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Stewart Mineral Springs
Distance: 604 miles one-way
There is a method to enjoying the rich mineral waters at this bohemian resort near the base of Mt. Shasta. It starts with a short, nearly scalding soak in one of 15 individual tubs in the bathhouse. The filmy therapeutic waters are so rich in earthly deposits that more than 10 minutes at a time can irritate the skin.
So it's then on to the giant, wood-fired sauna for as long as you can stand it. And finally, the dunk into the icy creek. Soak-sauna-swim. Repeat three times.
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