Looking for a slice of the outdoors without quite roughing it? Check out these popular, unique vacation rentals.
Looking for a fun way to take the family or that special someone outta the city? You might want to reconsider that trip to the mountain or beach — there are plenty of memories to make in the boughs and branches of the forest.
At least, that’s according to Campspot, which just released its most popular treehouse bookings. Along with sharing the most-booked-off-the-ground-destinations, the online listing platform for campsites, RVs, and outdoor glamping stays surveyed 1,000 adults across the U.S. and found that the safety of outdoor settings and missing nature are the leading reasons Americans are considering a camping trip this spring or summer.
These aren’t your typical tent treehouses, either. These range from luxe, $150-per-night sky castles to “primitive” tiny homes, nestled among the leaves.
Campspot: Most Popular Treehouses
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, Golden Valley, NC
Tucked away at the base of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, between Asheville and Charlotte, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort Golden Valley sits on more than 600 acres. And it’s home to three of Campspot’s most-booked luxury treehouses.
All three sleep up to four guests, offering a full bed with a twin trundle bed and twin sleeper sofa. Plus, you’ll find amenities like AC/heat, a coffee maker, and a private bathroom (a short walk away).
Cook and eat meals on the outdoor kitchenette and patio, tucked beneath the lower deck. A small sink, two-burner stovetop, mini-refrigerator charcoal grill, picnic table, and fire ring complete the experience.
Mountain View Treetop Cabin: $111/Night
Enjoy a view of the South Mountain State Park game lands. Jellystone offers six Mountain View Treetop Cabins. The cabins come stocked with dish and hand soap, a kitchen towel, and toilet paper. But remember to bring dinnerware, grilling utensils, paper towels, and linens.
Treetop Cabin: $97/Night
Nearby the Mountain View units, you’ll find three Treetop Cabins. Enjoy many of the same amenities, but at a more modest price — with cabins focused less on views and more on seclusion.
Lake View Treetop Cabin: $97/Night
Similar to Jellystone’s offerings, these Treetop Cabins offer up lake views in Bostic, N.C.
Emberglow Outdoor Resort, NC
At Emberglow, you will be nestled in the Blue Ridge Foothills of western North Carolina. Choose from unique lodging options on 72 acres in a bucolic private valley, home to spring-fed creeks and a starlit night sky. This park is situated between Asheville and Charlotte, N.C., and Greenville and Columbia, S.C.
Besides treehouses, Emberglow offers yurts, vintage trailers, and glamping pods to add a little character to your getaway.
The Bohemian Treehouse: $140/Night
This luxury unit is designed to encourage a couple to experience time alone, together. It’s also suitable for small family getaways. A private deck stands 15 feet above the forest floor.
Amenities include a kitchenette (sink, microwave, refrigerator, and Nespresso coffee maker), AC/heat, full bathroom, queen-sized bed, and fold-out couch. A picnic table and fire pit round out the fun.
Family Treehouse: $141/Night
If your vacation includes rugrats, this Swiss Family Robinson-inspired bunkhouse could be the perfect fit. Two lofts connect via cargo net — and there’s a lookout tower and tube slide! With a large deck overlooking Turtle Hollow, a fire pit, and picnic table — and walking distance to the pool and volleyball courts — there are plenty of activities close at hand.
The Family Treehouse features a twin-sized bunk bed, one twin-over-double bunk bed, and two single mattresses in the sleeping lofts, allowing space for extra friends.
Primitive Treehouse: $34/Night
A glamp getaway this is not. But, it is just as scenic and a lot cheaper than the more luxurious options on this list. This pet-friendly, 100-square-foot hidey-hole has screened-in half walls to let the sights and sounds of nature — but not bugs — pour in.
Cashie River Treehouses, NC
Situated along the Cashie River, this campground provides kayak access and “guaranteed fun” for people of all ages and physical abilities.
Each treehouse offers an ADA-accessible walkway that helps elevate guests into the trees. Inside you’ll find a queen-size sleeping platform and a sleeping loft.
Outside of the treehouses is a gathering area with chairs. All four treehouses offer electricity and are pet-friendly, too.
Lake in Wood RV Resort, Narvon, PA
Lake in Wood Camping Resort is a gnome-themed resort that features a 6-acre lake and the themed Gnome Café. It hosts several unique lodging experiences besides the treehouse, including a yurt, barn, Pirate Inn, and — you guessed it — Gnome Home.
Climb your way to a vacation experience where the wood flooring and paneling throughout complement the beauty outdoors. This unique one-room rental includes a queen-size bed and twin bunk beds with a private bathroom (equipped with a toilet and sink).
The kitchenette area includes a table and chairs, plus a mini-refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, cookware, dinnerware, drinkware, and utensils. There’s also a covered cooking area with a charcoal grill outside!