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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Banish the Big City in Big Sur

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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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