I started my journey to relaxation by driving from the Portland, Oregon area via Washington Highway 14. Woods, stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge, and a bit of Lewis and Clark History dotted my route. It’s a winding road in parts. The sheer natural beauty on a crisp day will lead you to your destination… Skamania Lodge in Stevenson.

Columbia River Gorge

View of the Columbia River Gorge from Cape Horn. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

Not Your Childhood Tree House

That afternoon, I was to see the newly constructed Tree Houses for the first time. As I found out, these aren’t your childhood tree houses. The new tree houses are cozy, secluded, elevated cabins overlooking Skamania Lodge’s lush forest. The refined-rustic structures are elevated 15 and 20 feet in the air and designed with large windows and openings to make you feel as though you are sleeping in the canopy of the trees. And, they are easy to access… no secret ropes or slats nailed on the tree!

Tree House

The Tree Houses take advantage of the beauty of the Douglas Fir forest. Photo by: Elizabeth R Rose

All the luxury Skamania Lodge is known for is there. No need to haul your sleeping bag up to this tree house. You’ll find amenities like a lavish king-sized bed and extravagant outdoor-viewing (yet private) shower. Each tree house offers a large outdoor deck, an indoor/outdoor fireplace, large bathroom and easy access via an attached staircase or easy-to-traverse ramp. Want to eat in? Order from Green Apron, Skamania’s signature take away service.

Tree House Interior

Relax with that indoor-outdoor feel in your tree house. Photo Courtesy Skamania Lodge

The simple, contemporary designs of the tree houses are meant to connect you with the beauty of nature and allow you to enjoy a sense of escape. You’ll look down on the forest floor or out at the view from a rocking chair on the deck. Watch golf being played from your eagle-eye vantage point or head down to relax around the fire pit and make s’mores.

Tree House Deck

You’ll spend many hours on the beautiful deck with indoor-outdoor fireplace. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

Tree House and Firepit

Enjoy the warm firepit on the forest floor. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

Tree Houses Features

The tree houses offer some luxury features, including:

  • Expansive deck with staircase
  • Indoor/outdoor fireplace
  • Private sitting area with Smart TV
  • Lavish King-size bed
  • Full bath featuring an outdoor-viewing (yet private) shower
  • Outdoor dining and event area

Tree house guests are mere minutes from all the lodge’s offerings—the Waterleaf Spa, hiking trails, zip line, Skamania Lodge Golf Course and dining facilities—while still experiencing the peace and quiet of sleeping in the trees.

Meadow Lunch

The grassy meadow at the Tree Houses is ideal for a private meal or wedding.

As we lunched on salmon and brisket in the grassy meadow, I fully expected to see Bambi peek out from the ferns and fir trees surrounding us. The whole area will bring the peace of the forest to your soul.

When You Go

Located 45 miles east of Portland in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Skamania Lodge is an all-season, 175-acre wooded resort and conference center. The property is also home to 45 recreational options, including Waterleaf Spa, with an indoor swimming pool, hot tubs and a fitness center, an 18-hole championship golf course, and the Cascade Dining Room and River Rock restaurants.

The Cascadian-style lodge is situated in a Pacific Northwest playground with hiking, biking and Sternwheeler river cruises in the summer; skiing and snowshoeing in the winter; and golfing, fishing and whitewater rafting year-round.

View from Skamania Lodge

Stunning Gorge view from Skamania Lodge and the Dining Rooms. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

One of the two Tree Houses is ADA accessible. Pets not allowed, unfortunately. An additional seven tree houses are planned for the future. Room rates are approximately $399 per night.

For more information on Skamania Lodge and to book your stay in the tree houses, visit skamania.com or call 800.221.7117, and stay up to date on current events and specials by following Skamania Lodge on Facebook and Twitter.

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