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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Banish the Big City in Big Sur


4. Insider's Tip

Seaside hot springs at the Esalen Institute.  

Primarily an educational facility for holistic health gurus, the legendary Esalen Institute welcomes nonstudent guests for massage treatments (from $150). Schedule your appointment for mid-morning, and arrive early to enjoy the coed, naked—and newly renovated—hot springs. Because massage appointments are limited, make a reservation well in advance. Without one, you won’t even be permitted on the property—except between the very un-Zen hours of 1 and 3 a.m., when the mineral baths are open to the general public.

May 16, 2007 issue of New York Magazine

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