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8 Beautiful California Treehouse Rentals You Can Book Now

by Katie Hill

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Renting a treehouse for your next outdoorsy vacation is an excellent way to relieve your childhood and enjoy a new experience with your travel buddies.

Maybe your parents spent a weekend hammering a ramshackle hut of two-by-fours and plywood into your favorite tree when you were a kid. Maybe you pretended you were steering a pirate ship or a space shuttle from the balcony. Maybe you could squint your eyes and see the whole wide world laying beyond the open windowsill, which was undoubtedly littered with bird poop and pine needles. Maybe you even tumbled through the trap door or off the fire ladder once or twice.

Whether you feel the need to reminisce about simpler backyard summer days or you want to live out your dream of escaping into leafy and lofty branches centuries-old, California has some of the most enchanting treehouse stays imaginable.

Trade in your haphazard childhood haunt for these eight grown-up treehouses. Replace the view of your neighbor’s satellite dish with uninhibited mountain scenes, and swap out sticky grape juice boxes and peanut butter sandwiches with world-class wines and gourmet cuisine. And if you manage to get bored, instead of biking to the ball field down the street, take a short drive to your choice of national parks, redwood forests, amusement parks, or the ocean.

Without further ado, these are the best California treehouses available to rent for your next West Coast weekend.

1. Luxury Treehouse

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Why you should stay: The Sierra Nevada mountains are the last thing you see before bed and the first thing you see when you wake up.

  • Location: Visalia
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $225/night

Modern and industrial somehow perfectly blends with rustic and cozy in this sky-high one-bedroom treehouse, which stares directly out at the drama of the snowy Sierras. The bedroom has a double-wide sliding door leading to the deck, where you can sip coffee or wine and contemplate escaping into the mountains like a 21st-century Von Trapp sibling.

Downstairs, treehouse guests can access both the pool and the outdoor kitchen, which are shared with the main house on the property. The pool house features an outdoor shower, but the full bathroom in the treehouse might be more accurately described as a luxury spa; it’s well worth the trip back up the stairs. This is technically a treehouse, but it’s one of the most luxurious stays you’ll find in the area.

Take a 10-minute drive into Visalia for dinner or a minor league baseball game, or spend the day exploring nearby Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks – but don’t be surprised if you find yourself hurrying back to enjoy this unique spot getaway in the leaves.

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2. Oceanview Treehouse

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Why you should stay: Spacious and upscale enough for you and five of your most high-maintenance friends.

  • Location: Aptos
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $521/night

This property would be impressive even if it were planted firmly on the ground. Indulge in two levels of heated floors, a kitchen fit for a celebrity chef cooking show, loads of outdoor deck space, and yes, even a strategically strung hammock with an ocean view in case you needed extra help relaxing.

The details are what set this pad apart from its competition. A half-spiral staircase leads to the second floor, floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to soak up every last bit of your surroundings, and even the walk-in shower has its own potted plant.

Round up a gaggle of pals and split the nightly price six ways for a cheaper experience, and spend whatever money you save on sunscreen and beach refreshments. The treehouse is just a short trip away from multiple state beaches and the Seacliff Pier. If you want to stick close to trees, head north to find redwood forests with plenty of idyllic hiking opportunities.

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3. Vineyard Treehouse

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Why you should stay: Forget a treehouse…zip yourself into this tree-tent.

  • Location: Los Gatos
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $230/night

Rolling vineyards, elaborate treehouses, and luxury “tentals” (tent rentals) are all their own highly sought-after experiences these days. This treehouse combines all three for an accommodation you have to wake up in to believe.

The quirky combination of ladders will have you asking where the chutes are, and the looming Douglas firs will reassure you of the sturdiness of the whole setup. The spot features a queen bed, electricity and Wi-Fi, and the private bathroom is downstairs through french doors in the main house — so you’ll have to climb up and down a few times a day. The tent and supporting platform are above the grapevines of Lago Lomita Vineyards.

San Jose is a half an hour north, and beaches and redwood forests are even closer, but the property’s seclusion will make you feel like you’re in your own world…or, at least, on top of the same world that everyone else is living in.

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4. San Jose Treehouse

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Why you should stay: A treehouse supported almost entirely by sycamores — be sure to hug them to say thanks.

  • Location: San Jose
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night 
  • Rates from: $350/night

There might be more tree on the inside of this treehouse structure than on the outside. When standing at the kitchenette and two-top stove, two hulking trunks stand guard on either side of you, with one large branch going right through the wall above the sink.

