Sunday, May 31, 2015
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.