A January 1985 trip
to Napa Valley by panda2
Quote: Napa Valley has ideal conditions for wine-growers.
This is north of Calistoga and south of Clear Lake. It was a great first-time experience, especially if you've been under great stress, as I was when I was first introduced to this by a close friend. You need to be open-minded coming to a place like this, where the culture and attitude is more laid-back, like it was in the 1970s.Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are available in the Stonefront Restaurant. Snacks, ingredients, and organic produce are available from the Harbin Market. There are also cafés.You may go into the cold, warm, or hot pools or soak in the sun during the warm season. There's massage, bodywork, spa treatments, workshops, yoga classes, dances, satsang, camping, dormitories, private rooms, or luxurious cottages.There are massage classes available from the School of Shiatsu & Massage at Harbin, a Love, Intimacy & Sexuality Workshop from Human Awareness Institute, and Tantric Workshops from Institute of Ecstatic Living. There is Cob & Straw Bale Construction from Harbin. Classes must be booked directly in advance from the providers.At least one person in your party must have a Harbin membership to use the facility. One-month trial memberships start at $10. Six-hour visits are issued from 6am to 6pm, Monday through Thursday, adult $20; Friday through Sunday and holidays $25; children under 18 $10/$15; add $5 more to rates for a 24-hour pass. The weekly rate for adults is $170, a child is $115. Check their website or call for room and cottage rates, which start at $35 for one person in a dormitory Sunday through Thursday and $50 Friday, Saturday, and holidays. Children are not allowed in the rooms. Rates are subject to change. There's a residency program if you're interested. Rooms must be reserved in advance and paid for with a credit card. Cancellations must be done 1 to 2 days prior to avoid a charge. Day visits do not require reservations.Look at the suggested list of things to pack for your visit.Bus service to Santa Rosa is available from the Oakland or San Francisco airports via Sonoma County Airport Express, 800/327-2024 or 707/837-8700; Golden Gate Transit offers service to Santa Rosa from four San Francisco downtown locations. A personal ride service from Santa Rosa may be arranged for a fee with a 48-hour advance notice.Rides may also be arranged through Yahoo Harbin Rides.Email: email@example.com