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- Though vaccines are underway, travelers continue to prioritize rentals in remote, outdoor areas.
- According to Airbnb’s CEO, unique stays like tree houses are especially popular.
- We found some of the best tree-house rentals in the US for a unique stay perched in the branches.
Though vaccine rollouts are firmly underway, with the pandemic still ongoing travelers continue to turn to road trips, national park vacations, and getaways to remote areas. So, it’s not surprising to learn from the CEO of Airbnb that bookings for unique stays like Airstreams and tree houses are “booming.”
Not only are tree-house rentals generally more secluded, but they firmly ensconce you within nature by placing your bed amid treetop canopies. Plus, many listed on vacation rental sites come with enchanting and Instagram-worthy interiors like wooden spiral staircases, twinkling lights, and A-frame roofs.
Spring and summer are an especially great time to stay in a tree house since you’ll enjoy an up-close view of new blooms and lush foliage. Many are also located near trails and mountains for hiking.
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Read on for the best treehouse rentals in the US, sorted by area and then by price.
Compact tree house by a stream in Hardwick, Vermont, $141
Those seeking a rustic escape will find plenty to delight in at this secluded tree-house that’s still near plenty of hiking trails, ski areas, distilleries, and breweries.
The home is small, at just 10 feet by 16 feet. But the unique decor includes recycled windows from an old schoolhouse, high slanted ceilings, a small kitchen with turquoise-tiled counters, and a loft area up a steep ladder with a double bed.
Appealing to the eco-conscious traveler, the home uses solar energy and environmentally-friendly cleaning products. There is a primitive composting toilet in the tree-house, and a full bathroom in the main house on the same property nearby.
This home has a few scattered days left over the next several months, but is very popular. It has full availability starting in mid-November and may be worth working well in advance.
Tree retreat in Newbury, New Hampshire, $341
With an expansive deck and walls of windows set under soaring ceilings, this tree-house seems custom-built to savor stunning views.
The location is perched among rolling hills and is deep in the woods for total privacy and quiet. with limited amenities and total privacy. There’s a lofted King-sized bed, plus another reclining area that may be used for sleeping tucked into a corner of windows. An expansive deck includes a table and chairs for dining, plus additional seating, and a hammock.
The home is certainly remote, and as such, operates pretty off the grid. So, come here to unplug. There’s no Wi-Fi or kitchen. Instead, there’s a sink for handwashing, potable water, a propane burner, as well as firewood and a fire pit for cooking hot meals. Similarly, there is an outdoor shower (only for use from spring to fall) and an outhouse with a toilet.
While these accommodations might not be a fit for everyone, it’s a whimsical escape for anyone looking to savor serene nature and picturesque views.
This home has availability starting at the end of July.
Contemporary tree house in Willow, New York, $382
For an enchanting escape, try this cozy tree-house just 15 minutes from Woodstock. Nestled among the trees on 34 acres, it overlooks a small pond that guests can actually swim in. The interiors are cozy and chic with floor-to-ceiling windows offering scenic views. Ideal for couples or solo travelers, the bed is loft-style at the top of a ladder, perched above an open living room flanked by full walls of windows and a super sleek kitchen counter.
One recent reviewer rave, “Beautiful cozy treehouse, a killer record collection, perfect weather, a full moon and a much-needed break from the world. Couldn’t have picked a better place to unwind.”
Availability is currently limited but subject to change. This house books up well in advance and it may be worth planning now for a trip in 2022.
Luxury canopy tree house in Sanford, Maine, $425
Perched atop a spiral staircase, you’ll enter a tree-house with a luxe feel thanks to soothing timber walls, a farmhouse-inspired full kitchen with a vintage fridge, and a Queen-sized bedroom with a custom maple headboard.
The full bathroom guarantees there’s no roughing it, with a spa-like rainfall shower that even comes with a hint of forest views. Natural light pours in through multiple windows, lighting up a cute dining nook and a sleeping loft with an additional Queen bed.
Other perks include a hide-away projector and screen to stream movies on high-speed internet, a wood stove, and a deck with a grill and private hot tub.
This home has limited availability until the fall.
