Setting up camp.
Kah-Nee-Tah Resort
Dining room at the lodge.
A delicious dinner at the lodge.
Mineral pool, complete with slides.

Year after year when planning our trips, we find ourselves turning to the lure of beautiful Oregon and all that this neighboring state of ours has to offer. Countless scenic state parks, a dramatic jaw dropping coastline, fishing and crabbing to your hearts desire are only just a few of the many places and activities we have experienced here.

This year our spring break trip would take us in Central Oregon’s high desert. Airstream in tow and a pleasant five hour drive from Seattle to the high desert we arrived at peaceful Kah-Nee-Ta Resort located on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. We were ready to begin our vacation and I could hardly wait and our son Bradley was excited beyond belief when he saw those huge slippery slides at the pool.

“When can we go swimming mommy?” Bradley asked me many times.

“Soon honey, soon. I promise.”

I was looking forward to teaching him about the pool and that it was filled with mineral water from the natural hot springs. I knew he would think that was pretty neat. As for me, I was looking forward to the therapeutic effects of the minerals in that water.

We spent our days enjoying our time together as a family and unwinding from the hustle and bustle we left behind us. There really is something to be said about being outdoors and just enjoying the simple things in life that help you reach a point of complete peace. Finally we had it.

Our days were filled with early morning sunrise hikes in the beautiful mountains in the high desert, golf usually followed and of course swimming in the hot springs mineral pool complete with water slides was always on our list. In the evenings when I wasn’t preparing something for dinner in my Airstream’s kitchen, we would enjoy ourselves up the road at the lodge where there is an incredible restaurant that serves up gourmet meals complete with sweeping views through floor to ceiling windows. We enjoyed the quiet during those evenings while reflecting back on all of the activities with did that day.

We were so happy to have found Kah-Nee-Ta. It truly was an excellent and refreshing start to our spring vacation. We look forward to coming back as there were so many other activities we didn’t have time to get to such as the spa, horseback riding, kayaking and tennis. Did I mention the people here too? Everyone was all smiles, all of the time. How nice to be surrounded by such happy people. I am sure it was contagious because we too, were so happy.

“Mommy, I love it here. Please, when are we coming back?” Bradley asked as we were preparing to leave.

“Soon honey, soon. I promise.”


about author Monica Bennett

Monica Bennett is the writer and photographer behind "Just 5 More Minutes - An Outdoor & Epicurean Travelogue," in Seattle, WA. On weekends and holidays she travels the Pacific Northwest via her Airstream travel trailer meeting new people and experiencing outdoor and epicurean adventures with her husband and son. These adventures are then told through a stunning photographic collage on J5MM where the pictures tell the story. Less than two years in existence J5MM has drawn in a large following and has been featured on sites such as Food52 (run by world renowned New York Times Magazine Food Editor Amanda Hessor), Williams-Sonoma, Full Circle Farms, The Huffington Post and many more. Educating her readers about non-stop outdoor adventures and epicurean cuisine here in the Pacific Northwest through J5MM is her true passion.

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  1. Lori C-S says…

    This trip sounds wonderful. Airstream experience looks mighty nice! This was nicely written and makes me want to take my family…

    Written on June 5th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  2. Delson Suppah, Sr. says…

    Great story of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs owned and operated Kah-Nee-Ta Resort. They also missed the famous authentic Tribal Salmon Bake cooked over a fire pit. Thanks for doing this story….Love and Bless.

    Written on June 5th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  3. Dot Blevins says…

    Do you have disabled access in the area??

    Written on July 12th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  4. Carolr J. Jackson says…

    We stayed at the lodge at Kah-Nee-Tah this past year. It is a wonderful get away. We live on the mountain side of Portland, so only a little over an hour to the pool there. There are atleast two, and I think 3 dining spots at the lodge. They have their own pool, but I prefer the BIG mineral pool down the road. Wonderful view. Happy staff! I recommend this get away!!!

    Written on July 12th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
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