ATA was a wonderful, affordable find. I have always wanted to go to a health spa for vacation but found most of them somewhat intimidating, and out of my price range. The Grey Bonnet Inn is the “base camp” for ATA and is a quaint, older inn with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. The rooms provide no frills but very clean accommodations. The innkeeper and staff are warm and hospitable and provide exceptional service and prompt response to any special request; they also make you feel like you are part of the family.
I took part in the Healthy Living Program which included hiking and yoga everyday. All of the meals were included and the food was very good. I ordered the spa portion since weight loss was part of my healthy living goal and never felt hungry.
John and his experienced, knowledgeable (and very nice, fun-loving) staff offered spectacular hikes at all levels. The groups were small which allowed for flexibility in daily plans. John offered several options and let everyone decide what they wanted to do. It was amazing how he was able to customize the hiking experience for each guest in the group.
The yoga instructors were absolutely wonderful and they too were able to offer individual attention to all levels of student. I highly recommend the yoga after a hike! I also met with a personal trainer who was wonderful in helping to design a comprehensive exercise approach that is portable and not dependent on being in a gym.
I added a session with a registered dietician along with a cooking demonstration as a la carte features. It was very helpful to take advantage of her knowledge and expertise in a casual, non-intimidating atmosphere and to get a personal analysis of how to proceed with my health and weight loss goals and exercise routine. The cooking demo was great fun and delicious.
I wanted a structured, health focused visit and I am extremely satisfied with my overall experience. There were other guests there who mainly wanted the hiking experience with more flexibility in their daily schedules, and they seemed very happy as well.
I was there 5 nights and wanted to stay longer. The ATA staff sends you away with new friends, good memories and lots of encouragement. I would like to return again.