For a luxury escape that’s like an elevated summer camp, look no further than the Skamania Lodge tree houses.
This glamping getaway is found in southern Washington state in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, where a handful of treehouses are seamlessly nestled among groves of Douglas Firs just steps away from historic Skamania Lodge.
The Skamania Lodge tree houses
There are nearly a dozen of these sky-high sleeping spots, which are perfect for everything from a romantic couple’s weekend to a family get together. There are a few different room configurations: the Double which sleeps up to four people, the Skamania Lodge West rooms which are the newest and highest at 40 feet up, and the King which sleeps two people.
A wheelchair accessible option is also available, and that tree house is lower to the ground with a ramp.
Inside you’ll find a king size bed with luxury linens, a huge, spa-like bathroom with plush towels and robes, and a seating area in front of an indoor/outdoor fireplace. A fun feature of the larger Skamania tree houses is the ‘nook’ which is a queen-size day bed that feels like a tent thanks to its tented drapes, and is a hit with the kids.
Each Skamania treehouse has similar amenities, which include a coffee maker, small fridge, YETI cooler, a smart TV and a collection of board games.
One of the best features are the private outdoor areas. Each tree house has its own deck with seating, where you can enjoy a morning coffee or glass of wine while soaking up views of the Cascade Mountains and surrounding old growth forest.
When dusk falls, gather around your roaring outdoor fire pit, and enjoy the s’mores kits that are thoughtfully included in each room while gazing up at the stars.
At time of writing, the Skamania Lodge tree houses range from $800-$1900 USD per night. Parking is free, and while the treehouses are not pet friendly the lodge itself is. Click here to book
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Fun activities at Skamania Lodge
If you manage to coax yourself away from your luxe lodging, there’s an on-site bar and restaurant along with tons of fun activities at the resort for all ages.
Get active by playing a game of disc golf or tennis, hit the gym which is outfitted with top of the line equipment including Peloton bikes, or tackle one of the trails that winds around the property and features fitness stations as well as views of the Columbia River. The Skamania Lodge golf course has also been revamped, and transformed into a putt putt course to make it accessible for all skill levels.
Get an adrenaline rush by testing your skills in the aerial park, or gliding through the forest canopy on the Skamania Lodge zipline which has lines ranging from 100 to 900 feet long.
One of the most popular things to do at Skamania resort is swim in the heated indoor pool, or soak in the whirlpool and outdoor hot tub which has mountain views and pretty water features.
If it’s rest and relaxation you’re after, pamper yourself at the Skamania Lodge spa. Some unique, all-natural treatments at the Waterleaf Spa include a CBD facial, and massages using rocks from the Columbia River. There are also saunas in both the men and women’s locker rooms that guests are welcome to use.
At the end of the day, gather around one of the outdoor fire pits and toast to a great day in the Gorge.
Things to do around Skamania Lodge
The lodge is only a one hour drive from Portland, Oregon, and has one of the best locations of all the Columbia Gorge resorts. Along with sweeping views, it’s also close to fantastic hikes like Wind Mountain, Hamilton Mountain and Dog Mountain, as well as these incredible waterfalls on the Oregon side. You can also see the Bridge of the Gods, which is part of the famous Pacific Crest Trail.
Be sure to drop into the town of Stevenson which is just five minutes away and has breweries, a distillery, taco trucks and cute shops. Carson is a bit further east and known for its hot springs as well as the popular Backwoods Brewing Company, and the city of Hood River, OR is a 30 minutes drive which is famous for its wineries and wind sports.
No matter how you choose to spend your time in the area, spending a night in one of the Skamania Lodge tree houses is an unforgettable, splurge-worthy experience.
Globe Guide experienced the Skamania Lodge tree houses as a guest of the resort. As always, hosts have no editorial influence on articles.
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