Bouncing on a bridge at TreeHouse Point

Ariel exploring TreeHouse Point

So it turns out that less than 15 minutes away from me, there’s this place that has a whole bunch of treehouses called TreeHouse Point. I didn’t know more about it than that so I contacted them and a few days later headed over to go check it out. It turns out there’s a TV show that’s filmed here and everything! It’s a really rad place and I shot a bunch of photos to share with you guys. Let’s jump right into it! So the dude that started this place is named Pete Nelson. He has a TV show on Animal Planet called Treehouse Masters where he goes around building treehouses for people. For example, here’s a clip featuring the treehouse that I used for the intro image at the top of this post.

This location is tucked into the forest right off the road. Even though I knew where it should be, I actually drove right past it twice because they don’t have a huge big sign or anything. 😀 When I arrived for the tour, I figured it’d be some sort of small little tour, maybe 4 or 5 people. I was wrong. It was PACKED! There were a good 50 people or so who all signed up for the tour!

They’ve got a bunch of different treehouses here, every one is unique and custom built, and you can either go on a tour, stay the night like a hotel, and they also do wedding packages if you want something funky and different. I was there just for the tour and since there were so many people, I made a point to try and shoot photos without mobs of people in them. Because of this, I didn’t hear the tour guide all that much so I won’t be able to regale you with stories of fun treehouse facts. For that you’re going to have to go on the tour yourself, because the tour guides were hilarious and super friendly. Hi Madeline and Damon! You rock! 😀

So for this post I’m gonna share a whole bunch of photos with you guys from each treehouse. It’s only a couple of photos per, but there’s a bunch of treehouses and every one is cool! Let’s go through the collection one at a time.

Upper Pond

Because there were so many people, we actually split up into two different groups. The first treehouse that our group went to visit was called Upper Pond. I *think* this was the second largest treehouse they had. Like most of the treehouses, there was a steep ladder that you had to climb to go in and out of it. The ladder was surprisingly easy to climb.

Upper Pond treehouse

Upper Pond treehouse

Next to the ladder there’s also a rope on a pulley so you can hook on an item to the carabiner at ground level and pull it up to you up top. 😀 Here’s a look at people climbing up the ladder to go check out this first treehouse.

Upper Pond with people everywhere

Upper Pond with people everywhere

The tour takes place around noon, right in between checked out from the previous night and check in for the following night. The place is basically sold out every night and that 4 hour period between guests is the only time they have available for tours. Housekeeping was actually doing their thing and cleaning up the rooms at the same time whenever tours weren’t taking place on that particularly treehouse. Because of this, lots of the beds will be unmade and whatnot and so I’m gonna show you mostly pics from the outside for this reason. That said, I will share some photos from the inside as well because those are really cool too.

So climbing up into Upper Pond, we can take a look at the inside of that.

Upper Pond inside

Upper Pond inside

This one had both a normal bed and a bunk bed up top. Most of the treehouses are smaller and have just one queen bed, so they’re designed for couples really. This one has room for more. 🙂

Nest up above

Upper Pond up above

I love the want they actually hooked these guys up to a tree. I’m more of an electrical/technical type guy than mechanical so I always have an extra level of appreciation for the way people physically put all this together to make it work. As you might expect with a treehouse, everything is supported by the trees themselves. It’s pretty sweet.

Attached to tree

Attached to the tree

Good job guys. I’m very impressed.

Upper Pond

Upper Pond

Nest

Going from big to small (it’s all relative), the next treehouse we visited was Nest. This was one of the smaller treehouses on the property that you can sleep in.

Crossing the bridge to Nest

Crossing the bridge to Nest

Gorgeous, isn’t it? It looks like everything was done by hand. I love it. 🙂 Look at Nest all nestled into the trees. :p 😀

Nest in the trees

Nest in the trees

The inside of this one, like I said, is really tiny. Here’s the bed with the roof sloping down into the corner.

Nest bed

Nest bed

(Sorry for the messy bed. Like I said, this is in between housekeeping prep work.) Other than the bed, there’s a little desk, two chairs, and not much else!

Nest bed and window

Nest bed and window

This one has a nice little balcony you can step out on, complete with two chairs to relax on. The treehouse across the walkway is Upper Pond that we just looked at.

Nest porch

Nest balcony

Now even though Nest is a smaller treehouse, one nice thing it has that not a lot of them do is a bathroom! It’s great that it’s up at bedroom level so you don’t have to go down the ladder (or pee off the balcony) in the middle of the night. 😉

Nest bathroom

Nest bathroom

Treehouse bathroom! For those who don’t wanna go roughin’ it.

Nest

There’s Nest!

Bonbibi

Next up is a pretty treehouse with a fun name, Bonbibi. This is going to be the smallest treehouse at just 110 square feet!

Bonbibi wide view

Bonbibi

As you can see, the walkway leading up to this one is stairs instead of a ladder. Since it had such wonderful stairs, it made it easier for people to climb up to go check it out.

