It’s like a fairytale come true—escape with the kids by checking into a treehouse! Awake to the sound of rustling leaves and then sip your morning coffee and hot chocolate among squirrels and feathered friends. For a bird’s eye view this fall (and beyond), these eight treehouse escapes will dazzle and delight your crew.

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Forest House - Orcas Island

Built with natural materials for a low environmental impact, the love and care used to create Forest House permeates the property. The treehouse gives off a calm, restorative vibe for weary travelers. Unique details and features add to the pleasure—ten and twelve sided rooms, a dodecagon window in the ceiling with tree top views, a sunken round soaking tub inside and a meditation room in the tower. Forest House consists of two buildings connected by a large deck for communing with nature. All the usual hospitality amenities are provided (think: microwave, stove, hairdryer, linens, toiletries and more), plus a grill for your favorite burger or veggie dishes. Although guests will not want to leave this fairytale setting, Orcas Island is quite possibly the most beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest. From fine dining in Eastsound to hilly hiking on Mount Constitution, Orcas Island begs for exploration!

Treehouse Tip: This property can accommodate four guests. After the first two, each additional guest costs $25 extra per person, per night. This treehouse is kid-friendly, but should be kid-proofed by guests upon check in if necessary.

TreeHouse Point - Fall City

Curious to try some forest bathing? TreeHouse Point is a retreat nestled in a lush forest 30 minutes east of Seattle. Pete and Judy Nelson are the proprietors and creators of TreeHouse Point, and they love to teach guests how to bathe their senses among the trees. There are six tree houses, a central lodge, an event space and two cedar-lined bathhouses on the resort property. All indoor spaces are heated, and they provide bedding, towels and hair products. The property serves breakfast in the lodge, and offers picnic options for dining al fresco by Raging River or the fire pit. The activity menu usually includes yoga and meditation—check the website for current status. This is a quiet, relaxing place where guests can borrow books and board games, meet people or just meditate amidst the flora.

Treehouse Tip: This is an adults-only retreat (Quick! Call the grandparents!). Although two-night stays are normally required, single night stays sometimes become available during weekends. Only the Burl treehouse has a flushing toilet. The Upper Pond, Temple of the Blue Moon, and Nest have composting toilets. The Bonbibi does not have a bathroom, but is located only a few feet away from the bathhouses.

Sasquatch Cabin - Snohomish

Spa lovers will be in heaven in Sasquatch Cabin. The highlight is an oval freestanding tub so guests can bathe among the evergreens, literally. This gorgeous getaway is a chic, tiny house with natural wood interior and romantic touches. Everything guests need fits within this two-story abode—a small kitchenette, cozy living space with stone fireplace, HD TV and a queen memory foam bed. On the second floor, a children's sleeping loft overlooks the rest of the bedroom. The latest addition, a smoker/grill on the front deck, allows guests to cook and dine under the stars. Nearby hikes and a trailhead for cyclists lead into the charming town of Snohomish.

Treehouse Tip: This treehouse is technically a house built on posts among the trees, so guests sleep only a few feet off the ground. Evening arrivals are welcome and can be a twinkling experience with the string of lights leading the path to the door. This small space is only comfortable for two adults and one smaller child.

Nelson Treehouse - Redmond

Who says you have to give up luxury to live in the trees? This magical abode floats above the ground, yet guests have everything a dreamy escape requires—hot tub, movie projector, patio perches, a crow’s nest for bird watching and an outdoor hot shower. A wooden, suspended walkway brings guests to the entrance of the tree house and each morning breakfast is delivered via zip line to the porch. Be sure to enjoy the private nature preserve pond that is home to great blue herons, frogs and beavers, with the main beaver hut visible from the deck. No wonder this getaway was featured on Treehouse Masters!

Treehouse Tip: The toilet and sink are accessible off the deck, as is the private outdoor shower with amenities and towels. Snacks are provided in the treehouse for guests to enjoy.

