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The best part of adulthood is getting to do all the things you weren’t allowed to do as a kid. Want to eat pizza for a week? Go for it. Spend the weekend dancing to loud music in your underwear? No one’s going to tell you no.
Except, maybe, a boss — or a mortified spouse. Other than that, though, it’s all you.
And if dad never built you a tree house, here’s your chance to spend the night in your very own. Behold Moose Meadow Lodge, a “luxury log home bed & breakfast” in Waterbury, Vermont, which is smack in the middle of the Green Mountains. (It’s also home to Green Mountain Coffee, if you’re a java junkie.)
The 86-acre property offers easy access to hiking, rock climbing and, this time of year, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. (They’ll loan you the shoes.) And the main lodge puts a refined spin on rustic living, filled with woodsy bric-a-brac like deer antler lamps. Why? Because Vermont, that’s why.
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When can a treehouse be both glamorous and sustainable? Four words: Hapuku Lodges and Treehouses. Located on the South Island of New Zealand, the property features completely sustainable living, while overlooking the pristine scenery of the Kaikoura region, about 2 hours north of Christchurch.
The lodges and tree houses were the brainchild of a family of architects and designers, so there's no shortage of thoughtful, functional design that looks great. Not only did they want to create a unique hotel that showcases the region's love of nature, they also sought to be an important cog in the local ecosystem.
The main accommodations are treehouses that hang 30 feet above the ground in the canopy of a Manuka grove. Don't worry: there isn't a rope ladder to climb, since each house has a staircase leading up to the luxurious digs. Inside, there are giant windows to take in views of the local mountains and the Pacific coastline, plus natural wood furnishings, all hand-crafted by local woodworkers that happen to be friends of the owners.
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Whether you are visiting London and would like to experience the English countryside during your trip, or live in the city and need a weekend break, there is no shortage of quintessential country escapes within a few hours' drive that could fit the bill.
One of these is Chewton Glen, a very genteel country house hotel in Hampshire, about 90 miles outside of London, close to the New Forest National Park and the southwest coast. Think roaring log fires, interiors that mix traditional and modern (floral-print curtains and B&O sound systems, mahogany desks and flat-screen TVs in the bathroom), ivy covering the red brick facade, and a croquet lawn out front.
In addition to its 70 bedrooms and suites, ranging from entry-level "Bronze" rooms to the Marryat Suite, the hotel is now offering a different type of accommodation altogether in the form of six Tree House suites, nestled in a wooded valley across from the hotel.
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The treehouse, which is actually called The Nest is one of the accommodation options at Treebones Resort – you can either choose a yurt (more on those another time), full-on camping, or this. Although, if you book the nest, you’ll be required to pitch a tent just below it, in case the weather’s too bad to sleep in the nest (it’s bang on a ridge overlooking Highway 1 and the Pacific, so it’s the windiest part of the property). And seeing as Big Sur is, as we found out this weekend, pretty damp and foggy anyway, whatever the time of year, it’s not a bed for the fainthearted.
If you haven't had your daily dose of caffeine yet, load up now. What you're looking at is one of the newest hotels in Sweden. No, we haven't lost our marbles. This is the Mirrored Cube room, part of the Treehotel which opens this Saturday in the village of Harads, just south of the Arctic Circle.
We're all for high-concept hotel design, but this has to be one of the wackiest rooms we've seen yet. And lest you think this is as out-there as it gets at the Treehotel, you should know that other rooms have names such as The Bird's Nest, The Cabin and The Blue Cone. These four will be ready for the grand opening, and another 20 will be designed and unveiled over the next five years.
HotelChatter love love loves Treehouse Hotels. We don't know why. Maybe we watched the "Swiss Family Robinson" way too many times on the Disney Channel growing up. But either way, we love 'em and this new Canopy Tree House Suite at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica in Peru has us extremely giddy.
If you're looking to spice up your next hotel stay, you must book this suite which sits 90 feet above the forest floor and offers up close and personal viewing of toucans, monkeys, orchids and fauna. But it's not just a wooden plank that's been plopped into a tree and secured by a few nails. No, the thatched roof and wooden treehouse is not only exclusive but a little ritzy too. Well, as ritzy as you can get in a rainforest.
From the hotel:
The Tree House can only be accessed via Inkaterra’s existing Canopy Walk network and is serviced by a dedicated Canopy Butler reachable via walkie-talkie. Meals, excursions, and sundowners on the Canopy Walk network can be arranged by your butler.
Get high, 50 feet in the sky at Cedar Creek Treehouse. We pinky-swear that the octagonal cabin digs atop this 200-year old Western Red Cedar tree are perhaps the coolest accommodations you’ve ever seen.
