Did you like to climb trees as a kid? Were you lucky enough to actually have a tree house? This juvenile escape hatch is apparently so universal that the growing trend to tree house accommodations can be found not only worldwide, but at every price level. (From $20 to over $1000!!!)
I started collecting information for this blog, but once I reached over 50 Tree Houses, I suspected none of you would read that many descriptions. Selected because there are things to do and see in the area, I will show ten here, but if you are interested in other locations, email me, and I will send you a word document with so many more. Others are located in Australia, the South Pacific, Asia, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Canada, and many more states here in the US.
If nothing else, please read the final TreeHouse described below for your reading pleasure. This was brought to my attention by a friend who asked me to help her plan a wonderful trip and it is on my list of places to visit! If you see something you think would be intriguing to share with me, please do!!
Out ‘n’ About Treehouse not only runs a bed and breakfast but also the Treehouse Institute of Takilma. Located in Cave Junction, Oregon, there are 15 different types of lodging with one on the ground and the rest are elevated. Designed and named with a sense of humor, prices range from $120 for the 2 adult/2 small kids Serendipitree to the $280 per night sleep 4 Majestree. Some treehouses have their own bathrooms but others, close to the main lodge, use common facilities there. The Institute starts up after breakfast, with Zip lines, giant swing, horseback riding, swimming, rafting, crafts and other classes available. Sounds like an interesting family vacation location!
Located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the Treehouse Resort is not rustic at all. They claim to offer luxury lodging with elegant furnishings. The 6 treehouses are superbly finished with top quality items and rent for
$149-$165 per night. It is located just outside Eureka Springs and guests can catch the shuttle trolley and leave their car at their treehouse.
Fern Forest Bed and Breakfast in Lincoln, Vermont offers one room that is 30 feet above the ground, accessible via a 70-foot ramp from the main house. The treehouse has heat, electricity and a small refrigerator but the bathroom is located in the main house. The main floor has a single bed with a queen sized futon in the loft. The views of Mt. Abraham from the deck and hot tub are perfect. $79 per night double occupancy.
Located on the Kenai Peninsula near Seward, Alaska’s Treehouse is a bed and breakfast that focuses on comfort. It has 3 guestrooms which can accommodate between 2 and 5 guests each. Open year-round, rates vary by season from $80-$145 per night with a 2-night minimum.
The Post Ranch Inn located in Big Sur, California offers seven Tree Houses built on stilts nine feet off the ground and accessible via a staircase. Each room is triangular in shape and features a bed, fireplace and skylight to enjoy star gazing with a full bathroom immediately adjacent.. Rates are $945 per night which includes a gourmet buffet breakfast. The Post Ranch offers other luxurious lodging as well, each designed to fit into the setting, in addition to a spa and a gourmet restaurant.
Located in South Africa, the Tsala Treetop Lodge offers a luxurious blend of exotic African cultural décor with western comfort. Elevated wooden walkways meander through the trees providing easy access between the main lodge and guest suites. Ten treetop suites are constructed of stone, wood and glass with a sumptuous bedroom, an elegant sitting room with fireplace, a spacious bathroom, and a deck for alfresco dining. Two 2-bedroom villas are also elevated high above the treetops. During the high season the villas rent for $550 and the suites are $380.
Near the medieval village of Issegiac in the southwestern Dordogne Perigord region of France, Château Gauthié Tree Houses provides a b&b lodging for 2 or a self-cater for a family. Located on 20 acres of parkland, each treehouse is private. The grounds also contain the chateau itself which has 5 guestrooms. A double in the chateau costs $135; the self cater treehouse is $660 for 5 peoople for 2 nights, and the treehouse b&b is $210 for a double.
In Neisseaue, Germany the Baumhaus is a sort of woodsy-themed adventure park with eight different treehouses that can be rented for the night. Each treehouse is perched 8 to 10 meters (26 to 33 feet) above the ground and accommodates four to six people. Rates include breakfast and use of the adventure park grounds. This being Germany, every treehouse also includes a beer-filled mini bar. Costs vary from $280 to $400 a night.
And the one that is on MY Bucket List:
In Sweden’s Laplap, 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, careful attention to the boreal forest has resulted in an unique hotel. The Treehotel currently offers lodging in six different treehouses which have been built with amazing designs: the bird’s nest, the ufo, the mirror cube and 3 others. Each Tree Room is equipped with its own state of the art eco-friendly incineration toilet and water efficient hand basin, which means there is no artificial plumbing. The interior of each Tree Room is designed by the architect with its own furniture and lighting to complement the individual theme. Open year round with double occupancy ranges from $400 to $650. The resort has arranged for activities in all seasons that will help you experience the region and its culture.