Sierraville Lodge and Hot Springs
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Sierraville Lodge and Hot Springs Reviews
Rustic lodge in quiet valley with a great view from the hot springs Oct 14, 2008
If you are anywhere near Lake Tahoe in your travels, take the time for a side trip to Sierraville Hot Springs, just 30 minutes north of the freeway through Truckee (Amtrak stops there). Plan on spending at least a few hours, or even a couple days at this rustic resort. The hot springs (clothing optional) are the main attraction, and you'll see why. You have your choice of a hot pool with a sandy bottom, inside of a geodesic dome building, with a couple cold plunges nearby. Or head outside for the swimming pool where you can enjoy relaxing in body temp mineral water, while gazing out over the expansive valley. On the far side of the pool is a dry sauna. Closer to the lodge are still more tubs inside a building, but these do not see as much use. And there is a rock lined pool in a meadow, about a five minute walk from the lodge.
The best value is to go during the week in the winter or spring, when they offer a 2-4-1 lodging special. You can also camp there in the summer.
The same group owns a hotel in the town of Sierraville, about 2 miles away, but when we checked it out there were just a few employees staying there. Both the hot springs lodge and the hotel have guest kitchens where you can cook your own food.
If you are a pilot (or know one) you can fly into the Sierraville airport which is literally next to the hot springs, and just a few minutes walk from the lodge. The lodge also has free Wi-Fi internet.
Things to be aware of: at times during our stay it seemed like the place could have been cleaned up better. And there were often more employees cooking in the kithcen than guests. As this is an intentional community (like Harbin Hot Springs, their sister business, but a place that has dropped a star in my opinion) you will see more workers than it takes to actually run the place. And the customer service is at times so-so. But its cool they have Wi-Fi, way out here in the boonies. And its hard to beat the peace and quiet of this place on a calm, clear night when the stars are shining bright.
Let me know what you think if you go.
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