Hot Springs Within A Day's Drive of San Francisco
There's so much to see and do in San Francisco, you'd be forgiven for wanting some time in your trip to take a break. What better way to unwind than by visiting a relaxing hot spring? Northern California has plenty of them. Some are still barely tamed by nature; others are part of luxurious resorts. Whatever your style, there's a hot spring within a day's drive of San Francisco waiting for you.
Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa (1880 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga)
Venture into wine country for some peace and fun. Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa boasts everything from cozy fire pits and indoor whirlpools to hot mineral springs. If you want to explore the region, rent a bike and go for a ride amid the beautiful landscape. Whether you want to sit in a steam room, float in a mineral pool, or chill with friends in the spa garden, this property gives you what you need.
Calistoga Spa Hot Springs (1006 Washington St., Calistoga)
Relax like royalty at Calistoga Spa Hot Springs. Located in Upper Napa Valley, Calistoga Spa Hot Springs features mineral pools, mud baths, and massage services. Calistoga Spa Hot Springs boasts 56 renovated guest rooms and a fitness studio. The establishment regularly has special packages on guest rooms, spa services, and wine tasting tours.
Indian Springs Resort and Spa (1712 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga)
Soak away at one of Napa Valley's most popular resorts. Lodgings at Indian Springs Resort and Spa extend across 17 acres and include cottages, bungalows, and Mission Revival-style buildings. As one of California's original spas, Indian Springs offers mineral waters, mud baths, and special treatments so that you can enjoy a true mental and physical retreat.
Orr Hot Springs Resort (13201 Orr Spring Rd., Ukiah)
Take a day trip to the heart of the Mendocino Coastal Range. In these rolling hills, you'll find Orr Hot Springs Resort, a property with a healthy and rejuvenating bathhouse. The mineral waters have calcium, potassium, boron, sulfur and many other natural minerals. The water flows to the tubs directly from the earth at 106° F. Guests can book a day pass for $30. Book four to six weeks in advance to ensure availability.
Shibui Gardens (19 Tamalpais Ave., San Anselmo)
Get the rest you need at this rustic spa sanctuary. From body scrubs that detox the skin to salt stone massages and yoga sessions, Shibui Gardens aims to restore your body, mind, and soul. Right in nearby Marin County, Shibui Gardens makes for an easy day trip from San Francisco.
Sorensen's Resort (14255 Highway 88, Hope Valley)
Want a real adventure? Head to Sorensen's Resort just south of Lake Tahoe. The property offers close access to skiing, hiking, fishing, and cycling. It also features mineral hot springs for you to relax in after a day of outdoor activity. The all-season resort provides the quintessential High Sierra experience. Stay in a bed-and-breakfast cottage, log cabin, or modern mountain home.
Steep Ravine Hot Springs (Marin Tidal Hot Springs) (Off Highway 1, Stinson Beach)
Ready to get steamy in natural pools? Then make a trip to Steep Ravine Hot Springs. Located in Marin County, only 21 miles from San Francisco, Steep Ravine Hot Springs are only accessible for about two hours each day during low tide. As you sit in the mineral pool, enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean.
Sykes Hot Springs (Within the Ventana Wilderness, Big Sur)
A favorite destination among hikers, Sykes Hot Springs is a stone-lined natural pool next to the Big Sur River. It can hold about four adults and averages around 102° F. The trek to the pool will probably tire you, unless you're an elite hiker. That makes a soak in this natural hot spring all the more glorious. What's also spectacular is that you'll be surrounded by redwood trees and the serenity of the forest.
Tassajara Hot Springs (39171 Tassajara Rd., Carmel Valley)
Experience Japanese hot springs in the unspoiled Ventana Wilderness. A Zen monastery, Tassajara is managed by the San Francisco Zen Center and is open to guests and students from late April through September. In addition to the indoor and outdoor hot plunges, Tassajara provides a steam room, sundeck, and showers. You can also participate in meditation sessions, Buddhism workshops, and more. If you're searching for tranquility, this may be your best choice.
Travertine Hot Springs (Off Route 395 and Jack Sawyer Rd., Bridgeport)
When deciding which hot springs to visit, definitely put Travertine Hot Springs on your list. A natural hot spring in Eastern Sierra, Travertine Hot Springs showcases unique and picturesque mineral formations, along with unobstructed views of the Sierra Mountains. The nearby park provides space to camp for the night, or you can sleep in the cabins at nearby Mono Hot Springs.