Ever wonder how amazing it would be to sleep in a tree, like Mowgli in "The Jungle Book?"
Across the USA, hidden in Midwest forests and along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, travelers can find lodging in the trees — without forgoing amenities like Wi-Fi and hot showers. Stay high up in the great outdoors in one of these unique tree houses.
Treehouse Point, Issaquah, Washington
Trade city views for wildlife viewing by retreating to Treehouse Point, located about 35 kilometers outside of Seattle, Washington. Guests can lodge in several different tree houses, such as the Trillium TreeHouse, which is primarily made of windows and offers bird’s-eye views of the forest from the bed, located in the loft and accessed by a ladder. All tree house guests share common restrooms on the ground floor. Cooking in the tree houses is not permitted, but a continental breakfast is provided.
The Treehouse at Winvian Farm, Litchfield, Connecticut
Even at more than 10 meters above the ground, the Treehouse at Winvian Farm in Connecticut offers cozy comfort. Explore Winvian Farm’s nearly 46-hectare grounds or just relax in the two-story tree house’s first-floor bedroom, which is equipped with a king-size bed, steam shower, Jacuzzi and gas fireplace. Head to the second floor to view the lush New England forest and enjoy the full bar.
In Connecticut, the Treehouse at Winvian Farm offers lovely views of fall foliage.
Treehouse Villas, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Florida
Nestled in natural forest glens along the Sassagoula River in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, are the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. These three-bedroom villas stand more than 3 meters tall and overlook the lush green forest below. Make yourself at home in the trees with free Wi-Fi and a washer and dryer. There’s a DVD player too, but you may enjoy watching the outdoor views more. To take a break from the trees, hop on a water taxi and head to Disney Springs to see a movie or go bowling.
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
Along the central California coast between Monterey and San Luis Obispo, free-standing, triangular tree houses rise into the skies at Post Ranch Inn. Although the tree houses sit on stilts almost 3 meters above the ground, guests who climb the stairways to the entrances won’t find themselves roughing it in the jungle. Suites feature king-size beds, skylights, wood-burning fireplaces, private decks and even indoor spa tubs.
A ground-level view of a tree house at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California.
The Grand Treehouse Resort, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Stare out toward the Ozark National Forest from atop one of several tree houses located at the Grand Treehouse Resort, located just outside Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Each tree house features a Jacuzzi bath for two, a glass walk-in shower and a gas fireplace. Choose from a variety of tree houses, such as the Royal Oak Treehouse, featuring a private deck and bright orange, circular stained glass windows, or the Cedar Manor Treehouse, with its lofted ceilings and bright green walls.
Treetop Hideaway Cabin, Dora, Missouri
Tucked away on the quiet banks of Missouri’s North Fork River is the handcrafted Treetop Hideaway Cabin. Built out of red cedar native to the state, the cabin features stained glass windows and a stone fireplace, and stands 7.6 meters high on the River of Life Farm’s more than 140 hectares of land. Spot wildlife, including river otters, beavers and bald eagles in their nesting sites, from the hideaway’s private deck. The River of Life Farm and neighboring Mark Twain National Forest offer a variety of hikes and wildlife-watching excursions.
In Missouri, on River of Light Farm, the Treetop Hideaway Tree House Cabin stands tall and overlooks the Ozarks.
Out ’n’ About Treesort, Cave Junction, Oregon
There’s a bed-and-breakfast in the trees in Cave Junction, Oregon. Out ’n’ About Treesort is home to 15 tree houses like the Forestree, which stands more than 10 meters high. You enter it via a suspended walkway bridge. Travelers will also find a range of “activitrees.” You might not swing on vines like Mowgli, but you and your kids can zip line.