Being in NoCal inspired today's entry in the Travel Massage Series. Welcome to Orr Hot Springs, home of the most sublime, back-to-nature massage I've ever had. Orr is a hippy-dippy natural hot springs in Mendocino County, about 2.5 hours north of San Francisco. It's nestled in a spectacular coastal range, about 30 winding miles inland from the Pacific. Orr only works if you're comfortable being naked in front of strangers and making your own meals in a communal kitchen. If you are, get ready for a treat. If you aren't, we should talk.
Orr is fantastic if you do nothing but soak in the springs and relax. But a massage really takes the experience to the next level. Your massage is all about being surrounded by the sounds and smells of nature. The masseurs at Orr fully integrate all senses into their treatment, using gongs, stones, incense, oils ... it's simply dreamy.
By the way, this is my tent, pitched in the remote end of Orr's camping area in September 2005. Orr has cabins too, if you're not as butch as me.