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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

Written by
Will Gleason
&
Shaye Weaver
Contributor
Rosemary Waugh
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Imagine waking up to the sound of gently swaying trees and chirping birds, 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. Whether you choose full on off-grid, or something semi-off-grid, these homes provide the perfect oportunity 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.

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Incredible treehouse Airbnb rentals

First up on the list is an off-grid treetops haven. This adorable wooden treehouse is located just outside Glenn Falls and is perfect for travellers looking to feel connected to nature. If you’re regularly found browsing the aisles of your favourite health food store (or indeed, simply are the kind of person who has a favourite health food store) then you’ll be on the same wavelength as the superhost of this property. The big hit with this eco-friendly home is the sleeping loft with its totally clear roof. Cosy up in bed each night and marvel at the stars above. Or, take a stroll around the 5 acre woodland before cooking up a storm in the outside kitchen or taking a refreshing outdoor shower. This is off-grid with a pinch (or three) of luxury and - if you really insist - the host will happily charge a phone for you if needed.

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. 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. 

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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. 

The word ‘treehouse’ doesn’t have to equate to ‘rustic’. This sleek and stylish treehouse - designed by an 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.

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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. 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.

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Yes, you spotted that correctly: it is a winding staircase wrapping itself around a tree. This fairytale-esque space is perfect for reconnecting with nature; more specifically, the Adirondack Mountains. 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.

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Stay here and you’ll only be 1 hour 20 mins from Brooklyn - but you’ll feel like you’re in a whole other world. Designed as a couple’s retreat, this serene and peaceful country lodge is surrounded by wildlife-filled woods (keep an eye open for deer frolicking near the house). Come evening, browse the extensive vinyl collection for something to listen to while cooking the perfect homely dinner.

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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