TenZen Springs & Cabins

TenZen Springs & Cabins features six contemporary cabins.
TenZen Springs & Cabins features six contemporary cabins.

written by Kerry Newberry
photography by TenZen Springs & Cabins

Perched on a bluff that overlooks the serpentine Wind River, this all-season retreat is the perfect place to spend time soaking in nature. Home to six contemporary cabins and surrounded by expansive meadows and evergreen trees in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, there’s a quiet solace and restorative spirit that prevails here.

In part, that’s due to the prime attraction. All six private cabins have an open-air infinity tub along with a Japanese-inspired outdoor shower and deck. Sourced from an underground aquifer 3,000 feet below the Wind River, pure geothermal spring water continuously and sustainably flows through each cabin’s private tub—a reminder of how water is a balm.

Each cabin includes a private infinity tub.
Each cabin includes a private infinity tub.

But a stay at TenZen also proves that less is more. Set on 100 acres in a minimalist setting, it’s easy to unplug. Open the French doors to the soaking room early in the morning and you can catch the sunrise to the sound of birdsong. Opt for an evening soak and you’ll hear the hoot of owls while watching the famous Gorge winds rustle leafy oak trees and stately Douglas firs. With each dip in the spring waters, your daily stresses float farther away.


Nature is the star in these minimalist but warm and modern cabins. A wall of windows floods each space with natural light along with calming forest views. While compact, the cabins feel spacious thanks to 14-foot ceilings and an additional 600-square feet of outdoor space that includes an open-air infinity tub, Japanese-inspired outdoor shower and wraparound deck.

Find solace in nature right outside your door.
Find solace in nature right outside your door.


Each cabin has a beautiful cedar-framed geothermal soaking tub that overlooks a stretch of forest. Sourced from an underground aquifer 3,000 feet below the Wind River, you can adjust the water to your ideal temperature. Add in the perk of the indoor steam-sauna shower and you have complete hydro-bliss.


Head to the nearby town of Stevenson for dining options. For excellent espresso drinks, stop by Big Foot Coffee Roasters, a boutique micro-roaster. Walking Man Brewing spotlights local ingredients in traditional pub fare including a Bavarian-style sourdough pretzel from the upstart bakery Bran & Ash. Above the brewery, check out Traverse PNW Market for gourmet provisions including Gorge wines, baked goods, chocolate, olive oil, crackers and more.


The ease with this serene stay begins with contactless check-in/check-out. Each cabin also has dedicated parking, complimentary guest wifi, a waterproof bluetooth speaker and a kitchenette with either a microwave or stovetop and a Keurig. Thoughtful additions include a birding guide, chess set and sketch book.


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  1. says: KC Andrew

    Tenzen also has a fully wheelchair-accessible cabin – #4. They are also currently building 6 more cabins. I’ve stayed there 3 times in the past year. I love it – it’s amazing in any season!