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Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard ResortCalifornia, United States

This is the only Doctor you'll want to keep visiting again and again.

Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort and Mineral Springs is an extremely cool wellness resort shrouded in nostalgia in Calistoga, in America’s south-west.

Calistoga has natural hot springs, and in 1952 Dr Wilkinson himself introduced the first mud baths in this part of the world, for the point of wellness. The Doc’s original blue 1952 Buick is still parked out front of the resort in 2021, surely racking biblical amounts of parking fines.

The resort is unassuming to look at from the outside: an uninspiring grey brick façade down a palm-tree lined street could lead you to think this is just another shoddy downtown motel with a pool you daren’t dream of swimming in.

But behind this are gorgeous rooms of bright 1980s colours, a grassy backyard with mountain views, a swimming pool, picnic blankets, swings and outdoor baths.

There’s also a wellness area to be pampered, so the Doc’s spirit of looking after people lives on.

It's just what the Doctor ordered.


Tags: california, U.S.A, United States, wellness

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