Is your inner child lusting after a new experience? Have you always wanted to sleep in a treehouse? If the answer is yes, you’re in luck. We are blessed to live only a few short hours from an extraordinary treehouse village —Treehouse Point in Fall City, Washington. The creator of this unique project is Pete Nelson. He has become famous for his TV show Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet. He and his team travel the United States building custom treehouses to fulfill backyard fantasies.
My husband and I like to have a few romantic getaways a year to recharge and reconnect. Our three small children are happy to stay with friends while we explore places both close and far from our Yakima home. We planned ahead for our adventure on a summer Sunday. Several months earlier I had worked through the complex online booking system to secure one single night in a gorgeous little cottage in the woods, built only a dozen or so feet off the forest floor.
The treehouses are hidden among dense trees and branches heavy with bright green moss. The six small cottages blend into the forest perfectly, as they are built in, alongside, and on top of gorgeous old trees. We arrived at Treehouse Point mid-afternoon and were greeted by friendly and gracious staff, who made us a special plate of gluten-free cookies to welcome us. At check-in we were given a list of instructions, including the hours for breakfast in the lodge the next morning. We were encouraged to meet all the other guests at breakfast and tour each other’s treehouses afterwards. Treehouse Point encourages a romance and discreetness that is rare. No children are allowed – the clientele is mostly couples seeking a private getaway, so there is a stillness and quiet that we could really appreciate. We were discouraged from going close to any other treehouse until we were invited to do so by its occupants. We were also encouraged to “un-plug,” since the only Wi-Fi is located at the main lodge.
Trails wind through the forest leading to each treehouse, and also to the pond, the river, and the main lodge. After wandering a short way on a path through the forest, we climbed the stairs to our treehouse with our plate of cookies and our backpacks. After opening the windows to hear the pond fountain — which obscured the noise from the nearby road, we took an epic nap in the record-breaking afternoon heat. The smells and sounds of the forest were enchanting, and the way the light drifted down through the trees made it seem like we had landed on another planet.
Our home for the night was The Nest, and while it is the smallest treehouse, it is also the only one decorated in a specific theme to reflect the name. Subtle touches around the treehouse carried the theme of birds — from small paintings on the wall to an embroidered pillow on a leather reading chair. Each treehouse is immaculately designed and decorated with beds, chairs, tables, lamps, and carpets that seem to fit perfectly in the small but specific spaces. We never felt overwhelmed by furniture, as it was on the petite side and worked well in the treehouse. We both moved around our sweet little home with ease and comfort.
All of the treehouses, save one, have composting toilets which, surprisingly, do not take away from the magical experience. There are also gorgeous “community” bathrooms that are, in essence, completely private. Imagine walking into a large, cedar-lined full bathroom that is complimented by an outdoor shower under the full canopy of the forest and night sky.
The night we were there, all the treehouses were full of guests from across the country, seeking time together, time alone, or time doing something radically different from their day-to-day-lives.
Will and Denise Hawes from Huntington Beach, California were on a vacation visiting friends and family in the Pacific Northwest and felt like they just had to come to Treehouse Point to experience this masterpiece. “Pete Nelson has done a wonderful job building a magical place,” Will said over coffee, and we agree.
After breakfast, when we toured all of the treehouses with the other guests, we met Katy and Ashley, friends and moms who chose Treehouse Point for a getaway. “This was our first getaway without our children and we couldn’t have come to a more perfect, secluded, beautiful place to get some one-on-one time that we needed. We took a little break from being moms. When you’re tired of being a mom, try to be a kid and sleep in a treehouse!” they exclaimed.
Katy and Ashley stayed in Upper Pond Treehouse next to ours. It has a ladder to reach the house and a rope pulley system for heavy luggage. It has several beds: a queen bed on the main floor and a set of twin bunk beds suspended above, reached by climbing another ladder.
Winding through the forest we encountered Bonbibi — named after the Hindu guardian spirit of the forest. This treehouse is as beautiful and mystical as the name indicates, with a curving staircase rising slowly from the forest floor to a precious little space for reflection and peace. The views from Bonbibi in particular are inspiring as you gaze out into the dense forest.
Burl is a large treehouse reached by crossing a sturdy iron and wood bridge over a ravine. It is two stories plus an eagle’s nest high above the treehouse (which is not accessible to guests due to county safety regulations). It sits near the river, so you can easily pass the day sitting in worn leather chairs reading and listening to the burbling water.
Temple of the Blue Moon is an especially lovely treehouse with a rope bridge to access it. With an elevated bed and reading nook as well as a small deck looking out to the forest, it is relaxing and romantic.
The final treehouse is Trillium, which looks fantastic from the outside. Unfortunately, it is currently closed to guests, also due to county safety regulations. In order for Treehouse Point to operate as a bed and breakfast, the county had to reconsider and rewrite building codes to allow for the unique and special opportunity sleeping in a treehouse provides. That is also why the booking process is more arduous than booking a normal hotel room for the night. Treehouse Point is close to both North Bend and Snoqualmie Falls and a short drive to Issaquah so you have plenty of dining options in the area. Our time in the trees was magical and restful — we will be back for sure.