Yep, the weather in Northern California is quite fickle: one day it’s nearly 80 degrees, but the next day can be overcast and misty. But summer is creeping up on us, and regardless of the forecast, mid-May is an ideal time to find an outdoor hot tub to soak in under the night sky (or during the day, if you prefer). A few popular spots to get all warmed up:
Vichy Springs near Ukiah: Surrounded by vineyards, mountains, and a lush landscape, this mineral springs resort has 10 indoor and outdoor private tubs (with water out of the ground at 90 degrees), a big swimming pool, a hot tub, and a grotto where you can drink this healing water from the springs. Bring your swimsuit!
Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur: Perched high above the sea, this inn is an architectural gem; some of the rooms, having a circular design, face the ocean and are shaped like the surrounding redwood trees—each has its own deck, jutting out above the ocean. Others, like the “Tree Houses,” sit on stilts in the branches of twisted oaks. Posh indeed.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel in Pescadero: Relax in a hot tub with panoramic views of the Pacific, and then fall asleep gazing up at the tallest light station on the West Coast. This spot is a Hostelling International location, so it’s affordable—but the views are priceless.