Guests brave a towering, five-story giant helix (a.k.a. “Stairway to Heaven”) that leads to the treehouse. The treehouse sleeps up to five people comfortably, with additional space on the fourth floor stairwell observation floor and camping spots below. Don’t expect amenities – electricity is provided by a 12-volt battery, limited supplies of water comes from a well in Ashford, and your fridge is nothing more than your standard issue tailgating ice chest cooler.
For the truly green traveler, staying in a hotel that just offers to wash the sheets every other day is not enough. A truly green traveler goes to a place that is almost entirely sustainable, if not completely. Also, this green resort or hotel should include the locals and the surrounding area as much as it can.
Fortunately for these earth-conscious travelers, such eco-resorts are becoming more and more popular. And the latest one is set to hit in beautiful Dominica where the local government has not only approved plans for the eco-lodge, but is actually involved in building it.
The Distinguished International Hotel Group has got a partnership going with the Government of Dominica and the local Carib Council (representing the rights of indigenous locals) to open a resort with a hundred villas, cottages and tree houses.
Treehouse Hotels are a popular sort of breed these days, perfect for tree-huggers, those wishing for an eco-vacation and anyone who ever fancied the Swiss Family Robinson digs.
Now, here's a chance to stay in a Tree House Mansion.
The Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao has opened its two-bedroom, two bathroom treetop suite built atop wooden stilts for hotel guests to rent:
A wooden spiral staircase leads up to the Tree House Mansion and into the open-air living room, which features an authentic, ornate Bali Bridal bed and a wide terrace providing picturesque sunset views over the water.
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven Jennifer Merritt takes a tree-hugger trip. Enjoy.
Lately I've been irritating my editor on purpose, in the hopes that she'll get really annoyed and tell me to go climb a tree, to which I'll say, "Assignment time!" break out the company card and head down to Tree House Lodge in Costa Rica, a 10-acre oceanfront property on Punta Uva beach.
Because I'm a good employee, I'd eschew the more costly seven-day "Relaxing" package for the three-day one, which includes airport transfers, accommodation, a beachside massage, daily yoga classes on the beach and one afternoon energy balance, which--even though I'm not quite sure what that means--has me intrigued.
The package is $2,070 for two people and since the only other person I can think of who would be into such a thing is my hippie-dippy mom, I guess she gets to come along.
Staying in the top of the trees is becoming a common enough accommodation choice, both for uniqueness and to feel at one with nature. But if you want to really feel green, then try renting one of the Free Spirit Spheres on Vancouver Island. These are definitely funky: to date there are two of them, laminated wood spheres that literally hang from the trees. The spheres each have a name: Eryn and Eve, and the accommodation for each varies:
Eryn has a double bed, cupboard space and counter, settee, sink, microwave and refrigerator. Eve is more spartan, with just a bed. Both have insulation, with bathrooms nearby.
And the longer-term plan is to hang up 15 of these spheres around the forest. For now, you can get Eve for C$100 a night and Eryn for C$150, and multiple-night stays attract a discount. Or if you get really keen and have a backyard with a big tree, you can just buy your own hanging sphere for $150,000.
The Cannes Film Festival is still a ways off (it starts on May 16) but a reader's recent tip about the French Riviera got us daydreaming about escaping to Cote d'Azure. This week we'll continue talking about some of the hotels worthy of checking into. As always, we wanna know what you think, not just what Uma, Rod Stewart, P.Diddy and Paris Hilton think, of the hotels here. So send us your thoughts and questions or comment below the story, telling us what's right, what's wrong and what's just French.
A few months ago we'd already started dreaming about spending a few nights up in the trees of the Cote d'Azur in the Orion B&B Hotel. This week CNN dug a little deeper into the roots (sorry) of the Orion Treehouse.
Turns out the brainchild of this luxury treehouse accommodation is a Belgian woman named Diane Van den Berge who bought a farmland property on the Cote d'Azur and then wondered what to do with it:
Soon after buying the property she began leafing through design magazines and stumbled across a guesthouse in India where people stayed in treehouses. She knew she'd found an idea to develop her own place ... The next challenge was to find someone who could build such a structure. She thought she would need to seek help abroad, but through Internet research found a suitable builder 200 kilometers away in France.
Four treehouses have been built since 2004 and she's thinking of putting in a fifth. Apart from the baths, massage showers and internet you'll find in the treehouses, the properties are arranged around a self-cleaning, natural swimming pool, copied from one Diane found in Switzerland. Prices start at 180 Euro ($240) including breakfast for a double--it's definitely another affordable alternative to have a stay on the Cote d'Azur without being in the middle of touristy Cannes or Nice.
· Orion B&B reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Cubicle Dreamin': A Night in a Treehouse [HotelChatter]
· Branching Out With Luxury Treehouses [CNN]