Hansel Creek Tree House - Peshastin

A short walk leads guests to this picturesque cabin in the woods. Hansel Creek Tree House is built over a babbling brook and seemingly propped up by two majestic trees. Built from salvaged timber on the property, the walkway to the front door is a suspended wooden path. Indoors the space is well-designed: exposed beams, a tree branch with a feathered friend made of wood, stained glass and iron stools well-situated for leaf gazing. A king-size memory foam bed in the loft assures parents a peaceful slumber, while the downstairs area contains a comfy sofa and an air mattress (sleeps up to four people) works well for kids. The heated cabin has a refrigerator, coffee maker and kitchenware. On the porch, a barbecue encourages outdoor food fun. The property offers 150 acres to explore so bring snowshoes, skis, mountain bikes or hiking boots to this magical abode. After a brisk evening stroll, warm up by the fire pit.

Treehouse Tip: Hansel Creek Tree House shares a heated indoor shower, with hot water and bathroom in a separate building. The seasonal outdoor shower is closed from October through April.

Tree Home Suite - Whidbey Island

Tree Home Suite feels like something out of a children’s storybook. Surrounded by cedar, fir and alder trees, the fall colors put on a vibrant show. Forest animals become your neighbors—tame deer, ravens, eagles and resident owls serenading throughout the stay. The 250-square-foot octagonal home is built around a cedar tree, with the trunk climbing right through the center of the living space. Windows and skylights bring in outdoor light and views while keeping guests warm and cozy inside. The property serves organic breakfast each morning. Just a few steps away, the dedicated meditation spot overlooks Mutiny Bay and evening sunsets over the water. An electric fireplace keeps the place warm and cozy, and the fire pit can be used as a campfire or to cook hamburgers, hot dogs and marshmallows for you fam.

Treehouse Tip: Only children over 12 are allowed to stay here, so make this trip a parents weekend! Extensive cooking is discouraged. The shower house, just a few footsteps away, provides a shower, sink and state-of-the-art, no-odor composting toilet. A boat-style septic potty on the deck of the tree house is available for night use.

photo: Lindsey Allison Ganahl

The Squirrel’s Nest - Redmond

Built around a fir tree, The Squirrel’s Nest is a 280-square-foot tree house, with a winding staircase leading guests up into the trees, 15 feet above the ground, to the front door. The décor inside is country rustic, with tree trunks accenting the bed and loft area. The house sleeps four, two outdoor balconies deliver bird’s eye views, and it is insulated, heated and wired for electricity. There is a toilet, sink, small refrigerator, toaster and coffee maker, and the pantry is filled with coffee, tea and hot chocolate for cool mornings. Guests are welcome to bring additional food and enjoy while sitting out on the balconies or inside by the fireplace. There are trails nearby for getting lost in the forest and enjoying your new nature neighbors.

Treehouse Tip: There is no running water or shower at this peaceful retreat. The balconies are dangerous as they are high above the ground, so keep an eye on kids at all times.

photo: Doe Bay Resort & Retreat

Doe Bay Resort & Retreat - Orcas Island

Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, set on 38 acres of gorgeous waterfront land, boasts a diverse selection of accommodations. Cabins, yurts, domes, and campsites can be reserved but we have our eye on the one incredible treehouse option. Built and designed to be featured on the show The Treehouse Guys, it has the best view of the property and Salish Sea. Climb a ladder to enter, sit in Adirondack chairs on the wrap-around deck or get cozy inside among the trunks and branches. The house is heated and has a mini fridge, partial bath with toilet and sink and many comfy places to relax. For more unwinding, head to the soaking tubs, spa or serenity garden. A communal fire pit keeps the evening gathering going with s'mores and warmth.

Treehouse Tip: Guests must be physically able to climb a ladder to enter the accommodation—potentially an issue with small children, and pets are not allowed. Doe Bay Café serves seed-to-table delicious food, so leave those aprons at home.Pplus the General Store has ready made options as well. 

—Natalie Compagno

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