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“rejuvenating !”
Review of Orr Hot Springs

Orr Hot Springs
Ranked #2 of 5 Spas & Wellness in Ukiah
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Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“rejuvenating !”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

Very beautiful place.... once you arrive get straight in the springs ! nothing beats the springs healing effect. then enjoy this quirky, beautiful place. only a couple mile away from the most beautiful walk with ancient redwoods. Bring food if your staying.. there isnt anything to buy on the mountain !

Visited November 2013
4 Thank Foiry
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San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Mystical Wonderland”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

I had an amazing time at Orr Hot Springs. Such a peaceful place... I left so relaxed and revitalized. The baths are a magical place.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank wtaylor1212
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Fort Bragg, California
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40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“A serene retreat”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Twenty- seven years ago a trip to Orr Hot Springs was uninspiring, but after viewing a recent video on the internet my partner and I decided to give it one more try. The hour and a half drive from Fort Bragg turned out to be worth all of the twists and bumps. The current Orr Hot Springs is a wonderful mix of old 1850's resort with Japanese shoji screens, bamboo, and modern tile. The staff at what has now become our Sunday soak retreat have all been friendly and accommodating. There is a communal kitchen where we fill up our thermos with filtered water and stash our cooler with the après soak watermelon snack. The daily use fee is very reasonable: only $20 if you purchase a 10 visit Mendo card. Reservations are required even if you are only going for a short day use visit. $30.00 for the entire day 10 am to 10pm , I believe. Rooms, cabin and camping are available.

The grounds are very relaxing: beautiful groves of oak, plum, bamboo, crepe myrtle, phormium, and flowers galore ( dahlia, canna, arum lilies, sunflowers...). A gentle stream bisects the property and to get to the hot pools, which are separate from the housing facilities, you cross over a bridge to the comfortable locker room ( bring a lock). Two outdoor showers in this clothing optional bath area. There are several rooms for massage treatments and the two small hot spring soaking pools ( good for 6+ people each, though usually there have only been 4 or less during our visits) are a step away from the showers. Hot mineral water cascades into the hottest first pool and then flows into the neighboring warm pool. The hot pool is not as hot as Middletown's Harbin Hot Springs' hottest, but is hotter than neighboring Vichy Springs in Ukiah.

Along a concrete walkway that was the landing field for a carpet of butterflies on our last visit is the roughly hewn, cool swimming pool. It is a cross between a natural pond and a pool with concrete rock work. They drain it, clean it, and refill it once a week but it lacks clarity and some may be daunted. Adjacent to this pool is my favorite little warm soak tub- perfect for reading a book. There are wooden decks with chairs and lounge chairs for sunbathing and relaxing. The upper deck has two claw foot bath tubs for an individual soak and under the deck are several private rooms with similar bath tubs that could accommodate a couple. Most people go au naturel, but some elect to wear bathing suits. There is a nice steam room and a rather rustic sauna adjacent to the swimming pool/cool plunge pool. Asian statuary abounds and on our last visit there were some new wooden wind catchers hanging from a tree on one of the relaxing lawn areas.

This is a special restorative spot, well worth the visit. While the parking lot might look full, the pool
areas have rarely felt crowded. Since it is in a narrow canyon like environment, I imagine between 10am -2pm is the best time to go there and be in the sun during the winter. Relax and enjoy!

Visited September 2013
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San Francisco, CA
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138 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“One of my favorite hot springs in Northern California”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

I am familiar with most of the commercial hot spring resorts near San Francisco, but I like Orr Hot Springs better than most. It is clean, organized, not too crowded, welcoming, and blessed with quiet pools and soaking tubs as well-kept gardens. This is not a luxury resort and has no restaurant. Having said that, I enjoy the warm, comfortable, rustic atmosphere of Orr.

If you like a hot springs, nestled in the redwoods, and enjoy cooking in a communal kitchen, this is your place. (BTW, most guests don't know this place is owned and operated by a gay couple, but they make a special effort to create an inclusive environment for all people, including families.) Clothing is optional in the pool areas.

If you plan to visit Orr, please make a reservation at least 3 weeks in advance. And be sure to visit the magnificent nearby redwood grove at Montgomery state park.

Visited August 2013
7 Thank DogenJoe
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Oakland, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Loved the hot springs!”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Went for my husband's 30th birthday, a midweek stay overnight. Thankfully it wasn't very crowded, and once we got past our shyness and the lack of phone service/internet, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We are planning a trip back, next time with food to cook in the expansive kitchen and better books to read.

Visited May 2013
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