The absolute No. 1 item on my travel bucket list is to stay in a treehouse hotel. The appeal lies somewhere between how being high up in the trees stirs dormant states of childlike wonder and how it induces a sensation of calmness and feeling of being one with nature. Either way, I can’t wait to do it.
If you’re brave enough to climb up into a treehouse for a local getaway, there’s no better time than fall in New England, when stunning foliage dots mountainsides and hilltops.
Imagine viewing the splendor from within the trees, getting up-close and personal with the unique calligraphy of every distinctly painted leaf.
Sold? Check out some bucket list-worthy treehouse hotels to climb into this fall.
Treehouse at Winvian Farm
155 Alain White Road, Morris, Conn.
Winvian Farm, a luxury resort set in the Litchfield Hills, is home to several creatively themed, luxurious cabins. Perhaps the most enticing of the bunch is the Treehouse. But this isn’t the crooked treehouse you nailed together in your backyard as a kid; this two-floor suite, nestled into the trees 35 feet above the ground, has a king-size bed, fireplace, Jacuzzi tub and walk-out deck. Guests also have access to the resort’s renowned dining and spa facilities and the hotel’s outdoor activities including lawn games, fishing, canoeing and horseback riding.
The Aviary at Wheatleigh
Hawthorne Road, Lenox, Mass.
A stay in this remodeled former aviary in the Berkshires will leave you feeling free from the cage of the 9-to-5 daily grind. Guests enter the downstairs of the multilevel suite to find an elegantly decorated living room with a private terrace, then climb a glass-enclosed wooden staircase to the second level, which features a luxury bedroom suspended among the trees with attached en-suite, complete with soaking tub and walk-in shower.
The Tree Spa at Hidden Pond
354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport, Maine
At Hidden Pond, you can’t actually sleep in a tree – although you could fall into a blissful slumber while lying on the massage table. The resort is comprised of tiny cottages and bungalows set in the wooded wilderness, and those who choose to venture up into the trees for a spa treatment will find the ultimate relaxation experience. The spa menu includes massages, facials and body treatments, serviced in three separate treehouse spa rooms, all connected by treetop bridges. Imagine cozying up in a warm robe after a massage and gazing out at the reds, oranges and yellows of the foliage. It’s autumn immersion at its best.
The Treehouse at Moose Meadow Lodge
607 Crossett Hill, Waterbury, Vt.
The rustic Treehouse at Moose Meadow Lodge features exposed timber, a stone sink, incinerating toilet and backwoods decor. Built for the rugged adventurer, the expansive treehouse features two levels, the first with a wraparound porch and the second with a queen-size loft bedroom and a walk-out deck that allows guests to step out into the changing leaves while overlooking the lake just yards away.
Harmony Hill Lodging and Retreat Center
694 McKee Hill Road, East Meredith, N.Y.
Try your hand at glamping – glamorous camping – by booking a yurt treehouse at this retreat in upstate New York. The yurt is set just off the ground, close enough for those scared of heights, yet far enough into the trees to immerse glampers in fall’s fantastic colors. The tents are waterproof and feature fully functional kitchens and bathrooms. Guests of the resort can rejuvenate with reiki treatments, guided meditation and spiritual mentoring.
By Molly Clark
For more fall foliage spots and autumnal adventures, visit AAA.com/NortheastFoliage.