Washington State Part 1 - Be in a Tree

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

While it's taken me almost two months to finally get this post together, it still makes me so happy to be able to share all the photos from our trip. Looking back through them really helps me to remember how much fun we had exploring a new state and seeing the beauty that is the pacific northwest. This is the first of two posts on our trip to Washington - we did so many things and took so many pictures there's no way I could fit it all into one!


Our adventure started at Treehouse Point - a small bed and breakfast about 30 minutes east of Seattle. Once we landed at SeaTac and picked up our rental car, we began the short journey to this little piece of heaven on earth.

Treehouse Point had been on my mind since I first discovered it on Pinterest back in 2012 before Mike and I got married. It was one of those things we kept saying we wanted to do down the road and we never thought we would get to venture out there so soon. But, after I decided to start grad school this summer, we knew free time was going to be a little tight, and we decided that planning one big vacation inside the U.S. before I started would be the best option. Since I had just added Treehouse Point to my 101 list, we knew right away that Washington State would be our destination. I also have family in Seattle on my dad's side that I hadn't seen in many years and Mike had never met. So between staying in a treehouse and visiting with family, we knew it was bound to be the perfect trip!

When we arrived at Treehouse Point we really didn't know what to expect. I had booked the place online and of course we had read reviews and looked through a few photos on their site, but other than that we didn't really know much about it. I was honestly a little nervous to find out what staying in a treehouse was going to be like, but the minute we turned onto the property, we knew we had made the right choice.




There's something so automatically peaceful and welcoming about the place. We were greeted almost instantly by one of the staff members waving to us from the front porch of the lodge as we pulled up. When we stepped out of the car, we paused, taking in a deep breath of fresh air and gazing at the scenery around us. The property is just breathtaking. All around you stand these massive trees, draped in moss and mist from the cool mountain air.

The first thing we did was take a tour.  The main house stood at the front of the property, decorated with gorgeous flowers and greenery and a few strings of lights that make the place sparkle at night. Inside there was a large table where breakfast was served every morning, shelves of games and books surrounding a big fireplace with cozy chairs on either side. There were instruments to play and s'mores kits for the fire and throughout our stay there was always fresh coffee, tea, and cookies as well. I highly recommend the white chocolate cranberry cookies!




After the tour and check-in, we grabbed our bags and practically ran to find our treehouse. We were as giddy as little kids, following the lighted path, over the mossy bridge with the pond below, winding through the trees in search of the one that would be our little home for the next few nights. And when we spotted the sign for The Burl, we could hardly contain our excitement.





I seriously cannot even begin to describe how incredible this place is. The owners, Pete and Judy Nelson have truly thought of every last detail. From the railings and windows, to the fixtures and furniture - there is not a cozier spot in all of the world. There were fresh flowers and a pot for brewing tea, little chocolates to welcome us, and even personalized note encouraging us to kick back, relax, and learn to "be in a tree." The place was magical and I could have stayed there forever.




We brewed some tea and stood on the balcony, listening to the rushing river and the birds chirping in the trees high above us, and at the very same time we both took a big, deep breath, drinking in the tranquility around us. Almost immediately, the stress melted away from my body and I felt relaxed. For a whole week, we didn't have to worry about anything. We had left it all back on the east coast and we were so ready to soak up everything this place had to offer.



My absolute favorite spot in the Burl was the loft upstairs. The bed up there was huge and by far the most comfortable I've ever slept in. We slept with the windows open wide every night allowing the cool breeze to drift in and float around the treehouse. We loved snuggling up under the endless sea of pillows and blankets and falling asleep to the sounds of the river right below us. It was absolute heaven.

We spent most of our time at Treehouse Point exploring. We checked out the other tree houses, the pond, the trails to the two public treehouses (Bird Blind and Hermitage), The Point by the river where they had hammocks and a big firepit for roasting more marshmallows. We met a bunch of the other couples and enjoyed getting to know them as well.



 







The trees out there were just remarkable and standing next to them I felt so tiny!

Although we probably could have stayed at Treehouse Point during our entire trip, we did take some time to explore Fall City and check out a lot of the parks and hiking in the area as well. We tried to eat at local restaurants (anything we couldn't get back home) the whole trip, and except for a few trips to Starbucks and one Sonic run on a little road trip, we stuck to our plan.

We checked out Snoqualmie Falls and the wine country up in Woodinville where we obviously had a good time because we signed up for a membership and now have wine shipped to our house four times a year! We hiked Rattlesnake Ledge with its goregous overlook and even took a road trip on the clearest day down to Mt. Rainier National Park to explore the snow covered mountian in all its glory.

Gorgeous rainbow!

Snoqualmie Falls



At the bottom of the falls.

Rattlesnake Lake.




Made it to the top!

Rattlesnake ledge seriously has the most incredible view.



And these little guys were hilarious and super friendly.

We made the three hour trek down to the Paradise entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park. We were shocked to learn it was the only entrance open because of all the snow. Well worth the trip though!

I couldn't fit the entire mountain in one frame because we were so close, but here is one half of the Magestic Mt. Rainer.

And another piece!

It was so peaceful and quiet up there.

Our first half of the trip was nothing short of amazing and I sincerely hope that we get the chance to head back out there again. If you ever find yourself in the area or are looking for a unique place to stay, I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend checking out Treehouse Point. There is just no place like it.

Want to learn more? Check out their website here!

6 comments:

  1. Wow, what awesome photos and a trip to remember! You have me looking at visiting! Love Aunt Carol and Jason <3

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    1. Thanks so much - you definitely need to make a trip up there! :)

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  2. AMAZING! I would love to stay in a tree house!

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    1. It truly was amazing! I can't rave enough about this place!

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  3. OMG I want to go there TOMORROW. Literally adding it to my bucket list. That looks like so much fun is sooo beautiful!

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    1. It really, really was! I heard that they're also planning to start building more sites like this one around the US - like in the Carolinas! I really hope they do so that there's one closer to us!

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