Recharge. Rejuvenate. Relax in Lake County.

February 6, 2023

Sometimes we’re tempted to treat a vacation like a rat race—how much adventure, food, and fun can we squeeze into just a few days? We zoom from one attraction to the next at a frenetic pace, driven by FOMO and a voracious appetite for experience outside the daily grind. But by the end of the trip, we’re more exhausted than when we arrived, and we go back home needing a vacation from the vacation.

If the goal is to relax, there are better ways to holiday. With epic mountain views, a temperate climate, and the cleanest air in California, Lake County has plenty of ways to help you slow down, renew your mind and rejuvenate your body.

From hot springs to hiking, stargazing to SUP yoga, our spas and retreats offer luxurious accommodations and creature comforts nestled in the healing cradle of nature.

The studio at Mandala Springs Retreat Center
Photo courtesy of Mandala Springs

Mandala Springs Wellness Retreat Center is a 200-acre mountain retreat in the Mayacamas with a variety of luxury cottages, cabins, yurts and RV parks to choose from for lodging. Mandala offers a wide array of activities and options for relaxation or active adventure. Guests can float Kelsey Creek or take a dip in the pool, hike under the stars or bond around a bonfire, practice their archery or take a cooking class, play a round of mini-golf or just lounge in a hammock—the options are endless.

Photo courtesy of Harbin Hot Springs

Harbin Hot Springs is a spa retreat with a special focus on natural soaks and an array of massage choices, from Swedish and Watsu to Lymphatic and Table Thai. Its eight spring-fed pools offer varying temperatures from simmering hot to polar-plunge cold. Harbin also features a sundeck, dry sauna, yoga classes, and an outdoor cafe and picnic pavilion, plus diverse lodging choices with cottages, creekside caravans, and luxury domes with single and double occupancy. Families should note that, while Harbin is not a nudist resort, clothing is optional in the pool and sundeck areas. 

Photo courtesy of Saratoga Springs Retreat Center

Saratoga Springs Retreat Center is a serene getaway surrounded by mountains and giant valley oaks. The Center boasts a hot soaking pool and an antique roundhouse mineral pool, along with hiking trails, a stone labyrinth walking path, ceremonial fire circles, massages, yoga, and exercise classes. They also offer exclusive-stay options for groups of 25 or more, with 13 cabins, a large campground, yurts, and overnight stays in the Main Lodge, making it an ideal spot to host corporate conferences, company retreats, wedding parties, and family reunions.

Staying in town at a traditional hotel, inn, or B&B? There are still plenty of ways to experience a pamper yourself in Lake County. In addition to the numerous outdoor activities and natural beauty we’re known for, Mandala, Harbin and Saratoga all feature day rates, while businesses around town offer a la carte wellness options like yoga classes, massages, skin treatments, and full-service salons.

 Ready to slow down and recharge? Plan your wellness retreat in Lake County today.