Over the weekend we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. Crazy how time flies! Since it’s something of a milestone I wanted to plan something special, although I knew it’d be difficult to top last year. My requirements were relaxation and sunshine and I found the perfect place!
Vichy Springs Resort is a site of natural hot springs nestled in the beautiful hills of northern California wine country, near the town of Ukiah. There are several hiking trails on site and place is sparsely built with beautiful gardens and pools. They only have a few rooms and, even though they accept day visitors as well, it never felt busy or overcrowded. The hot spring water is piped into 154 year old tubs and flows continuously as you bathe. It’s naturally heated, carbonated and drinkable and quickly forms tiny bubbles all over your body, although the water wasn’t warm enough for my liking!
We had an incredibly delicious steak dinner at Crush in Ukiah on the Saturday and then we headed into Healdsburg on Sunday afternoon because I wanted to check out the town and get dinner slightly closer to home. On the way to Healdsburg we took a little detour to Lake Sonoma Overlook, which was even more impressive than we’d expected. Finally we had a yummy tapas selection at Bravas before heading back to San Francisco.