Sunday, January 24, 2010

Wilbur Hot Springs, California (4.0 Stars ****)

For centuries, the powerful hot mineral waters of Wilbur Hot Springs have drawn those seeking their healing powers. Reestablished in 1972 by Dr. Richard Louise Miller, Wilbur is a place where consideration and mutual respect reign supreme. Getting to the spring is fairly easy and only about 2 hours from San Francisco. It is easy to miss the small dirt road (Bear Valley Road) right off of Highway 20. From first approach the road seems somewhat daunting in that it is all dirt and brings back bad memories of the road to Tassajara. However, Bear Valley Road is fairly tame and well maintained. About 4 miles up the road you will reach the famous "metal bridge" where you turn left. You then reach a beautiful and private gate entrance way. Then you know you have arrived. The property is very well maintained and boasts a private deck with a "flumarium" that allows you to soak in differing hot spring waters ranging from 98 degrees F to 109 degrees F. There are outdoor bathrooms, showers, a deck, a cold mineral water bath, a sauna, and yoga center. The beautifully maintained lodge is very warm and inviting. There is a wonderful social room, restful library, and massive professional kitchen. Various weekends have cooking classes with invited professional guest chefs. You need to bring your own towels and food. Linens are provided by the resort. Overall a wonderful experience and place to visit.

1 comment:

  1. I cannot tell you how much we appreciate your review.... everything about it is so helpful and engaging! We are thrilled to be shared among true enthusiasts of hot springs, and you are really helping us reach the right audience! It is an honor to find such glowing and positive opinions of us online.... it not only makes us happy, but this will endlessly inform others about our adorable little getaway!

    The time you took, and the thoughtfulness of reviewing us, is incredibly special, and we truly wish to say thank you.

    We hope this finds you well, and let us know when you are ready to visit again! I will try to make sure you (or anyone reading this) gets the best deal possible... for true enthusiasts!

    Cheers, be well.... thank you again.

    Michael at Wilbur Hot Springs
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