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Exclusive Treatments at Glen Ivy

Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, now offers [ comfort zone ], a science-brand skincare line conceived and based in Italy that is used at top spas all over the world. The launch is in tandem with the spa’s rejuvenated wellness upgrades to the property and treatment menu. The
[ comfort zone ] ethos is perfectly paired with Glen Ivy’s commitment to green beauty and wellness. This makeover will continue to provide guests’ with an exceptional wellness experience that can’t be paralleled. [ comfort zone’s ] unique science-brand formula can be experienced during Glen Ivy’s relaxing spa treatments such as massages, facials, nail care, and more. All the [ comfort zone ] products do not contain parabens, or mineral oil, and most importantly are silicone-free. Silicones have been substituted with oils and butters for a “real active beauty.” A selection of the new treatments can be found below:

 

The Longevity Solution
This revolutionary treatment rejuvenates and revitalizes your skin utilizing a gentle lactic acid peel along with specialized deep and focused massage techniques. Your skin will feel vibrant, energized and lifted.
50 min / $115
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The Sublime Skin Solution
Treat yourself to this luxurious and indulgent facial which includes a deep exfoliation to clarify the skin and minimize pores. This deluxe facial continues with a collagen boosting mask followed by a signature facial massage which will leave your skin visibly lifted and firmed.
80 min / $160
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The Quick Lift Solution
The Quick Lift Facial delivers instant firming and anti-aging results utilizing a low level micro-current that mimics the body’s natural bio-rhythms. This treatment delivers a mini facelift without the downtime or sky high price.
50 or 80 min / $130 or $175
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Tranquillity™ Pro-Sleep Massage
This massage alleviates stress inducing a profound sense of Tranquility™ and calm. The immersive treatment experience gently embraces the senses with light touch utilizing warm nourishing oil, promoting better sleep and jet lag recovery.
50 min / $115
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Bibi McGill at Glen Ivy

Don’t miss this opportunity to see and be entertained by Bibi McGill as you enjoy an evening under the stars during Glen Ivy’s twilight hours! Bibi, musical director of Suga Mama, Beyonce’s ten-piece band, will be appearing at our resort. Guests will have two opportunities to share her healing power of music at DJ sets on two nights. A world renowned yoga instructor, Bibi teaches and travels the world studying classical eight-limbed yoga systems. She will be teaching two classes at the resort on Saturday and will also be hosting a private lunch in the GOCO Café. The resort is now accepting reservations by phone at 1-888-GLEN-IVY or online for general admission, yoga class, or a private lunch with Bibi.

When:

DJ Set
Friday & Saturday, July 14th & 15th, 7:00 pm

General Admission
Friday, July 14: $59
Saturday, July 15: $78

Yoga Class
Saturday, July 15th, 10:00 am & 11:30 am; $20

 

Private Lunch
Saturday, July 15th, 1:00 pm; $30

Global Wellness Day!

Global Wellness Day is June 10th! Glen Ivy is spreading positive energy and showing its support to those choosing to lead a well- balanced lifestyle by accepting the 7-step manifesto designed to promote health. See the 7-steps below for easy ways to bring better wellness habits into your daily routine. For more tips and information, check out www.globalwellnessday.org.

  • Walk for an Hour
  • Drink More Water
  • Do Not Use Plastic Bottles
  • Eat Healthy Foods
  • Do a Good Deed
  • Have a Family Dinner
  • Sleep at 10pm

Fun Tip! Be on the lookout for Global Wellness Day Tokens hidden around the Hot Springs on June 10 for a special treat!

Holiday Toy Drive Raffle

Help spread holiday cheer with Glen Ivy! Starting December 1st through the 16th, Glen Ivy will be holding a very special raffle to make the gift giving season a little brighter for local families. Guests will receive a raffle ticket for each new toy brought in to the wellness center. On December 19, two lucky winners will be chosen to receive a specially curated basket filled with spa products, plus admission to the grotto and lunch passes for two.