Unplugged tree house in Nogal, New Mexico, $132
This tree home is found on 30-acres high desert land and there even natural spring waters right nearby. Though this is a fairly remote and unplugged stay, you will be just a short drive from the town of Capitan if you need to pick up supplies or do some grocery shopping. Also nearby is the gorgeous Lincoln national forest.
Perched at the top of a spiral staircase, the black exteriors of the tree house are punctuated by turquoise trim accents. A little front porch includes sitting chairs for a morning cup of coffee or some nighttime stargazing, and there’s a swinging porch chair just below the house.
Inside, a cozy setup awaits, with a Full-size bed decked out in a cute plaid duvet, a small table attached to the wall and with a tree limb growing through it, and a kitchenette with marble countertops and a turquoise mini-fridge. The en-suite bathroom has Southwestern flair via a cacti-tiled sink and blue-tiled walk-in shower.
This home has plenty of availability over the next few months.
Little red tree house in Lyons, Colorado, $250
Accommodating two guests, this little red and green tree-house is found on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park.
The home includes a double bed, private shower, a powder room with a sink and toilet, and an efficiency kitchen, complete with a small sink and fridge. Guests can dine al fresco on the porch and enjoy the newly added porch swing.
Recent guests who used the home as a base for exploring the park raved, saying “Very unique place to stay! My wife and I had a lot of fun staying here over a weekend. Leam let us use some bikes to cycle into town, and it was very close! Also appreciated how easy of a drive it was to Rocky Mountain National Park. Would 10/10 recommend staying here and avoiding the craziness of Estes Park.”
This home still has some availability over the summer with more dates opening up for the fall.
Chic tree-house chalet in Park City, Utah, $270
Already situated high near the Park City ski resort at 8,000 feet, this tree house adds to the elevation by sitting at the top of a staircase surrounded by the branches of a 200-year-old fir.
Ideal for those in the mood for a rugged and remote vacation, the home is only accessible via all-wheel-drive vehicles since it’s at the end of a 3-mile unpaved road that’s dirt or snow-packed, depending on the season.
The decor is elegant but cozy, with big windows, a lofted bedroom under the pitched wooden roof, and a beautiful stone shower. A large deck with a picnic table is a scenic place to enjoy a meal or just relax and take in the views.
This listing has a few dates open still for summer with nearly full availability for the fall.
Rocky Mountain tree house in Carbondale, Colorado, $352
Set on two acres with a cattle creek running through the property, this tree-house is attached to 100-foot spruce trees and sits 25 feet off the ground. The home is accessed via a rock staircase.
Hand-built in 1971, this home has a true rustic cabin feel, including a wood-burning stove, a rock shower, and a lofted bedroom with skylights for stargazing.
A spacious balcony offers stunning views and a wood-burning fireplace, so it’s useable even on chilly evenings. Lucky guests might even spot wildlife that includes bears. As a major perk, the house also includes a hot tub.
This listing has availability beginning in August.
Beachfront tree house in Vashon Island, Washington, $203
This cabin-style home is just up a short ramp, but is surrounded by thick, overgrown trees and is right on the beach, making it a rare find. The home sleeps six guests so it’s suitable for bigger groups and families.
And while it feels exceedingly remote, it’s actually just 10 minutes from downtown Vashon Island and less than three miles from the ferry terminal to Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula. For those looking to get back to nature, the property offers stunning views from all rooms with decks on two levels.
Two wineries are within walking distance and there are miles of shoreline to explore, along with hiking trails. Canoes and kayaks are available upon request.
There are still a couple of last-minute days available in October, but this popular property books fast. It may be worth booking for 2022 now.
Vineyard tree house in Los Gatos, California, $251
Wine country comes with incredible views at this intimate getaway for two in California. Located on Lago Lomita Vineyards overlooking Monterey Bay, this abode is perched high in Douglas Fir trees.
Accessible by a ladder/staircase, this option is really a 400-square-foot glamping canvas tent resting on a wooden platform. The tent is just big enough for a Queen-sized bed and a couple of nightstands, but the platform doubles as an epic porch with unparalleled scenery.
Do note that the bathroom is separate. A full bathroom is accessible to guests in the main house on the property, just a short walk from the tree house.
