Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Up in a Tree House at Treehouse Point

The Temple of the Blue Moon Tree House at Treehouse Point
Although I've always been fascinated with tree houses, perhaps my interest in tiny spaces has been rekindled by living full time in an RV for several months.  Another benefit to RV living is with a such a small place to clean and no garden to maintain, I've got more free time to spend having fun! I decided to sign up for a tour of the amazing treehouses at Treehouse Point Bed and Breakfast, where you can sleep in the trees. This unique tree house hotel is located near Fall City, Washington, a few miles east of Seattle.  Treehouse Point is the creation of Pete Nelson before he became well-known on the popular Treehouse Masters TV show.  Tours are available by reservation only through Brown Paper Tickets.

Where is Treehouse Point?

A rather obscure sign along the Preston-Fall City Road marks the entrance to Treehouse Point.

Treehouse Point Entrance Sign
Inside the entrance I made a sharp right turn and got my first glimpse of the charming craftsman-style office building and the parking lot.

Treehouse Point Office and Parking Lot
The tour I took had included a total of about 18 people and we were instructed by a sign to gather in front of the office no earlier that 15 minutes before the tour was to begin.
Treehouse Point Office
Inside the office it was verified that we were on the list for the tour and not surprisingly, since we would be climbing up into trees, we were all required to sign a liability release.

As the tour began we passed by the Nelson Treehouse Supply Company which sells tree house designs and the hardware for building a treehouse. The second floor office is where Pete Nelson works when he is not out of the office meeting with people who want a treehouse or filming the Treehouse Masters TV show.

The Temple of the Blue Moon Tree House at Treehouse Point

On this particular tour we were able to see all of the Pete Nelson tree houses in the order in which they were built, starting with the one named the Temple of the Blue Moon.

Inside the Temple of the Blue Moon Tree House
After crossing the suspension bridge I stepped inside to a surprisingly spacious room furnished with a table, bookcase and two leather armchairs in addition to the comfy bed.  Only one of the tree houses has its own bathroom with running water and traditional plumbing.  Some of the others have a composting toilet and all guests have use of shared bathroom/showers down on the ground.  The composting toilets are mainly for those middle of the night bathroom trips when it might not be convenient to go to the bathrooms on the ground.

Composting Toilet
We climbed a rustic spiral staircase around a western red cedar tree to see the Trillium, the next tree house on our tour.

Trillium Tree House at Treehouse Point

After arriving inside the Trillium the most impressive feature is a gorgeous two-story wall of windows on three sides.
Inside the Trillium Tree House
A ladder leads up to a loft where the bed is located.

Ladder to the loft in the Trillium tree house
A comfortable bed on the second floor loft looks out through the windows to views of the surrounding forest.  The trillium is really like a glass house with a total of 80 windows.

Trillium Tree House Bed
Our next stop was the Upper Pond tree house which is accessed with a ladder.  The rope and pulley under the roof overhang is used to pull up luggage.
Upper Pond Tree House at Treehouse Point
Upper Pond is the only tree house at Treehouse Point with more than one bed.  In addition to the main bed it has two upper bunks.

Inside Upper Pond Tree House at Treehouse Point
The Nest is smallest of the tree houses and as the name suggests, has a bird theme.
The Nest Tree House at Treehouse Point
After climbing the stairs, step inside a cozy little bedroom with bird decor that includes artwork of birds.

Inside the Nest Tree House
A staircase winding around the trees led us to the Bonbibi, our next destination.  A small deck was created underneath providing a place to sit and relax sheltered from rain or sun.

Bonbibi Tree House at Treehouse Point
The housekeeping staff had not yet finished making the bed when I visited, but it still looked like a cozy space with windows over the headboard and bookcases. 

Inside the Bonbibi Tree House
The newest addition and the last one on the tour was the Burl.  A bridge extends from the ground to the tree house built around a magnificent old Douglas fir tree that is over 200 feet tall.

The Burl Tree House at Treehouse Point

Inside there is a lovely sitting room with antique furniture and decor.

Inside the Burl Tree House

The Burl, like the Trillium, is two stories tall with a ladder to access the bedroom in the loft.  
Ladder to the Loft Inside the Burl Tree House
The bedroom loft has windows all around to enjoy the view in every direction.

The Burl is the only tree house at Treehouse Point that has a bathroom inside with running water.

The other bathrooms and showers are located in modern, clean buildings and shared by all guests.

Shared Guest Bathrooms at TreeHouse Point.
 I peeked inside one of the bath houses for guests.  It had the woodsy scent of cedar like the inside of a sauna!
Inside a Bath House at Treehouse Point
For weddings or other events Treehouse Point offers treehouse rentals of the entire facility with all of the tree houses and a meeting room.  The meeting room has a glass garage door can be opened to an adjoining large covered patio.

Treehouse Point Meeting Room
Another door from the meeting room opens to a covered deck with rustic tables and chairs overlooking a pond.
Outdoor Covered Deck at Treehouse Point

Sign Post at Treehouse Point
I really enjoyed the tour and was impressed with the craftsmanship and attention to detail that I saw in each tree house including the railings and stairs, woodcarvings on doors, use of recycled materials and antique furniture. I didn't share photos of everything to leave some surprises for anyone else who might want to take the tour.  Reservations are available through Brown Paper Tickets.