Once weekend play for kids, treehouses are now fit for even picky parents
written by Joni Kabana
Looking for someplace unique to get away from it all? Many know Southern Oregon boasts one of the largest concentrations of old-growth trees in the nation, but did you know that this region in Oregon also is home to one of the largest concentrations of treehouses in the world? Out ‘N’ About Treehouse Treesort in Cave Junction is a collection of treehouses that can be rented for a bird’s-eye chance to sleep high up in a mighty old tree.
Staying at one of these treehouses will catapult you back to your good old backyard treehouse childhood days or satisfy your best Robinson Crusoe lifestyle fantasy. With names such as the Serendipitree and the Tree Room Schoolhouse Suite, each treehouse was built with fun and adventure, and a bit of humor in mind.
The land upon which Treesort rests was purchased in 1973 by owner Michael Garnier a few years after he landed in Oregon from Gary, Indiana. He built the first treehouse in 1990, and it took him eight years to secure permits. Garnier soon found himself becoming a “treehouse pioneer,” designing layouts and assisting others with their own treehouse build. He even invented the Garnier Limb, an innovative fastener that strengthens the joints of a treehouse build.
While listening to night sounds and feeling leafy breezes will surely give you a remarkable getaway feeling, consider also signing up for some of the fun “activitrees” on site and nearby. From ziplining to horseback riding to arts and crafts, Treesort has something for everyone. Rafting on the Klamath River is an adventure within itself.
For more information, see www.treehouses.com.