Remember sitting up in a treehouse as a kid, looking out at the stars amongst the branches in your backyard? The place where you would sneak away, have sleepovers—it may even be the place you had your first kiss.
Of course, there’s a good chance that your treehouse was little more than some pieces of wood hammered together up in a tree. Now, however, you can find something a little more luxurious without losing that special spark that comes from climbing up those crudely nailed-in 2×4’s. These incredible tree-top hideaways—found all across the American landscape—combine the luxurious amenities of the modern hotel with the youthful wonder that comes with sleeping in the clouds.
The Aviary at Wheatleigh in Hotel Lenox, Massachusetts
This place is for the birds—or at least it was. Housed in an old Aviary, this stunning two-story suite isn’t anything like the treehouses of your youth. Instead, you’ll find pure elegance in every room, with windows facing the trees on every side—perfect for experiencing the lush and mountainous Berkshires.
Treehouse Point in Issaquah, Washington
From a single, stately treehouse hotel, to a collection of them! Treehouse Point can be found just outside of Seattle in beautiful rural Washington. There are several cabins here to choose from—each outfitted with electricity and heat, and appointed with charming antique furniture befitting the retro-camping vibe (you will have to share the campground’s bathroom facilities)—but popularity makes these rooms go fast. It’s ideal for those who want to rough it, but only a little bit.
The Treehouse at Winvian Farm in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut
Climb up a canopied staircase to this two-story sanctuary, suspended 35 feet above the ground, and bask in the rugged terrain of rural northwestern Connecticut. This is one of the 18 cottages on Winvian farm, and offers a little something for everyone. Want to run in the woods or jump in a lake? The Litchfield Hills are filled with great places for hiking and outdoor recreation. How about fine dining and a luxury spa? When your treehouse comes with a Jacuzzi and two fireplaces, why not?
Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California
In gorgeous Big Sur, California, the treehouses at the Post Ranch Inn allow you to sip you morning coffee amongst the redwoods, and sleep beneath a skylight looking out at the stars. Plus, in what should be a far cry from the Triscuits and Tang your mom may have sent up to your childhood treehouse during sleepovers, each cabin comes with a bottle of wine, fresh granola bars, local cheeses, and salted caramels. In addition to the Inn’s treehouse lodging, other stunning accommodations perch visitors Cliffside, looking out from above the Pacific Ocean.
Edisto River Treehouses in St. George, South Carolina
Normally when staying at a hotel, you check in and grab a key before being escorted to a carpeted hallway. Not so at the Edisto River Treehouses. Situated right on the Edisto River, the entrance to each of these charming waterfront lodges can be reached only by hopping in a canoe and paddling over. There’s no electricity here—you get a grill for cooking and candles and torches for lighting—so you will feel close to your natural surroundings. Sit on the patio and look out on the river, or hop back in the canoe and explore it yourself.
A Teton Tree House in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
We’ve seen a number of individual treehouse cabins that exist as part of larger properties, but what about an entire elevated inn? Stay in A Teton Tree House, a bed and breakfast set in the trees with six luxurious rooms, and let retired couple Denny and Sally Becker be your guides (before opening this charming hideaway, Denny was a wilderness guide and Sally was a professor, so they know a thing or two). Here, you’ll learn all about what makes the Jackson Hole Valley so special—your hosts won’t just feed you a hearty and healthy breakfast, they’ll set you out on a day of wild adventure afterwards, advising you on the best places to hike, ride horses, or raft rapids in the area.
Tropical Treehouse in Rincón, Puerto Rico
After looking at the more rural parts of America, it’s worth mentioning this beautiful Tropical Treehouse in Puerto Rico. When staying here, you’ll find little between you and the surrounding forest—the rooms are open-air bamboo structures, better to let the island breeze take you away.