We all need a little escapism sometimes. A pipe-dream of mine has always been to hike to the Appalachian Trail, and after having read a few guide books (see me being an armchair adventurer) it has come to my attention that black bears are quite the adequate (if not proficient) climbers. Therefore, what better way to escape an impending black bear after your snickers bar than into a handcrafted treehouse that your six-year-old self would yearn over.
Check out these below, and then head to Home Depot. I'll meet you in Prospect Park at 8pm tonight, and let's get cracking!
Designed by Lukasz Kos, this treehouse in Lake Muskoka, Ontario, is called 4Treehouse. It was designed to minimize its impact on the surrounding trees. There are three levels to this treehouse, which looks like a Japanese lantern when lit up at night.
The Minister’s Treehouse
The Minister’s Treehouse in Crossville, Tennessee, is one of the world’s largest treehouse, standing 97 feet tall with over 80 rooms. Minister Horace Burgess started building it in 1993 and hasn’t stopped (though it’s been temporarily closed by the county fire marshal). The house is built around a massive oak with six other oaks used for support.
This one treehouse—one which it is truly worth seeing the interior and exterior is based in Alessandria, Italy, offers free wifi and access to a 19th-century wine cellar. One can actually rent this badboy via Airbnb here. There's also a swimming pool. I mean if this is not the perfect getaway, I genuinely don't know what is.
Free Spirit Spheres
Free Spirit Spheres are available for rent in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia—check them out fully here. Suspended from webs of rope, the spherical hotel rooms are accessible through spiral staircases and small suspension bridges. Contrary to their name they are not actually free, and run around $350 a night. In my opinion they probably should have went for $360, just to make it a round number ;).
Designed by Japanese architect and architectural historian Terunobu Fujimori, the Teahouse Tetsu is a perfect expression of surreal beauty and of any treehouse, reflecting his vision and artful imagination as a revival of minimalism and modernism in this limited space. Considering its playful and sleek appearance, the house seems to exist for the aesthetic, rather than practicality. There's something to be said about that... take note The Matrix.
Yellow Treehouse Restaurant
The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant near Auckland, New Zealand, is built around a 40-meter-tall redwood tree. The Treehouse is unfortunately not open for casual restaurant dining. Venue hire of the Redwoods Treehouse is $3000 + GST. Hire of glasses, cutlery, crockery and wait staff are additional and to be organized through the catering company. The Treehouse can hold 30 guests for a seated meal or 50 for a more casual stand-up function.
Just outside Seattle in Issaquah, Washington, is the treehouse B&B named TreeHouse Point. The place has six treehouse rooms available. They do weddings, have expansive nature walks and obviously offers yoga. This place gets booked up quickly—which you can do so here if you are so inclined.