook Page for weekly photos, videos and our YouTube Page.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Vermont’s Premier Hiking Spa Appalachian Trail Adventures Announces an Affordable Hiking and Kayaking Vacation for the Spring, Summer and Fall

Killington, Vermont (PRWEB) March 19, 2015 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 vacations 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, an intermediate or advanced hike and an afternoon of kayaking, and an excursion or caving. Massages, yoga classes and tennis lessons are available à la carte. Hikers stay at the Summit Lodge, which is known for its personalized service. Situated on eleven acres, the lodge offers all of the cozy, traditional pleasures of a Vermont country inn, along with air-conditioned rooms and a spa for those guests who are looking for massage therapy. Daily ATA offers guided half day or full day hikes along the Appalachian Trail. 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, caving trip, an excursion to local attractions or a visit to the villages of Quechee, Manchester, Weston, or historical Woodstock. Some of the attractions include the Vermont Country Store, Vermont's largest corn maze, world famous Cabot cheese tasting facility, Quechee Gorge, and much more. ATA is very distinctive, offering outdoor activities the entire day followed by a delicious dinner with a glass of wine if desired and for those interested, finishing the night with a massage or even a dip in the hot tub. “It is a very specialized vacation, and it would be hard to find the same activities elsewhere with the unparalleled customer service that ATA and the Summit Lodge provide. We have a perfect five star rating on TripAdvisor from over 100 reviews.” “In collaboration with Foundry Restaurant, we created a delicious menu for those seeking healthier meals. We offer a vegetarian option at every meal and cater to special diets, such as vegan, low sugar, sodium-, wheat- and dairy-free options. This enables ATA to cater to couples, athletes, weight loss vacationers, as well as to all those with no dietary restrictions who seek to eat healthier.” ATA’s 2015 season runs from May 22nd to October 11th To learn more visit http://www.appalachiantrailadventures.com CONTACT: John Keough Founder & Guide 1.888.855.8655 200 Summit Path, Killington, VT 05751 ###