Welcome Spring in a Hot Spring

Make hot springs soaking a spring tradition at Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Welcome Spring in a Hot Spring

Celebrate the Spring Equinox with a soak in a hot spring. Spring starts on March 20; begin the season with a new traditiona day relaxing at Iron Mountain Hot Springs.

This first day of spring, also called the Vernal Equinox, occurs at 3:58 p.m. Mountain Time on March 20, 2019. It’s the moment when the sun is on the celestial equator, meaning that the day and night are equal length. In the Northern Hemisphere, the sun’s movement means the days get longer than the nights (when the sun crosses again in the fall, the days are shorter than the nights).

People have marked this annual event since before they started recording history, from Stonehenge to a Mayan temple and many places between. In many civilizations, it’s a time for new beginnings—a more astronomical date than the arbitrary Jan. 1—so they do a thorough housecleaning, repair broken items, apply fresh paint, bring newly-blooming flowers indoors, and perform religious rituals.  Vernal Equinox celebrations vary. In Zenica, Bosnia, everybody gets together for a feast of scrambled eggs. At the Teotihuacán Pyramid near Mexico City, visitors climb 360 steps to the top and soak up the sun’s energy for the new year.

You can create your own tradition of renewal and warmth at Iron Mountain Hot Springs by starting spring in a hot mineral spring. It’s a way to cleanse your body, mind and emotions; refresh, connect with nature and start the new solar year right.

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Gene Stowe

Gene Stowe

Gene Stowe was a reporter for The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer for 13 years and head of the writing program at Trinity School at Greenlawn, a four-time U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School in South Bend, Ind., for 10 years before he became a full-time freelance writer in 2008. His first book, Inherit the Land: Jim Crow Meets Miss Maggie’s Will, was published in 2006. He lives in Monroe, N.C.