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Breitenbush Hot Springs
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Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

Breitenbush is our most favorite place to stay. The hot springs sit on the side of a mountain and if you go during winter is normally covered in snow. The staff is constantly testing the hot springs and cleaning them throughout the days. The food is vegetation and most delicious, sometimes odd but perfect for cleansing your soul. There is no TVs and vest of all no cell reception. Breintenbush is our bliss. We've made it twice now and hope to make it a tradition to go every year.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Thank Portlandface
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Breitenbush is a New Age spiritual retreat. The cabins are cedar shingle. We had two bedrooms with a toilet and sink. The cabin slept five. The beds are comfy and come with a sheet. You have to bring your own blanket and pillows. The organic, vegetarian food is plentiful, and tasty as well as nutritious. The woods are truly lovely, dark, and deep, especially the Emerald Forest. The river lends a silencing hush that makes hiking feel sacred. There are offerings such as yoga, kirtan (chanting), and edgu (in small, often octagonal, buildings). You can go or not; they are free. The only additional cost is for massage. The hot spring tubs were never crowded while we were there. Our day went pretty much like this: breakfast, soak, read, lunch, hike, soak, rest/read, dinner, event/library/more reading. The library is spacious, well stocked with books and magazines, and has amazingly comfortable furniture that makes you just want to curl up and linger there. We are already talking about next time. In fact, we met folks who go every year, some multiple times, and have been doing so for decades. It's a wonderful place for rest and renewal. By the way, it's okay to soak nude, although clothes are required in all other places.

Room Tip: There are a few lodge rooms, but the cabins are more private.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Saussy
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

This was my first trip, but I have been to Esalen a few times to used to the 'au naturel' energy of it all. I rented a cabin with sink and toilet (there are cabins without these and also tent sites and tents you can rent) and it was perfectly rustic and cute. You bring your own bedding and towels and they supply the toilet paper and Dr. Bronner's natural soaps.

The food was pretty good, especially for vegetarian fare, but it was no where near as good as Esalen, which is amazing. Also wish they served tea and coffee but you can just bring your own. Construction going on right now but it didn't bother me. Also, even though the whole place was at capacity the pools were never full. The Bathhouse seemed a bit grimy to me, with some mold in the shower stalls...not a place I would go without flip flops. Everyone that worked there seemed super friendly and accommodating and there were some great, free, extra curricular activities too (although went to a yoga class and the teacher just didn't show up).

The only thing I think that is really lacking is a pool, since it's so smokin' hot there in the summer and the river is beyond freezing so it would be nice to have a cool dip somewhere. So I just drove back to Detroit Lake (10 miles) and went swimming at the public beach which was great.

I'll be back but will try Harbin next! Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Room Tip: I think the extra couple of dollars for a toilet and sink are definitely worth it!
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Angela F
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Reviewed February 29, 2012

It's all this AND MORE! I've been going for 10 years now and look forward to going back each and every time. It just keeps getting better and better. I've gone solo as well as coupled, As a solo traveler, if you want, it's easy to meet people! 

TIP FOR COFFEE DRINKERS: Bring your own supplies (ground coffee and Melitta-type filters, they have cones, no grinder) or else you'll be begging off those who did know to bring it.

Long live Breitenbush!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank VG_Ltd
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Reviewed December 2, 2011

While everyone give this four or five stars, I think the stars are more for what Breitenbush is not, not for what it is. But you go here to get away from it all, rustic and very basic small cabins, off the grid living with three pretty good vegetarian meals a day. My tips are to make sure you check out the website first to make sure this place is for you, never pass up a massage ($90 for 90 minutes with gifted massage therapist), bring a flashlight, and if you like coffee, be sure to bring you own as they do not serve it.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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9  Thank bhoppy
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