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The coolest Airbnb treehouse rentals near NYC

Make your childhood dream of living amongst the leaves a reality with these magical rentals

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Will Gleason
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Shaye Weaver
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Rosemary Waugh
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Rhys Thomas
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Alex Floyd-Douglass
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Imagine waking up to the sound of gently swaying trees and chirping birds, the sun peeking into your window which looks out across a canopy of golden leaves. It's an experience that is totally attainable – thanks to Airbnb. There are plenty of gorgeous treehouse rentals near NYC just waiting for you to visit, and they range from low-fi elevated cabins to more luxurious options with hot tubs and extensive vinyl selections to play at your leisure.

Whether you choose full-on off-grid or something semi-rural, these Airbnbs provide the perfect opportunity to recharge from modern, city life. Even though each of these is a step up from camping near NYC, be sure to pack your hiking boots and essentials because some of these are quite off-the-grid. Hotels, frankly, could never. 

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Incredible treehouse Airbnb rentals

Adirondack, NY: Designer treehouse
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Adirondack, NY: Designer treehouse

Take a stroll along the cable bridge to this ultra-luxury treehouse in Adirondack, New York. After winning the Best Airbnb in New York State award in 2021, it's no wonder it's had over 350 stellar reviews. From the cozy minimalist interiors to the fully equipped kitchen and bathrooms, this unique treehouse has all you need for a super rustic yet lavish stay in the woods. Designed by Chris Broomfield and featured in many architectural magazines to date, this property is right up there on the bragging list. Just book it – we promise you won't regret it.

Newbury, NH: Luxurious two-story treehouse
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Newbury, NH: Luxurious two-story treehouse

It's clear that this incredible treehouse was decorated and crafted with the utmost care and passion. The two-bedroom, one-bathroom tree house (more of a tree mansion really) has a wrap-around deck, a lower deck with a grill, and a "Hobbit door," as well as an interior that uses reclaimed wood from an 1800s barn for its floors and walls, and a full kitchen. Outside there's a  fire pit which is perfect for real cosy nights out in the open. But there are some modern comforts to enjoy too. Namely, the heated floor, a microwave, and a freezer. The beautiful property also happens to be right in between Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee, so if you feel like you can venture out of the beautiful abode, you will be spoiled for views. You'll forget you're pretty close to NYC easily, and it has been built to be lived in all year 'round. 

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Hancock, VT: The Sugar Maple treehouse
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Hancock, VT: The Sugar Maple treehouse

The Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont is a favorite of hikers, animal-lovers and anyone wishing to spend their says slumbering around amongst the towering trees and wonderful waterfalls. Nestled deep in the forest is 'Sugar Maple Treehouse', which was lovingly hand-built high above the ground in three maple trees. Yup, it's as much of a fairytale as that suggests.  The treehouse is fully insulated and has electric heaters, so you can be sure of staying cozy. And while the space is designed for switching off, there is "the internet" and even a smart TV. Which, you know, is pretty cool. One thing to keep in mind with this spot is that there are a fair few steps to the treehouse and with it being in a forest, it can get a little muddy and snowy, so pack decent footwear.When you're done stomping about though, why not consider the in-house massage therapist. Oh life could be worse couldn't it... 

Willow, NY: Treehouse cabin
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Willow, NY: Treehouse cabin

The word ‘treehouse’ doesn’t have to equate to ‘rustic’. This sleek and stylish treehouse - designed by a revered architect - gives you the feeling of living like the birds, while still retaining some urban-approved indulgence. We heart the firewood-heated hot tub and the sleeping loft with conveniently-placed skylight for stargazing. While this minimalistic home-from-home would be lovely for a romantic couples break, it’s also a great spot for some totally secluded ‘me time’ - or the perfect writer’s retreat for one. Settle down to pen your novel in the mornings, then wash away the hard work with a swim in the pond. And hey, if this modernist looking slice of peace gets a little stale for you, you're 15 minutes from Woodstock, where there are plenty of things to do. 

