Vichy Springs

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The springs at Vichy Springs Resort & Country Inn, are located in the hills of Ukiah, about two and a half hours north of San Francisco. Ukiah, an Anglicization of “Yokayo” which means “deep valley” in the local Pomo dialect is a potently vibrant place. For over 5,000 years Pomo used the mineral rich waters here to heal various ailments including gout, arthritis, rheumatism, ulcers, poison oak, burns, cuts, psoriasis and eczema. The actual springs themselves are estimated to be well over five million years old as extensive travertine and onyx deposits attest.

Once a favorite retreat of renowned author Jack London, these springs are the only naturally warm and carbonated Vichy-style mineral baths in North America. Just a three or four minute soak in the slightly fizzy luke-warm water will dilate the body’s capillaries, increase blood flow, and provide a deep sense of warmth and relaxation. After a nice long soak, visitors can take a short hike through through oak and madrone filled woodlands to lovely little Chemisal Falls pictured above.