Designed by award-winning architect Mickey Muennig, the Esalen baths were re-built after the El Niño storms of 1998. Made primarily of board-formed concrete, sandstone, and clearstory windows, the design matches simple elegance with enduring strength.
The site, on a rocky ledge perched just 50 feet above the Pacific, is unparalleled in history and in its majestic beauty. Natural hot springs flow from the ground at 119 degrees at 80 gallons/minute. These same healing waters have been flowing for centuries, providing respite for Esselen Indians and others.
The baths’ proximity to the ocean offers rare and up close glimpses into the lives of sea creatures such as otters, seals, birds, and migratory whales with their young.
Home Sweet Home.
The area has its traditions, including Craftsman homes, Old Pasadena and the Rose Bowl, its greenery including Huntington Library, its Asian flare with Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants, and its fun and funky side at Eagle Rock hangouts.
New York ice cream tour - next time I’m there!