Hot Springs Resort & Spa | NC Weekend | UNC-TV

Hot Springs Resort & Spa | NC Weekend | UNC-TV


>>>HOT SPRINGS IS A QUAINT
LITTLE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY, AND FOR DECADES IT WAS A VACATION
SPOT FOR TRAVELERS WANTING TO SOOTHE THEIR BONES IN THE WARM
WATERS OF THE GEOTHERMAL SPRINGS IN THE AREA. WELL, THE CROWDS MAY HAVE DIED
DOWN A BIT IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, BUT THERE ARE STILL
INTERESTING PLACES TO VISIT IN THIS LITTLE SPOT IN MADISON
COUNTY.>>WELL, HOT SPRINGS IS A SMALL
TOWN ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL WITH NORTH CAROLINA’S ONLY
NATURAL HOT MINERAL WATER.>>NATIVE AMERICANS INHABITED
THE AREA FOR A VERY LONG TIME. THE FIRST RECORDED HISTORY DATES
BACK TO 1778, WHEN SETTLERS FIRST DISCOVERED THE SPRINGS. OVER THE YEARS, THE AREA HAS
BEEN A DESTINATION WHERE MANY LARGE HOTELS USED THE HOT
SPRINGS FOR HEALING PURPOSES. BUT DURING WORLD WAR I, THE
FAMOUS MOUNTAIN PARK HOTEL FELL INTO DECLINE AND WAS USED FOR A
DIFFERENT PURPOSE.>>THE MOUNTAIN PARK HOTEL WAS
LEASED TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR A GERMAN INTERNMENT CAMP DURING
WORLD WAR I. THE GERMANS WERE HERE AND BUILT
A GERMAN VILLAGE AND TOOK OVER THE PROPERTY DURING WORLD WAR I.>>AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER, HOT
SPRINGS RETURNED TO BEING A RESORT DESTINATION, EXPERIENCING
SEVERAL ECONOMIC UPS AND DOWNS. MAGNIFICENT HOTELS AND BATH
HOUSES WERE BUILT, EVENTUALLY BURNING TO THE GROUND, AND THE
PROPERTY FELL INTO DISREPAIR. THEN A LITTLE OVER 20 YEARS AGO,
A MAN WITH A SIMPLE VISION PURCHASED THE ONCE-FAMOUS RESORT
PROPERTY AND THE MYSTICAL HOT SPRINGS THAT CAME WITH IT.>>THE PROPERTY LAID DORMANT
UNTIL THE 1990s, WHEN GENE HICKS BOUGHT THE PROPERTY AND MADE IT
HOT SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA. HE DECIDED THAT THE SPA WOULD BE
FOR EVERY MAN, THAT HE WOULD MAKE A PLACE WHERE ANYBODY ON
ANY INCOME COULD COME AND EXPERIENCE THE MINERAL WATER,
AND THAT’S WHERE WE ARE TODAY.>>ONCE A GUEST ARRIVES AT THE
RESORT, WHAT’S A TYPICAL AGENDA?>>PERFECT DAY AT THE SPA TO ME
IS CHECKING IN FOR A TUB, AND WE RENT THOSE BY THE HOUR. THE TUBS SIT OUTSIDE ALONG THE
RIVER AND THE CREEK, AND IT’S YOUR PRIVATE TUB FOR ONE HOUR. AND THEN YOU CAN COME INSIDE AND
HAVE AN HOUR-LONG BASIC MASSAGE, AN HOUR-LONG HOT STONE MASSAGE,
OR DELVE INTO 105 MINUTES OF THE ULTIMATE TREATMENT, WHICH IS
EVERYTHING WE OFFER ON A MASSAGE TABLE, AND IT’S FABULOUS.>>YES, I’VE TRAVELED ALL OVER
THE WORLD AND THE SEVEN SEAS. I’VE NEVER FOUND A PLACE LIKE
THIS IN MY — IN ALL OF MY TRAVELS. THIS IS A MAGICAL SPOT. IT’S PARADISE.>>I FEEL VERY NATURAL. EVEN THOUGH I’M SITTING IN A HOT
TUB, I KNOW THE WATER’S COMING FROM THE CENTER OF THE EARTH,
AND IT FEELS PURIFYING AND GOOD.>>IT IS A PLACE DEFINITELY OF
RELAXATION AND HEALING. THE MINERAL CONTENT OF THE WATER
SPEAKS TO AILMENTS LIKE ARTHRITIS OR FIBROMYALGIA OR
POISON IVY OR BEE STINGS.>>WE HAVE SEVERAL DIFFERENT
MINERALS, ONE OF WHICH IS MAGNESIUM, AND MAGNESIUM IS VERY
RELAXING TO THE MUSCLES.>>AFTER A RELAXING DAY OF
PAMPERING YOURSELF IN THE JACUZZI TUB AND MASSAGE THERAPY,
YOU CAN EASILY WALK DOWNTOWN FOR DINNER AND LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC
AT ONE OF THE LOCALLY OWNED ESTABLISHMENTS. WHEN IT’S TIME TO RETIRE FOR THE
EVENING, THE RESORT HAS A VARIETY OF ACCOMMODATIONS THAT
WILL SUIT YOUR NEEDS AND BUDGET. THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.>>YOU KNOW, YOU’RE RUNNING
AROUND ALL YEAR ROUND, WORK AND KIDS AND HUSTLING THEM HERE AND
THERE, AND YOU JUST COME UP HERE AND UNWIND AND WASH THAT STRESS
AWAY, AND IT’S JUST GREAT FOR THE SOUL.>>MAIN STREET IS THE
APPALACHIAN TRAIL, SO IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO GET OUT AND WALK. THERE’S RAFTING, HIKING,
MOUNTAIN BIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING. ALL THOSE THINGS THAT THE CITY
DOESN’T OFFER SOMETIMES. [TRAIN WHISTLE]
>>IT’S NOT UNCOMMON FOR SOMEONE VISITING THIS AREA TO ACTUALLY
STOP AND LISTEN TO A TRAIN’S HORN ECHO THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS
OR THE RUSHING WATER OF A BOLD STREAM. IT JUST MAKES EVERYTHING RIGHT.>>I TEND TO SAY THAT HOT
SPRINGS IS TIMELESS. WE DON’T HAVE ANY STOP LIGHTS. WE DON’T HAVE CHAIN RESTAURANTS. REALLY, YOU COULD TAKE A PICTURE
OF HOT SPRINGS AND NOT KNOW WHERE YOU ARE IN TIME, AND
THAT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT THIS TOWN. IT REMOVES YOU FROM THE DAILY
LIFE. THERE IS NO DAILY GRIND.

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