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5 Best Hot Springs Accommodations near San Francisco

August 25, 2017


It’s no secret – we’re obsessed with hot springs. And wherever we go, we love to find the best kept secrets and travel tips to inspire our ever-lasting adventures. These top 5 hot springs in San Francisco show off some of the best of California’s natural oasis, where you can let down your hair and soak away your worries. Add them to your bucket list and join us there.

Sierra Hot Springs

yoga at sierra hot springs

Summary: A Bay Area favorite, Sierra Hot Springs, gives you that comforting feeling of being in a home immediately. With the fireplace crackling, cat curled up on the couch and fellow guests cozy reading on the couches, the sense of retreat is real. Sierra Hot Springs is a quiet, peaceful destination set among an enchanted forest and vast alpine valley looking towards the peaks of the Sierras. The natural spring water is as smooth as silk, and the pools are a true experience. For centuries, Native Americans have regarded this land as a sacred healing place and we continue to humbly appreciate and enjoy it. Sierra Hot Springs is clothing optional – go with what feels comfortable or try something new! Join us there in Winter.
Distance from SF: 3.5-4 hrs (check road conditions in case chains are required for snow)
Accommodations: Camping, Dorms, Private Rooms and off-site Lodging.
Extras: Delicious cafe, massage and wellness services, fire place, little shop and local trails.
Retreats @ Sierra Hot Springs: Winter Yoga Retreat & Spring Yoga Retreat

Orr Hot Springs

orr hot springs

Summary: A wonderful oasis, set among mossy redwood trees and trickling streams. This down-to-earth hot springs gracefully brings together comfort and natural beauty that we always love. From the stone tiled soaking pools to the bath tubs on the rooftop deck and sauna/steam room, there is plenty to savor in your time in the healing waters of Orr. And just a short drive or walk away, you can find the impressive Redwood giants of Montgomery Woods.
Distance from SF: 3.5 hrs
Accommodations: Camping, Dorms, Private Rooms and Cabins.
Extras: Full Guest Kitchen you can use, Massage and Wellness services.
Retreats @ Orr Hot Springs: Yoga & Redwoods Retreat

Wilbur Hot Springs

Summary: Wilbur Hot Springs is peaceful, quiet setting to getaway and embrace 1800 acres of picturesque California natural preserve. It is an off-the-grid, solar-powered resort with natural (clothing option) hot spring pools. A unique element of Wilbur is that it is inspired by traditional Japanese “onsen” bathing.
Distance from SF: ~3 hrs
Accommodations: Camping, Dorms, Private Rooms and Cabins
Extras: Full Guest Kitchen you can use, Massage and Wellness services.

Esalen Institute


Summary: Set on the side of a bluff overlooking the ocean, Esalen is absolutely stunning. The view takes your breath away and calls for plenty of time to soak up the truly awe-inspiring atmosphere. Esalen has been around for decades and is one of the original Bay Area hot springs. The main way to soak at Esalen is by attending a workshop. While there, make sure to walk around the beloved garden and explore the magical corners of the property. Definitely a must on your life-time hot spring bucket list. But check road blocks due to 2016/2017 landslides for current accessibility.
Distance from SF: 4 hrs
Extras: Wellness services, garden, workshops, cafeteria and more.

Solage Resort

Summary: Boasting luxurious rooms and studio suites, magical hot spring pools, a phenomenal Michelin Star-rated Restaurant called Solbar and a serene wellness spa, Solage offers a simply divine California getaway. Set on 22-acres and surrounded by picturesque Mountains and scenic Napa Valley vineyards, Solage really has it all – even free cruiser bikes for exploring.
Distance from SF: 2.5 hrs
Accommodations: 83 spacious studios and 6 luxurious one-bedroom suites
Extras: What does Solage not have? Massage and wellness services, fitness classes, gym, incredible restaurant, room service, bikes, a guest car and more.