Once you get over the initial shock of disrobing in freezing temperatures, winter is a great time to experience a hot springs vacation. Vapor rising from steamy water combined with snowy surroundings sets a magical tone for relaxation.

Soaking in hot springs has many benefits. These mineral-rich waters can soothe sore muscles after a long day of sightseeing, help enhance sleep, boost circulation, and reduce stress....

Home to California's Old Faithful geyser, the Napa Valley town of Calistoga boasts several hotels with on-site soaking experiences. In operation since 1952, Dr. Wilkinson's Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs, a 10Best Reader’s Choice Award winner for best wine country hotel, has a hip, retro vibe.

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