Tree-mendous Getaways

Places to go, things to do and see and people who are leaving their mark on the world of style.

By Moe Godat


The Cottage’s Sunrise Treehouse, Hermann, MO | The Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Hermann, Missouri, boasts plenty of gorgeous views, first-rate service and family-friendly fun. The Sunrise Treehouse is the location’s tallest accommodation; located on a cliff and overlooking the area’s luscious green beauty, the interior is just as welcoming as the striking exterior. To make reconnecting with family and nature simpler, the Sunrise Treehouse provides easy access to a microwave, coffeemaker and mini fridge. Many might think camping is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in nature; staying at The Cottage gives you the camping experience with much less hassle, complete with a bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet. Small but mighty, the spacious sleeping loft allows for comfortable nights in a queen-size bed. If the large windows’ natural light indoors isn’t enough, the treehouse has a large back deck as well with Adirondack chairs and a walkway wrapping around three sides of the structure. Family owned and operated, the Sunrise Treehouse is the perfect place to relax, rest and reconnect.

Cassiopeia Treehouse, Cascais, Portugal | The Cassiopeia Treehouse goes back to its roots as a space for imagination, freedom and creativity for children. At its core, the treehouse is a playground with multiple routes and spaces for safe and engaging activities. Typical of many playgrounds, it offers a fireman pole, slide, swing and monkey bars; however, it also has more unique playground features such as a zip-line, net bed and a sculptural climbing wall. The Cassiopeia is a shelter for adults who want to disconnect from an ever-changing virtual world as well. Almost invisible from its surrounding environment, the location provides a natural haven with a low impact on the unaffected territory it occupies. The architects at Madeiguincho based the design around the lone pine tree growing through the build’s center, using pine to create both the interior and exterior. A rough, natural finish lends the treehouse a feeling of simplicity and connection with nature. The balcony sits near the treetops and gives inhabitants a view of the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The designers hope that the proximity to both the forest and the sea will encourage guests to see, feel, breathe and experience nature.

Treehouse C, Mengwi, Indonesia | Inspired and fascinated by elevated living spaces, Stilt Studios set out to create luxurious treehouses with minimal footprints. Treehouse C, the studio’s third successful venture in creating livable treehouses, has virtually no limits as far as the layout is concerned because each user can easily change the base structure to fit their needs. For example, a user can easily change it from a one-bedroom unit into a two-bedroom unit. Additionally, the facade can open up to allow for more workspace. This “openable” facade also allows cross ventilation with a breeze. A large, overhanging roof offers shade; the continuous breeze and shade reduces the treehouse’s energy consumption and lessens the structure’s environmental footprint. The elevation helps alleviate humidity and ward off pests like mosquitoes and termites. Treehouse C is a part of a small resort in Bali, made up of six similar units. Living in one of these units offers owners a prime location and stunning view of the Bali countryside complete with a shared pool and rice fields. The architects at Stilt Studios believe life in Treehouse C is both a long-lasting and unique living experience.