Treehouse Travels: Check Out Our Favorite Arboreal Abodes
Imagine waking up to the sweet lullaby of birds chirping and fresh summer breezes. Treehouse hotels offer guests the opportunity to experience nature like never before. These destination treehouses are not like your childhood hideout. You’ll be able to dwell in the trees with modern comforts, like jacuzzis and kitchens. Whether you’re traveling with youngsters or you’re young at heart, these treehouse hotels will be worth the trip.
Bufford, Wyoming is the smallest town in America with a thriving population of one. A gas station, a post office, and a single home are the only buildings within “city” limits. Built along the Transcontinental Railroad, Bufford was one home to over 2,000 people. A man named Dan Sammons bought the town in 1980 and lived there with his family until his wife died and his son moved away. Today, Dan is Bufford’s sole resident.
Mills Ends park and Mµseum
Mills Ends park in downtown Portland is the world’s smallest park. This tiny speck of land is just two feet across and features a single tree. Across the country in Massachusetts, Mµseum is the world’s smallest art museum. The art installation is set into the wall near a sandwich shop. The “µ” symbol included in Mµseum is a Greek letter used in science to represent “micro”.
Mille Lacs National Wildlife Refuge and Adak National Forest
Minnesota’s Mille Lacs National Wildlife Refuge sits on just 0.57 acres of land. Split between two islands, this is officially the smallest refuge in the US. Several kinds of birds have nested on the islands, which is why it was preserved as a refugee. Since the birds are protected, the area is officially closed to public visitors. People are encouraged to birdwatch offshore from their boats. Adak National Forest consists of a few trees planted during WWII. The park is located on a tiny plot of land in Alaska.
TreeHouse Point in Issaquah, Washington is an adults-only retreat with six cabins. Each cabin is outfitted with electricity, heat and comfy beds. With their compact size, TreeHouse Point campers have to share restroom facilities on the ground, but that doesn’t affect demand. Reservations for these treetop rooms are booked over a year in advance.
For a luxurious arboreal vacation, stay at The Aviary. This two-story suite is located in the treetops of Wheatleigh Hotel in Lenox, Massachusetts. It features a winding staircase, an antique bathtub and many other luxuries for an extravagant experience. Wheatleigh Hotel’s resort spans 22 acres of countryside with a wince cellar, a pool, and a weekly high-end barbecue.
Winvian Farm in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut has 18 treehouse cottages and an on-site bar. Colorful canopies cover the staircase to these playful rooms. Each cabin in the Treehouse offers full amenities like a steam shower, a plush king-size bed, and a Jacuzzi.
Out ’n’ About Treehouse Treesort
For a family Bed and Breakfast adventure, the Out ’n’ About Treehouse Treesort is your destination. These 12 treehouses are constructed outside of Cave Junction, Oregon, and they feature cabins with detached porches and three levels for exploration. The resort also offers zip-lining and horseback riding for additional adventures through nature.
Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California is an elegant treetop hideaway. With seven elevated treehouses, these suits float come with wine, cheeses, salted caramels and other treats. These delicious treats pair well with the dramatic views of nature from the private deck. A skylight installed over the bed reveals the night sky for comfortable stargazing.
Free Spirit Spheres
Free Spirit Spheres are suspended above the ground with sturdy rope webbing. These floating globes are not your typical hotel room. This is an adults-only experience set in the Pacific Northwest rainforest. There’s no shower and the outhouse is located on the ground below, so plan accordingly. Although they’re technically located in Canada, these spectacular suspensions are just a few hours north of Seattle.