Jessica Kelly is a freelance food and travel writer and photographer from Buffalo, New York.
Over the past year, she's vacationed in treehouse-style resorts in four different states.
She says amenities like steam showers and outdoor hot tubs made each treehouse modern and cozy.
I always research different locations when I travel to find unique, one-of-a-kind properties that will make the trip memorable. Over time I've noticed more luxury treehouses popping up in hotel searches and on Airbnb. After my first stay in 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 completed with modern luxury amenities. Recently, I've stayed at four treehouse resorts in four different states. Here's what each experience was 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 stuck out to me.
After climbing the stairs with our bags, my boyfriend, Max, and I threw open the door to find a huge king-size bed, a beautiful terrace overlooking the forest, a steam room, a double fireplace, and a spacious jacuzzi tub, all within the treehouse.
We had an incredible 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 probably the most impressive due to the variety of options available within the property. Each treehouse is extremely different and distinctive, with its own 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 full retro Airstream Van in the tree. With so many options, it was hard to choose a treehouse, but we landed on El Castillo.
With full plumbing, two terraces, a flatscreen TV, hot showers, AC, and an outdoor shower, it had wonderful amenities. The outdoor shower was incredible. After an evening of wine and movies, a hot steamy outdoor shower while hearing the crickets chirping felt fantastic. We enjoyed our days in Glenmont kayaking, ziplining, and repelling.
Hidden Pond Resort & Tree Spa in Kennebunkport, Maine
Although not as high as some of the other properties the Treetops Lodge is still technically lifted and immersed in forest greenery. The award-winning luxury resort, Hidden Pond, has a variety of different accommodations, outdoor swimming pools, a Tree Spa, and a delicious restaurant on property, Earth.
The layout was stunning, and there were plenty of places to ride the free bikes around on the property, bonfires to roast marshmallows for s'mores, and relax by the pool during my two night stay. The cozy cabin treehouse vibe, blending in plaid and earthy tones from L.L. Bean's design collection and the amazing cocktails at Earth were definitely my favorite aspects of the property. The outdoor shower was also incredible, complete with trees swaying above.
Vermont Tree Cabin on Walker Pond in Coventry, Vermont
This Airbnb property was magical when my boyfriend and I visited just before the holidays in late 2020. The weather was quite chilly, but the cabin was heated and had a cozy fireplace, a 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 proved to be the perfect way to relax in the evening during our one-night stay. Although surrounded by snow, it felt romantic since we were kept warm by the steamy water, and finished the night with a Christmas movie on the TV.
The owner Andrew, who runs the property with his wife, built the entire treehouse himself, including the hot tub. I was very impressed with the property's beauty and attention to detail, from the cute decor sprinkled throughout, to the cabinet and fridge stocked with ingredients for homemade Belgian waffles and local Vermont maple syrup for guests to enjoy.
If you're thinking of booking a treehouse getaway, now's the time
On top of these properties being rustic and unique, their luxurious and modern amenities make for a perfect secluded retreat. They all have something incredible to offer and I'd visit all four of these properties again.
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