New Life Hiking Spa

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Just announced: Travel + Leisure 2017 World’s Best Awards, Top 10 Destination Spas in the USA

We are pleased to announce that New Life Hiking Spa is on the list again this year!  New Life Hiking Spa was selected as the #2 Destination Spa in America.  We were just a fraction of a point behind the #1 rated Westglow Resort & Spa in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

We made our debut appearance on the list in 2016 as the #1 spa; making it the first year an affordable, seasonal destination spa ever made it to the top ten.  In 2016, Westglow was #2, so the properties switched places.

Again this year, we are the only seasonal destination spa on the list and the most affordable spa in the country.  New Life Hiking Spa’s all-inclusive, nightly rates are between $229-$269 per night based on length of stay and occupancy.

Westglow’s all-inclusive nightly rate is approximately $625 per person/per night for a mid-week summer stay.  Other destination spas on the list can run upwards of $2,000 a night for all-inclusive programs.   Many spas are a la carte, so once the room, meals, activities and spa treatments are added, prices range from $600-900 a night.

Jimmy and I visited Westglow Resort & Spa the year we got married in 2003.  The New Life season ended and we were staying with friends who had moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina.  I have wonderful memories of that trip.  The property was stunning and I can certainly see how it is consistently high on the list.  We are honored to be among such great spas!

Jimmy has been directing New Life for 40 summers now!  It’s hard to believe, he started it in 1978 and next year we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary.  This is my 15th summer at New Life and it is amazing to see the growth we have experienced in the past decade. More importantly, it’s amazing to see the impact New Life Hiking Spa makes in the lives of our repeat guests and our incredible staff (many who have been with New Life since before I came on the scene)!

Jimmy loves New Life Hiking Spa and I am so proud of what he has created.  He came up with an incredible program at a very affordable rate.  His goal was to make this experience accessible to everyone, including those who might not be able to otherwise take a destination spa vacation.   We also have many guests who also frequent the other spas but come to us for the value, incredible hiking (in my opinion the best in the country) and our low-key, unpretentious atmosphere.

New Life Hiking Spa is open for the 2017 season until October 2nd and is open seasonally from mid-May through the first weekend of October each year.  Located in Killington, Vermont, New Life Hiking Spa is located on the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail and offers over 21 different hikes each week.  Each day a nature walk, an intermediate hike or an advanced hike is offered to accommodate everyone’s fitness level.

Additionally, New Life Hiking Spa has been listed as the #1 Destination Spa by Spas of America 2014, 2015 & 2016 and has been listed as a top wellness retreat and weight loss spa by Health Magazine, SpaFinder Wellness, SHAPE Magazine, MSN and AARP.

For those of you that have not been to New Life Hiking Spa yet, our vacations include a private room with a private bath, three healthy meals a day, guided hikes, wellness and fitness programming and one massage for each three night stay.  For our repeat friends, our affordable prices are still the same as years past.  However, if you want to come this year, book soon!  There are just 12 more weeks in our season!

We hope to see you and thank you all who have supported New Life Hiking Spa over the years.  We appreciate your visits and your votes.

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Be well,

Kathleen LeSage




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Wellness Tourism Association
USA Today 10 Best Readers' Choice 2016
Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2016 Winner
Spas of America Top 100 Spas 2016
Trip Advisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence