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Debbie Lee

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Best hot springs within a 2-3 hour drive of San Francisco?

My birthday's coming up and I really want to take a little weekend staycation to a hot spring to celebrate!  Anyone know of any good ones that are within a 2-3 hour drive of San Francisco?  A good hotel, B&B, or Airbnb close to the hot spring would be great, too.  Was thinking I'd head there on a Friday or Saturday and spend one night.  

I was looking at Esalen in Big Sur, so I'd love to hear more about that if anyone has ever been, and would love to hear about other awesome ones as well.  Thank you!

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  • Elliott Lowen

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    The most commercial is Calistoga in Napa Valley, where the hot springs are turned into mud baths and massages. I used to go to Esalen all the time and you cant beat the view and location.

    Here are some choices that range from very nice to much more laid back.

    Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn Hot Springs and Spa
    100 Boyes Boulevard
    Sonoma, CA 95476

    Wilbur Hot Springs resort
    3375 Wilbur Springs Rd.
    Wilbur Springs, California 95987

    Vichy Springs Resort
    2605 Vichy Springs Rd
    Ukiah, CA 95482

    Orr Hot Springs Resort
    13201 Orr Springs Rd,
    Ukiah, CA 95482

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      I never thought to go up to Ukiah. Thank you, Elliot! :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Katherine Belarmino

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    I haven't personally been, but my mother swears by Calistoga. They have hot springs and she likes to go with her husband for the couples package of mud bath, mineral bath, and massage. I'm not sure where she goes, might be Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort or Calistoga Spa Hot Springs.

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      Ooooh, thank you, Katherine! I've been meaning to go to Calistoga for some spa action at some point :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • eric beegu

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    Check out Sykes Hot Springs in big sur

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      Hadn't heard of Sykes before. Will have to look that up. Thanks for the tip! :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Johnny Struck

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    Big Sur has the Esalen (Esalen) hot springs. Google maps says it's just under 3 hours at 2hrs and 42minutes.

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      Thanks, Johnny! Esalen is on my radar! :) · (0 likelikes)

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