Written by Cara Strickland
Have you ever wanted to spend a night in a treehouse? Not quite camping, but more adventurous than a hotel? If so, TreeHouse Point is the spot to indulge your fantasy, and just about a half-hour drive from Seattle. Pete Nelson of the Animal Planet show Treehouse Masters created this alternative lodging experience in 2006, and it has become a destination for those seeking a retreat from the fast lane, a romantic interlude or a base for an adventurous vacation. Treat yourself to a view of Snoqualmie Falls 7 miles away. The falls are 268 feet high, higher than Niagara Falls. The viewing platform is close to the parking lot and wheelchair friendly. In warmer months, float the Snoqualmie River beginning in Fall City, where you can visit Snofalls Lavender Farm, or head to Tiger Mountain to do some paragliding from Poo Poo Point.
6922 PRESTON FALL CITY ROAD
Choose from seven treehouses—each offers a different experience. They range from the two-story Trillium, 16 feet in the air and with walls of windows, to the ADA-compliant Ananda with fir floors and a private deck, and the Upper Pond treehouse, which looks as if it emerged from the pages of a fairy tale. Some treehouses share access to three full bathrooms, but a few have their own toilets and sinks. Each is stocked with bottled water and an electric kettle, with toiletries and hair dryers in the shared bathrooms. If you want to experience the treehouse vibe but you’d like to rough it slightly less, consider the guest room in the lodge. Children over the age of 13 are welcome, but furry friends of all kinds are not.
In the lodge, you’ll find fresh, complimentary breakfast every morning and cookies and hot beverages every afternoon. Keep it unplugged with their board games, books and puzzles, but know you can also take advantage of the wi-fi by the fireplace. With no restaurant, plan to bring snacks and explore dining options including pizza, brewpubs and Thai eateries in Issaquah, Fall City, Snoqualmie, North Bend and Carnation, all within a five-to twenty-minute drive.