Posted September 28, 2009 by Jamie Moore
De-stress at this "Spa in the Rockies" without stressing the bank account. In Glenwood Springs, Colorado, you'll find the world's largest natural hot springs ($13.25+ per day), where Al Capone and Teddy Roosevelt once came to escape the pressures of their day jobs. The town's other tension tamers include an ancient steam bath, a "vapor cave" microbrew, and an aromatic bed and breakfast.
Yampah Spa & Salon: Follow the Ute Indian path into the only natural vapor caves in North America. Here, natives have soaked and steamed their aches and pains away for centuries. For $12, you can relax on a marble bench in a rocky alcove, luxuriating in mineral-rich steam. Take a break in a cooling room or bath, then head back for more. You can also soak in hot mineral-water baths and receive spa services ($15 to $185).
Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company: All that steam can make a person thirsty. So get down to this bustling local hangout, housed in Glenwood Springs' historic Hotel Denver, for some award-winning draft brews. Try a seasonal beer or go for something always on tap: the Vapor Cave IPA or the thick, oatmeal Shoshone Stout. Can't decide? Order a sampler "plate"—eight tiny jars of local brews—or the weekly pint special.
Lavender and Thyme B&B: Wrap yourself in the aroma of lavender-scented gardens, in-room bouquets, and freshly brewed coffee. This Victorian-style inn is steps from the downtown train station and Glenwood Springs' steamy natural attractions. It also made the cut on the "USA Top 100 Gold Inns & B&Bs" list. Unwind with lemonade on the wrap-around porch, and don't miss the in-room fireplaces, three-course breakfasts, and knowledgeable owners who can welcome you in eight languages. If you're visiting for a special occasion, mention it and you'll find a celebratory treat in your room. ($105 to $140 per night).
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