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Tank Garage winery tasting room in Calistoga, California

Katie Hammel

Calistoga, located on the north end of Napa Valley, was once an upscale resort town. Founded by California’s first millionaire, Sam Brannan, it was home to a hot springs resort popular with well-heeled San Franciscans escaping the city. Eventually its popularity declined — as did the properties that made it famous. Later, as Napa Valley grew as a tourist destination, Calistoga remained a slightly out-of-the-way outpost with a frontier feel. With fewer options for dining, accommodations, and wine tasting, it couldn’t compare with its southern counterparts like Yountville and downtown Napa.

However, in the last few years, new restaurants have joined new tasting rooms and renovated hotels to revitalize the homely hot spring town and return it to the list of Napa Valley’s more chic destinations. Here are four reasons why you should make your base in Calistoga on your next NorCal trip.

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Katie Hammel

The Blue Lagoon is the most famous of Iceland’s hot springs. But it’s also the most visited tourist attraction in Iceland, and at certain times, you can tell — the spring-fed, man-made lagoon has even recently turned people away during peak hours due to crowding. On your next Iceland trip, we suggest heading to a less-visited hot spring instead. From locals’ favorite public pools in Reykjavik to hidden springs miles from civilization, here are some of the best places to soak without the crowds.

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JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort and Spa, Arizona

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Time may be running out on summer, but those looking to squeeze in a last-minute getaway are in luck: a number of properties across the country are cutting rates for August and September stays, and some are even throwing in additional extras. From resorts and hotels coast to coast, we’re giving you a taste of what’s on tap:

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rancho la puerta wellness retreat

Elena Sonnino

More and more, health-minded vacationing has been on the rise. These days, many people dream of checking into a weeklong wellness retreat, spending their days with everything from yoga to hiking to painting and sculpture classes. For a first-timer, though, knowing what to expect and managing the daily offerings can be dizzying. Here are five tips to help you embrace the “om” from start to finish.

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hacienda encantada, cabo san lucas, mexico

Hacienda Encantada

Since the days of dude ranches (they’re still out there!), we’ve been attracted to the hassle-free aspect of all-inclusive vacations. Once we arrive, we can store the wallet and relax. But along the way, all-inclusive resorts have since gotten a lot of stigma — earning a reputation for being tacky, comprising dated rooms and subpar food. While this is sometimes true, in many cases it’s certainly not. Here, we bust seven common myths and provide a reality check that might surprise you.

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Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa

Snug in Florida’s Palm Beach County, Jupiter Beach is a more relaxed alternative to Miami, even though it’s just 90 minutes away. Here, expect the same top-notch dining, water sports, and beach access. To entice you to visit, Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, a 168-room oceanfront property, is throwing in a third night for free when you book two nights through the end of the year.

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After a relationship has tanked to the point of no return, there’s nothing quite like getting in the car — either by yourself or with a bestie or two — and taking your mind off everything on the open road. So queue up Tom Petty’s “Free Falling” and set the GPS for one of these epic post-breakup road trips.

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pool, Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain

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From skiing and snowboarding to hiking and whitewater rafting — plus everything in between — Colorado has it all for adventure lovers. If you’re looking for a last-minute getaway this month, June is shaping up to be a fantastically affordable time for getting a taste of the Centennial State’s warm-weather outdoor activities. And three luxe hotels in particular are proving that it’s better to visit sooner rather than later this summer:

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By Leah Ginsberg for Yahoo! Travel

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Visitors enjoy the ‘soup noodle spa’ at the Hakone Yunessun Spa in Hakone, Japan. (Photo: Junko Kimura/Getty Images)

Picture this: Dozens of unsuspecting Japanese bathing in a vat of pork soup and ramen noodles. No, it’s not the start to a bad fairytale where the unsuspecting people of Hakone, Japan, become dinner — it’s a popular experience at the town’s famous Yunessun Spa Resort.

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5 Best Year-Round Activities in the Poconos

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Primed to return as the Northeast’s top vacation destination, there has never been a better time to escape to the Poconos for the weekend. From fine dining to a luxe spa, this town can make for a pampering but affordable quick getaway. The mountainous area is especially great for escaping the heat in the summer, but there’s lots to do at anytime. Here, just five of our favorite activities, no matter the time of year.

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Anjou Spa

Anjou Spa

In a trend imported from Europe’s great beer-producing countries, like the Czech Republic and Germany, spas around the U.S. have begun working craft brews into treatments like massages and body scrubs. No mere gimmick devised to lure in hopheads and pampering-averse manly men, beer-infused treatments are purported to impart a host of health and beauty benefits, from exfoliating the skin to wiping out foot fungus. Here, five spas offering sudsy treatments to intoxicate your senses.

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Deal Alert: Summer Promotions at The Westin Grand Cayman

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa

There’s a reason we look south for great value for summer travel — all the warm-weather deals. The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa is just one example, with a fun special offer on tap.

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Deal Alert: Summer Rates from $159 at Newly Renovated Florida Resort

Naples Grande Beach Resort

Not even a month into spring and we’re already daydreaming about slipping off our rain boots to wiggle our toes in the sand. With April showers on the horizon, there’s no better time to start thinking about a beach vacation, even if we don’t get to travel until summer. And the newly renovated Naples Grande Beach Resort on Florida’s coast is certainly one to pine after — especially with a great reopening rate from $159 this June through August.

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Terranea Resort

Soaked in sunshine with a calm and relaxing vibe, Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula doesn’t feel like a movie set, despite serving as the backdrop for several popular films. Pirates of the CaribbeanPearl Harbor, and Charlie’s Angels are just a few box office hits that have utilized the property. No shock though — especially on the latter. After spending a few nights at the resort, we definitely felt like we were in heaven. Here’s what you need to know.

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Win a Four-Night Trip to St. Kitts with Airfare Credit Included

St. Kitts Marriott & The Royal Beach Casino

When it comes to jetting off to the Caribbean, we don’t need much persuading. We’re sure you won’t either — especially since our latest giveaway involves a free trip for two to beautiful St. Kitts.

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