After Mendocino we headed up north through the Redwoods and into Southern Oregon where we stayed in a treehouse!
From Mendocino (find part 1 of our trip here) we continued driving up through the Redwoods. This part of the drive is one of my very favorite places in the world. It’s absolutely stunning. We didn’t have a lot of time but made a quick stop for a little hike through these magical trees.
The Treehouse resort was kid heaven. Called Out N About Treesort it’s a bit remote, in a former hippie commune town of Takilma, about 20 miles from Cave Junction (and close to the Oregon Caves National Monument). The treehouses are build by Michael Garnier, who first came to Takilma in the 60s to work in the free clinic. He started building the treehouses in 1990 and has since become a pioneer in the treehouse world, designing a special bolt that now treehouses use all over the world. They spent the last 20+ years dealing with permit issues for guests to come stay in their treehouses.
There are several different treehouses you can reserve depending on your children’s ages and size of the group. We rented one not too far off the ground since Dot is still young. It books up really far in advance so if you’re planning on going, plan far ahead. I think I reserved these first week of June midweek nights back in February (the rest of the summer was completely booked at that point FYI).
We stayed in two treehouses to be exact. Jared, Dot and I stayed in the larger one, and connected by a suspension bridge Henry and Edie stayed in this smaller one.
There aren’t any bathrooms in the treehouse, but there is a communal bathroom/shower and kitchen to prepare food. This particular outhouse was my favorite.
Even if you aren’t staying in really tall treehouses, like MajesTREE, you can still climb up on the suspension bridges that surround the entire entire property. Young children need to have an adult escort.
During the day, there’s lots to do. You can ride horses, zip lining, swing from a giant tire swing, or walk to the little swimming hole.
In the morning they have a pretty amazing breakfast, as the resort is technically a B&B. The treehouses have refrigerators so we bought stuff for lunches, ate out in Cave Junction at night (about 20 minutes away), and then had breakfast at the resort each morning. One night we went to a local weekly fish fry spot down the street where all the old hippies gather. Very cool.
We had such a fun trip!! Can’t wait to come back and stay in one of these crazy tall ones. This place is pure magic.