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Spend A Night Close To Nature In This Gorgeous Treehouse Hotel

Out'n'About Treehouse Resort

There are two types of families: ones that plan luxury vacations overseas each year, and ones that just appreciate a relaxing camping trip every now and then.

When I was growing up, my family was definitely in that second group.

But thankfully, these days there are many more fun but affordable vacation destinations to choose from right here in America.

And once you see this "treehouse resort" in Oregon, you'll understand why families are waiting a full year to camp out there.

Living The High Life

Just outside the Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest, in the small community of Cave Junction, the Out'n'About Treehouse Resort sits on 36 acres of land filled to the brim with treehouses and fun activities.

The resort features 17 treehouses, each with different designs and styles to suit different needs - like say, whether or not you can do without running water.

While the "rooms" look like they're hanging from the trees, builder Michael Garnier has proved they're safe.

He once crowded 66 people, two dogs and a cat into one of his homes to prove it could hold their combined 10,847 pounds.

Garnier's secret is the specially-designed limbs with steel cuffs he uses to hold his treehouses in place.

While the resort is a popular destination today, Garnier spent years in a legal battle with the surrounding Josephine County.

When they blocked him from renting out his treehouses to customers, he let visitors become "friends" after buying a $75 t-shirt, then let them stay over at the resort for free.

Today, Garnier's hotel is on the up-and-up, but the resort's friendly attitude has not changed.

"Camping" Four Stories In The Air

The different treehouse models, which fit between two and seven people comfortably, come in a range of heights, styles and available amenities.

For starters, you can stay just 8 feet of the ground, or up to 37 feet in the air, depending on which treehouse you pick.

Some have special features like skylights and stained-glass windows, while others are pretty spartan.

Some of the more creative treehouses include the Swiss Family model, which has separate areas for parents and kids, joined by a swinging bridge.

The Swiss Family Complex at the Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort
Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort

You should check that your room has electricity, a fridge, or running water before you book a stay, because that's not a given.

Thankfully, there are communal bathrooms available for all guests, and chamber pots in any treehouses without a bathroom - it sounds gross, but sometimes it's safer not to climb down at night.

The Treezebo at the Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort
Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort

It's important to remember that Out'n'About is not a typical resort. There are no locks on the treehouse doors, no air conditioning, and no TVs.

But families that can do without those will have a blast, whether they're lounging in the treetops, zip-lining, or horseback riding.

If you're interested in visiting Out'n'About, you won't be surprised to learn the resort has a year-long wait list, so start planning that dream vacation now!

What do you think of Out'n'About? Would you plan a vacation there?

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