The treehouse is kind of like the original vacation home. Or at least for many of it is, when it was our only home away from home as kids. But recent years has seen the popularity (and innovation) of treehouses skyrocket since the days of our youth. For example, I recently wrote about one house amidst the jungle canopy of Costa Rica, which was constructed from a retired 727 airplane. Well today I come to you with another take on a treehouse vacation rental, this one nestled in the Pocono Mountains.
That treehouse nostalgia of many of our childhoods was exactly the inspiration for this Poconos treehouse. According to co-owner, Jennifer Beardsley, “The goal was to create a unique experience in the midst of nature.” What’s resulted is the “The Enchanted Treehouse,” as her and co-owner Dave put it.
But this isn’t the treehouse your dad built for you as a kid. Enchantment meets craftsmanship as you pull up, where stairs ascend to the open-air first deck, before winding up to the second deck and the octagon-like suite perched in the treetops. Inside the cozy one-bedroom suite is a sectional sofa that turns into a queen-sized bed, propane fireplace, TV with a DVD player, and a kitchenette. Also on the property is a campfire pit, picnic table, and grill.
Just as unique as the property itself is its location in what I believe is one of the most underrated areas of the East Coast, Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. The treehouse sits on 40 acres, level with treetops, with a pond and flowing river just beyond it. The river, the Lehigh River, is a 109-mile-long river through Pennsylvania with Class I, II, and III rapids. However, the portion of it near the treehouse is largely calm, making it great for kayaking or floating down.
It’s not unusual to see a number of different kinds of wildlife, such as a bald eagle, heron, or beaver. Yet to be so deep in nature, both Philadelphia and New York City are less than two hours away.
While the suite is unique in and of itself, according to Beardsley, what many guests gravitate to are more of the outdoor elements, such as the open-air second level deck and the outdoor fire pit. However, firewood is stocked so you don’t have to go out looking for your own firewood. Just BYOS’mores.
Staying in such a home for many people is a bucket list item, or even a chance to relive their childhood dreams. And that dream can come true at this Poconos enchanted treehouse. As one guest wrote about the experience, it had been a longtime dream to stay in a treehouse, and since staying at The Enchanted Treehouse, they’ve since been daydreaming of coming back.
As Beardsley noted, creating a themed property like this creates something beyond a simple generic vacation rental, allowing guests to experience someone else’s creative expression. According to Beardsley, “That then sparks guests to find their own creative expression.” And that’s what vacation should be all about: Nurturing and fueling creative expression. Needless to say, that makes The Enchanged Treehouse more than your everyday treehouse.