Why I got naked in Paso Robles

You will get into hot water when you get naked at the River Oaks Hot Springs spa.

Shuffling down the quiet hall in my plush spa slippers and fluffy white robe, I heard the faint sound of bubbling water. The light aroma of sulfur and minerals drew me like a magnet. My destination was behind the closed door at the end of the hall. Pushing the door open and peering around it, I spied the solace to my aching body, a private open-air room with a substantial mineral springs spa that holds up to six people. As I was the only guest, it was easy to get naked.

I let the robe slip off my shoulders and land like a heap of snow at my feet. Kicking off the spa slippers, I carefully made my way up the platform stairs to enter this mystical energy source and begin the relaxation and rejuvenation process.

The River Oaks Hot Springs Spa in Paso Robles, California, was originally a historic landmark formerly known as

Paso Robles Hot Springs

The land around it was developed, the hot springs were modernized, and the spa is now tucked into a residential neighborhood with golfing nearby.

Paso Robles is famous for its artesian thermal spring waters for over 200 years. Situated in the midst of rolling hills and vineyards near Central California’s coast, it endures as one of the most significant natural thermal mineral aquifers in the region.

The Central Coast aquifer is not small. While one might think of it as a basin, it is more aptly referred to as “strata” and separated by faults. It may be the largest in the state, and most of the water is deep.

The water, heated by the earth in these deep aquifers, bubbles to the top at 117 degrees. They say that the warmer the water, the more mineral content. These minerals are thought to increase metabolism, soothe muscles, detoxify the body’s lymphatic system and accelerate healing. River Oaks Hot Springs Spa maintains the temperature in their spas between 96 and 102 degrees.

Preparing for the luxurious soaking experience begins in the upscale and fully equipped locker room. Robes are provided along with slippers, towels, and all the personal grooming products a girl could want. I assume the men’s locker room is similarly equipped.

Leave your pain with Jayne…

River Oaks Hot Springs Spa is a luxury spa with at least one talented massage therapist. Jayne’s tagline, “Leave your pain with Jayne,” was developed from many years of practice attending to client’s tired and aching muscles. My 30-minute session with Jayne was the best deep tissue massage I’ve ever experienced.

If you are timid about getting naked, you can visit any of the 200+ wineries in the region to drink a little bubbly before getting naked and soaking in the bubbly. Reservations are available for single or group bubbles as well as.

With packages such as “The Good Life Getaway,” “Winemaker’s Couples Package,” “Chocolate Lovers Package,” and “Let’s Celebrate!”, you can create a memorable spa experience that will stay with you for a very long time.

After a long soak in the mineral spa and leaving my pain with Jayne, I realized just how easy it was to get naked in Paso Robles.

If you go:

River Oaks Hot Springs Spa

800 Clubhouse Dr.

Paso Robles, CA 93446

Hours: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sunday through Saturday

Phone: (805) 238-4600