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Treehouse glamping a throwback to childhood

McHenry County Magazine
Magical Tree House Rental
Magical Tree House Rental

J ust as “spork” unites “spoon” and “fork” and “smog” connects “smoke” and “fog,” there is the recently combined word known as “glamping.” Merriam-Webster has yet to take the liberty of defining it, so take it from Linda Clark, director of sales at glamping.com.

“It is a fusion of ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’ to equal ‘glamping,’” Clark says.

The industry has grown significantly in the past few years, spawning a collection of websites that help facilitate property rentals throughout the nation and worldwide.

“Rather than pitching your own tent, and bringing a sleeping bag, and cooking your own food, many of the spots that you would glamp at today provide you with those things,” Clark says. “So, you walk into your beautiful tent, and you have a nice bed – like you would find in a hotel – and wonderful, 400-thread-count sheets. You have all the creature comforts of music in your suite and wonderful lighting, whether it be solar or from light bulbs. And a lot of the glamping places … have wonderful chefs.”

Clark calls a particular subset of glamping “kind of the rage right now” for its ability to marry nostalgic childhood memories with modern accoutrements. 

Remember that pal growing up who had a treehouse in the family backyard? Well, adult  treehouses are bigger and better, and you can even stay the night in one without Mom and Dad performing regular check-ups.

If you’re looking for a new kind of getaway this summer, glamping in a treehouse fit for adults fits the bill.

“It is trendy,” Clark says, “but I think it’s definitely here to stay.”

Here’s a look at a trio of treehouse destinations in the Midwest:

Luxury Tree House Paradise

WHERE: Glenmont, Ohio

CONTACT: glamping.com or glampinghub.com

COST (per night): Starting at $195

AMENITIES: BBQ/grill; refrigerator; bunk beds; kitchen; electricity

ACTIVITIES: Biking; hiking; canoeing; horseback riding; fishing; kayaking

WHAT'S NEARBY: Mohican Stake Park; Pro Football Hall of Fame (55 miles); Royal Docks Brewing Company (55 miles); The Ohio Statehouse (75 miles); Columbus Clippers baseball (75 miles)

Magical Tree House Rental

WHERE: Grubville, Missouri

CONTACT: glamping.com or glampinghub.com

COST (per night): Starting at $159

AMENITIES: Air conditioning; air mattress; BBQ/grill; board games; cell service; coffeemaker; hammocks; and swings.

ACTIVITIES: Fishing; hiking; meditation; photography; walking

WHAT’S NEARBY: John G’s Bier Deck (30 miles); Meramec Caverns (35 miles); Schlafly Bottleworks (38 miles); St. Louis Cardinals baseball (55 miles); City Museum (55 miles)

Tree House near Shawnee National Forest

WHERE: Karbers Ridge, Illinois

CONTACT: glamping.com or glampinghub.com

COST (per night): Starting at $185.50

AMENITIES: Air conditioning; BBQ/grill/coffeemaker; fire pit; heating; refrigerator

ACTIVITIES: Archery; bird watching; boating; canoeing; climbing; fishing

WHAT’S NEARBY: Shawnee National Forest; Southern Illinois Miners baseball (46 miles); The National Quilt Museum (50 miles); Paducah Riverwalk (50 miles); Purple Toad Winery (50 miles)

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