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4B - The Michigan Daily Weeken Magazine - Thursday, February 13, 1997

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By Aaron Rennie
Daily Arts Writer
For millions of Americans,
Valentine's Day is an annual excuse to
buy flowers, eat choco-licious treats
and exchange witty cards (e.g. "I choo-
choo-choose you"). all in the name of
love. For a lucky few Ann Arborites,
hovsever, St. Valentine's Day will be
spent relaxing at The Oasis Hot Tub

Gardens. on South State Street.
Throughout the last 6 1/2 years,
University students and other area
residents have taken vacations
from their problems at The
Oasis. Each of the 14 gardens'
has its own theme and decor.
The British Isles Gardens, for
example, comes complete with a fire-
place and statues of rabbits and lions

surrounding the hot tub. While it lacks a
photograph of a drunken geezer with
rotten teeth that would smack
of true British authenticity, the
garden does include a dressing
room with a shower, hangers,
towels and two mints, like all the
other gardens. All rooms, like the
totem-splattered Fiji Garden and the
wooden walkbridge-enhanced Japan
Garden, are also quite secluded. This
means that you can control with
impunity which genre of piped-in
music gets played (New Age/Classical,
Jazz/Blues, Pop/Rock/Soul, or, for the
Billy Ray Cyrus in allhof us, Country).
"It's a really cool place to go when
you're stressed out," said LSA junior
Erin Retelle, who has visited Oasis sev-
eral times.
Fenced-in

RED HOTS
Continued from Page 518
lunch time it gets really crowded,"
Meckley said.
This happening spot is down home
and intimate, although during lunchtime
you may not have time to chat with the
friendly cashier, as the crowd moves in.
Service is quick and straight to business
in this bus-your-own-table dive. But this
is all part of the Red Hot experience -
the experience of hard core hot doggery.
"They very much expect you to be a
hot dog expert. They don't really allow
for rookies," Agay said.

While this might not be the most
romantic destination for you and your
lover on Valentine's day, it is "hot dogs
of a higher class," Jones said.
But while maybe not the traditional
destination for Valentine's Day, some
don't frown on taking a significant other
to the vanue. "I would probably not come
here on Valentine's Day. It is not romantic,
but it is fun and I would definitely come
here on a casual date," Meckley said.
The menu runs the hot dog gamut,
with the simple Red Hot, the Chicago
Dog, the Coney Dog, the Reuben Dog,
the Mighty Dog and the Serious Dog, as
well as the more pricey sausage and

bratwurst. The menu also boasts sand-
wiches and burgers. To appeal to non-
red hot lovers, the restaurant offers veg-
etarian alternatives: the Tofu Dog; BBQ
Tofu, the No Burger (a tempeh patty)
and the No Dog (just cheese on a bun).
A unique attraction at Red Hot Lovers
is the wide expanse of free condiments,
including honey, spicy and yellow mus-
tards, Clancy's Famous hot sauce,
grilled or raw onions, hot peppers and
sauerkraut, just to name a few. Hanging
near the chalkboard-style menu is a sign

pushing the customer to ta
of these additions: "Load 'I
The Condiments Are Free'
"The prices are modei
inexpensive. It is probably
We do our pricing by how
charge us;' Jones said.
Competition is encroach
increasingly popular and
hot dog stands that have f
ence on almost all busy
street corners. "The hot d<
junk. I am not worried

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AnnouncE

MARK FR!EDMAN/Daily
The Oasis Hat Tub Gardens rent private tubs.

constantly, and seven hi-tech systems
completely refilter the water every eight
minutes. In addition, Oasis incorporates
stringent standards to ensure proper
amounts of chlorine, bromine and pH
levels in the

privacy
raises
cern 5

also
con-
about

certain by-
products
fI oat i n g
around in the
water of the
tubs. Oasis
maintenance
guru John
Spieser said
there's nothing to

The Oasis Hot Tub.
Gardens
~ Where: 2301 S. State St.
~ Call for reservations: 663-9001.
~ When: Sunday-Thursday, 12 p.m.-1
a.m.; Friday-Saturday, 12 p.m.-2 a.m.
~ Rates: One hour visits for $20 daily:
Sunday-Thursday after 4 p.m., $24;
Friday-Saturday after 4 p.m.,, $28.

water, meaning
Oasis tub water
is actually
cleaner and
more bacteria-
free than Ann
Arbor's drink-
ing supply.
That isn't to
say that funky
things don't

nature of Valentine's Day and the lush
settings of the gardens, things just
might get a little more crazy this week.
Besides, Amy Watson. another Oasis
employee, admitted that "some people
get kind of wild" at the gardens on a
regular basis.
Cruz added that "more students than
adults" visit Oasis because of its prox-
imity to campus, so the people who
might cause your initial reservations
about the water in the hot tubs are pos-
sibly sitting next to you in class right
noW
Nevertheless, The Oasis Hot Tub
Gardens is an extremely popular
venue for relaxation and good, clean
fun. St. Valentine's Day has been
booked for more than two weeks now
(as are the days surrounding St.
Valentine's Day), but normally one
can get a spot pretty easily, especial-
ly on weekdays (weekend reserva-
tions should be made two to three
days in advance).
"It's a good time and not too expen-
sive," said Engineering sophomore Pat
McConnell, who also visits Oasis on
occasion.

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"The Health Department checks the
water whenever they want, so we've got
to be ready," he said.
The water in each tub is circulated

occur at Oasis.
Many students ignore the warning that
"consumption of alcohol is prohibited."
Oasis employee Calvin Cruz said that
those who break that rule "usually
sneak in (alcohol) in coolers or back-
packs." The warning exists for a reason,
however, because "people could pass
out with the heat (of the tubs, which can
go up to 105 degrees) and the alcohol
mixing," Cruz said.
Furthermore, given the romantic

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