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Moms deserve a vaca­tion. Pret­ty much always but espe­cial­ly in Los Ange­les with its cease­less hus­tle and bustle. 

 

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Glen Ivy Hot Springs, a perfect Los Angeles day trip or weekend getaway

 

 

Glen Ivy Hot Springs is the ide­al Los Ange­les day trip or week­end get­away oasis with pools made of dreams, deli­cious Cal­i­for­nia-grown food, mud baths, a grot­to, min­er­al baths, and mas­sages. It is the per­fect place for mom to final­ly catch her breath. It’s only an hour from the heart of Los Ange­les. This is my escape, when­ev­er pos­si­ble because Glen Ivy Hot Springs is always worth the trip. 

 

 

The Pools

 

Pools - Glen Ivy Hot Springs - A Perfect Los Angeles Daytrip

 

 

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Glen Ivy Hot Springs has 10 dif­fer­ent kinds of pools that not only leave you feel­ing refreshed but also com­fort­able with how far you can social­ly distance. 

 

The best pools (IMHO) are the saline, min­er­al, and roman baths. There are also good ‘ol fash­ioned lounge pools where you can soak up the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia sun.  You can order drinks and food to enjoy by the lounge pool. My friends and I love to start the day lay­ing out at the lounge pool with an iced cof­fee and then head to the min­er­al baths. There’s even a lap pool if you want to squeeze a bit of a work­out in between your zen. I have not actu­al­ly used the lap pool because when I go I am more in the mood to float and chill rather than work­out, but every­one has their own form of relaxation.

 

 

 

Club Mud

 

Club Mud - Glen Ivy Hot Springs Los Angeles day trip with girl friends

 

 

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There are a few can’t miss fea­tures of the Glen Ivy Hot Springs. Club Mud is def­i­nite­ly one of them. Club Mud is essen­tial­ly a pool of Cal­i­for­nia Red Clay that you can lath­er in and sun­bathe. My skin has nev­er been as soft as when I rinse off the Cal­i­for­nia Red Clay. Club Mud is open all day long and is includ­ed in your admis­sion fee. 

 

 

The Grotto

 

Anoth­er fea­ture that you can’t pass up if you make the day trip to Glen Ivy Hot Springs is the Grot­to. You go into a series of steamy caves and paint a warm aloe vera, coconut oil, euca­lyp­tus, shea but­ter, and laven­der masque on your­self from head to toe. You exit the caves refreshed with a nice cup of cucum­ber water or hot tea. The grot­to expe­ri­ence is an addi­tion­al $25, but is def­i­nite­ly worth it. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the Grot­to is closed due to COVID right now, but as soon as it is safe to enjoy I would rec­om­mend includ­ing it in your trip. Club Mud is still open for you to enjoy so that is a nice alter­na­tive to the Grotto. 

 

Pro tip: Make sure to make a reser­va­tion for the Grot­to and any oth­er addi­tion­al ser­vices you may want because they reg­u­lar­ly get filled. Reser­va­tions are required for all guests now and can be made by call­ing 1–888-GLENIVY.

 

 

Additional Services

 

massage at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Los Angeles day trip with girl friends

 

There are a wide vari­ety of oth­er ser­vices you can reserve rang­ing from mas­sages, scrubs, man­i­cures and facials. I love the Aro­ma­soul Mas­sage with the added CBD enhance­ment. Every­time I leave Glen Ivy Hot Springs I feel renewed because of their amaz­ing mas­sages. If I am real­ly in the mood to treat myself, then I also opt for a man­i­cure and pedi­cure, which you can get pool­side! You can even get a quartz mas­sage where the masseuse uses the dry heat of quartz sand to reduce mus­cle and joint pain. These ser­vices are an addi­tion­al fee but def­i­nite­ly worth it if you need a good mas­sage. You can make a day out of enjoy­ing the range of pools and Club Mud! 

 

Food and Drinks

 

Glen Ivy Hot Springs day trip best onsite restaurant

 

 

You can com­fort­ably spend the day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs because of the deli­cious food and drinks you can have on-site. The restau­rant is farm to table and they offer the best Cal­i­for­nia cui­sine has to offer. There is also a Chill Zone where you can get your favorite juices, smooth­ies and frozen yogurt. 

