rating: $ 240 to $ 320 per night
Glam factor: 5 out of 5
Any glamping Destination can offer a night among the trees. Very few offer an evening in them. Owners Kevin and Laura Mooney built one of the coolest tree house villages in the country on a secluded 100 acre property south of the Mohican State Forest in northeast Ohio. It all started when Kevin was reading a book on tree architecture and decided to hire Pete Nelson, host of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Matters, to design a few apartments. They were so popular with tenants that the couple add a tree or two each year.
Their latest build, The Silver Bullet, is a vintage Airstream trailer that has been hoisted into the canopy and deck wrapped around it. It has many of the luxuries (steam shower, granite countertops, turntables with killer vinyl collection) that you would expect from a boutique hotel, but sitting on that raised deck feels very woody. Birds are singing all around you, and a strange beetle might come over to visit.
Other notable structures here include the little red tree house (a cross between a tiny barn and a church seen on the Discovery Channel), El Castillo (a two-story octagon with walnut floors), and The Nest (a single circular room with cathedral windows). Craftsmen from the surrounding Amish country built them all, and it shows in the details. Custom hardware has been installed to ensure the oak and maple trees that support the rental continue to thrive. However, these are tree houses, which means the spaces are tight and it creaks when the wind blows the trees from side to side. The view of the forest from 25 feet up is well worth it.
Most weekday guests are glampers, but some weddings take place in the property’s Grand Barn, so weekends are often booked with bridal showers. As long as the pandemic continues, make reservations months in advance. Just like when you were a kid, tree houses are a great place to hide. 23164 Vess Rd., Glenmont, Ohio, 740-599-9030, themohicans.net
While you’re there …
eat:: Restaurants in the remote area are limited so be sure to pack most of your food. But the Copper mug bar & grill (landollsmohicancastle.com/dine) in nearby Loudonville is a contemporary American highlight in a bizarre, castle-like building.
Hike:: Only 15 minutes from the tree houses Mohican Valley Trail (knoxcountyparks.org/trails) is a 7 km walk that includes the longest covered bridge in Ohio.
Explore:: Adventure seekers will love it Tree frog canopy tours” Zipline course (treefrogcanopytours.com). For two and a half hours, you’ll rappel up to 60 feet from the forest floor and navigate multiple sky bridges.