Treehouses are cool. It’s just a fact. And any excuse to spend a night in one? Well, that’s totally fine with us.
Throw in Oregon’s picturesque coastline, epic national parks, prominent mountains with world renowned skiing, serene hiking and horseback riding trails in every direction, and inviting small towns, and you have no excuse for not making it to one of Oregon’s 11 best treehouses. Especially when you take a closer look at the evolution of treehouses in recent years, these are no longer those basic structures you built in your backyard as a kid. They’ve become so much more. Today, saying you’re going to spend the night in a treehouse has taken on a whole new meaning.
With touches that range from modern to rustic, from being perched lakeside to nestled on a mountaintop, from sleeping two to six, with a sauna, firepit, hot tub, or zip line, no matter what you thought a treehouse could or should look like, the reality is that they are so much better than you could ever even imagine. And it’s not just in Oregon where sleeping in the trees has taken off. We think these treehouse vacation rentals across the U.S. are also pretty great. (If you prefer to stay in the NW, check out these Washington treehouse vacation rentals.)
But, all of this makes us wonder, what is it about sleeping in the trees that makes our adventure-loving hearts skip a beat?
Maybe it’s because living near trees is literally good for our health. Or that they help reduce stress and increase an individual’s propensity to exercise? Between the health benefits and the possibility for adventure in Oregon, a stay in the trees in the PNW promises to be anything but boring.
You name the adventure, and Oregon practically does it better than anyone else. Head to Mt. Hood if it’s one of your first trips to the Beaver State. Or, venture deeper into Central or Eastern Oregon to avoid the crowds. The best thing about staying in Oregon is that you don’t need to plan your every move. The potential to explore is always around you.
And, when your temporary home is an Oregon treehouse as incredible as one of these 11, the adventure begins when you check-in.
Vibe: Made for a Magazine
If there were ever a treehouse we wish we could turn into our full-time abode, this would be it. The Wald House was built in 1979 just outside of Portland in the Tualatin Mountains and is the perfect spot for anyone needing to get their creative juices flowing. With a beautifully curated interior, there isn’t one detail the owners/designers behind the Wald House missed, down to the locally roasted coffee beans. With two bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, and a spacious back deck, there’s enough room inside (and out) to come with friends and still find your own space to get lost in your own rabbit hole of inspiration.
Vibe: Reel ‘em In
While the Cabin in the Trees' interior is a bit more basic than others on this list, the location on Tenmile Lakes and the boat access it offers make it a magical treehouse retreat we couldn’t resist. Especially since you can arrive by boat via the North Lake Canal that connects the North and South Tenmile Lakes. Pack a cooler and your fishing gear, as the largest and southernmost lake along the Oregon Coast south of the Umpqua River, Tenmile Lakes, is one of the best spots in Oregon for bass fishing.
Vibe: Stairway to Heaven
Deep within Umpqua National Forest, the Summit Prairie Lookout Tower has been high on the list of nature-lovers and adventurers for years—which means getting one of the 65 reservations available each season can be difficult. Open from late March to mid-November, the tower sits 40 feet in the air up a wooden spiral staircase, and is surrounded by 160 acres of private land. Built in 2009, this is the best way to recreate those fire tower vibes the US Forest Service used dating back to the early 1900s. With a full kitchen (stove, refrigerator), running hot water, an outside shower, a pit toilet 100 feet from the tower, and all the views and stargazing you can handle, this off-grid fire tower is a place to find peace, quiet, and so much more.
Vibe: Camping in the Trees
With side by side outdoor soaking hot tubs, enough outdoor patio space to spend as much or as little time outside as you want, and a clean and minimal sleeping area inside, this is camping, but in the best kind of way. Pack everything you need with you and do your best to check in at this glamping treehouse before sunset—you won’t want to miss a second in this peaceful space in the trees.
Vibe: Treesorts are the Best ‘Sorts
Step into our treesort. With 17 treehouses on property that accommodate two to four guests and each with their own unique character, the treehouses at Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort are as wide ranging and eclectic as the area they call home. From a tree room schoolhouse suite to a peacock’s perch, the interiors are nothing to brag about, but that’s not what you’re there for anyways. And yes, they do own the URL treehouses.com, which impresses us, too.
Vibe: Bud and Breakfast
What was that? A 420-friendly treehouse resort in Southern Oregon, set 35-feet off the ground that comes with cannabis as part of the included amenities and on a working cannabis farm? Yep, that’s right. A simple sleeping loft setup, full bathroom, and kitchenette packs a lot into not a lot of square feet, and across a suspension bridge you can make yourself right at home thanks to the locally grown munchies that will have you relaxed and loving life in the leaves in minutes.
Vibe: The Air is Cleaner Up Here
Overlooking the Bull Run River Canyon (great for kayaking and rafting) on the steps of Mt. Hood, the Izer Treehouse is perfect for adventure seekers looking f or a secluded getaway in the treetops. Spend the night 30 feet off the ground, where the energy is just different (it’s a fact), and the birds-eye view will give you a new perspective on things. This is a place to stop, relax, and breathe in the fresh canyon air. Without a TV or Wi-Fi, take time to settle into life in an elevated living room, where power is only available for 7 hours a day, and your compost toilet comes with views through beautiful stained glass doors.
Vibe: Anything but Un-bear-able
Off-grid and disconnected in the Umpqua National Forest, this solar-powered haven in the heavens is 35 minutes away from grocery stores but smack dab in the middle of bear and cougar country. With a composting toilet, outdoor shower, kitchen, two sleeping areas (one a loft), and views overlooking Jackson Creek below—which you can hear from the treehouse—staying at Farwood Retreat is a tranquil and secluded escape for anyone looking to truly disconnect from their tech and reconnect with the world around them.
Vibe: City Escape, Heavy on the Escape
Embrace the cedar, fir, and maple trees of Marshall Park at this Pete Nelson-designed treehouse just outside the hustle and bustle of Portland. Here, you’re only a 13-minute drive to downtown. Set your sights on the Creek State Park trailhead less than a mile away and explore the abundance of nature the Treehouse in the City has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a quick and simple place to get your feet on the ground or need a place to gather your thoughts for a few days, this is it. There’s even a 50 amp electric car charger with a Tesla plug available on request.
Vibe: Country Comfort
Sink into the sway inside your warm and cozy countryside retreat at this Gold Beach treehouse, located on the Southern Oregon coast far from the crowds of Canon Beach and the Tillamook Coast. Take in the ocean views, watching as the waves crash below against the Samuel Boardman Corridor, or keep your eyes on the sky—the birdwatching here is some of the best you’ll find anywhere around. Enjoy a cozy ocean view in the loft from a queen-sized bed atop a flight of stairs. Sans TV and Wi-Fi, embrace off-grid living by spending your days walking along the coast or cozying up on the deck with a good book.
Vibe: Tree Lovely Ladies
With a trio of treehouses to choose from, these sky-high casas are quaint, cozy, and everything you want from an Oregon stay of this type. With an attention to detail that makes these Douglas fir trees stand out from the rest of the treehouse crowd, you’re close enough to explore places such as Great Cats World Park and Illinois River Forks State Park, the Pacific Northwest Coast, the Oregon Cave National Monument, and the Giant Redwoods during the day, and spend your nights watching the sunset through the trees and envisioning a life permanently in the trees.