Any destination with cold temps and relaxation on the itinerary should require a hot tub, right? This rental includes a Scandinavian-style cedar hot tub that’s heated with firewood. Old-school and very cool!
Surrounded by a warm hardwood pool deck and textured stone columns, the contemporary hot tub is a welcomed outdoor oasis. Mosaic tile surround creates a cool, graphic visual display, while the open fireplace adds the atmosphere of indoor living outside.
There is very little this Atlanta doesn't offer in terms of outdoor activities including this hot tub and fireplace combination, a luxurious outdoor kitchen, putting green, whimsical fairy tale garden shed and more. "We like to entertain obviously," says homeowner Rod Rusyniak who each year with his partner stages an elaborate holiday party complete with a light show, Mr. and Mrs. Klaus, ice sculptures and, of course, elves.
The first step in winterizing a spa is deciding if you want to close it down for the season or enjoy sitting in hot water surrounded by snow. If you opt for winter tubbing, review your manual’s instructions for use in freezing weather. Most spas have a freeze protection system. You may also need to set the spa’s auto heat mode to cycle on and off to keep water warm. A tight fitting cover prevents energy loss and keeps the heat where it belongs—in the water. Clean and drain the spa before cold weather arrives so it’s ready for winter use.
To start winterizing, turn off the power, flush the system and drain the spa. Get any water out of the air jets. Use a shop vac to blow water out of the jets. Be sure to set any topside jets to the closed position before doing this task. Clean the spa shell. This will save you time in spring when you’re ready to fill the spa.
You can also run an above-ground spa through winter. If you decide to close it down for the chilly season, start with an inspection of the wood cabinet. Refinish wooden cabinets as needed. This task requires dry weather and warmth, so tackle this while autumn temperatures are still on the toasty side—and before fall rains arrive.