It’s a pleasure to share some good news in 2020!

USA Today/10 Best has announced the “10 Best Wellness Retreats” in the USA.  New Life Hiking Spa is excited to share this is the fifth year in a row we have been on this list, in the top five.

As USA Today said at the start of the contest, “Someday, we’ll all be ready to pack our suitcases again and head out on our next adventures. In the meantime, we’ll keep supporting the places that inspire us.”

Wellness Tourism during COVID19

A wellness retreat is very different than just booking a room at a hotel, it encompasses meals, yoga, massage, group fitness classes, group hiking, cooking demos, etc. and it has become difficult for many retreats to run a program with Covid19 restrictions in place.  Because of this, a few places on the list are temporarily closed and others are working at a reduced capacity.

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported New Life Hiking Spa with a vote.  Being closed for the first season ever since 1978 has been a huge adjustment.  Whether you have been to New Life Hiking Spa once or we have been your go-to retreat every summer for decades, know that we miss you and appreciate you!

However, if you are interested in attending a wellness retreat in 2020, please check out one of the below properties.

There are a few on the list that are also fellow members of the Wellness Tourism Association.  They are:

Vermont Vacations in 2020

Vermont travel restrictions are still extremely stringent.  Please remember, these are mandates that come from the State of Vermont, not us.  There is still a quarantine in place for out of state visitors that would need to be completed prior to starting a Vermont vacation.   More details can be found here:  The website is updated every Friday.

About New Life Hiking Spa

More than four decades ago, New Life was founded by Jimmy LeSage, M.S. who decided to take an empty ski lodge during the summer months and turn it into a retreat. New Life Hiking Spa was created to provide world-class hiking for guests seeking wellness in nature. The retreat combines hiking and nature walks with spa services, yoga, fitness classes and healthy food while providing the most affordable and comprehensive program in the wellness retreat industry.

New Life Hiking Spa has been listed as the #1 destination spa in Travel + Leisure Magazine and covered in a SHAPE, SELF, AARP, Health Magazine, Huffington Post, MSNBC and numerous other well-known media outlets as a top wellness vacation.  Approximately 850 guests from around the world attend New Life Hiking Spa in Vermont each mid-spring through early fall.  With the exception of 2020, New Life Hiking Spa is open just 20 weeks a year when hiking is at its peak in Central Vermont. New Life has also hosted winter retreats in Tortola, Nicaragua and offers individual coaching.

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