Winner #1 will receive:

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  1. Moroccan Oil Smoothing Mask – $46
  2. Aromatherapy Associates Wash – $37
  3. Spa Rituals Sugar Scrub – $35
  4. Spa Rituals Nail Polish – $12
  5. Spa Rituals Nail Polish – $12
  6. Spa Rituals Nail Polish – $12
  7. Spa Rituals Toe Separators
  8. SpaRitual Water Bottle
  9. Moroccan Oil Round Brush
  10. 3 admission passes – $192
  11. 3 grotto – $75

Valued at $421

 

Winner #2 will receive:

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  1. Clarisonic Opal –anti aging affects – $185
  2. Aloe Ice SPF 50 – $15
  3. Spa Ritual Infinitely Loving Body Lotion – $32
  4. 3 admission passes – $192
  5. 3 grotto – $75

Valued at $499

Kimberly’s Story

On October 5th, 2016 we had the honor of working with 9 beautiful Breast Cancer survivors. They each wrote about their journey in their own words. 

One of the most feared things a woman can hear is “You have breast cancer.”

My journey began like many others.  I was going about my life, paving my way in the world, and never for a moment, thinking about breast cancer.

The summer of 2003 was like any other, and it came.  I felt a small something on the outer part of my left breast.  I had an old mammogram order that had expired and thought to use it anyhow.  I called for a mammogram appointment and they scheduled me for a month away.  My husband thought that was a bit far out so I called back the next day and it just so happened they had a cancellation that day. I went in with my expired mammogram order and they did not realize it was expired until after my mammogram.  The Radiologist came in with the first of my bad news.  “You have many suspicious micro calcification’s,” and wanted me to get an ultrasound right away.  The next day I got my ultrasound… Same results… not good… I need a biopsy.

After a recommendation from Margaret McCoy I went to Dr. West at the Breast Care Center in Orange.  His opinion was the same… I need a biopsy and if it is cancer, a mastectomy was my only option.  June 9, 2003 was my biopsy.  The surgery went fine and I was on my way back home.

A couple days later as I sat in my living room by myself Dr. West called with the news no one ever wants to hear… you have cancer.  This is where my journey began…I spent sleepless nights searching the web for information about breast cancer.

I’m not really sure when that moment passed.  After the initial shock and hysteria wore off, I created a believable illusion that I was okay.  That I could handle whatever cancer handed me because I was a fighter, and I was tough.  I let autopilot take over as I phoned friends to break the news.  I hate those words. YOU. HAVE. CANCER.

I met with Dr. West to learn my options.   It was all too much to take.  Without a second thought I made the decision to have a bilateral mastectomy.   I needed to do everything I could do reduce my risk of developing a new breast cancer in the future. I just wanted to get rid of this “cancer” thing in my body.

I found a web site called Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.  The moment I logged on to the site, I felt like I had arrived.  I was surrounded by a cyber sorority.  Women from all walks of life with one common bond.  They were all mad as hell, and not taking cancer lightly.  After a few days on the discussion boards I had a core circle of friends.  These girls were my salvation.  I learned more from them then I did from any of my doctors.

After meeting with Dr. West, I met my oncologist, Dr. Margileth.  As the doctor looked over my chart the next agenda was to talk about additional treatments… Chemo. I told him I would decide if I liked him if he let me keep my hair.  He then gave me a couple of options.  Given my stage one option was to take a lighter dose of chemo over a longer period of time and I could keep my hair.  That was it… I wanted it.

I left the office with a plan. Cancer thought it had one up on me, but with my plan set in motion, I leveled the playing field.  Cancer was missing one important piece of information–  that I only play to win.

First on the agenda… a bi-lateral mastectomy from Dr. West and Dr. Hagstrom, my plastic surgeon, would come right behind him and recreate the breast Dr. West removed.  Using my tummy fat and 12 hours of surgery I had my new mounds.

It was not an easy recovery but it was very doable.

Next on the agenda was Chemo…

I went into chemo like it was my first day at school; determined to divide and conquer.  My wrists were piled high with pink bracelets.  I wore pink from head to toe, I was ready for war.  My best friend Jeanne Shroyer sat by my side at every chemo party we went to, that’s what I called it… “My Chemo Party”.

