Spending the Weekend in a Treehouse
Earlier in the year, I was looking for something interesting to do for a non-typical (aka not Vegas) bachelorette party for a good friend. At some point in my googling, I stumbled across a treehouse for rent. A treehouse? My interest was piqued, and after some additional research (basically geeking out over treehouses) we decided to book a weekend at the Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort.
The Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort is basically a Bed and Breakfast in Cave Junction, Oregon run by nice people who love tree puns. And your bed is in a treehouse. And it’s awesome.
We booked our treehouse 5 months in advance, which turned out to be a good idea because they book up fast and advanced planning is suggested.
All of the treehouse are different. They sleep different numbers of people, are different heights off the ground, and all have a completely different design. Some have bathrooms and even showers inside, whereas others use community bathrooms on the ground.
There is a main lodge that contains the front desk, a seating area, and the kitchen/breakfast area. Near the main lodge is the fire pit, grills, and food prep area. Surrounding that is a wide variety of treehouse, circular staircase, and suspension bridges that allow you to access the treehouses. Nearby there are stables and an open field where they have the Zipline course.
We took an overnight train from San Francisco to Klamath Falls, Oregon, rented a car in Klamath Falls, and then drove West for about 4 hours, stopping in Medford for lunch.
Between Medford and Cave Junction there are a bunch of wineries, so we stopped at a few on the way for tastings, great views, and to stock up the wine coffers for the weekend. (It was a bachelorette party, after all.)
We arrived in the late afternoon and were checked-in by some very friendly people. We were in the Majestree, which is 50 ft off the ground and seeps 4-6, depending on how cozy you want to get. We had 5 adults and it was sufficient for us.
The Majestree had a small refrigerator, a bathroom with a shower, and a deck below the treehouse, which we used for consuming alcohol. I can only assume that’s what it was meant for. There was one queen bed downstairs, and two full bed mattresses on the upstairs loft. There was also a fold out mattress that could be used downstairs.
The website has a great description of all the tree houses. (There is some legal nonsense currently on the page I would assume they were forced to write about some of the trees not being used for overnight accommodations. It’s probably safe to ignore it.)
The Majestree is high up, but getting there makes you feel like Indiana Jones. There are several sets of stairs and a few drawbridges to cross. It can be a little nerve-wracking at first, but after a few times it’s just fun.
We were not looking forward to carrying our luggage all the way up to the Majestree (some of us were in the middle of long trips and had a lot of stuff), but they have a solution. At the bottom of the tree there’s a strong net basket attached to a pulley. You put the luggage into the net, and with a person at the bottom and a person at the top, you let science quickly hoist the luggage up. This worked flawlessly, and I have to admit it was kind of fun!
Some of the tree houses are very low to the ground and did not require a pulley, but all of the higher up ones had this, which is genius.
One of my favorite parts of being in the treehouse was showering, because it’s hard to get over the “I’m taking a shower in a treehouse!” amazement. The tree occasionally sways a little in the wind, and you can feel it, but it’s more cool and interesting than scary. Once it swayed while I was showering, which I got a kick out of.
For meals, there is absolutely nowhere to buy food nearby, so you need to come prepared with your own. We picked up groceries on the way, and stopped during the weekend in the town of Cave junction, about 15-20 minutes away, for a few extras.
We cooked our dinner on communal grills, and used a small communal shed to do the meal prep. The shed has cooking supplies and a refrigerator. At times there were other people cooking at the same time as us, but it never felt overwhelming or crowded.
They do not provide any basics (such as olive oil, butter, salt, or pepper, foil) so we had to bring everything we needed, or in the case of olive oil, hunt it down in the breakfast kitchen.
On Friday evening after arriving, we made quesadillas on the grill along with some sausages. To do this, we grilled some vegetables in a cast iron pan with olive oil and spices, and then grilled the quesadillas on some foil. They were delicious!
We sat around the fire for a bit, and then headed up to the Majestree to drink some of our wine.
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