America's Longest-Operating Hiking Spa Celebrates 35 Years, MASSAGE MagazineKillington, VT. New Life Hiking Spa, the nation’s longest-operating hiking spa, is celebrating its 35-year anniversary. Located in the Green Mountains of Killington, Vermont, New Life Hiking Spa’s 2013 season runs from May 16 to Sept., and is offering vacation specials to celebrate its anniversary. Visit for further details.

New Life Hiking Spa was founded by Jimmy LeSage, M.S., in 1978. LeSage combined his talents as a yoga teacher, experienced chef and hiking enthusiast to start New Life Hiking Spa in Stratton, Vermont. He moved New Life to Killington in 1990 and the spa has grown to be one of the most-recognized destination spas in North America.

LeSage continues to act as the director of the spa and manage the daily operations. In 2011, he was recognized as one of the top 10 spa directors in the world and one of the top 25 pioneer spas by SpaFinder Wellness.

“It has been a privilege to run New Life Hiking Spa for the past 35 years and share the beauty of the Green Mountains and a healthy lifestyle with guests from around the world. I am humbled by the amount of return guests we are fortunate to have (40 percent) and the distance they travel to come to New Life Hiking Spa. It has been an incredible journey running New Life,” stated LeSage.

Often referred to as one of the most-affordable destination spas in North America, regular prices range from $229 to $259 per night. All-inclusive packages include a deluxe room, three healthy and freshly prepared meals per day, fruits and vegetables as snacks, one guided hike each day, all fitness and yoga classes, one massage for every three-night stay, evening lectures and cooking demos.

Three levels of hiking are offered each day to accommodate each guest’s fitness needs. A nature walk, an intermediate hike and an advanced hike are available and lead by professional hiking guides.

New Life Hiking Spa has been consistently picked as one of the top ten spas in the world by SpaFinder Reader’s Choice Awards for hiking, outdoor adventure, solo travel, weight loss, affordability, cooking classes and fitness programming over the past decade. In addition, it was chosen by MSNBC as one of the “top 10 spa and wellness retreats from around the world” and has been listed as New England’s top spa by Spas of America in 2010, 2011 and 2012.