By Rebecca Person
August 29, 2023 (Jacumba Hot Springs) -- Maybe you've been waiting for it too, the rebirth of this cultural landmark in the high desert backcountry, a historic health destination for Hollywood luminaries and international visitors. After years of planning and rebuilding, Jacumba Hot Springs Hotel is open again, and the little town of Jacumba Hot Springs is breathing a sigh of relief.
With months of delays over permitting and materials, and then over COVID mandates, revitalization has already commenced in waves of artfully planned improvements beyond the hotel. These include revitalizing Lake Jacumba, a monthly street market (the Bathhouse Bazaar), facelifts for formerly neglected storefronts, turning aging cottages into vibrant AirBnb properties, and holding candlelight concerts at the Old Bathhouse.
Our attention can now turn to the Jacumba Hot Springs Hotel - treasured hub of this reborn high desert settlement. Hardly recognizable from its former appearance, the Hotel forms an imposing presence to travelers passing through this quiet desert town.
Dramatic new lighting and landscaping combine for a stunning sight. Owners Melissa Strukel, Jeff Osborne and Corbin Winters are hosting waves of 'soft openings'; to reveal a dramatically transformed restaurant and bar, renovated patios and pools, with hotel rooms yet under construction. You can book rooms starting Oct. 1.
Information on new menus, memberships and hotel accommodations is available at www.Jacumba.com.