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Mother Love: Indian Springs Resort and Spa

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Photos Courtesy of Indian Springs

Need to get away for a family adventure? Babymoon? Couple’s getaway? Girls’ gone mild trip? If you live in Northern California, our answer is always the same: Indian Springs Resort and Spa in Calistoga.

Nestled within Napa’s wine country, the main attraction at this self-proclaimed “bohemian hideaway” is an olympic-sized thermal pool, which is fed by four on-site geysers. Filled with noodles and rafts for the takin’, it’s open until 7 p.m. for all spa guests (when you book a treatment Monday-Thursday), while reserving a room or cottage on the property means you get access to this wonder until midnight (a room key is required). And let us tell you, the night swimming at Indian Springs is a magical must.

Aside from the huge hallmark pool, which is baby- and kid-friendly, there’s also an adults-only pool nearby and a Buddha Pond hiding behind the venue’s Mission Revival-style spa. It’s there that guests can indulge in body treatments (including a new Motherhood Bliss massage for mamas-to-be), facials, scrubs, mud baths, and mineral soaks, not to mention a poolside chair massage that’ll soon be added to the menu.

As one of California’s oldest original resorts (it was built in 1910), there’s a nice throwback vibe floating around the vast 17-acre property, but recent upgrades on the grounds have brought in a touch of modernity. This includes the addition of Sam’s Social Club restaurant, which offers poolside catering and dine-in options (we love the vintage, framed swimsuits that line the walls), as well as an outdoor kid’s playhouse that sits next to a teeter-totter and bag-toss games (there’s also everything from bocce to free bike rentals on the property), and a new set of family cottages that can sleep up to 6 thanks to the bunkbeds…if you cram ’em in a little.

Other lodging options consist of the adult-only Lodge Rooms (starting at $239), the newly revamped View Rooms (starting at $319), 14 on-site cottages (starting at $589) and the biggest of all—the Bungalows, which includes a private terrace, front porch, and a fireplace (starting at $799). Whatever you choose, you really can’t go wrong. And thanks to the 92-degree pool during the summer and 102-degree pool in the winter, this is a destination you’ll want to bookmark all year round. Trust us on this one.

Indian Springs Resort and Spa, 1712 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, California; 707-942-4913; indianspringscalistoga.com.

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