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Avalon Land - Walking with Grandma

Avalon's Land and Waters

Avalon Springs, just 2 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento in Northern California, is 318 acres of oak woodland and green meadows, graced with multiple natural hot springs and therapeutic mineral drinking springs bubbling forth from the earth.  Until 1970, it was a popular health resort.  And since 2005, it has become Avalon Springs – a place for people to relax, enjoy, and be inspired to a hopeful future.

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Hot Springs

Three natural hot springs bubble up from the ground within the bath area, and another warm spring is a short hike away in the forest.  The Dragon Spring has the hottest water, rich in iron and magnesium, gushing forth at 117 degrees.  Medicine Spring, rich in magnesium, is great for sore muscles and relaxing soaks.  Mother Spring is high in Boron, creating a natural skin-softening treatment for bathers.  Both Medicine and Mother Springs come out of the ground at 110 degrees.  Grace Spring, a warm spring nestled in the forest, provides a unique hike destination among tall pines.  All of our hot springs are free of Sulphur and it’s characteristic egg-smell, and they are all blessed with Lithium, a relaxing mood balancing element.

Hand on Tub

Avalon’s pools will be designed with a flow-through architecture so that no chemical treatment of the waters will be necessary.  This feature is rare among hot springs retreats, allowing Avalon’s visitors to enjoy pure, clean hot spring water, straight from the earth, maximizing the therapeutic and aesthetic experience.


Mineral Drinking Springs

In addition to the soaking springs, Avalon boasts a variety of special mineral drinking waters which can be enjoyed straight from their place of emergence in the rock. One drinking spring is high in Lithium - a mood elevator commonly used to treat Bipolar Disorder. Other springs include a bubbly iron soda drinking spring, a Magnesium-rich “laxative” spring historically named “Dynamite Spring” and Bohemia Spring, which was considered a hang-over tonic to cure the effects of over-indulgence!


The Land

The land of Avalon Springs commands panoramic views beyond Big Canyon’s wooded valleys and into the Mayacamas Mountains. The wind blows soft and steady from the ocean across the tops of the foothills to the West. A majestic rock face stands guard over the plateau where future guest residences are to be built.

The lodge, spa bathing area, and wellness center are shaded in the hot summer months by the hilltop we call the Tor of Avalon (a tribute to Avalon in Glastonbury), which sits on the south side of the property.  The view plateau commands a breathtaking panorama of Boggs Forest, Big Canyon Valley, and the Maycamas mountains beyond to the east.  The guest rooms on this upper site will enjoy private redwood decks from which to take in the inspiring view.

Across the road, Avalon Learning Village, the related non-profit educational organization, will be home to the gardens and intensive workshops that complement and literally nourish the resort.

It is no surprise that this land has been held sacred by the local community, both modern and native.  Avalon’s development seeks to honor this land with conscious design, inspiring programming, and responsible ecological stewardship.

Pine Forest at Avalon

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