Hot Springs set to celebrate 120th year with spa opening
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Lodge and Pool is set to celebrate its 120th birthday with something quite grand.Slated to open Sept. 15., the Spa of the Rockies will arguably be the pools most ambitious project since it opened the Hot Springs Lodge back in 1986. The 17,000 square-foot facility will house eight massage rooms, one wet treatment area (with a Vichi shower) and locker rooms for both genders, all located in its antique, stone bath house (which is nearly as old as the pool itself).Our emphasis is going to be on authenticity, said Kjell Mitchell, general manager. The focus of the spa will be authentic wellness components.No matter that it doesnt look like much yet.
As he and director of sales and management, Barbara Clarke, led a tour through the maze of construction, they pointed out where all the planned treatment areas will be. Though shrouded in dust and debris, it was easy to the see antique elements of the building. The rounded archways and thick walls are reminiscent of time gone by, and, according to Mitchell, he wants to make the most of that antique feeling.Although a complete spa menu has yet to be made, Clarke promised that it would include natural treatments using locally grown herbs. The idea is to celebrate the history of area, especially its Native American influence.In her words, Everything old is new again.Mitchell, a longtime Glenwood resident, has seen the pool evolve and shift since he was a kid. He can remember a time when there was still a three meter high diving board and a flying saucer stationed in the water for children to play on. Before his time, he knows that people used to throw a large log in the pool for folks to climb around, too. Sometime in the forties, the pool had a beach theme, with tents and actual sand scattered around its edge. While the plan for this new spa was the result of careful research and polling of pool users, he also sees it as an acknowlegement and continuation of the pools rich history. Ever since its inception, its been seen as a healing place. While families have always been splashing around in its sulphur-smelling waters, the spring has also hosted recovering World War II soldiers. Even in the beginning, physical therapy was offered in the water to eager customers from across the country. In short, wellness (as Mitchell and Clarke described it) has always been part of the pool. And thats why Mitchell cant imagine a better place for this new spa.It truly belongs in this building, he said.This story appeared in the Aug. 12 Inside Business edition.
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