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Calistoga: Indian Springs Resort (& Mud Baths)

July 31, 2016

When we pulled into Indian Springs, a rush of R&R and sublime calmness washed over us.

No surprise since this Napa Valley resort is known for its healing and restorative “powers.”

Sounds magical, doesn’t it? Don’t worry! There’s no hocus pocus going on here…

The historic, 17-acre property is located in stunning Calistoga and sits on top of four thermal geysers – or hot springs. The geysers pump mineral filled water and volcanic ash throughout the Indian Springs site. It’s proven to be detoxifying and super relaxing for the body.

Apparently the Wappo Indians that settled this land bathed in the thermal water because of its ability to heal and renew the body. Today, people come from all over to follow in their footsteps and enjoy the benefits of the Indian Springs’ mineral pools, steam rooms and mud baths.

Note… at the end of this post, I walk through their AMAZING mud bath treatment. So, be sure to stick around if you’re thinking of indulging in one of those!

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Dying to know what all the fuss is about and a total sucker for a good spa, I decided to stay at Indian Springs on my recent trip to the Valley for a friend’s wedding (read post here).

Indian Springs guests either stay in The Lodge of traditional hotel rooms or book one of their larger, more famous Cottages.

Since it was just two of us (my sis and I), we decided to stay in The Lodge.

Don’t you just love the green doors?

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I was also a big fan of the giant palm trees littering the lawn outside The Lodge.

You can hang out under their shade on bright orange hammocks; perfect spot for a snooze or good book and a great way to get out of the scorching sun.

It was REALLY hot on this particular weekend.

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To get our fill of the property and Calistoga, each morning, we hopped on beach cruisers.

They are parked all over Indian Springs and guests can sign them out as they please.

Awesome way to get around the grounds and town!

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Post bike ride and exploration,  we’d mosey on over to Sam’s Social Club for a scrumptious, filling breakfast before hitting the pool.

Sam’s has killer coffee and a mind blowing avocado toast! 
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But, nothing tops the famous Olympic size pool.

It is MAGNIFICENT and the most incredible color of blue.

The thermal waters  from the geysers pump really hot mineral filled water into the pool.

It stays a steady 80-100 degrees Fahrenheit all year round.

The warm temperature is meant to help you sweat and, in turn, detox your body of toxins.

While I love myself a good cleanse, swimming in this giant “hot tub” in the middle of June was not really my cup of tea, but I could see how it would feel great in the winter time.

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So… How exactly does the water get so hot? Good question!

In Calistoga, there’s a fracture in the earth’s crust thousands of feet below the earth’s surface.

Out of the fracture pours hot magma that comes in contact with subterranean waters. The ancient sea beds then force this water upward  to the earth’s surface creating the geysers. The water escapes at 230 degrees Fahrenheit. Holy moly that’s hot!

While I did go for a soak here and there, I mostly hung my toes over the edge and enjoyed by new Bonita Beach Collection Roundie. Isn’t it fab?!

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After a day by the pool, a trip to the Indian Springs Spa was an order.

We treated ourselves to their famous mud bath treatment to cleanse away a weekend packed with wine tasting.

The treatment is a four step event ($95 USD) that essentially goes like this…

  1. First, you climb into a bathtub full of mud. An attendant covers you head to toe in the warm, soft mud; a mix of thermal mineral water and volcanic ash mined on the Indian Springs property. You close your eyes and hang tight while you soak in the mud for about 10 minutes.
  2. Second, you rinse the mud off in a shower before climbing into another bathtub. This bath is full of mineral and salt filled thermal water. You chill here for 10 minutes.
  3. Post bath, you wrap yourself in a towel and sit in a steam room to sweat for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Last, you migrate to a private room to cool down. Your attendant wraps you in flannel blankets and places cucumbers over your eyelids while you rest in complete silence for a final 15 minutes.

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The treatment is INCREDIBLE and totally worth the money.

I felt so rested and cleansed by the end… which is the intended effect.

However, before you run off to book your mud bath treatment, let me leave you with a couple of Mud Bath Tips:

  • For all inquiring minds… you do this treatment in your ‘birthday suit’. Don’t be shy! If you wear anything in the mud, the volcanic ash will RUIN it and trust me… I’m sure the attendants have seen it all anyways.
  • The hot temperatures throughout the process are intended to make you sweat A LOT. They have SEVERE dehydrating effects. Drink TONS of water before, during, and after your treatment. I cannot stress how important this is.
  • Be careful when climbing out of the mud. I made the move a little too quickly and got light headed and dizzy. No bueno!

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  • Reply Sarah Stierch October 16, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I visited Indian Springs in the summer, too! It gets super hot in Calistoga, so I sympathize on the heat. Loved Sam’s and also the spa – the mud treatment was super weird! The feeling of being suspended was surreal, but the mineral bath was a welcome treat and my skin felt great after. Loved reading your post, and checking out your fab fashion, too. Cheers and safe travels!

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