Off the Beaten Path: Tree House Point

An exclusive off-the-ground escape in the Pacific Northwest

Exterior of Upper Pond treehouse
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It’s at once an elevated and down-to-earth experience; simultaneously the stuff of childhood fantasies and grownup getaways. TreeHouse Point, an overnight treehouse retreat and special events venue in Issaquah, Wash., is a bed-and-breakfast experience like no other. And it’s perfect for agents looking for some special real estate where they can unwind.

Incorporated into the forest alongside the Raging River, about 25 miles east of Seattle, TreeHouse Point offers a tranquil, romantic environment. Guests stay in one of six treehouses or one luxurious ground-level room in the lodge, all booked in two-night blocks. Six rooms accommodate individuals and couples only, and one sleeps up to four in a queen and two single beds. To preserve the peace and ambiance, children under 13 aren’t permitted as overnight guests.

THE SETUP

Each treehouse is uniquely designed and decorated. Guests are encouraged to offer each other viewings of their treehouses, which are also exhibited on appointment-only tours in the hours between check-out and check-in.

The entrance to Temple treehouse
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Guests share three ground-level bathrooms with showers, though most rooms have an emergency-use toilet. Linens, bath products, and hair dryers are provided, as in a hotel. All treehouses have a queen bed, seating area, electricity, lighting, heat, an electric tea kettle, and an iPod dock. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lodge, where guests also enjoy chef-prepared Continental breakfasts. No other meals are served, but picnics with food from nearby stores and farmers markets are recommended (cooking isn’t allowed on the premises).

THE TREEHOUSES

Burl features a cozy interior.
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Burl is the only treehouse with plumbing (a flush toilet and sink). It’s reached via a flat wooden bridge and features a ladder-accessible loft bed and private balcony with a view of the Raging River.

Temple of the Blue Moon is a single-story treehouse accessed by a swinging bridge and has an armoire, desk, bookshelf, composting toilet, and river views.

Bonbibi sits atop a meandering staircase. It includes a covered deck from which to enjoy the serene forest in any weather.

Trillium is 16 feet up a spiral staircase that winds around a cedar tree. Walls of windows offer breathtaking forest views from this two-story treehouse.

Raised loft beds can be found inside Upper Pond treehouse.
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Nest is a cozy single-story room reached by staircase. It has a composting toilet and a back deck.

Upper Pond accommodates up to four. Reached by ladder, there are pond views, a large deck, a pulley system for bags, and a composting toilet.

Cedar Suite isn’t a treehouse. This lodge room includes a king bed, private bathroom with separate tub and shower, and balcony.

THE EXTRAS

A TreeHouse Point vacation is all about relaxation and rejuvenation. The setting itself works wonders on the psyche, but on-site activities help guests further de-stress. Attend a 90-minute yoga class or 60-minute tai chi class in the charming Pond Room, or arrange private instruction. Professional massages and hypnotherapy sessions are also offered.

THE SYSTEM 

As might be expected of such an intriguing destination with only seven rooms, it’s difficult to secure a reservation at TreeHouse Point. Plus, weddings and other private events take priority.

There’s an unusual reservation system. Every November 1, TreeHouse Point makes weekday bookings available for the six-month period running from the upcoming May 1 through October 31. Every May 1, weekday bookings open for the six-month window running from the upcoming November 1 through April 30. For example, starting on November 1, 2017, reservations can be made for a Monday/Tuesday night stay or a Wednesday/Thursday night stay in May through October 2018. Usually, all rooms are fully booked through the entire block within a few days of opening up.

Weekend reservations only become available 60 days ahead, special events permitting. Every Monday at 2 p.m. Pacific time, reservations open for the weekend 60 days out; rooms can’t be booked further in advance.

Happy reservation hunting!

TreeHouse Point is featured in the opening credits of Animal Planet’s show “Treehouse Masters.” That’s no random promotion. Pete Nelson, the show’s star, and his wife Judy own the resort, which he built with his treehouse construction company, Nelson Treehouse and Supply.

TreeHouse Point • www.TreeHousePoint.com • Info@TreeHousePoint.com • (425) 441-8087
6922 Preston Fall City Road Southeast • Issaquah, WA 98027

 

 

 

 

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