 

Girl’s Trips

 

If you want to go with a group of girl­friends, then you can reserve a cabana for 2–6 peo­ple. You can still make reser­va­tions for cabanas dur­ing COVID with addi­tion­al safe­ty mea­sures tak­en. A cabana is great for a birth­day cel­e­bra­tion or bridal par­ty. I actu­al­ly did this for my birth­day one year and it was a hit! You can get a semi-pri­vate cabana to enjoy pool-side or a pri­vate cabana for larg­er par­ties where you can have your own pri­vate space with com­fort­able loung­ing areas and an out­door fire pit. The cabanas are more expen­sive, start­ing at $425 per per­son ver­sus $175 per per­son.  If you can’t splurge for the cabana, then there are plen­ty of com­fort­able loung­ing areas through­out the facilities.

 

 

Evening Events

 

Typ­i­cal­ly Glen Ivy Hot Springs offers some evening events that are great to enjoy with a glass of wine or two, but they have stopped the evening activ­i­ties for now because of COVID. I would def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend mak­ing anoth­er trip lat­er on to enjoy the evening events because you get to see a whole oth­er side of Glen Ivy Hot Springs. 

 

 

 

Day Trips 

 

Temecula Valley Wineries 

 

If you want to make a week­end out of your trip to Glen Ivy Hot Springs, then I would take a day to vis­it some of the local winer­ies because Cal­i­for­nia wine is amaz­ing and even bet­ter when you get to expe­ri­ence it where it is grown. There are a few winer­ies not too far from Glen Ivy Hot Springs, which is in Temescal Val­ley. A great win­ery not too far away is Gal­leano Win­ery. They have a great Zin­fan­del for fel­low red wine fans out there and a 90th anniver­sary cream Sher­ry for white wine fanat­ics. They are open dur­ing COVID and you can reserve a table for up to 4 guests. Anoth­er win­ery close by is the Ontario San Anto­nio Win­ery loca­tion. You can enjoy a wine flight and deli­cious food on the vine­yard at the San Anto­nio Winery. 

 

 

Horseback Riding 

 

If you are mak­ing a week­end out of enjoy­ing the Glen Ivy Hot Springs, then one of my favorite things to do while I am in Temescal Val­ley is to go horse­back rid­ing. There are few horse­back rid­ing com­pa­nies to choose from close to Temescal Val­ley. One of my favorites is Sun­shine and Day­dreams Horse­back Rid­ing. They are open dur­ing COVID and are espe­cial­ly safe because it is an out­door activ­i­ty. You can take a sun­set horse­back ride or even take a trail ride down the riv­er bed. Trail rid­ing is always a great way to get to know an area a lit­tle bit more. 

 

 

Things to Know Before you Go 

 

Glen Ivy is still open dur­ing COVID with spe­cial pre­cau­tions, includ­ing enhanced clean­ing, cash­less pur­chas­es, social dis­tanc­ing, health screen­ings, and PPE usage. You can learn more about their safe­ty pro­to­cols here. Glen Ivy Hot Springs is open 9am-5pm dai­ly and there are class­es on the week­ends, includ­ing yoga, med­i­ta­tion, aqua yoga and aqua fit that are all includ­ed with your day vis­it pass.  Reser­va­tions are required for all guests now and can be made by call­ing 1–888-GLENIVY.

 

 

Getting There

 

 

Glen Ivy is about 59 miles from down­town Los Ange­les. Like most trips you take leav­ing from Los Ange­les, it can def­i­nite­ly take longer if you leave on a Fri­day after­noon. Take the 5 South to the 91 East to the 15 South towards San Diego and then exit on Temescal Canyon Rd. From Temescal Canyon Rd. dri­ve to Glen Ivy Rd and you will find paradise. 

 

 

Where to Stay 

 

The clos­est place to stay is Stay­bridge Suites if you would like to make a week­end out of your trip, but you can also make Glen Ivy Hot Springs a day trip! 

 

 

 

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Glen Ivy Hotsprings - the perfect day trip for girl friends and moms from Los Angeles

 

Ash­ley McGul­lam is an avid trav­el­er who loves to share her expe­ri­ences. She has found her way around the world adven­tur­ing for plea­sure and busi­ness with friends and fam­i­ly. Ash­ley was a Health Edu­ca­tion Vol­un­teer in Cameroon for the Peace Corps and stud­ied Social Wel­fare with an empha­sis in Pub­lic Pol­i­cy at UC Berke­ley, which brought her to research in Chile and Argenti­na. Ash­ley is now work­ing as the Direc­tor of Devel­op­ment & Com­mu­ni­ty Rela­tions for Meals on Wheels West, based in San­ta Mon­i­ca, but finds time to trav­el local­ly when­ev­er she can with her love­ly fam­i­ly, friends and dog, Mil­lie. Ash­ley spent most of her child­hood in Los Ange­les so she will help you find many unique adven­tures around the Los Ange­les area.