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Norwich, CT: Water Forest Retreat
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Norwich, CT: Water Forest Retreat

The Water Forest Retreat is a small treehouse with stained glass windows, nestled in an oak tree that's part of a 100-acre forest, so you'll feel like you're properly away from all the smoke and noise and concrete of whever you're from, even if it's a small town. Commune with the birds on the deck or go hiking to a waterfall. The house itself is heated and has electricity but no running water, so it's a bit of a roughing-it situation. There's a queen-sized bed that's surrounded by white birch logs decorated with branches and fairy lights and an electric fireplace for cold nights. There's no kitchen but there are camping essentials such as a propane camp stove, dinnerware, cutlery, cutting board, sugar and sugar substitutes, spices, oil, tin foil, creamers, pots, pans, lighters, scissors, a wine bottle and can opener, and more. The woods it sits in has well-maintained, wood-lined hiking trails with some that follow Goldmine brook to a waterfall that once hosted a grist mill back in the 1700s. There are resident barred owls, a red fox, eastern coyotes and white-tailed deer you may see while hiking the trails.

Gardner Lake State Park in Salem is only 15 minutes away and Bluff Point is about 24 minutes away, so there's plenty to go explore should you decide to. 

Otis, MA: Octagonal Treehouse in Berkshires
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Otis, MA: Octagonal Treehouse in Berkshires

D'ya like buildings? Well, how's this for a uniquely-shaped Massachusetts rental? Yup, the octagonal treehouse boasts a wood-burning fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and an impressive 7 acres of private property, but it's also just beautiful inside and out – like you! The property accommodates up to four people in two separate bedrooms. You can cozy up around the wood-burning fireplace, while gazing out of the floor to ceiling windows onto the 7 private surrounding acres, or sit around the firepit and gaze at the stars. Beautiful times to be had. 

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Middle Grove, NY: An Adirondack Tree House Retreat
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Middle Grove, NY: An Adirondack Tree House Retreat

Yes, you spotted that correctly: it is a winding staircase wrapping itself around a tree. Really pretty. This fairytale-esque space is perfect for reconnecting with nature; more specifically, the Adirondack Mountains, of which it nestled in the the foothills of. The treehoue features an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, bath and a comfy double bed, plus loft. In the warmer months, why not go visit one of the many nearby lakes for a swim? Alternatively, explore the many hiking trail and discover Saratoga Springs a mere nine miles away. As far as seclusion within relatively close proximity to the big apple goes, this is truly unmached.

West Pawlet, VT: The Hermit Thrush Treehouse
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West Pawlet, VT: The Hermit Thrush Treehouse

Looks small in the photo, but it actually comprises of two treehouses and can sleep as many as eleven people. That's right! Elevate your weekend at this unique treehouse in southern Vermont. Guests have access to a fire pit, cooking area, hammocks and an outside shower in case you don’t necessarily want to smell like a hermit while living like one. 

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Carmel, NY: The Treehouse Lovenest
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Carmel, NY: The Treehouse Lovenest

This self-described lovenest is only be 1 hour 20 mins from Brooklyn and yet it feels like you’re in a whole other world. Designed as a couple’s retreat (duh), this serene and peaceful country lodge (it's not not a treehouse at the same time we promise but also it's a nice spot so you're welcome for including it either way) is surrounded by wildlife-filled woods (keep an eye open for deer frolicking near the house). There's also a well equipped kitchen, with all the amenities you could possibly need. And when evening time comes around, browse the extensive vinyl collection for something to listen to while cooking the perfect homely dinner among other activities. 

Thinking of going skiing?

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The best winter getaways from NYC all have a few things in common: Charming aesthetics, snug blankets, steaming cups of hot chocolate and oodles of snow. These remarkable Airbnbs at ski resorts near NYC check all the boxes. Whether you’d like to book an effortless weekend trip within easy reach of the city or want to go the whole hog and take a full week out on the slopes, there are loads of cabins near NYC to rent on Airbnb. Beautiful chalets, contemporary condos and nineteenth-century farmhouses all appear on our list of Airbnbs near the slopes. Don’t forget your gloves!

 

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