William Dailey’s Hacienda Hot Springs Inn is a Featured Stop on Desert Hot Springs’ 2010 Spa Tour on February 18

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Editor’s Note: The spa tour is currently sold out to the public and there is a waiting list. For free media passes, please contact Rayce Jonsrud, Vice President, DHS Chamber of Commerce, at (856) 677-8388 or rayce_jonsrud(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Hacienda Hot Springs Inn is one of 15 Desert Hot Springs destination spas participating in the 2010 Spa Tour, taking place this Thursday, February 18, starting at 5:00 PM. By virtue of its extraordinary natural mineral water hot springs, Desert Hot Springs has been dubbed “The Nation’s Spa Capital,” and spa enthusiasts from around California and across the country have caused this rare opportunity to experience many of the town’s best facilities at one time to sell out well in advance. The evening tour is a benefit for Camp of Champions A & M, Inc., a rewards-based sports camp dedicated to serving the youth and communities of Desert Hot Springs and the Coachella Valley.

Tucked in an enclave of Desert Hot Springs aptly called Miracle Hill, the Hacienda Hot Springs Inn is a magical place that was imagined, designed, and built by Los Angeles-based rare book dealer and limited edition publisher William Dailey. Inspired by a decades-long love affair with the desert, Dailey purchased the property—formerly a run-down 1950s motel—in 2003. He totally renovated the site, building the Hacienda from the ground up. His literati and bohemian sensibilities—and practice of Vipassana Buddhism—inform the eclectic and enchanting inn’s laid-back character and old world California ambience.

Dailey commissioned celebrated landscape designer, naturalist and organic farmer Bettina Birch to create environmentally sensitive gardens and plantings for the property. His friendship with Birch dates back to the ’70s, when they worked at the legendary Red Barn on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, he with antiquarian bookseller Jacob Zeitlin (Zeitlin & Ver Brugge), she at the gallery. Birch’s signature vision of seamlessly integrating terrain, stonework, water features and surroundings with sustainable native flora creates a true desert eden.

Hacienda Hot Springs Inn’s guests are transformed by time spent suspended in the 92-degree water of the spacious mineral pool, cloaked by fresh desert air, soothed by the gentle rippling sounds of flowing water, the rhythm of birdcalls, scents of flowering plants, and mesquite trees overhead. At their leisure, guests may nap, read, get a massage, take a Jacuzzi, and—repeat. Later, they might dine under the star-filled indigo sky, savoring dishes cooked by a visiting chef and conversation with an impromptu “salon” of the authors, artists, musicians, and filmmakers that frequent Dailey’s establishment. The desert’s elemental pleasures and Dailey’s creative spirit play off each other and become one, perfectly balanced.

The Desert Hot Springs 2010 Spa Tour begins at 5:00PM with a cocktail reception at the historic Cabot's Pueblo Museum (located at 67616 Desert View Avenue, just a few blocks up Miracle Hill from the Hacienda Hot Springs Inn), a landmark location homesteaded by 1920's Desert Hot Springs founding father Cabot Yerxa. In addition to the reception and tour, the evening includes entertainment, refreshments and giveaways including lodging and spa treatments. Following the reception, coach transportation between nearby spas will originate from the Museum.

We welcome media for a tour of Hacienda Hot Springs Inn on February 18, and look forward to answering any questions you may have, offer information about the documented curative effects of the Desert Hot Springs altitude, air quality and mineral water—and to discuss interview availability for Bill Dailey and Bettina Birch. In the meantime, please visit http://www.haciendahotsprings.com for images, further details, and amenities.

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