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JUL 2017

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N e w L i f e H i k i n g S p a [ 34 ] • # dayspamagazine • july 2017 destination: wellness How it stands out: "Let's take a hike" is the slogan of this unpretentious mountain retreat, known for its aff ordably priced wellness program. "Our whole reason for being is to get out into nature," says co-owner Kathleen LeSage. "People spend their days under fl uorescent lights, in front of smartphones and laptops. All that indoor pollution aff ects your endocrine system. Nature detoxes you in a way that a diet alone can't." How it came to be: Forty years ago, after completing intensive 1,000- hour yoga training, Jimmy LeSage was inspired to take over a dormant ski lodge for a summer yoga retreat. Wondering why more retreats weren't taking advantage of the great outdoors, he opened New Life Hiking Spa in 1978 to experiment with the concept of an outdoor spa program based on hiking in natural terrain. It quickly caught on with a mix of baby boomers and guests in their 20s and 30s, including nearly as many men as women. Enjoying a 40 percent return rate, the seasonal getaway is open every May through October during Vermont's warmest weather. How it packages wellness: Guests can book as few or as many nights as they wish, but every all-inclusive package is the same, with daily rates ($229-$269) based on single or double occupancy. For each three-night stay, one massage or refl exology service is included, with $15-$20 upgrades for such options as Ohashi Method (a healing touch practice) and craniosacral therapy. What it includes: Healthy farm-to-table meals, fi tness classes, evening lectures and activities, plus 3-to-6-mile guided hikes led for three fi tness levels. Afternoon classes—from yoga to water workouts and kayaking—are modifi ed daily and accommodate all 45 guests. "After an all-morning hike," Kathleen says, "some participants are so exhausted that they might book a massage or just chill out." COURTESY NEW LIFE HIKING SPA a kin g t o i n natural ir 20s and 30s New Life Hiking Spa Killington, Vermont

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