Maybe it’s primal thing, our love and fascination for sleeping in treehouses. Or maybe it’s the nostalgia factor as many of us have fond childhood memories of playing in treehouses. I grew up on a cul de sac, where we spend hours in the Kellys treehouse nestled in the woods near a creek. Or perhaps it’s just the getaway-factor, our chance to unplug and disconnect in a beautiful setting.
Whatever the reason, treehouses of all varieties are hugely popular, with many of them booked for months out. Here are five treehouses where you can sleep in trees in Georgia. One has the most spectacular bathroom you won’t believe, one is close to the world’s longest zip line, one comes complete with a deck with a gas grill, while two are inside the city limits of Atlanta.
I’ll go out on a limb here (couldn’t avoid the treehouse humor) and say you’ll never see another bathroom like this one in a treehouse. This treehouse was designed by Pete Nelson, host of “Treehouse Master” and he refers to it as a “spa in the sky.”
The treehouse was designed to showcase a new line of products for men from Dove Men+Care, so what better way to introduce nature-inspired products than have them used in such a natural setting? The gorgeous glass-enclosed shower even includes a tree, along with heated tile floors, five digitally controlled shower heads and a huge sink.
Guests have a cozy sitting area, queen-size bed on the main level and two twins in the loft upstairs. For enjoying the outdoors, there are two decks, a firepit just below and trails winding around the wooded property that backs up to Rock City in Tennesee at the base of Lookout Mountain.
The Elements Treehouse is in Flintstone, Georgia, about 15 minutes from Chattanooga. For a full review, see Into the Woods: Sleeping in a Treehouse Hideaway
Last year my son, husband and I screamed our way (okay, that was only me) through the entire Screaming Eagle Zipline Canopy Tour at Historic Banning Mills, the world’s longest and largest zipline. Seriously. It’s almost 10 miles of zips, with lots of challenging rope bridges to cross over.
We spied the charming treehouses here and resolved to come back and stay. A village of seven treehouse rooms are set more than 70 feet up above the gorge. Fear of heights? You may not want to stay here as rooms are only accessible by a rope-and-wood sky bridge. If you do make it over, you’ll be rewarded by a room with a king bed, gas log fireplaces, tub for two, private bath and deck overlooking the gorge. Each room has a small fridge and a Keurig coffee machine. The rooms sway a bit in the wind, but isn’t that what you want for a full treehouse experience?
Historic Banning Mills is in Whitesburg, Georgia, about an hour west of Atlanta.
The kids will love all the family-friendly activities, the cozy upstairs sleeping lofts and the wooded setting of Candlelight Forest, two treehouses set on a 200-acre development called Cloudland Station. It’s a community of primarily second homes and a wedding venue called The Homestead at Cloudland Station.
There’s a lake for water sports, a wooded area with hammocks, a family tent with board games as well as badminton and a firepit.
Candlelight Forest is in Chickamauga, Georgia, less than a two-hour drive northwest of Atlanta and about 20 minutes from Chattanooga, Tennessee. For a full review, see The Treehouse Tour: Get Unplugged at Candlelight Forest
It’s a treehouse. It’s in the woods. It’s also in the city of Atlanta. Perhaps that’s part of its enormous popularity. This intown treehouse is booked months out and was voted the most wished-for listing worldwide on Airbnb for 2016. In comments, people speak of its magical and life-changing qualities and the beauty of it being within walking distance of stores and restaurants.
It has three spaces connected by rope bridges. The bed is on wheels so it can be rolled out onto a platform overlooking a stream. A separate living space has rustic furnishings and a chandelier, while the third space is a deck. Guests store their luggage and use the bathroom in the bottom floor of Peter and Katie’s home, right next door. Fairy lights at night add to the magical quality of the treehouse at night. Peter delivers coffee in the mornings or leaves it at the foot of the steps if the guests are sleeping.
We live just around the corner of this treehouse, and have had drinks in the living room with Peter Bahouth, who owns the treehouse with his wife, Katie. They have hosted celebrities like Aaron Paul and his friend Woody Harrelson, people looking to celebrate a special occasion as well as those just looking for an unusual getaway.
This treehouse is on a working 2.5-acre farm, with alpaca, ducks, chickens and llamas. And it’s also in the city of Atlanta, within walking distance of East Atlanta Village, with shops, restaurants and bars.
Nestled in an 80-year-old forest of bamboo, the treehouse has HVAC, a large porch and skylights. It’s furnished built with reclaimed architectural antiques with some of the bead board coming from Civil War-era homes and heart of pine floors from 1905. A tin roof rom a 1871 barn makes a lovely sound in the rain. It sleeps four, with a queen-size bed in the sleeping loft and full-size sleeper sofa on the main level.
Bathroom facilities include a composting toilet in the treehouse and a marble bathroom with walk-in shower, china sink and modern toilet located in the owners home nearby. It has a small fridge, Keurig coffee maker, three gallons of water and wash basin for quick washups.
As for those animals. The owners, Kate and Kara, are happy to give you a tour of their farm, which includes their organic garden and three coops of chickens and ducks. Meet their llama, Dali, her baby Pogo Von Picklesprite, and the baby alpaca, Pixie Von Picklesprite.
5 Tips for Staying in a Treehouse
Staying in a treehouse isn’t like other accommodations. It’s not like camping out, where you bring everything in to the camp site and then take everything out with you. It’s not like a hotel, with room service and restaurants close by. It’s more of a hybrid situation – you’re in the woods with some amenities, but some you need to bring with you.
Here are five tips for your stay in a treehouse.
1. Book early. These treehouses are really popular and book up fast. If you see one you look, book it as soon as you can find dates that work for you.
2. Find out what the treehouse has. And what it doesn’t.
Think about what all your needs are for your stay. Do you need electricity, internet, a coffeee maker, a climate-controlled environment? Those may or may not be included in your stay. If it’s not clear from the listing, ask. Some treehouses have bathrooms in them; some provide facilities in the owners home nearby. Many treehouses do have minifridges, microwaves and coffee makers, while others don’t have any of these things.
3. Find out what’s close by.
Can you walk or drive to places to eat? Are you going to want to go out to eat? If coffee is included in the mornings, you may want to bring along yogurt and granola bars to relax without heading out first thing in the morning. If there’s no minifridge or you have more than can fit, bring a cooler to keep your items cold.
4. Remember you’re in the woods and pack accordingly.
Unless you’re sightseeing nearby, you don’t need a lot of clothes and fancy shoes. If you’re climbing bridges to get into your treehouse you’ll want closed-toe shoes. Also think about bringing bug spray, sunscreen, bottled water and flashlights for navigating the woods at night. If you’re going to be doing any hiking, bring those hiking boots. Shampoo, soap and conditioner may be supplied, but possibly not. Pack your own just in case. And bring a shower cap if you use one! They are becoming scarcer and scarcer, even in the nicest hotels.
5. Remember it’s not about luxury; it’s about unplugging and enjoying your night in the trees.
If you are the kind of person who thrives on room service and spacious living quarters, staying in a treehouse may not be for you. Accommodations are generally on the smaller side with minimal services. But what you may not have in amenities, you’ll make up for with charm, coziness and a new experience.