They say the national parks are like vacationing in your own backyard, but with unique accommodations in treehouse hotels, it really seems like it. Go out on a limb and enjoy some deluxe accommodations in the great outdoors.
With a massive e-conscious renovation set to wrap this autumn, it only makes sense guests would be able to see the forest through the trees at Hotel Rodavento’s new premium suite forest lofts. Four two-story modules at this Valle de Bravo, Mexico, retreat all feature one king-bed guestroom per floor the blend into the canopy with a “loft” feel with steel, cement and earthy palettes of dark browns and greens. Each room includes a distinct feeling of privacy and own line of sight, making for a unique little “nest.”
Frette linens will have you feeling like you’re truly in the clouds at Primland Tree Houses in Dan, Va., where expansive views of majestic Kibler Valley and North Carolina piedmont are yours from the panorama of an expansive private deck. Inside, flat-panel TVs, soaking tubs, an in-room beverage center and nightly turn-down service are almost enough to make you want to enjoy the lush privacy and eschew amenities at the lodge like on-site restaurants and activities like fishing, horseback riding and geocaching.
What better way than a zipline experience to get a good view of all that awaits at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours in Spicewood, Texas. Four treehouses and a ranch house sleep up to six people with shared and private bathrooms, kitchenettes, a heated natural rock tub and even an indoor waterfall.
An iPod docking station and WiFi? You better believe you’re in the same state as Silicon Valley and at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, it’s like a stairway to heaven with free-standing structures on stilts nine feet off the ground. Expect skylights, fireplaces, in-room dining and a fitness center with infinity pool and complimentary activities including yoga.
Thirteen is a lucky number at Missouri Treehouse Cabins, where full kitchens help you cook up whatever you catch on fly fishing trips. There’s also canoeing and float trips here, or just float around your private quarters to revel in the glow of a native stone fireplace, chill out in whirlpool tubs and enjoy a massage on your private deck in the heart of Dora.
Vacationing in Amish Country may raise an eyebrow or two among your friends, but the Berlin Woods Tree Houses in Millersburg, Ohio, will make you take a second look. Six tree houses, all constructed just last year, include full living rooms with fireplaces, kitchen amenities, two-person Jacuzzis and furniture hand-hewn by the Amish. The comfy quarters do soar 30 feet above the ground, so those afraid of heights beware!
The “ordinary” treehouse hotel becomes an extraordinary experience at Out’n’About Treesort in Cave Junction, Ore., where the trunk of a giant cypress tree anchors the center of the Lofthaven tented treehouse; it also features a waterfall-filled bathtub. New treehouses Juniper and Willow are solar-powered, and the Nest is nestled below a giant zipline.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.