Contrary to popular belief, no rule states that we need to let go of our sense of child-like wonder in the world around us. However, it’s understandable why many of us do. As we grow older, our stresses often overshadow the simplistic joys of life. When was the last time you explored? When was the last time you slept in a treehouse? Thankfully, what is lost is not gone forever. Here is a list of seven treehouses in Upstate New York that will help you reconnect with your younger self.
1. Whispering Wind Treehouse
Argyle, New York $195/night
As the name suggests, your stay at the Whispering Wind Treehouse in Upstate New York will help bring you closer to nature. While you’re perched in a canopy of trees, you can watch the fireflies dance in the open field below or listen to the birds in the early morning hours—a perfect place to dream, asleep or awake. Surrounding the treehouse are doors and windows, filling it with natural sunlight during the day. In the evening or on a rainy day, watch the skies through its transparent roof. As one would expect, the treehouse is entirely off the grid. There is no WiFi or electricity. However, you’ll hardly miss it between the wildlife scenes and the tranquil simplicity that comes with sleeping between the trees.
2. Willow Treehouse
Willow, New York $360/night
Settled on 34 acres of land, overlooking a natural pond, your experience in the Willow Treehouse will have you feeling like a child again. Facing the pond is a full window wall that offers picturesque views of the water and surrounding wildlife. Above the main living area is the sleeping loft, which is accessed only by a ladder. There’s also a cozy, secluded back room, a perfect place to sit down with a good book and a cup of tea. With a kitchenette that seats fours and plenty of open space, the Willow Treehouse can comfortably accommodate a romantic getaway or a small family vacation.
3. Ultra Luxury Treehouse
Adirondack, Remsen, New York $340/night
For those of you who prefer a glamping experience over the real deal, this treehouse is for you. An authentic experience in luxury, this treehouse in Remsen, New York, is two stories with glass walls and its own suspension bridge connected to the front porch. Inside you’ll find Edison light fixtures, a tiled, full-sized bathroom, and black crystal chandeliers above the main living areas. Outside the treehouse, there is plenty for couples and small families to do. In the warmer months, wildlife surrounds the area; deer often walk the property. In the winter, cozy up by the indoor fireplace or explore the site for its excellent sledding hills. Although this booking contains several modern amenities, it’s a beautiful place to get in touch with nature.
4. Adirondack Retreat
Middle Grove, New York $244/night
The intricate detail put into the design of this treehouse gives it a rustic, charming feel. A natural wood spiral staircase takes you to the front porch, where warm string lights wrap around its entirety. Inside are recycled windows of stained glass where dappled sunlight pours through during the day. The treehouse comfortably sleeps three people with a double bed and a loft. Just a few steps away, the outdoor kitchen offers a charcoal grill, refrigerator, and microwave. A silent reprieve nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, this space will soothe any staggered soul.
5. The Treehouse Lovenest
Carmel, New York $250/night
The Lovenest is a two-story house settled between the trees in Carmel, New York. The space is lofty, with 15-foot ceilings and an open kitchen design. Inside, there is a vast library of cookbooks lining the counter; it’s just one of the many quaint details that makes this place so charming. Another incredible amenity is the record collection. It includes various genres and artists, including the legendary Cher, Roberta Flack, and Led Zeppelin. The Lovenest has two king-sized beds and houses four guests, but the host requests that you not bring small children. Needless to say, all treehouses in Upstate New York makes should be this cozy.
6. Magical Treehouse
Paul Smiths, New York $250/night
Located five miles from the Adirondack Park Visitor’s Interpretive Center, this treehouse acts as a great base camp for your next adventure. Trails, lakes, and mountains surround this mystical retreat, but it’ll be a feat trying to escape the comforts of this treehouse. Between the walls lined with books and the cozy open-concept space (decorated with celestial bedding), what more could you want? Maybe a deck to enjoy your morning coffee or a nearby community fire pit that’s perfect for making s’mores. All you need to bring is your wanderlust spirit and a bite to eat.
7. Spirit House
Rhinebeck, New York $201/night
An eccentric writer’s reprieve amongst the trees, this treehouse in Upstate New York lends itself as a source of inspiration for many. The space has beautiful natural lighting that pours over the desk in the central area. Above that, a loft with stained glass windows and bohemian furnishings. There’s no electricity, and the WiFi is spotty, but that’s the point—to sit in solitude and reflect. Maybe even start the beginning pages of the next great American novel.
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