Follow the winding spiral staircase from the ground-level patio and parking area to this two-floor, two-bedroom house in the sky. While some parts of the space are more rustic and no-frills, if you’re a function over form type of traveler, it will absolutely still impress. The main bedroom has a large hexagonal bed, and the second bedroom is in a loft looking out over the first floor. Smaller comforts include a microwave and a Keurig, and much bigger comforts include the wide open sunset view from the broad balcony.

Located on the northeastern border of San Jose, emerge from the spiral staircase for a quick trip into town or up to the Bay Area. Order pizza in, if you dare – the birds and squirrels don’t steal your slice.

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5. Redwoods Treehouse

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Why you should stay: A treehouse with a king-sized bed, only accessible by ladder or suspension bridge.

  • Location: Woodacre
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $400/night

These fanciful digs offer something for everyone, including both round-dwellers and thrill-seekers. The main house boasts a stately kitchen and dining area, a large stone fireplace with a shoulder-mounted elk holding court, and french doors that lead out to a spacious multi-level deck with a hot tub and lounge chairs. On bad weather days, pile your kids onto the massive shapeshifting sectional in front of the plasma television and cozy up in the master bedroom with a wood burning stove.

If you start to feel escapism sink in, take a daring dash across the suspension bridge into the separate treehouse for the night. The rustic wooden decor, balcony, and lofted California king bed might make you forget about the rest of the property…until you get hungry for whatever’s cooking in that professional-grade kitchen, of course. It’s pricey, but with four bedrooms, there’s space to house everyone who wants to split the cost.

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6. Wine Country Treehouse

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Why you should stay: This arboreal oasis even boasts its own elevated hot tub.

  • Location: Carmel Valley
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $245/night

Quick, grab someone to marry…the Wine Country treehouse has a double identity as both a wine-country elopement destination and a honeymoon suite for after you tie the knot.

Unlike some other honeymoon stays, the decor in this cottage is bright and chic without being over-the-top or ritzy. Skylights and a chandelier hang over the queen-sized bed, which faces the double doors that lead out to the wraparound deck. Cozy up in the hanging egg chair and Adirondack set, or take a dip in the outdoor jacuzzi with your complimentary bottle of local wine.

The Carmel Valley is a small community in Monterey County riddled with hillside vineyards and idyllic wine-tasting experiences. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the area, stock up on local vintages and food, and bring it all back to your bar-top kitchenette and refrigerator for a more secluded tasting experience. Just try to avoid spilling your favorite pinot on the white linens.

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7. Danehill Hygge House

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Why you should stay: If you want more “tree” and less “house,” this is the spot for you.

  • Location: Nicasio
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $500/night

The small Danehill Hygge House is cradled by a large, wide-reaching tree like an ornament balanced on a Christmas fir. The Danish concept of hygge, which implies extreme comfort and contentedness, is all the rage in modern interior design. The tiny floor plan and abundance of pillows on the queen bed scream “cozy,” while the large skylight overhead lets you keep your head up in the clouds.

Even the separate bathroom has an incredible view. Large reflective windows surround the shower, unleashing the wow factor of Point Reyes National Seashore while keeping you covered. Horses roam around outside – feel free to ask host Karin for an introduction.

Danehill Manor is just north of the Bay Area. Head up to Tomales Bay for a unique beach walk, or drop down into San Francisco and transform into a sight-seeing tourist for the day. And if cold weather hits, just climb back up into your treehouse and find your hygge again.

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8. Treehouse Adventure

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Why you should stay: Get in touch with your inner squirrel by climbing up to the top deck and lounging amid the thick canopy of leaves.

  • Location: Brea
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $115/night

This treehouse might have the closest resemblance to the homemade treehouse of your aforementioned childhood dreams. Between the big yellow slide and the ladders, this stay is part-accommodation and part-jungle gym while being fully-pet friendly as well. There’s a recently built full bathroom on the ground in the secluded patio, which features high fences and a fire pit.

The upper deck is furnished with Adirondack chairs and a table for outdoor breakfast or an after-dinner card game under the market lights.  If it starts to rain, escape back down into the cozy sitting room next to the bedroom and heat up some popcorn or leftovers in the kitchenette.

If you still need convincing, head over to the 328 reviews that produced a 4.99-star rating. The numbers don’t lie. And, better still, it’s one of the most affordable California treehouses on this list.

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