Glen Ivy, Glen Ivy Hot Springs
By Arrissia Owen-Turner
Why You Must Go: Glen Ivy is known for its mineral hot springs, but it’s the mud, man. The mud. You will feel like you’re slathering cat poo on yourself at first, but keep remembering it’s detoxifying red clay—again, not poo. After about five minutes and a trip to the Wafa (it’s a warm little cave) you’ll start to resemble that crusty superhero the Thing from the Fantastic Four. Once you jump in the shower and rinse off in your swimsuit, head to the grotto (sorry, no Hef or the girls) to have a sprite-like attendant slather you with an aloe vera and sea kelp concoction from neck to toe for an intensely moisturizing body treatment. You’ll socialize with other slimy, green, goo-covered peeps inside the humid hydrating chamber (that’s the grotto, and the green stuff along with the cave will allow you to live out all your Sleestak/Land of the Lost fantasies!), before showering off again and heading to the relaxation station where you’ll be treated to herbal tea and green apples. We swear this is awesome. For awhile, you will definitely forget you’re in the IE, until you resurface to the resort area, where you’re free to lounge about the many, many pools and hot tubs (bring an extra swimsuit), get a massage or a facial, order a margarita and a salad from a cabana boy and call it a spa day.
Glen Ivy Hot Springs, 25000 Glen Ivy Rd., Corona, (888) 453-6489. Admission is $35–$48 and includes pools, mineral baths and clay, additional services extra Call for reservations, or visit www.glenivy.com
Where to eat: Hit up Tom’s Farms before or after.
What Else to Check out: The fresh, local produce at Tom’s Farms chock full of antioxidants will help you continue to have that healthy glow, but it’s the cheese and wine selection that will sway you. End your day with a go on the steam-propelled train or ride the carousel. You were already acting like a Sleestak, so who are you to get all uppity?
–Arrissia Owen Turner