This listing still has good availability over the next few months.
Secluded tree-house retreat in Whitefish, Montana, $399
Nestled on seven acres of private woods, this artfully designed two-story tree house is a unique stay that comes with plenty of luxury amenities. The spiral staircase was custom crafted around a giant Douglas fir tree, and there are two living trees that grow through the home and two outdoor decks.
While there is just one main bedroom, the house can sleep up to four guests since padded seating areas can be put together to make extra sleeping space in the main room.
The location itself is a major draw since the home is found right near the entrance to Glacier National Park and just a few minutes from the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort.
This home is largely booked until Decemeber, but there are still a few last minute dates open in April.
Book Redwoods tree house in Woodacre, California, $400
Deep, rich wood instantly impresses in this three-level tree-house flanked by towering Redwood trees.
Unlike most tree-houses that tend to be small and intimate, this one is meant for families and groups to spread out. There are a bathroom and a bedroom on each floor. On the top level, that includes an ensuite granite bathroom with a walk-in shower for two, a Temperpedic Queen-sized mattress, and a vintage wood-burning stove.
The middle floor comes equipped with a large kitchen, a dining room with a table made from 100-year-old floorboards, and a cozy living room with a gas fireplace, plasma TV, as well as a sectional sofa that can sleep three with room for an air mattress.
On the lowest level, you’ll find another bedroom and bathroom with a separate area for lounging. Or, save the relaxing for the hot tub provided for guest use.
Finally, the home includes one additional space, nestled 80 feet high within the trees, and engineered to withstand inclement weather. It houses a California King-sized bed, an air mattress, an electric fireplace heater, and comes with a separate entrance accessible only by a pirate ladder and a suspension bridge.
This home has availability starting in November. It books up early and may be worth booking a trip for 2022 now.
Romantic tree-house cabin in Millersburg, Ohio, $206
Found 22 feet off the ground up a staircase among the pines, this tree house has a true cabin feel thanks to all wood exteriors and interiors.
However, you won’t be roughing it here. This mini cabin feels plenty luxurious thanks to its high, pitched ceiling, stone fireplace, King-size bed with an Amish Crafted pillow-top mattress, and a two-person jetted tub. Billowy white drapes add to the romantic feel, and bathrobes make for a hotel-like amenity. There’s also a small living area, kitchenette complete with a freezer, and a two-burner stovetop, and a small hand-crafted wooden dining table with seating for two.
Windows on each side make it easy to soak in views of the surrounding forest views. And a hike is right out your door.
This home has a few dates left in April and more days open in May, June, and beyond.
Blueridge tree house in Bayfield, Wisconsin, $299
For outdoor lovers, you’ll be close to orchards, wineries, a pond, and hiking trails at this spot. Not to mention the beach is only a few miles away since this is in the Apostle Island area.
All wood interiors and decor bring out a cabin vibe, along with a log stove and stone wall. The sleeping area is found in a loft upstairs, although the brown leather sofa in the living area also pulls out. For a local touch, the beautifully carved stair railings are made from Lake Superior driftwood and the solid maple countertop in the kitchenette features inlaid Lake Superior agates.
This home still has good availability over the next few months.
Luxury farm tree house in Concord, North Carolina, $175
Soothing white and olive interiors make for a relaxing forest stay at this home resting high among the pines. Set on a 20-acre farm estate, guests can enjoy a mix of outdoor and city fun since downtown Concord is just a short drive away.
The tree-house itself is comprised of just one main room with a Queen-sized bed, handcrafted furnishings, a mini-fridge, and a coffee bar. A private deck looks over the trees and is a nice place to start or end your day.
Slightly more on the roughing it side than some other listings, the home features an eco-bathroom located close by that includes eco-toilets and a sink. Guests will surely enjoy the amazing outdoor rainforest shower, though.
This home still had decent availability over the next few months.
Three-story tree house in Blue Ridge, Georgia, $295
Ideal for outdoor lovers, this treehouse is set on four private acres of forest in the Aska Adventure Area. The house features direct hiking access to the Benton MacKaye Trail right outside the door. And while the inside is 750 square feet and big enough to sleep six guests, it’s the 1,200 square feet of deck space that set this tree-house apart.
