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Hiking vacation along appalachian trailAppalachian Trail Adventures (ATA) is a hiking spa that provides guided day hikes along the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail throughout the Green Mountains of Vermont. With over 20 years of experience, we have chosen trails with the best scenic mountain vistas, waterfalls, historical features and lakes. Our guests are hikers who do not feel comfortable hitting the trails alone, ranging from young adults to seniors seeking an active vacation at different levels of ability and fitness. ATA'S 2015 season runs from May 22nd Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend October 18.   

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. ATA has a perfect five star rating on TripAdvisor with over 100 five star reviews.


Our affordable All Inclusive Vacations offer customized hiking and kayaking adventures in a small group setting while exploring Vermont, starting at $232.00 per night, per person, including taxes and gratuities. Already in the area staying locally and seeking a guided day adventure, ATA's Day Programs include half or full day hiking, kayaking and caving adventures.

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“I have to say the experience exceeded my expectations in every way. John and his guides were amazingly attentive, doing their utmost to customize the experience for each guest. And the experiences themselves were awesome, including hikes on the Appalachian Trail, kayaking on local streams, and caving. The caving adventure, in particular, was absolutely unique! John and his staff dealt with all of the logistics, so I could just focus on having fun. In addition, it was great to meet new people sharing the adventure.”        

               Sharon from Massachusetts

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, a guided half or full day hikes for all ability levels along the Appalachian Trail. The half day hikes are followed by an afternoon with a variety of options, such as: relaxing around the pool, kayaking either on a lake or flat water river, caving trip, an excursion to local attractions or a visit to a quaint New England village. Some of the attractions include the Vermont Country Store, Vermont’s largest corn maze, world famous Cabot cheese, Quechee Gorge, and much more. Massages, yoga classes, tennis lessons and more are available à lacarte.


Our Hiking and Yoga Vacation additionally includes an afternoon yoga class for those fellow yogis. For guests wishing to unwind with a daily massage after hiking, ATA offers the Hiking and Spa Vacation. Seeking to hone your racquet skills, our Hiking and Tennis Vacation includes a daily hour long tennis lesson after hiking. While the Healthful Living Vacation is developed for those guests seeking to jump start a new diet or those guests who would like to meet with a registered dietician to discuss a variety of nutritional issues. The Kayaking Vacation provides a full day kayaking adventure for paddlers. For more information, check out ATA's All Inclusive Page.

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Located in the heart of Killington, Vermont the Summit Lodge offers all the cozy, traditional pleasures of a Vermont country inn, including air conditioned rooms and a spa for those guests who wish to get relaxed and indulge their senses with massage therapy, reflexology, personalized training or fitness consultation. The accommodations, breakfast and lunch are provided by the Summit Lodge's Chef while dinner is served by the Foundry Restaurant located on Summit Pond, known for their impeccable chef driven cuisine providing guests the finest cuts of prime meats, fresh seafood, homemade pastas and desserts.


Appalachian Trail Adventures Hiking Spa has collaborated with restaurants Executive Chef’s and Registered Dietitians, Rosa Donohue MS, RD, CDN and Jill Corey MS, RD, who both have a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. They have created our delicious spa menu producing meals that are a healthy balance of carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats. 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.

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Our vacations are ideal for those seeking

 An affordable hiking spa vacation

An all-inclusive hiking vacation

A vegan or vegetarian vacation

A guided kayaking vacation

An active or adventure vacation

A wellness retreat

A unique fall foliage hiking vacation

A weight loss vacation

A way to quit smoking

An Appalachian Trail guide

A yoga and hiking vacation

A Vermont hiking vacation

A bachelor party vacation

A bachelorette party vacation

A corporate retreat with team building

A girls getaway vacation

A birthday party vacation

A small group atmosphere

A hiking vacation 

A walking tour or holiday

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“This institution is an equal opportunity provider and operated under a special use permit with the Green Mountain National Forest”