An Affordable &
Relaxing Nature Getaway for Families!
Story by Tamara Lelie
Photos courtesy of Morton's Warm Springs Ranch
cant think of a single time in my life when being outside in nature
didnt make me feel instantly better. There is something about
being outside around water and trees that make me feel like all my problems
are gone and that the world has limitless potential. Maybe, its
because when youre outside, you see the symbol of growth all around
you, in the earth, roots, trees and plants. And maybe, the water has
a way of cleansing all the impurities and fears in your mind and body.
Whatever the reason is, Im drawn to it like a bee to honey.
One day when lackadaisically driving through wine country
on Highway 12, I found the perfect nature refuge nestled away in the
small town of Glen Ellen in Sonoma County. The instant I saw the outside
gates to Mortons Warm Springs Resort and peeked in, I felt home!
The resort is set on 22 acres complete with a creek, grassy hills, meadows,
and best of all, three spring fed mineral pools!
The property just emits relaxation, rejuvenation and well-being.
Now, for those of you who have read my Warner Springs
article, you know how much Im drawn to spring fed pools due to
their healing properties (from the Sulfur). But, Im not the only
one. Actually, the Wappo Indians were the original inhabitants of Mortons
Warm Springs Resort and were the first to recognize the sacred and healing
properties of the geothermal mineral springs. Now, the Wappo Indians
also knew how to party and as a tribe, they were very family oriented.
Games, dances and music were a big part of their life.
I think that theres something our society today
could learn from the Wappo Indians. Mortons Warm Springs seems
to me to be the best place that Ive yet to find that actually
promotes connection to each other as well as connection to nature. While
teaching yoga at the Boys and Girls Clubs here in Marin and Southern
Sonoma Counties, it became clear to me that kids stress load nowadays
is huge, much more than what I dealt with when I was young. Kids nowadays
are plagued by pressure for high performing grades, worries about parents
job losses and so many are ungrounded being that with the rise in divorce
rates, they are most often shuffled between parents houses on
a weekly basis. This brings me back to Mortons Warm Springs. Kids
need to be outside not in front of video games.
As a yoga teacher, I studied a lot of Hindu Philosophy
which states that all of creation is made up by a balance composed of
three forces; sattva (calm/balance), rajas (activity/dynamism) and tamas
(inertia/lethargy). The same three gunas also apply to a human being
who is always being ruled by one particular guna and has the power to
harness sattva guna just by meditating. I have a theory that by being
outside in nature which is inherently balanced, we become balanced ourselves.
The opposite applies too. When were in the city
or in a noisy environment with a lot of activity, we ourselves turn
into rajas mode and can feel restless. Far away from the noise of traffic,
Mortons Warm Springs Resort is that peaceful escape that adults
and children are yearning for in modern times. Yet, it also offers an
added benefit of fun. With barbecue pits, picnic tables, Bocce Ball,
mineral pools and a designated basketball/baseball area, Mortons
is the ideal and affordable day destination for everyone to bond together
as a family and also get back in touch with the inner self because Mortons
has decided to keep up with the recent spa trend by expanding on its
stress relief offering and providing on-site yoga classes for families.
In fact, General Manager, Dusty Millar, likes to sum
up the place by saying, "Summer as it used to be. Summer as
it ought to be."
Mortons Warm Springs Resort is open in May on
Weekends & Holidays from 10am to 6pm and June July & August
on Tuesday through Sunday from 10am-to 6pm. In September, they are open
weekends and holidays (including Labor Day) from 10am-6pm.
Rates are $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for children/seniors
and kids under 3 are free. You can also purchase seasonal passes and
reserve portions or the entire site for retreats. For more info, go
to their website.