Since its founding in 1978, New Life Hiking Spa has been offering wellness vacations in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Located in the central Vermont hill town of Killington, New Life is approximately 15 miles east of Rutland and 18 miles west of Woodstock—home of the famous ski resort. The Ottauquechee River valley on the east side of town lies about 1100 feet above sea level and the mountain peaks on the west reach over 4000 feet—over a half-mile vertical difference with many microclimates in between.
New Life Hiking Spa has earned top accolades from major publications including the #1 destination spa in Travel + Leisure magazine and one of the top 5 wellness retreats in America by Traveler Today. Approximately 800 guests from around the world attend New Life Hiking Spa each season. New Life Hiking Spa is open mid May through early October when hiking is at its peak in Central Vermont.
Enjoy the country’s most beautiful hiking at the most beautiful time of the year and Vermont’s mountains at its prime! For over four decades, New Life’s mission has been to provide affordable, all-inclusive wellness retreats using hiking and nature as the focal point of the program. All New Life Hiking guides live and breathe the outdoors, operating under a Green Mountain National Forest special use permit. They are highly trained to provide guests with an individual adventure that will not be forgotten and practice the “Leave no trace” outdoor etiquette. New Life also advocates a respect for the nutritional value of food as well as its origin, seasonality, availability, and freshness. So whenever possible, food served is raised locally, using sustainable techniques by farmers and purveyors who have a respect and love of the land. The New Life program assists guests to differentiate meaningfully between passing fads and noteworthy trends in wellness, as well as translate their New Life experience into their own lifestyle upon return home.
7:00 a.m. MORNING STRETCH
Basic stretch. (All levels)
7:30 a.m. STANDING STRETCH
Fluid exercise and breathing techniques to strengthen and energize. (All levels)
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. BREAKFAST
8:45 a.m. HIKING
Hikes are from 3 – 6 miles on various types of terrain ranging from beautiful nature walks to challenging steep trails.
12:30 p.m. LUNCH
2:00 p.m. Either a Water Workout or Fitness Class (alternating days)
All levels or Optional Kayaking Excursion twice a week.
3:05 p.m. BASIC STRENGTH
Total body strengthening and toning. (All levels)
4:05 p.m. OUTDOOR ACTIVITY
Fit Ball or Boot Camp Workout or Outdoor Games OR a lecture on Healthy Eating.
5:05 p.m. INTRO TO YOGA
6:30 p.m. DINNER.
8:00 p.m. EVENING LECTURES & ACTIVITIES
Experience the pool, jacuzzi, or spa. Or just enjoy the lakes and mountains scenery
Includes dinner (check-in evening) and breakfast and lunch on check out day
Thurday & Sunday a kayaking excursion is offered. Extra charges for kayaking excursions over and above the ones included in each six night stay.
AFTERNOON & EVENING MASSAGE – Scheduled daily at 8:30 a.m. (in the sign-up area on the first floor). One service is included with each three night stay. Extra charges for massages over and above the ones included.
Spa options include: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Ohashi Method, Reflexology, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Chinese Herbal Body Exfoliation, Hot Stone Massage, Warm Bamboo Massage, Warm Bamboo Visage for the Face (& Hands & Feet), Nutritional Health Counseling, Personal Fitness Training
WHAT EXACTLY IS A “HIKING SPA”?
New Life Hiking Spa is a wellness retreat with the main focus of our program being hiking. New Life also offers spa services in the afternoon and evenings. New Life has a complete program that includes hiking, spa services, meals, fitness classes and wellness lectures. New Life does not have a “day spa” type area. New Life has spa services such as massage and reflexology available. One service is included with each three night stay.
WHO GOES TO NEW LIFE HIKING SPA?
Men and women from all over the world have come to New Life Hiking Spa to experience our award winning hiking and wellness retreat. New Life has had guests range in age from 18-85, with the majority of the guests in the 35-65 range. Solo travelers, couples, friends, parent/adult child, and small groups attend New Life.
WILL I FEEL COMFORTABLE COMING BY MYSELF?
Absolutely! New Life Hiking Spa is known for being a fabulous solo vacation. They were just featured in Travelers Today in an article titled “Why You Need a Solo Wellness Retreat to New Life Hiking Spa in 2020”.
IS NEW LIFE HIKING SPA A WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM?
Many of the guests come to lose weight. In addition to being a top-rated wellness retreat, New Life Hiking Spa has also become known as a top weight loss spa and retreat. New Life’s guests who come for longer stays do have significant success with weight loss. New Life’s program is focused on wellness, not a dieting fad. Therefore, the program is centered on getting back to nature. Daily hikes, fitness classes, healthy food and massage is designed to help you detox and get healthy and weight loss is a result of the program.
I AM ALREADY AN ADVANCED, FIT HIKER, WILL I BE CHALLENGED?
Yes. New Life offers an advanced hike every day. They have many guests who are coming for a wellness vacation and not specifically to lose weight.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Dress is very casual. New Life does require high-top hiking boots, even if you are planning on doing nature walks. They also have backpacks, water bottles, and hiking poles to lend.
WHAT ARE THE ROOMS LIKE AT NEW LIFE HIKING SPA?
Each room is equipped with either two double beds or one king bed and a private bath. New Life runs the program out of an existing hotel that caters to skiers in the winter on Killington Mountain. All rooms have high speed wi-fi, a mini fridge, coffee maker, flat screen tv and hair dryer. New Life’s program is all-inclusive and only guests of New Life Hiking Spa can participate in their programming, guided hikes, eat meals in the New Life dining room and schedule a New Life massage.
This special rate for a six night, all-inclusive wellness retreat is for the Sunday – Saturday dates of:
Changes to your reservation are not permitted on prepaid specials and prepayment for this special rate is non-refundable. However, pre-paid vacations may be used towards another vacation within the same season, booked at regular price. In case of cancellation, New Life urges all guests to insure your vacation with an independent travel insurance company in the event you need to cancel and are unable to re-book during the same season.