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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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Shaye Weaver
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Will Gleason
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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. You can bet that every single one of them is a unique experience that will give you the break from busy life that you need. 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

This treehouse just outside Glen Falls is totally off the grid: no electricity, no Wi-Fi and a sleeping loft with a clear roof. The light-filled space also boasts a cozy living room and an attached deck with a café table. Guests have access to an outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower and all of the host’s tranquil five-acre property. (And if you do need to plug in, you can do so at the host’s nearby yurt).

It's clear that this incredible treehouse was decorated and crafted with love—the two-bedroom, one-bathroom home has a wrap-around deck, a lower deck with a grill, a "Hobbit door," a heated floor, reclaimed wood from an 1800s barn for its floors and walls, and a full kitchen. Outside, enjoy its fire pit and beautiful property that is near Lake Sunapee and less than a mile from the slopes of Mount Sunapee.

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The Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont is a favorite of hikers, animal-lovers and anyone wishing to unwind amongst towering trees and waterfalls. Nestled deep in the forest is Sugar Maple Treehouse, which was lovingly hand-built high above the ground in three maple trees. 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 internet and a smart TV.

The Ling Treehouse is totally off-the-grid, perfect for unplugging and reconnecting with nature. It's deep in the woods with no one around with ample room for hiking, skiing, enjoying the lakes, and forest bathing across its hundreds of acres of private land next to a nature preserve. You'll have to take outdoor showers and use an outhouse. Leave work at home since there is no wi-fi and pack your food because there is no kitchen except for a sink, a propane burner, a fire pit and firewood outside. It's truly for the outdoorsy types.

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Do treehouses get any beautifully designed than this? The simplistic, architect-designed Willow Treehouse is only 15 minutes from the town of Woodstock, yet feels totally secluded among the trees. The space is small and minimally decorated (you'll sleep in a cute sleeping loft accessible by a ladder), it's the perfect spot for switching off with your significant other or simply on your own. Soak your cares away in the hot tub, which is heated with firewood, or take a dip in the nearby pond. There's even a skylight over the bed which offers matchless views of the starry sky at night.

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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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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