Where there is water there is wellbeing — and history. Glen Ivy Hot Springs may have been attracting guests who wanted to revel and relax in its healing waters since 1860, but for thousands of years before this the area was a seasonal home and sacred site to three semi-nomadic Native American tribes who were peaceful indigenous hunter-gatherers. Today, Glen Ivy remains a place where people come to congregate, to socialize and to celebrate. It’s leading the way when it comes to nature-based renewal. Glen Ivy’s mission, explains Jim Root, CEO and general manager, is “personal, spiritual, and creative renewal.” The Hot Springs are located on a 17-acre piece of an 85-acre parcel and offer a healing playground of sorts. There’s the Lounge Pool, Saline Pool, Mineral Baths, Roman baths, Club Mud, Grotto, Massage Villages, and an area called “Under the Oaks,” among others. A day pass ($39 to $59) will buy you the ability to enjoy it all at your leisure. “It’s like a buffet,” says Root. “Sometimes it’s nice to know that all of the buffet options are available—the mud or the grotto or a program. People often say they never use Glen Ivy the same way twice.”
Upon arrival, guests are given a printed “Wheel of Wellness,” that explains all of the wonderful opportunities that make up the Glen Ivy Experience, and how to partake of them. They are: connecting with nature; healing treatments and therapies, taking time for good food; keeping our bodies healthy and fit; nurturing relationships, finding a deeper sense of wellbeing; and knowledge to learn and grow. For the past few years, the property has been offering programs and retreats (guests stay at the Glen Ivy Center that’s a stone’s throw to the mineral springs).
Editor’s Note: This feature was published October, 2013.