People climbing up Bonbibi

People climbing up Bonbibi

I really like the look of these treehouses kinda tucked into the forest. It sets up an idea of the atmosphere.

Bonbibi peek-a-boo

Bonbibi peek-a-boo

Once most everyone else had a chance to go check out the treehouse, I went to go up and take a look as well.

Bonbibi stairs going up

Climbing up Bonbibi

The inside of this one was particularly messy, so in the name of turning lemons into lemonade, check out this beautiful doorway and the gorgeous dark walls inside. 😀

Bonbibi entrance

Bonbibi entrance

Turning back around, the spiral staircase is a treat to walk back down. Off in the distance you can see another treehouse we’ll get to shortly, a window-filled glassy one called Trillium.

Bonbibi, stairs curving down

Bonbibi with Trillium in the distance

Check out the curved railing on the left and the support beams for the railing on the right. They’re crookedly straight (is that how you say it? maybe straightly crooked?) and look so natural and earthy. So cool.

Bonbibi stairs down

Bonbibi stairs down

Yeah, cool spiral staircase. Well done!

Bonbibi, you’re cool

Burl

Next up is Burl. I think this one was featured on TV as well, based on what everyone around me was saying.

Burl at the end of the bridge

Burl at the end of the bridge

As you can see, this one is tucked back into the woods a bit as well. Instead of climbing a ladder or stairs, you cross a bridge to get to Burl.

Burl bridge

Burl bridge

This bridge is nice and solid and makes it super easy to walk across. Not scary or anything.

Burl at the end of the trees

Burl at the end of the trees

This one’s a double decker and you’ve got two floors.

People walking under Burl

People walking under Burl

The lower level is your living room type area. Climb the ladder up and you’ll get to the bedroom upstairs.

Burl bed

Burl bedroom

You know one of the cool things about this bedroom? It has a bathroom!!

Burl bed

Burl bed

Not only does this one also have a bathroom, but it’s indoors as well which is great if you don’t wanna go outside when it happens to be raining. It’s got a real toilet too (as opposed to the wooden box with a toilet seat in Upper Pond) and it also features toilet paper rolled the wrong way. Back downstairs you have this wonderful little balcony so you can enjoy the view.

Burl balcony

Burl balcony

This is a pretty sweet lookin’ one.

Burl from underneath

Burl from underneath

One thing that people kept asking about was the platform just above the treehouse. You’ll see the one right above the roof. There’s also another one a pretty good distance higher up the tree. They’re not part of the treehouse itself. They were actually put there for TV to get good camera angles. Once they finish up with the TV stuff, they’re going to remove those platforms.

Burl on the tree

Burl being burly.

Temple of the Blue Moon

Next up is probably the most popular and most photographed treehouse, Temple of the Blue Moon.

Temple of the Blue Moon

Temple of the Blue Moon

Can you guess why? 😉 As you can see, this one has a flexible bridge leading up to it. The bridge is pretty bouncy as you walk across it.

Temple of the Blue Moon

Me on the bridge at the Temple of the Blue Moon

(I love wearing forest colors. They make me feel even more a part of nature, at one with life.) Coming back to the bridge, I liked the way it would bounce and you’d create little waves in it as it flexed from your steps/jumps. Some people were a little more cautious. Understandable. :p

Temple of the Blue Moon

People crossing the bridge from Temple of the Blue Moon

As usual, I’m lovin’ the look of these treehouses in their natural element.

Temple of the Blue Moon

Temple of the Blue Moon in the woods

It’s pretty trippy seeing how high up some of these treehouses are.

Temple of the Blue Moon

Temple of the Blue Moon floating above the earth

Off to the side a nice little balcony you can enjoy. Check out how it wraps around the tree. 🙂

Temple of the Blue Moon

Temple of the Blue Moon balcony

You can see the balcony just off to the side. If you walk straight into the treehouse, you walk right into the main tree that supports it. Hi tree!

Temple of the Blue Moon entrance

Temple of the Blue Moon entrance

This was definitely one of the cooler looking treehouses.

Temple of the Blue Moon

Temple of the Blue Moon front entrance

If you back up a little further, you’ll actually see the green pond right next to it. Doesn’t this look like something out of Lord of the Rings?

Temple of the Blue Moon

Temple of the Blue Moon with a green pond

Trillium

Next up let’s go take a look at Trillium. This one is pretty unique because unlike some of the other trees that seem to kind of blend in with the forest, this one definitely stands out more.

Trillium

Trillium in the distance

See what I mean? 🙂 This one’s got a ton of glass. I’m not sure if this applies to all of the treehouses, but if you like this one, you can actually get the plans to this one and build it yourself. Every one is custom built depending up the size and distances of the support trees, but you can definitely get some great ideas here if you’re into treehouses! Let’s take a closer look at this one.

Trillium

Checking out Trillium

Like many of the other treehouses, this one has a spiral staircase to the top. They do such a great job with them!!

