Saturday, 8 September 2012

Hot Springs, North Carolina - A deeply relaxing experience

As we arrived in Hot Springs, North Carolina we were looking forward to some time relaxing and reflecting after such a hectic time travelling.

Hot Springs is renowned for it's healing mineral springs and the setting, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains is truly spectacular. We were staying in nearby Asheville and made the 40 minute drive over to Hot Springs.

Native Americans were the first to discover the mineral waters and by 1778 it has been recorded that people were visiting the springs for the waters healing properties.

As we drove from Asheville, the roads were windy and after 40 minutes, we arrived at the Hot Springs Resort. There were cabins dotted around, a reception area and changing facilities. We were told the number of our hot tub, directed to the changing area and told to relax and enjoy it which we fully intended to do!

The water is taken from the springs and piped to hot tubs set on the banks of the river and Spring Creek. The setting is magical and so peaceful as you gaze across the river. 

The town was originally known as Warm Springs but in 1886 a spring of a higher temperature was discovered and so the town changed its name to Hot Springs.

Hot Springs is located on the confluence of the French Broad River and Spring Creek. It is an easy, doable day trip from Asheville and I thoroughly recommend it if you are looking for some relaxation and pampering.

We stayed at the Quality Inn, Asheville (1430 Tunnel Road) which I would recommend.

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