The absolute No. 1 item on my travel bucket list is to stay in one of the treehouse hotels in New England. The appeal lies somewhere between how being high up in the trees stirs dormant states of childlike wonder and how it induces a sensation of calmness and feeling of being one with nature. Either way, I can’t wait to do it.
Imagine viewing the splendor from within the trees, getting up-close and personal with the unique calligraphy of every distinctly painted leaf. It’s a spectacular sight to see.
Sold? Check out some bucket list-worthy treehouse hotels in New England to climb into this fall.
The Treehouse at Winvian Farm
Winvian Farm, a luxury resort set in the Litchfield Hills, is home to several creatively themed, luxurious cabins. Perhaps the most enticing of the bunch is the Treehouse. But this isn’t the crooked treehouse you nailed together in your backyard as a kid; this two-floor suite, nestled into the trees 35 feet above the ground, has a king-size bed, fireplace, Jacuzzi tub and walk-out deck. Guests also have access to the resort’s renowned dining and spa facilities and the hotel’s outdoor activities including lawn games, fishing, canoeing and horseback riding. And that’s not even counting the full bar and sensational treetop views.
The Aviary at Wheatleigh
A stay in this remodeled former aviary in the Berkshires will leave you feeling free from the cage of the 9-to-5 daily grind. Guests enter the downstairs of the multilevel suite to find an elegantly decorated living room with a private terrace and surrounded by windows that bring in a ton of natural light. Guests can then climb a glass-enclosed wooden staircase to the second level, which features a luxury bedroom suspended among the trees with an attached limestone en-suite, complete with soaking tub and walk-in shower.
The Tree Spa at Hidden Pond
At Hidden Pond, you can’t actually sleep in a tree – although you could fall into a blissful slumber while lying on the massage table. But while it’s not exactly a treehouse hotel in New England, per se, the resort is comprised of tiny cottages and bungalows set in the wooded wilderness, and those who choose to venture up into the trees for a spa treatment will find the ultimate relaxation experience. The spa menu includes massages, facials and body treatments, serviced in three separate treehouse spa rooms, all connected by treetop bridges. Imagine cozying up in a warm robe after a massage and gazing out at the reds, oranges and yellows of the foliage. It’s autumn immersion at its best. The resort is loaded with other amenities, too. A couple standouts are the Back Porch Bar, two pools, nightly bonfires and a shuttle to Goose Rocks Beach on the southern coast of Maine. Its memorable restaurant Earth also prides itself on delivering “farm-to-fork” freshness in every dish it makes.
The Treehouse at Moose Meadow Lodge
The rustic Treehouse at Moose Meadow Lodge is a nature lover’s dream. The simple yet magnificent backcountry palace features exposed timber, a custom sink made from stones from the property, an incinerating toilet and backwoods décor throughout. Built for the rugged adventurer, the expansive treehouse features two levels, the first with a wraparound porch and the second with a queen-size loft bedroom and a walk-out deck that allows guests to step out into the changing leaves while overlooking the lake just yards away. Gaze at the beautiful woods as you ascend the circular staircase that wraps around the maple tree on which the treehouse is built. The handcrafted treehouse is built from cedar, pine, maple and hemlock and has 31 windows that give you natural light and beauty almost everywhere you look.
Harmony Hill Lodging and Retreat Center
East Meredith, N.Y.
This one is a bonus, since it too is not truly a treehouse hotel in New England, but rather a glorious getaway not too far away in upstate New York. Try your hand at glamping – glamorous camping – by booking a yurt treehouse at this retreat in Delaware County, about 90 minutes outside Albany. The yurt is set just off the ground, close enough for those scared of heights, yet far enough into the trees to immerse glampers in fall’s fantastic colors. The tents are waterproof and feature fully functional kitchens and bathrooms. Guests of the resort can rejuvenate with reiki treatments, guided meditation and spiritual mentoring.
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