Trillium

Trillium’s gorgeous spiral staircase

Why don’t we take a little walk and go check out this one.

Trillium

Trillium entrance

When you get up to the top, you find that this one is a double decker as well. The bottom floor is like your living room / lounge area.

Trillium

Trillium, first floor

Windows everywhere!! Climb the ladder and you make your way up to the bedroom.

Trillium

Trillium bedroom

Having all these windows around is so cool, isn’t it? You don’t have to be inside this one to get a great view of the forest. Step outside and start going down the stairs and here’s your view.

Trillium

Trillium, stairs back down

Too cool… Yeah, she’s a beauty for sure.

Trillium

Trillium

The next two treehouses we’re going to check out (last two!) are more for day use. They don’t actually have beds in them.

Bird Blind

If you walk down towards the river, you’ll find two little treehouses. (I keep wanting to say birdhouse since it’s named Bird Blind.)

Bird Blind

Bird Blind up in the trees

There’s bird blind. It’s a pretty fitting name, isn’t it?

Bird Blind

Bird Blind on a tree

Getting up this one involves climbing up a ladder.

Bird Blind

Bird Blind inside

When you get to this one you find a really simple interior. There’s a wooden platform where a bed could be, but it’s just a wooden platform (what I’m standing on in this pic). Looking out the window you have a gorgeous view of the picturesque river down below…

Hermitage

Remember how I said one of the other treehouses was the smallest one? I take that back. This one’s even smaller. It’s like a nanotreehouse. To be fair, this one doesn’t even have a bed. Check it out. This is the whole thing!!

Hermitage

Hermitage, inside

It’s a chair and a desk, and a view of the river! lol… Okay, so let’s look at this one.

Hermitage

Hermitage by the river

Here you’ve got your little treehouse by the river. This thing looks more like a growth off the side of the tree than anything. Here’s a closer look so you can see it has windows and other manmade aspects.

Hermitage

Hermitage up close

To get into this little treehouse, you climb the ladders on up.

Hermitage

Hermitage on the tree

When you get to the top, you’re greeted with this wonderful little nook, a place to rest and enjoy yourself. You can hear the sound of the river rushing by and you’ve got a place to sit, read, think, write… whatever you like!

Hermitage

Hermitage interior

Now let’s say you’re sitting up here enjoying yourself and you wanna go Super Hermit. You can do that! Here’s how ya do it. Step outside and you’ll find this pulley system.

Hermitage

Hermitage pulley

On one end of the pulley you’ll find basically a large stone floating in the air, lol. It’s your counterweight so that you don’t have to pull so hard for the next part. On the other end of the rope is the bottom of the ladder you used to climb up.

Hermitage

Hermitage ladder

Pull on that rope and you’ll actually start to pull the bottom of the ladder up! The top of that first ladder is connected by a pair of hinges so when you pull the bottom of it up, it’ll flip up so that no one else can come join you, you crazy hermit you.

Hermitage

Hermitage ladder hinges

What else is there?

Whew! Okay, that’s seriously a lot of pics. If any of you guys are actually still reading this text and not just flipping through the pictures, color me impressed. So other than treehouses, there’s some other stuff to see and do as well. (Surprise!)

River

Stacked stones and the River

As you saw from some of the previous pictures, there’s a great little river where you can relax, stack stones, lay in a hammock, kick back in a chair, have a bonfire, feel the pebbles under your feet, splash in the water, or whatever floats your boat. Because they like to host events here (think weddings and whatnot), they have a few places where people can eat, drink, and be merry.

Outdoor nom nom area

Outdoor nom nom area

There’s some rooms you can stay in that are more like hotel rooms if you don’t wanna do the full on treehouse thing, but I didn’t bother checking those out because, you know, treehouse.

Back of the Lodge and Trillium

Back of the Lodge and Trillium

As you’ve seen from some of the other pics, they have this wild green pond that makes its way around the property. You probably don’t wanna go in unless you fancy coming out looking like Swamp Thing, but it looks pretty fantastic. If you wanna check this place out, which I’d highly recommend, you can visit their website at www.TreeHousePoint.com. They don’t do drop-ins (which makes sense when you’re there because of how cramped things get) and their tours and overnight stays do sell out (also makes sense now that I’ve been there, plus the fact that they’re on TV), so you’ll need to make reservations online. It’s definitely a fun, cool thing to do if you like doing things that are, well, fun and cool. 🙂

Lodge

Main Lodge

Thanks so much to Madeline and Damon for being our tour guides, to the staff cleaning the place up and making it look awesome, and to Pete and Judy Nelson who it are the masterminds behind the operation.

Season 3 of the TV show Treehouse Masters is about to start in a few days on Animal Planet so if you like treehouses, that’d be a fun show to check out too.

So yeah, thanks for coming along on this adventure! See you next time. 🙂

-Ariel

One Comments

  1. christopher
    on August 30th, 2014
    1

    Wow. That is beautiful and inspiring. I think we need to build one…. soe day…

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