A favorite retreat of Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London, Teddy Roosevelt, and many other distinguished guests, Vichy Springs Resort and Spa offers an unparalleled respite in the Mendocino Wine Country just two hours north of San Francisco.
The tranquil oasis features 26 guest rooms and cottages set on a rolling lawn that leads to many treasures including a hot soaking pool, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and 700 acres of walking trails. But the resort’s greatest jewel is its famous grotto, where the legendary springs surge forth, pushed by natural carbon dioxide, from five miles deep within the earth.
These are the only warm, carbonated mineral baths in North America. Named “Vichy” after the famous springs discovered by Julius Caesar in France, the naturally warm water effervesces with minerals and energy known for their healing and restorative properties. Guests are encouraged—not only to soak and bathe in it—but to drink it as much as possible during their visit. A 30-minute soak in one of the 10 151-year-old deep soaking tubs on the grounds promises to impart a feeling of tranquility, softer skin, and many more benefits.
Despite the fact that the property enjoys a legacy of nearly 160 years, it tastefully embraces today with modern amenities. All accommodations have their own heating and air conditioning systems, high-speed wireless Internet, and direct-dial phones. The cottages feature fully equipped kitchens, and all guests are welcome to enjoy the generous breakfast buffet served each morning in the resort’s dining room. Indulgent spa services like hot stone massages and facials can also be arranged.
An ideal retreat for individuals, couples, and families, Vichy Springs Resort and Spa also lends itself to gatherings and retreats. There’s a large, airy 4,000-square-foot conference room with commercial kitchen and plenty of idyllic locations on the grounds for meetings and ceremonies.
For almost 160 years, Vichy Springs Resort and Spa has been highly praised by its guests. Jack London called it “My favorite summer home.” And, according to the newest California governor, Jerry Brown, it’s “Good for presidents and everyone else.”