Cabin-like interiors include comfy leather couches, a dining table made from a tree stump, and a wooden ladder that leads to a lofted sleeping space, as well as bunk beds that are built into the sitting room wall.
As one recent reviewer succinctly put it, “The property exceeded our expectations and was absolutely amazing.”
This home still has availability starting in August.
Contemporary tree house near Dallas, Texas, $325
Tucked away in a grove of Japanese Maples in Little Forest Hills, this contemporary and chic home awaits. Handcrafted interiors include soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, a stone fireplace, and a spiral wooden staircase. Two bedrooms sit atop the staircase in a loft-style space and the home sleeps four guests.
The property includes a winding stone footpath, a babbling creek, a pond, and plenty of forested outdoor space. A large wooden patio serves as an ideal place to sit among the trees and enjoy coffee or drinks.
This listing has scattered availability with full availability starting in November. It may be worth booking well in advance.
Dreamy tree house in Atlanta, Georgia, $389
This idyllic property with rope bridges and twinkle lights is what tree-house dreams are made of.
Featured in publications from Architectural Digest to Harper’s Bazaar, the inviting, expertly-curated interiors include string lights matching those on the exterior, along with a turquoise writing desk, and a bed that rests on an indoor/outdoor platform so it feels like you’re practically sleeping in the trees. Elegant french doors and large windows that open from the bottom out complete the whimsical space.
The tree-house consists of three distinct areas all connected by bridges: a bedroom, a living area, and a hammock deck. While there is no bathroom directly inside, there is a bathroom in the basement of the main house on the property that is exclusively for guest use.
One of the most popular listings on Airbnb, this tree house books fast. It’s currently unavailable until March 2022. However, we included it because it’s worth checking back for last-minute openings and booking more than a year in advance for a truly unique stay.
Are vacation rentals safe?
Of course, without a vaccine, there is no firm guarantee with regard to safety. It’s crucial to follow guidelines and advice from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and practice safety measures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining social distancing. Additionally, consider your own level of risk, and whether you’re traveling from or to a hotspot, so as not to increase the rate of infection.
However, experts and the CDC have stated that private vacation rentals are a safer option than hotels right now due to minimized contact with other guests or staff. Airbnb also announced rigorous new procedures including an Enhanced Cleaning Protocol that all hosts must follow with strict policies on personal protective equipment, approved disinfectants, and waiting periods.
While they aren’t as strictly enforced as Airbnb, Vrbo has also developed new cleaning guidelines for hosts. The guidelines were created in consultation with Expedia Group partner Cristal International Standards and with the Vacation Rental Management Association. You can also read up on reviews for individual listings and some hosts note in listings the exact cleaning measures they are taking.
What’s the difference between Airbnb and Vrbo?
Airbnb offers both entire homes and apartments, as well as private rooms within shared homes. If you want to ensure you won’t be in a shared listing, you can set search criteria to only look for entire homes. Airbnb has more than 7 million listings worldwide. Cancellation policies are up to hosts and fall under either flexible, moderate, or strict guidelines.
Vrbo, which stands for vacation rental by owner, has been operating for over 25 years and is now owned by Expedia Group and encompasses what was once HomeAway under the same umbrella. Vrbo also rents both whole properties and private rooms in guest houses and B&Bs. Like Airbnb, there are plenty of filters to help guests narrow down their ideal stay or expand the search.
There’s no definitive answer on whether Airbnb or Vrbo is the better platform. It entirely depends on your needs, where you’re headed, and what listings are available at that time on either platform. To ensure you get the price rental at the best price, it may be wise to check both sites. You can read a full breakdown of Airbnb vs Vrbo policies here.
What should I look for in a rental?
Consider criteria like the items we use to select homes to recommend to readers. Right now, we recommend following expert advice and only looking for entire private homes. Also read up on recent reviews and look for high overall ratings, Superhost status, and homes that participate in the Enhanced Clean program. Location, budget, and size will also vary depending on your needs. Of course, for tree house rentals you’ll want to look for homes that are surrounded by treetops. On Airbnb, you can even set your filters to specifically search just by “Treehouse” under unique stays.
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