Take me back to Steamboat.. by Melissa Wynn










Housed in a charming Spanish Mission style building between Reno and Carson City on US 395, I found a place of healing peace.

As we pulled onto the narrow frontage road that leads to the parking area, I could see steam rising from the ground in several places between the sagebrush. Just across from the main entry a piping hot stream flows down the hill giving you a natural preview of the mineral-rich hot spring waters waiting inside.  We made our way into  and decided on the“Day at the Spa” ($176) from their extensive menu which added a detoxifying herbal mud wrap to our Steamboat Signature Massage and Mineral Bath.

During the 1800′s Mark Twain rode past on the original Virginia City-Truckee Railroad and saw two, now inactive, geysers belching plumes of steam and boiling water toward the sky. The famous author, familiar with travel on the Mississippi River, commented that it looked like a steamboat in the desert and the name Steamboat Hot Springs stuck.

A serene salt water fish tank in the lobby sits near the colorful sun-shaped stained glass windows of the private soaking rooms. Just like the color spectrum, the rooms graduate from light blue at the beginning of the hall to bright red at the end. I had my hour long Salt Glow soak ($60 ala carte) in the light blue room in an incredibly deep tile tub. AAHHHH!  How refreshing. Cozy bath robes and slippers are provided for your convenience and swimsuits are required in the outdoor hot tub.

Steamboat Hot Springs Healing Center and Spa offers access to the healing mineral hot springs by the soak or in package deals like the monthly specials you will find online.  There are several facial treatments,a wide selection of massage techniques, the mud wrap, and a new ground breaking therapy called sonatherapy that utilizes light, color and primarily sound to treat problem areas at a cellular level. The flexible menu offers many different treatments and allows you to mix and match for your specific needs. The competent staff includes Dr. Thomas Lee, a Naturopathic Medical Doctor and consultants for everything from nutrition to make-overs. What a great place to have some quality time with the women in your life that matter most.  I left feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated.

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Currently, Steamboat Hot Springs Healing Center & Spa in Reno is the only authorized institution in the world researching and developing the science of Sonatherapy.

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