Well, it’s official. I’m 100% NOT ready for the weekend to end.
It’s just that I had such a good time in Napa yesterday (with the exception of the mud bath!) that it’s making me dread Monday morning. Two of my best girlfriends from childhood, Jen and Cindy, went up with me, and we began the adventure with snacks at Dean & DeLuca, a fancy shmancy market in a little town called St. Helena. I had the gigantic bread ring in the picture at the top.
From there it was over to Castello di Amorosa Winery in neighboring Calistoga, a town at the northern end of the Napa Valley, for a tour and tasting.
The castle’s relatively new… How often does one say that? — “The castle’s relatively new.” It’s a replica of a real one in Tuscany; I have to assume that one’s a lot older.
Mark, our guide, gave us a tour of the grounds, throwing in tidbits about the winemaking process and ancient castles, of which he knew A LOT!
One of the castle’s two tabby cat guards
As one often does after wine tasting, I left with a slight buzz and a renewed appreciation for modern plumbing (did you know Medieval moats were used for sewage?).
The wine got us ready for our next stop, the Indian Springs Spa, also in Calistoga. I didn’t really take pics of the spa area (lots of nekkid ladies milling about), but the place looked pretty cool until I saw where they do the mud baths.
Based on the website, I expected blissful and relaxing, but…
The tubs were these huge concrete troughs lined up side by side in a big noisy room that looked a little like a barn. Once you disrobed, you laid back in your own trough, which was like being suspended in a hot, goopy vat of black tapioca pudding. I couldn’t really move my arms or legs in it, which made me anxious (I get a little claustrophobic), so I just laid there sweating like Keith, with my eyes closed and my heart racing, for an eternal 10 minutes.
It was all worth it, though, because after the bath and the peepshow shower (no doors!), I had a great deep tissue massage and a relaxing hour spent lounging by the pool.
All in all, a great day.
I don’t go to very many spas (once a year if I’m lucky), but I wish I could go more.
Do you spa?
- What were your best and worst spa treatments?
- How do you feel about PDNs (public displays of nekkidness!) at spas?
- Can you recommend a great spa?
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