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Russian Banya

  • Venik is made from Oak, Linden or Birch Leaves

    Russian Venik

    Venik is made from Oak, Linden or Birch Leaves

  • Venik for Russian Banya

    Venik for Russian Banya

    Venik for Russian Banya

Enjoy your stay at Wolf Lodge California and relax in therapeutic Russian Banya. Banya (a Russian type of sauna, a kind of steam bath) is one of the oldest Russian traditions. Despite the fact that this tradition is several centuries old, the banya is popular even today. The reason is the health benefits of Russian Banya.

A Russian banya (ба́ня) is a special room, where a large amount of hot steam is created with the help of water and hot air. Wolf Lodge California is proud to have an authentic Russian banya heated with firewood, and built with California redwood with wide wooden benches along the walls. The benches are built up one above the other like steps. You can sit or lay on the benches, you can also have a traditional Russian Massage with Venik.

The higher up the bench the hotter the air is. Once someone has warmed up well enough, he or she leaves the steam room (it is called the парна́я in Russian) and dips into a pool of cold water. You can also pour water over yourself from a tub (уша́т), while in Siberia it's common to walk right out of the steam room and jump into the snow.

At Russian banya there are special bath brooms (ве́ник) that are used. These brooms or veniks are bundles of twigs and leafy branches bound together from some kind of tree—usually they are from birch or oak trees. The veniks are dipped into cold water and then smacked briskly all over the body. There is a special person who is responsible for this, called banschik (ба́нщик). But usually people don't need banschik's help because groups of friends typically go together and are able to smack each other with veniks.Lie down while in the Russian Room and a venik specialist will scrub you (actually beat you) with a broom made of fresh oak leaves, sopping with olive oil soap. The oak leaves contain a natural astringent, which will open your pours, remove toxins, and actually take off layers of dead skin. Some described the venik massage as "Russian acupuncture".
Friends go to the banya with a special purpose in mind. It’s considered that the banya atmosphere brings people closer together, allows them to communicate and interact on a more common level. Russians don't spend all their time in the parnaya (парна́я is a room with hot wet steam). During a break they walk out to another room which is called predbannik (предба́нник is a room before the steam room). Usually, that room has a large long table and a few benches. In the predbannik, people take a break from the hot temperature and relax, drink aroma tea or special herbal tea, have conversations about life and share their ideas or beliefs to each other.

Most of our Suites and Deals packages have Russian Banya included as an introductory offer. However you can purchase additional banya visits, as well as schedule a bath brooms (venik) treatment, and a Russian Somovar Tea .


Monday 12PM to 10PM
Tuesday 12PM to 10PM
Wednesday 10AM to 2PM
Thursday 12PM to 5PM
Friday 12PM to 10PM
Saturday 12AM to 10PM
Sunday 12AM to 10PM

One Day Admission $35
Venik Oak Leaf​​ $50​

TOTAL: $85

Order online and receive a complimentary Russian Samovar Tea which is excellent for hydration during Russian Banya.

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