Okay, so staying in a tree house is a ‘thing’ now. And it appears I’m VERY late to the party. But I’m all about tree house living! It really is like living out a childhood dream…your very own tiny house out underneath Mother Nature’s canopy.
If I could live full-time in a tree house…I would. But for now I’m going to have to settle for vacationing in one….or ten….wait, who am I kidding? I’m going to stay in at least 20 tree houses before the end of this decade.
So which will I choose?
There are just. So. Many.
I will have to limit myself to just the Pacific Northwest–Oregon, Washington, British Columbia. Because, y’know, this is a Pacific Northwest kinda website. And let me tell you, in restricting myself to these areas, I still will not be able to cover them all if I stay at just 20. So yeah, like I said, tree houses have become that popular. People will pay a handsome sum per night for the privilege of sleeping under the stars in something way better than a tent…or even a yurt!
I am going to give you a list of awesome tree house accommodations that won’t break the bank. Let’s see…the average hotel room these days is about USD 160 a night. So my goal here is to offer up tree house accommodations in the PNW for under that amount. Here are a few:
The Serendipitree sits 12 feet off the ground, and is a cozy tree house that will accommodate 2-3 people comfortably. At $150 (summer rate), it’s available all year ’round. Find it at the Out ‘n About Treesort in Cave Junction, Oregon. It’s on Hwy 99 just a few miles north of the California border.
Here’s a couple that are available through AirBnB:
Sandy, OR. Gateway to Mt. Hood. Stay here. Beautiful, Magical Treehouse
Bend, OR. Gateway to High Desert Country. Stay here. This one has a floating bed!!
Africa in Auburn, WA. Smack dab between Tacoma and Seattle
Lovely Treehouse on Whidbey Island, WA To get here, either take the ferry from Mukilteo, or drive south from Anacortes.
Tree House Point, Fall City, WA. This one is perfect for weddings and/or groups, and the rates per night vary. But for groups the per person rate is pretty affordable.
The Eve Sphere Stay in a big giant wooden eyeball. Surreal! On Vancouver Island, about 2 hours NW of Victoria.
Secret Cove Treehouse. On the secluded Sunshine Coast Highway, northwest of Vancouver, B.C.
Outa the Woods Another remote location, 37 km east of Cranbrook, B.C.
And lastly…Cliffhouse Cottage – The Treehouse located on Galiano Island, B.C.
Things to Consider:
- At the $160 or less rate, in most cases the bathroom will not be mere steps away from your bed. You will likely have a short walk to the nearest restroom facility, modern outhouse, or host’s living quarters.
- Running water will also tend to be a luxury that these super-cute and affordable tree houses just could not swing. But hey, this is GLAMPING at its best. So just roll with it. How often do you get to live out your childhood fantasies, anyway?
- Many of these economical tree houses stays are with AirBnB, which means each host will have their own set of rules. Following them will ensure a better stay for you, as well as a worry-free experience for your gracious host.
I invite you to get in on the tree house craze. It really is a magical experience, especially in our gorgeous Pacific Northwest environment. Below are a couple of resources that readily offer tree house accommodations.
Glampinghub.com – A great website for any and all outdoorsy accommodations.
AirBnB – continues to grow in popularity with affordable, intimate lodging by local hosts.