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10 Amazing Treehouses You Can Actually Stay In

Fulfill that childhood fantasy and book one of these high-end treehouses, from Costa Rica to Italy to San Francisco

Fulfill that childhood fantasy and book one of these high-end treehouses, from Costa Rica to Italy to San Francisco

There’s something magical about a treehouse. And we’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill backyard hideaway filled with kids’ toys. These 10 examples are architectural gems that offer forest views and a cozy night’s sleep. And the best part? You can actually book them. 

Treehouse Point

Treehouse Point
(Adam Crowley)

Issaquah, Washington
Located 30 minutes outside of Seattle, Treehouse Point features six cozy forest dwellings. The place first opened in 2006. Most of them sleep two and all include breakfast in the main lodge. Owner Pete Nelson has been building treehouses for 20 years and offers workshops to build your own. (From $255.)

Tree Hotel

(Courtesy of Tree Hotel)

Harads, Sweden
A grand architectural experiment, Sweden’s Tree Hotel offers six rooms seemingly floating in the pine trees, all with modern Swedish design: one looks like a bird’s nest, another looks like a UFO, and another is a mirrored cube. You’ll get views the Lule River valley, saunas, and a European buffet breakfast. (From $493.) 

Moose Meadow Lodge

(Courtesy of Moose Meadow Lodge)

Waterbury, Vermont
Part of the Moose Meadow Lodge, a B&B in Waterbury, Vermont, the two-story treehouse opened in 2013. It’s handcrafted from local maple, cedar, pine, and hemlock, comfortably sleeps two. You can request “tree service” and a breakfast of blueberry pancakes and local maple syrup will be delivered to the tree. (From $475.)

Secluded Intown Treehouse 

(Peter Bahouth)

Atlanta, Georgia
Three separate rooms are connected via rope bridges in this antique-style treehouse in a 150-year-old southern short-leaf pine tree in a lush backyard in Atlanta, Georgia. You’ll have a living room, a bedroom that sleeps two, an outdoor seating area, and access to a private bathroom in the owners’ home, also on the property. (From $350.) 

Treehouse Lodge 

(Courtesy of Treehouse Lodge)

Punta Uva, Costa Rica
Traverse a suspension bridge into your private, two-story hideaway, hung in the jungles of Costa Rica. The houses, which can sleep four, include a full kitchen, outdoor showers, and hand-carved wooden furniture. Located beachside in the province of Limón, you’re steps from surfing, yoga classes, and jungle treks in Cahuita National Park. (From $300.)

Free Spirit Spheres

(Tom Chudleigh)

Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Free Spirit Spheres’ owner Tom Chudleigh built his first structure in 1993 and he’s been refining the designs ever since. He rents out three spheres on his property near Qualicum Bay on Vancouver Island. They’re made from wood and covered with a clear fiberglass skin, then hung from the trees via a supportive web of synthetic rope. “The spheres are designed to fit harmoniously into a forest setting without altering it,” says Chudleigh. (From $160.)

Ariaú Amazon Towers 

(Leonide Principe)

Manuas, Brazil 
Seven treehouses—one aptly named the Tarzan House—dot the canopy in the Amazon rainforest at Brazil’s Ariaú Amazon Towers, which first opened in 1986. You won’t be roughing it: They come with queen beds, living rooms, private balconies, and bathrooms. Nearby, you can swim with dolphins, take a hike through the rainforest, or go piranha fishing. (All-inclusive three-day packages start at $825.) 

Treehouse Above San Francisco Bay 

(Courtesy of Doug Studebaker)

Burlingame, California
You’ll have views of the bay 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco in this urban treetop oasis in Burlingame, California. Built for the owners’ children 18 years ago, the one-room cabin in a 150-year-old oak tree is now open for vacation rentals. You’ll have access to a private bathroom and kitchenette in the lower level of the owners’ main home. (From $275.)  


(Courtesy of Elena Barthel)

Florence, Italy 
Owned and built by an Italian designer and furniture maker, CasaBarthel is a sita above a farm teeming with olive trees outside of Florence, Italy. Made from rusted steel and recycled wood and built into a solid pine tree, it has a bedroom for two, a fireplace, a small kitchen, a bathroom, and views of the Tuscan landscape. (From $293.) 

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

(Courtesy of Cyprus Valley Canopy Tours)

Spicewood, Texas
Four treehouses are suspended above a creekside ravine on an 88-acre ranch outside of Austin, Texas. You can sign up for a zipline canopy tour of the valley, then stay overnight amongst the Cypress trees. The largest, called The Nest, sleeps a family of four, and two additional one-room dwellings just opened in spring 2015. (From $200.)

Filed To: Lodging / Nature / Washington / Sweden / Vermont / Georgia / Costa Rica / British Columbia / Brazil / California / Italy / Texas
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San Marcos, Texas

Billed as the world’s toughest canoe race, the Texas Water Safari, held each June, is a four-day, 260-mile jaunt from the headwaters of the San Marcos River northeast of San Antonio to the small shrimping town of Seadrift on the Gulf Coast. There’s no prize money—just bragging rights for the winner. Any boat without a motor is allowed, and you’ll have to carry your own equipment and overnight gear. Food and water are provided at aid stations along the way. Entry fees start at $175 and increase as race day approaches.

The Ring

(Courtesy Quatro Hubbard)

Strasburg, Virginia

The Ring is a 71-mile trail running race in early September along the entire length of Virginia’s rough and rocky Massanutten Trail loop. To qualify, you need to have run a 50- or 100-mile race before the event and win a spot through the lottery system. Entry is free. Complete the run and you’ll become part of the tight-knit Fellowship of the Ring and be eligible for the Reverse Ring, which entails running the trail backwards in the middle of winter.


(David Silver)

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Each spring, competitors gather in Santa Fe’s historic plaza with a simple goal: be the first to reach 12,308-foot Deception Peak, 17 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation gain away. Competitors run or bike the first 15 miles to the local ski area before transitioning to their waiting ski-touring setups for the final push to the top. Time stops only when they’ve skied back down to the tailgate in the resort’s parking lot, which is funded by the modest entry fee of around $25. To add to the sufferfest, some participants sign up for the Expedition category, in which they strap their skis, skins, boots, and poles to their bikes for the long ride up. Start dates vary depending on snow conditions, but look for the event page to be posted on Facebook in late March or early April.