On weeks to come, life was anything but normal.  I went to a class called, “Look Good, Feel Good.”  I remember sitting in this class and they offered me a wig and I said “no thank you I’m not going to lose my hair”.  At that moment a women across the table lifted her wig off and said “that’s what they told me”.  I know the look on my face told it all but I kindly said “I’ll wait”.

I quickly learned how to be my own best advocate.  I researched, and read books.  I joined every online cancer community that was available.  Within these cyber walls, I found a sisterhood that welcomed me with open arms.  If I had a question, my sisters had the answer.  When I experienced side effects from treatment, my sisters knew how to ease my pain.  Although I had a huge support team of family and friends in my corner,  I knew they could never fully understand.  I knew that they wanted me to be okay, so I swallowed my hurt and put on a brave front.  With my cyber sisters, there was no need to hide.  When someone was sick, we prayed.  When someone was sad, we listened.  When someone had surgery we sent gentle hugs.  When someone was dying, we put our own fears of death aside, and mourned a life that was not done living.

It was the beginning of the next chapter of reclaiming my life.

I had a lot of good days, and I felt like the worst was behind me.  But, the downside of having so many friends in the cancer community is the reality that some of them will have a recurrence, and some of them will die.  I realized early on, that just because I got better, the fight against cancer wasn’t over.  I felt this rite of passage from the sisterhood, this sense of duty to help women through the emotional roller coaster of cancer.  I began to mentor women going through breast cancer on my own.  In 2008 Janelle Basham and myself were asked to take over the Bosom Buddies, a breast cancer support organization founded in the early 90’s by Carolyn Knight, Margaret McCoy, Linda Johnson and Cathy Zaitz  all of Canyon Lake, CA.  It was a club dedicated to support woman in their struggle with breast Cancer.  Our mission as a Bosom Buddy is to Educate, Inspire and Support newly diagnosed Breast Cancer Survivors during their Breast Cancer Journey.

This experience is more than I ever could have imagined.  I am a part of something that is so much bigger than me, and for that I am so grateful.  I have the chance to give back what I’ve received.
It brings me great joy to celebrate being a survivor, although it has come at a price.  I have lived through triumph and hope, just as I have lived through sadness and loss.  I celebrate to honor the lives that cancer has cut short.  I celebrate for my sisters who are sick, with hopes for brighter days ahead.  I celebrate those that came before me, and those that undoubtedly will come after me.  And when the day arrives, when we finally have a cure for this life changing illness, that will be the greatest celebration of them all.

 

Check out Kathy’s Story HERE

Check out Debbie’s Story HERE

Check out Janelle’s Story HERE

Check out Maja’s Story HERE

Check out Crystal’s Story HERE

Check out Mary’s Story HERE

Check out Laura’s Story HERE

Check out Sylvia’s Story HERE

Kathy’s Story

On October 5th, 2016 we had the honor of working with 9 beautiful Breast Cancer survivors. They each wrote about their journey in their own words. 

As my family planned a huge party to celebrate my 50th birthday, we also were preparing for my bilateral mastectomy just three days later. A mammogram earlier that summer had given me a clean bill of health, but an MRI weeks later led to the diagnosis of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in October of 2013.  I had faithfully visited Temecula Valley Imaging every few years, as I watched my mother and my aunt (her sister) deal with pre-menopausal breast cancer in their forties, and I was well aware that “early detection saves lives”.  I had confided in my younger sister, Meri, that I expected to get breast cancer someday, but nothing truly prepared me for the news I had been dreading my whole life.

I was aware that I had dense breast tissue, like many other women, but I didn’t realize this increased my chances of developing cancer, or that it made it more difficult for mammograms to detect cancer tumors.   Thankfully, Dr. Amy Bremner of Breastlink in Murrieta recommended I have the MRI due to my family history, and the fact that I had dense breasts. My cancer diagnosis came after a biopsy of the suspicious area, which turned out to be the exact location of my mother’s tumor.  Subsequent genetic testing came back negative for both of the breast cancer genes, but I feel strongly that there is a yet undiscovered gene lurking in my DNA that scientists have yet to identify.

