7 Chic Tree Houses Give All New Meaning to Spring Escapes

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From pimped-out pads to primitive shelters, these West Coast treehouses have all the rustic style and whimsical charm necessary for vacationing in the treetops. Whether you’re looking for an ocean-view surf retreat, a romantic redwood forest getaway, or a weekend of off-the-grid communal living, your chateau in the sky awaits you. 


1. Bohemian Charm in Wine Country 

Located in rural Petaluma, this treehouse is nestled 30 feet up a 110-foot Eucalyptus tree and features a stunning deck perfect for enjoying the sunset while sipping a glass of wine. The two-acre property, Swallowtail Studios, used to function as a glass blowing cooperative in the ’70s, and the large redwood barn on site once hosted the Grateful Dead. It now houses, not one, but two charming treehouses as well as a cottage, each with artistic touches such as stained glass windows and woodsy décor. // Book here: airbnb.com/rooms/1546306

2. Remote Commune in the Siskiyou Mountains

Just 20 miles south of the Oregon border, this bare-bones treehouse is in the Maitreya Mountain Village, a sustainable, eco-friendly commune with visiting and permanent residents who share a communal garden, gorgeous outdoor kitchen, and bathhouses. The absence of heat, electricity, Internet, cable, and indoor plumbing in the cabin makes this an adventurous stay more akin to real camping, but visitors have free range to roam the 160-acre property of lush forest that is home to many woodland creatures, including the occasional black bear. You’ll certainly leave with a good night’s rest and a glimpse into the world of off-the-grid mountain living. // Book here: airbnb.com/rooms/7764103

3. Ocean-View Surf Home in the Trees of Aptos 

This quiet house has a full kitchen and three bedrooms. The house is situated just above the tree line, so it also has a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. It’s secluded, quiet, and comfortable, but you certainly won’t be roughing it: heat, Internet, and cable are included. Just seven minutes from the beach and 15 minutes to Santa Cruz, it’s perfect for catching a few waves. // Book here: airbnb.com/rooms/4950937

4. A Redwood Forest Stay in the Santa Cruz Mountains 

The quaint cottage is built around two living redwood trees. It has everything you need for a comfortable cabin experience including a full kitchen and a friendly outdoor cat. Enjoy a stroll through the enchanted woods and a soak in the hot tub. // Book here: airbnb.com/rooms/153903

5. Serene Treehouse Overlooking the San Francisco Bay 

Just 15 minutes outside of San Francisco, this hidden gem in Burlingame is perfect for a night away from the city. Enjoy a candle-lit dinner or breakfast (provided by the hosts) on the deck that overlooks the bay. Since you won’t have a full kitchen, plan on ordering pizza (they’ll deliver right to the treehouse). // Book here: airbnb.com/rooms/86456

6. An Architectural Dream Outside San Diego 

You’ll be without heat, plumbing, or electricity—and you'll need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to make it to Crown Hill Ranch—but the treehouse itself is nothing short of spectacular. From the beautiful wooden staircase to the queen-sized bed and rustic accessories, this cottage is the epitome of treetop living. There's also an outdoor kitchen, bathhouse, and wood-fired hot tub. The treehouse sits on 160 acres that are dedicated to conservation, beekeeping, and wildlife preservation, so you may see turkeys, bobcats, mountain lions, or deer. // Book here: airbnb.com/rooms/8773224

7. Modern Tree Living in Petaluma 

Located in the host’s backyard, you’ll can have the treehouse experience without sacrificing modern luxuries such as heat, wifi, a flat-screen TV, and a flushing toilet. Guests love the private outdoor shower, while a ladder in the downstairs living area leads up to a sunny loft with a double bed. // Book here: airbnb.com/rooms/7025710

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