4...3...2...1. It's time to countdown to spring and resorts with hot springs are some of the "hottest" places for groups to relax and take in the spring thaw and awakening. These venues are the perfect places to get business done and yet ensure that corporate groups return to work refreshed and rejuvenated. Think you need to travel to Japan or Costa Rica to find hotels with hot springs? Think again.
Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa, New York
Just under a 4-hour drive from New York City, the soothing mineral waters of the Roosevelt Baths at Gideon Putnam Resort in upstate New York are the perfect place to get a break from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.
Groups can take in the beauty of this natural 2,200-acre setting while snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. When the warm weather returns, there's golf and hiking.
The Springs Resort & Spa, Colorado
With 23 mineral pools, the world's deepest geothermal hot springs is also the location of EcoLuxe Hotel, Colorado's first LEED Gold Certified property. Active groups will welcome the opportunity to take advantage snow and soak getaways with skiing and dogsledding in the winter and horse riding, river rafting, hot air ballooning and ATV tours in the warmer months.
Pillar and Post, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Groups at the Pillar and Post Hotel, part of the Vintage Inns of Niagara collection, can soak their cares away in the sparking waters of the hot springs pool at the 13,000-square-foot 100 Fountain Spa. There is also a saltwater pool and a heated outdoor pool on-site.
The hotel, which has extensive meeting facilities, is steps away from the boutiques and attractions of picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, British Columbia
After meeting in one or more of the 14 function rooms, corporate groups can relax in the 5 mineral hot springs pools and at the Healing Springs Spa.
You'll also want to check out Luxury Ski Resorts....With a Tropical Twist, Incentive Destinations: Crystal Springs Resort, New Jersey, Rocky Mountain High: Banff / Lake Louise for Business Meetings and Conferences, and Relaxing Rainforest Resorts in Central America.
Photo: Pillar and Post