Make sure every woman you love knows about self-breast exams, and gets their mammogram annually once they reach the age of 40.  If you have a family history of breast cancer, these screenings may need to be sooner. Additionally, in September of 2012 a Breast Density Notification Law (SB 1538) was enacted which requires physicians to inform women who have dense breast tissue of possible additional screening options.  This new legislation saved my life!

I cannot tell you how many women I have met who shared that they have not yet had a mammogram because they were afraid of what they might discover. Early detection IS the key, and gives you the best chance to become a survivor if cancer is detected.  You owe it to your family who loves you; please schedule your baseline mammogram today!

I am so very thankful to my amazing family who supported me throughout all of my surgeries. I’m also thankful to Janelle and Kimbo of the Bosom Buddies support group who were available to answer my questions, and continue to support me and other women fighting cancer.  And last, but not least, I’m thankful for the many women who have paved the road before me so that my own journey was not so bumpy.  I will continue to fight like a girl, be brave through whatever challenges lie ahead, and share my story with anyone who will listen!

Check out Kimberly’s Story HERE

Check out Debbie’s Story HERE

Check out Janelle’s Story HERE

Check out Maja’s Story HERE

Check out Crystal’s Story HERE

Check out Mary’s Story HERE

Check out Laura’s Story HERE

Check out Sylvia’s Story HERE

Debbie’s Story

On October 5th, 2016 we had the honor of working with 9 beautiful Breast Cancer survivors. They each wrote about their journey in their own words. 

October 22nd, 2009 was the day that changed my life. I had done a biopsy on the 20th and the doctor had just called to tell me the results.  “You have breast cancer. Not sure what type but you are a stage 2 or 3 and it’s aggressive.” “How can this be? I go to all my annual appointments?” I had just been in for my annual pap and breast exam in August and there was nothing.

In September I noticed a big lump on my right breast. I really didn’t think much of it.  My PA was on vacation so I scheduled my appointment for when she came back. No rush, it’s nothing.  When I finally got in, she checked me and said, “It’s probably not cancer but I want to make sure.”  I even joked with her how I wanted one on the other side because it made my boob look bigger.  She called Breastlink and from there it all began.  The mammogram hurt like hell. How can you squeeze any harder than what’s already been done to it? Then the ultra sound. They told me to wait for the doctors to go over my results.  Finally, I got called back to the room.  Dr. West’s PA came in and said they needed to do a biopsy and if I could do it that day.  I actually paused and considered how bad traffic would be for the ride home.  I live in Lake Elsinore and was in Orange.  But I didn’t want to drive all the way back so I decided to go ahead and have it done that day.  I got to watch the procedure on the computer.  It was really cool.  He told me he would call me in the next couple of days.  I wasn’t worried.  “Cancer doesn’t happen to me.”

Now here we are.  I called my husband and told him.  He told me it would all be ok.  Next I called my dad.  We prayed together and he said that I will get through this alright.  Next, I told my friend, who drove over right away.  I think she cried more than me.  She kept saying how it wasn’t fair.  I told her it would be ok.  I joked that maybe I would get my new boobs now.  She asked if I was going to work and I said, “why wouldn’t I?  I’m not going to sit around and feel sorry for myself.”  That night, we also had to sit down with our 11-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter and tell them I had cancer.  My daughter took it really hard.  But I assured them that I would be ok.  I also told them that I would always be upfront with them and tell them the truth of what was going to happen.

Not one time did I get mad or asked God, “why me?”  There was a reason why I got it.  That was my thinking.  My husband was pissed.  He didn’t understand why I got it when I go to all my regular doctor’s appointment, had all my check ups and did my mammograms.  I told him, “why not me?”  One in eight women get breast cancer.  I went through my family.  I have 4 sisters, my mom, aunt and cousin.  I went through every one and explained why they couldn’t go through it.  “I am the logical one.  I have a great support system, I don’t have to work, I have great insurance and I can handle it.”  When I explained it that way he saw where I was coming from but was still mad.  I told him things happen for a reason.

