You Can Sleep Inside a Treehouse and Go Zip Lining at This Texas Resort (Video)
There are a whole lot of treehouse getaways out there for adventurous travelers. From rustic-chic digs in Atlanta to a tropical escape in a Hawaiian forest, the list of options grows longer — and more drool-worthy — by the day.
This treehouse resort in Texas, however, is on a whole different level. Nestled in a canopy of old-growth cypress trees outside of Austin, the treehouse escapes operated by Cypress Valley Canopy Tours are eco-friendly, luxurious, and downright dreamy.
Opened in Spicewood in 2005, Cypress Valley Canopy Tours began as a zip lining adventure park. The one-of-a-kind lodgings were added soon after, and now the resort boasts five treetop cottages to rent: Lofthaven, Juniper, Willow, the Nest, and its newest addition, Yoki.
The 30-foot-high bungalows are perched over the watery ravine that keeps the trees hydrated. Guests walk along rope suspension bridges to reach their respective units, all of which were dreamed up by treehouse design studio ArtisTree. At nighttime, the resort is naturally lit by dancing fireflies — they put on an amazing after-dinner show.
Views from the circular Lofthaven treehouse are best enjoyed on its wraparound porch. Built to surround a single tree, the charming abode sleeps two comfortably. A bridge from Lofthaven leads to the private bath cottage, where there’s a bathtub that’s filled by a mini waterfall.
Juniper and Willow are both one-room treehouses, each complete with a coffee station, two nightstands, and a small porch. They’re located under some of the resort’s zip lining paths and offer access to a shared bathroom.
The Nest is perhaps the most unique-looking accommodation on the property. With two bedrooms, a game room, and an eat-in kitchenette on multiple levels, it’s also the largest. While the unit has an outdoor shower, there’s also a private bathhouse with both a tub and a shower at the end of a suspension bridge. The Nest can sleep up to six people, and is part of the park’s zip line canopy tours.
Yoki was completed in 2018. The 50-square-foot treehouse boasts a king-size bed, not to mention a living room, a kitchenette, and a two-level deck. There’s a private bathhouse with a soaking tub across a bridge, to boot.
Those staying at Cypress Valley in spring, summer, and fall are required to book a zip lining tour, where harnessed guests can soar over the trees and traverse a few sky bridges. If any place brings treehouse hotels to new heights, it’s this one.