It’s that time of year when people aim to stay in shape mentally and physically in tandem with the holidays. Don’t let the hectic fervor get in the way of setting aside time for exercise, meditation and relaxation. Whether you are a Roaring Fork Valley local or someone traveling in for a getaway, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, offers a beautiful mountain atmosphere, blissful hot springs, and a festive spirit. There is no better place to stay fit and relaxed during the holiday season.
One of the state’s most iconic attractions, Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, has been at the heart of the community since 1888. However, time hasn’t stood still at the world’s largest hot springs pool. Today, there is the Lodge, Athletic Club, Sopris Splash Zone, and new smaller pools being constructed on the east end for additional natural hot springs soaking options starting sometime in 2024.
Some of the resort’s biggest fans happen to be area residents, who spoke loudly with their votes during the 2023 Locals’ Choice Awards sponsored by the Post Independent newspaper. Three of the awards went to Glenwood Hot Springs Resort: Best Attraction, Best Gym or Fitness Studio, and Best Yoga Studio.
Not Your Average Gym
Wondering how you will work off the cookies and cocktails or stay committed to a fitness regime pledge during the holiday season? Consider an annual membership or a day pass to the resort’s Athletic Club, which also gives you access to the hot springs, a private pool entrance and sundeck, and a wet lounge complete with a steam room, sauna and hot tub. A large selection of classes is available six days a week—most at no extra cost to pass holders—as well as weights and state-of-the-art gym equipment spread throughout the window-filled facility. Or work up a sweat on one of the Athletic Club’s three handball and racquetball courts.
For travelers seeking to add overnight accommodations to the mix, Glenwood Hot Springs Resort’s Wellness Package is the perfect solution. The package provides one Athletic Club pass per registered adult, 10% off the best available lodging rate, cozy robes to use, unlimited access to the hot springs pool during business hours, and complimentary made-to-order breakfast at the poolside Grill.
Explore the Outdoors
Glenwood Springs also is an ideal place to enjoy year-round outdoor activities followed by soaking of tired muscles and full-on leisure mode in the mineral-rich hot springs. There also are lap lanes for those who like to take a daily swim.
Miles and miles of hiking and biking trails stand ready to be explored and transition into winter wonderlands for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing when snowflakes start to fly. Also, Sunlight Mountain Resort is set to open for skiing and snowboarding on Dec. 8, unless Mother Nature delivers several inches of the fluffy white stuff earlier.
It’s OK to Relax
Sometimes as the holiday season approaches or when we’re in the middle of the festivities, it’s beneficial to take a breather and remove yourself from the craziness. No one will remember if one less batch of cookies is baked, that the lights didn’t fully wrap around your house or your greeting cards are sent a little late. Instead, treat yourself, your family or a special someone with a getaway to Glenwood Springs. Maybe an early, unexpected present?
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort makes it easy and affordable with the Buy Now and Save Package that provides 20% off the best available rate at the Lodge and includes unlimited access to the pool and hot breakfast at the Grill. This promotion is subject to availability, valid only for new reservations and has a two-night minimum requirement. The dates for the package run from now through Dec. 17, 2023, with blackout dates from Nov. 22-24 over Thanksgiving.
Getting away from it all doesn’t mean you have to totally blow off the holidays. Enjoy a strolling downtown all decorated for the season, selecting presents in the locally owned shops, stopping for warming cup of java or delicious hot chocolate, or toasting a pint of local beer. Attend the holiday show at Glenwood Vaudeville Revue that runs from Nov. 17-Jan. 13 and marvel at the fantastic light display at Hotel Colorado that will be unveiled at the 33rd annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 24. Or head to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park for Winter on the Mountain festivities that run from Nov. 10-Jan. 7.
Whatever you plan to do during November and December, let Glenwood Hot Springs Resort and Glenwood Springs be the place to stay fit and relaxed during the holiday season. Break free from your usual routines, enjoy fitness and hot springs soaking in the outdoors, and create lifelong memories.