One of my friends, who had just finished the process of reconstruction, had invited me to her house to meet other women who had gone through it.  It was supposed to be just Kimbo and Janelle but more people were invited.  They explained what I would be going through and what to expect.  Then they all started talking about their procedures and the boobs all came out.  I don’t think I had ever seen so many boobs out in one place.  It was a little overwhelming but so helpful.  Women supporting each other.  It was so empowering.  And they kept saying “be positive and laugh a lot.”  Something I tell all the women I meet.

November 19 2009, was my first chemo.  I had 16 treatments every 3 weeks.  I was also able to participate in a research program with another chemo medicine.  I was pretty excited on being a part of this research and hopefully helping someone in the future.  Chemo was hard.  I got tired just taking a shower.  But I went to work every day.  I also made sure that the kids got to all their activities.  I didn’t want my kid’s lives to change because of what I was going through.  I made sure my son got to all of his football practices and games and that my daughter got to all her social events.  And that our day-to-day living didn’t really change.  Although looking back, I should have milked it more with my kids.

Exactly 14 days after my first chemo my hair started falling out.  I had promised my daughter that I would let her shave my head.  I was so grossed out in the shower when my hair came out in clumps.  I guess I was expecting it to just all fall out at once.  So that morning I went to work with a hat on.  When my kids came home from school, my friend came over and we had a great time shaving my head.  I let my kids draw on my head and we took pictures.  It was a nice time with my kids.  Being a part of what I was going through was important to the kids. I also wanted them to see that in a bad situation you can still be positive.

I finished chemo in April and had my double mastectomy on May 19, 2010, my son’s 12th birthday.  Poor guy got to spend it in the hospital.  I was ok with getting rid of both of them.  We had done our research and talked to all the doctors.  My plastic surgeon is the one who really convinced me to have them both taken out.  And watching my boobs grow every 4 to 6 weeks was cool.  Finally, in November 2010, I got my implants.  I was finally done!  A year of ups and down and I was finished.  No more cancer!

What an adventure this has been.  Everything I went through, I either learned something new or made a new friend.  All the procedures that I had to have done, I got to watch.  Which I thought was really interesting and cool.  How encouraging and kind all the technicians were.  I had so many amazing friends that helped, my family who were with me, and my husband and kids.  I also got to make new friends who were going through the same thing and I was able to help them.  I wouldn’t change a thing.  I’m glad God gave me this journey to go through.

 

Check out Kimberly’s Story HERE

Check out Kathy’s Story HERE

Check out Janelle’s Story HERE

Check out Maja’s Story HERE

Check out Crystal’s Story HERE

Check out Mary’s Story HERE

Check out Laura’s Story HERE

Check out Sylvia’s Story HERE

Maja’s Story

On October 5th, 2016 we had the honor of working with 9 beautiful Breast Cancer survivors. They each wrote about their journey in their own words. 

A client of mine who became a good friend had been waging a long fight with cancer.  She insisted that I promise to never skip a mammogram, something I had not considered important in the past.  Sadly, after 18 years she lost the battle.

Not long after, I received a reminder from Kaiser to schedule a mammogram.  I remembered my promise and followed through.  A couple of days after my screening, my husband and I went to  Catalina to do some scuba diving and hiking.  I remember how strong and healthy I felt that day.  Afterward, upon arrival at home, I listened to a message advising a second appointment and ultrasound.  Chills ran through me and I recalled a dream I had on Christmas Day the year before.  I dreamt I was  a cancer survivor and a spokesperson for some organization.  I could not believe this was happening!

Within a couple of days I had a series of mammograms and knew I was in big trouble.  The physician suggested an immediate biopsy.  After the biopsy, surgery was scheduled. In absolute shock and shaking, I put an ice pack on my chest and went straight to work.  After work, I told my husband I had cancer.  This was the hardest time of the whole ordeal, afraid of the unknown and upset that my body had let me down after years of taking good care of myself.  My doctor convinced me that being in good condition would hasten recovery.  He was right.

My friends and coworkers helped me maintain a positive attitude and I focused on the needs of my clients.  But, after work I would go to my car and emotionally collapse for a few minutes.  Then I employed the same techniques I used to get through bad situations under water:  “Maja, stay calm.  Think straight.  You can do it!”  Then I would crank up the radio volume and scream my lungs out singing along with rock and roll singers.

