The popular hot springs where 19th century gold miners bathed and generations of Idahoans learned to swim will re-open to the public on Valentine's Day, the resort's management has announced.
Those who wish to get in a bit sooner just need to "like" the Facebook page for The Springs-A Luxury Hot Springs Resort in Idaho City. Those who do that by Feb. 1 will receive invitations to to experience the resort during the two weeks before it's official opening.
The Springs is an 80-acre resort about 1.5 miles south of Idaho City, just off of Idaho 21. Previously known as the Warm Springs Resort, The Springs features a new 2,400-square-foot pool house and a refurbished 96,000-gallon hot springs pool. It will offer overnight accommodations, including two Airstream RVs, a tree fort, yurts and luxury canvas tents. The resort will employ about 20 people.
The Warm Springs Resort was closed in 2001 due to septic problems. Jesse Pearson bought the property in 2002, and he's been working for several years to rebuild it and re-open it. Unable to obtain financing, Pearson's family pooled more than $1 million for the project.
In August, about 200 people toured The Springs as part of Idaho City's 150th anniversary celebration of the discovery of gold in the area.
Project manager Wyatt Sharpley said in late November that a steam room, decking, trim, cabinetry and were the last items to be finished at the facility before it's grand opening.
"We can't do landscaping until spring, and we'll add some cabins and more private hot tubs then as well," he said.