- Jessica Kelly is a freelance food and travel writer and photographer from Buffalo, New York.
- Over the past year, she has vacationed at treehouse-style resorts in four different states.
- She says amenities like steam showers and outdoor hot tubs have made each treehouse modern and comfortable.
I always search for different places when I travel to find unique and unique properties that will make the trip memorable. Over time, I’ve noticed more and more luxury treehouses appear in hotel searches and on Airbnb. After my first stay at one, I was hooked.
These properties are the best of all worlds: they have a rustic charm and are often quiet and immersed in nature, and most of them are complemented by modern luxury amenities. Recently, I have stayed at four tree-top resorts in four different states. Here’s what each experience looked like.
The Treehouse Suite at Winvian Farms in Morris, Connecticut
The Treehouse Suite is just one of the many unusual experiences offered by Winvian. The property is full of unique options, including a fully restored 1968 Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican helicopter that has been transformed into a suite, but the treehouse really stood out to me.
After going up the stairs with our bags, my boyfriend, Max, and I opened the door to find a huge king-size bed, a beautiful terrace with a view of the forest, a hammam, a double fireplace and a large soaking tub. backwash, all in the treehouse.
We had an amazing dinner on the property, a relaxing Swedish massage at the spa and visited the nearby Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates for delicious sweets made on site.
The Mohicans Treehouse Resort in Glenmont, Ohio
The Mohicans were one of the first luxury treehouses I visited and possibly the most impressive due to the variety of options available within the property. Each treehouse is extremely different and distinctive, with its own unique style and interior design.
The Little Red Treehouse has stained glass windows and was featured in an episode of Treehouse Masters. There’s even a treehouse with a complete retro Airstream Van in the tree. With so many options, it was difficult to choose a treehouse, but we landed in El Castillo.
With full plumbing, two decks, flat screen TVs, hot showers, air conditioning and an outdoor shower, there were wonderful amenities. The outdoor shower was amazing. After an evening of wine and movies, a hot and steamy outdoor shower while hearing the crickets singing was fantastic. We enjoyed our days in Glenmont kayaking, ziplining and pushing back.
Hidden Pond Resort & Tree Spa in Kennebunkport, Maine
While not as high as some of the other properties, the Treetops Lodge is still technically elevated and immersed in the lush greenery of the forest. The award-winning luxury resort, Hidden Pond, offers a variety of different accommodations, outdoor pools, a Tree Spa and a delicious on-site restaurant, Earth.
The layout was beautiful and there were plenty of places to cycle for free on the property, bonfires to roast marshmallows for s’mores and relax by the pool during my two night stay . The cozy treehouse vibe, mixing the plaid and earthy tones of LL Bean’s design collection, and the amazing cocktails at Earth were definitely my favorite aspects of the property. The outdoor shower was amazing too, with trees swaying overhead.
Vermont Tree Cabin on Walker Pond in Coventry, Vermont
This Airbnb property was magical when my boyfriend and I visited just before the holidays at the end of 2020. The weather was quite cold, but the cabin was heated and had a cozy fireplace, spiral staircase, hot showers, a comfy bed with plenty of blankets, and the best part – an outdoor cedar hot tub overlooking a pond.
The hot tub turned out to be the perfect way to unwind in the evening during our overnight stay. Although surrounded by snow, it was romantic as we were kept warm by the boiling water and ended the night with a Christmas movie on TV.
Owner Andrew, who runs the property with his wife, built the entire treehouse himself, including the hot tub. I was very impressed with the beauty and attention to detail of the property, from the cute decor dotted throughout, to the cabinet and fridge stocked with ingredients for the homemade Belgian waffles and the local maple syrup from Vermont for guest enjoyment.
If you’re thinking of booking a treehouse getaway, now is the time
In addition to these rustic and unique properties, their luxurious and modern amenities make this the perfect secluded retreat. They all have something amazing to offer and I would visit these four properties again.