It was less than a month from my first mammogram to surgery.  My doctor was very good and I trusted his experience.  On the day of surgery, my husband was stressed out so I drove myself.  It actually worked out well because I was concentrating on driving instead of worrying.  The surgery went well.  It was on a Monday and by Wednesday I was walking.  By Sunday I was walking my regular five miles, and by Tuesday I was back at work.  Every day for five weeks I went for radiation then to work.  After work, I went for walks with my husband and made dinner.  I was not going to let cancer take over my life.

I was not yet done with radiation when friends encouraged me to join the Race for the Cure.  It was such an amazing and emotional experience full of love and support.  We ran 5K and I dropped cancer right there in front of Nordstrom!

For about six months, I felt like a road bump detector, feeling every movement, every imperfection in the road.  What really helped me was returning to normalcy as soon as I was able to– working, exercising, having a monthly massage, and being surrounded by healthy supportive people.  Life is beautiful if you open yourself up to it.

Writing this story brought back some uncomfortable memories and feelings and I almost gave up, but as usual I invoked my self-pep talk:  “ You can do it Maja!”

 

Check out Kimberly’s Story HERE

Check out Kathy’s Story HERE

Check out Debbie’s Story HERE

Check out Janelle’s Story HERE

Check out Crystal’s Story HERE

Check out Mary’s Story HERE

Check out Laura’s Story HERE

Check out Sylvia’s Story HERE

What We’re Loving Right Now: Farm House Fresh Inspired Treatments

Reconnect with wellness this month. We all lead busy lives and do not always leave time for ourselves in our day-to-day routine which can make us forget the importance of our individual wellness. Here at Glen Ivy we offer not only a place to sit back and relax, but also a place to reach your utmost wellness. This fall treat your body to a regular Farm House Fresh skin or body treatment to keep yourself not only glowing but healthy as well.

Golden Pear Body Treatment $100-$160

Did you spend too much time in the sun this summer leaving your skin dead and rough? Our Golden Pear Body Treatment is designed to exfoliate and bring your body to its softest yet!

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Reconnect with your inner-self as you relax and enjoy an exfoliating treatment with a Farm House Fresh Barlett-pear infused Brandy scrub to renew and refresh your skin and yourself to start the new season. This treatment is filled with fine grain sea salt and rice bran oil to create that fall glisten and silky smooth skin.

After the scrub, you will be massaged with a Farm House Fresh Shea Butter that contains natural citrus and vanilla oils to take your skin to the ultimate level of softness. This treatment will give you a chance to remember that taking care of yourself and your wellness is important, especially at the start of a new season.

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Holy Guacamole Facial $115

 Receiving a regular facial is much more than just some time of indulgent pampering. Facials have great benefits to the health and wellness of your skin for both short and long term. Give your face the wellness it deserves after a few months of the summer sun with our Farm House Fresh Holy Guacamole Facial!

This facial is specific to not only pamper your skin, but to revive it with infused high potency organic plant botanicals.

First comes the deep dip of a refreshing cool hydration with a revitalizing mask packed with fresh avocado butter, extract and oil. These help to deliver key fatty acids and vitamins to your skin which then moisturizes what is parched and dry.

Finally, your skin will be immediately soothed with a blend of antioxidants and anti-irritants which includes Green Tea to lock the hydration in to create that healthy and replenished glow.

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Couples Getaway – Cabana Retreats

Celebrate the last days of summer with a final celebration in one of our cabanas. This is the perfect chance for a getaway with your loved one, where you can unwind and relax in luxury and in the California sunshine. Not to mention that these cabanas include many special amenities to ensure that you and your loved one enjoy your day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs to the fullest!

  • Personal Fruit-Infused Water Dispenser
  • 2 VIP premium lounge chairs with picture-perfect view
  • Hand-picked Fresh Fruit Bowl
  • Individual fan and lighting
  • Private credenza complete with fresh towels
  • A table for two
  • Personalized food & beverage wait services all day

During peak season, March through October, these cabanas can be rented Friday-Monday for $175 and Tuesday-Thursday for $150. What better way to spend a day together than at Glen Ivy Hot Springs with your own personal Cabana!

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