Panacea Resort is a glamorous getaway in central Oregon
written by Kim Cooper Findling
Imagine sleeping outdoors under a sky full of stars … in a plush, king-sized bed. Panacea at the Canyon exemplifies “glamping”—the trend that brings glamour into the great wide open. This 40-acre luxury campground and spa, located in the high desert north of Terrebonne and overlooking the Crooked River Canyon, was conceived as a cure for modern life. Guests are encouraged to unplug and simply be, in nature, though with no shortage of creature comforts. Each “tent” is its own cozy, luxurious haven, with unobstructed views of the rimrock cliffs and ancient junipers that mark the property.
Each of Panacea’s seven Luxury Stargazer™ Wall Tents comes with a plush king or queen bed, organic linens and down comforters. Bathrooms are adjacent to each tent; try out the open-air showers, complete with lemongrass lavender-scented bath products and plush towels. The tent is stocked with robes, a gas fireplace, foot bath and faux-fur rugs. The highlight is the stargazer panel overhead—fall asleep under the natural light show of the night sky.
Dining at Panacea Resort
Shared indoor and outdoor kitchens bring guests together for mealtimes. The dining pavilion has a variety of seating from sofas to tables for two, and a wood-fired pizza oven that comes to life Saturday nights, when hosts provide dinner. A continental breakfast is laid out each morning—think hardboiled eggs, coffee, croissants and blueberries. Near the pavilion are horseshoes and an archery range for post-meal entertainment. A fire pit awaits your late-night lounging and s’mores making.
Amenities at Panacea Resort
A steep trail leads to a shallow infinity pool with possibly the best views in Central Oregon. The Cascade Range spreads before you, just begging for the next sunset. A tipi serves as Panacea’s spa, offering energy treatments and massage within. Near the platform overlooking the canyon, a meditation labyrinth allows for walking contemplation. Owner Darren Kling doubles as a hot air balloon pilot—sign up for an early morning flight over the deep and rugged Crooked River Canyon.