Breitenbush Hot Springs’ Meadow Pool. Credit: Mitchell Friedman/Flickr CC
Unplugged Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon
Breitenbush Hot Springs sits on 154 acres of wildlife sanctuary in Oregon’s Willamette National Forest. Seven unique, relaxing pools featuring intricate stonework and nature-infused views are the star attraction, but the center offers much more — a steam sauna, yoga and meditation classes, hiking trails that wind through the woods, three vegetarian meals a day served family-style — all ensconced in a mellow, crunchy Oregon vibe.
The 2020 Lionshead fire severely damaged Breitenbush, burning more than 70 buildings, including all of its guest cabins. Over the past couple of years, restoration and rebuilding efforts have resulted in repairs and new accommodations. The first phase is open, and it’s called the Groves. Make a reservation for an overnight stay. (Day use is also available for $35 per adult, or $20 for youths ages 5–17. Ages 4 and younger enter free.) Reservations are required for day or overnight stays.
The pools here are clothing-optional, and many people choose to soak in the nude. If you prefer a bathing suit, by all means, suit up. Breitenbush has a respectful atmosphere: This is not a flirty pick-up joint. It’s also an alcohol-free zone as well as family-friendly, though it’s worth noting that adults must accompany children ages 12 and younger at all times.
Breitenbush is also a terrific place for a quick getaway or retreat with your partner or a friend, offering workshops all year long on themes ranging from singing to yoga. The resort typically offers several family-oriented weekends a year, which may even include child care. And it’s truly unplugged — there is no Wi-Fi or cell phone service, though there is a landline on the grounds in case of an emergency.
Location: Oregon Cascades, about 60 miles east of Salem (a 5.5-hour drive from Seattle)
Info and reservations: Make your reservation online.
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Editor’s notes: This article was originally published several years ago and updated most recently in 2024. Image credit this page: Mitchell Friedman/Flickr CC.