What could be more romantic than hopping in your motorhome with your Valentine and heading for some of the steamiest places on Earth? The allure of an outdoor tub with stunning views is enough to make anyone go on a hunt for a warm winter soak. We’ve outlined some of our favorite hot springs for you and your loved one to venture to this February 14th. We’ve also included a list of the best flower markets and candy factories across the country so you can plan the ultimate Valentine’s Day with your loved one!
Photography: Michelle Daytner
WILD WILLY’S HOT SPRINGS
Where: Mammoth, California
Admission: Wild Willy’s is not only stunning, it is free.
Directions: From Bishop heading North on Highway 395, take a right at Benton Crossing Road. If you go past the airport you’ve gone too far. Drive three miles until you pass a cow grate and take your immediate right. The road is 1.5 miles to a dirt parking lot. You will see an elevated manmade trail. Walk .2 miles down the trail that feeds into the hot spring. You will see the first pool which is not Wild Willy’s but it’s also very lovely at about 10 feet wide. Just pass this pool, about 50 feet further, you will find the mecca of hot springs – the crystal blue, heart shaped pool that you and your Valentine can soak, relax and enjoy the brilliant views of the Sierra’s, together.
MYSTIC HOT SPRINGS
Where: Monroe, Utah
Details: With two large pools and five singular bathtubs for soaking, you’re sure to experience your own private oasis at Mystic Hot Springs. The naturally stunning area is an ideal place to take in Utah’s landscape. Be aware, Mystic is mystic indeed. The funky vibe might not be for all but it’s a great experience for the adventure seeker. From Salt Lake City, take I-15 south to the Scipio exit number 188. Take Highway 50 east (about 35 miles) to I-70 west and take exit 31. Continue two miles and take a right on Highway 118 until you hit Monroe. Turn left on 100 North and go up the hill five blocks to a large white building at the end of the road – you’re now in hippy haven.
STRAWBERRY HOT SPRINGS
Where: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Admission: $15 cash only
Details: Imagine relaxing in 104 degree mineral water while some of the best snow in the country (literally coined Champagne powder) falls softly around you. Strawberry Park Hot Springs, located at 44200 Co Rd 36, merely 25 minutes outside of downtown Steamboat Springs, has multiple pools and a running river (for those brave enough to do the polar plunge) so there is ample space for privacy for you and your Valentine. There are numerous changing teepees set up around the springs and if you come at night be aware, clothing is optional. Please note: chains and 4-wheel drive are required to get to the springs in February.
HOT SPRINGS NORTH CAROLINA
Where: Hot Springs, North Carolina
Admission: Click here for details
Details: Make your way to this town that is actually named hot springs this Valentine’s day. The 100 acre resort and spa features jetted hot tubs that line the banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River. Each tub is filled with natural hot mineral water. The spa has certified massage therapist on site, should you and your loved ones want to opt for an extra relaxing soak. Best of all, there’s a campground right across the road so you can soak without ever moving your RV.
WARM MINERAL SPRINGS
Where: North Folk, Florida
Details: Known as the fountain of youth, Warm Mineral Springs is comprised of 51 minerals, which is in fact the highest mineral content of any natural spring in the United States. It is also the only hot spring in Florida, making it the perfect destination for those love birds who are down south this Valentine’s day. Soak in the warm waters and experience the wellness this inviting spring offers.
HAMMOND’S CANDY COMPANY
Where: 5735 Washington Street | Denver, Colorado 80216
Details: Ever wonder how Hammond’s famous lollipops, chocolate bars, candy canes, caramels, ribbon candy and cocoa are made? Now is your chance to see first hand! Bring your sweet tooth to the Mile High City and be amazed as you watch the processes of candy making at Hammond’s. Tours run every half hour on the hour during factory business hours and last approximately 30 minutes.
WEBB’S CANDY SHOP
Address: 38217 Highway 27 | Davenport, Florida 33837
Details: Known for their goat milk fudge, peanut brittle and tasty chocolates, this candy shop makes innovative products right in the heart of Florida. When you go, make sure to try their real citrus jelly candies!
Address: 1 Jelly Belly Lane | Fairfield, California 94533
Details: Jelly Belly’s main factory location in Fairfield, California offers a free 45 minute self-guided tour. Take in interactive exhibits, Jelly Belly art and the details of candy making all under one roof! Did you know there are 50 jelly bean flavors? Come hungry and try them all this Valentine’s Day.
CERRETA CANDY COMPANY
Address: 5750 W. Glenn Drive | Glendale, Arizona 85301
Details: This family-owned candy company was founded in 1968 and has been passed down through four generations of candy makers! Their signature French mint chocolates are divine and you can’t pass up the Chocolate Lover’s Basket! There are multiple tour passes you can get when visiting – from a free 30-minute guided tour to a chocolate tasting tour, make your own chocolate bar and the VIP package, there’s something for all types of love birds this February 14th!
HOUSE OF LILAC
Address: 7162 SW 47th St | Miami, Florida 33155
Details: This beautiful brick-and-mortar specializes in gift boxes (that include organic chocolate and small batch wines) and custom arrangements. Melanie Fernandez, owner of House of Lilac, is known for her innovative and fresh designs, making it the perfect spot to get a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one.
SOLABEE FLOWERS AND BOTANICALS
Address: 801 N Killingsworth Street | Portland, Oregon
Details: Solabee was inspired by the surrounding natural world of Portland, Oregon. This full-service floral studio offers unique botanical treasures, delivery and utilizes local and seasonal resources for their designs.
Address: 901 16th St | San Francisco, California 94107
Details: Farmgirl is the answer to your Valentine’s Day flower delivery needs! Though the store is based in San Francisco (and it’s a beauty so if you’re in the area be sure to swing in), they now ship to the lower 48! Farmgirl Flowers has been in the news as one of the best flower shops in the U.S. and with reason – their stunning designs and unique burlap wrapped bouquets are one of a kind!
Looking for an RV rally to attend this spring? Check out the details on the 2nd Annual Winnie National Rally in Dayton Beach, Florida. All Class B RVs are welcome!