Months ago a coworker mentioned this place she had stayed called Treehouse Point. I didn't really quite get was she was talking about until she showed me her pictures, and once she had shown me her pictures, I immediately wanted her to tell me everything. Because these aren't ordinary treehouses. These are treehouses with electricity, real beds and leather chairs for leisurely reading a book.
I was also shocked to learn how close it was to Seattle. Obviously, I had been living under a rock for too long.
After stalking their website for about a week, looking for a Saturday opening, I realized if I wanted to stay in the best treehouses, I was going to have to settle for another day. I wanted to surprise The Dude, so I gave him a handful of days we could do this "surprise mini vacation" without giving him any other details, and let him choose the date.
We ended up taking a Friday off in May, and staying in Trillium with it's unending panes of glass windows. The other treehouse I had my sights on was Temple of the Blue Moon because that rope bridge is dreamy. When we arrived, it was really fun to see the look on The Dude's face when he saw exactly where we were staying. And then he kept repeating, how did you find this place? Surprise mini vacation success!
We left Hendrik with grandma which was probably for the best since we stayed in a loft style treehouse and the bed was on the second story at the end of a steep ladder. And also, that meant we were kid free for hour upon blissful hour. We could go a thousand places and never have to worry if someone was napping in the car, or needed to eat.
We got there about 30 minutes before check-in and our room wasn't ready yet so we wandered around the property and checked all the other treehouses out. It was suprisingly sunny and warm for May. But of course it was, because I hoped for rain in our little treehouse. There are worse problems.
After we checked in and dropped our bags in our room, we decided to drive out to North Bend and wander through the local shops. That probably took us about 15 minutes, total, for ALL of the shops. North Bend (made famous by Twin Peaks filming) really is that tiny. But we did stumble across Scott's Dairy Freeze which hasn't changed much since the day it was built. We split a cheeseburger, fries and a chocolate shake. Then Mrs. Pac Man and I spent some quality time bonding.
I had made reservations for dinner at Salish Lodge, but having sufficiently ruined our appetites with that snack back at Scott's Dairy Freeze, we opted to just pick up some food at the grocery store instead. As the sun started to fade, we headed back to our treehouse to watch the sun settle in behind the trees.
Does this picture look magical? Because staying in a treehouse this nice, with windows and lights, and leather chairs with matching ottomans, and a real bed above you head in the loft, is a totally magical experience. I highly recommend it.
In the morning when the light started streaming through the glass, and we woke up long before we would have liked to, we didn't even mind. I mean, who in their right mind could put curtains up to block out all this loveliness outside? Once fully awake and dressed, having realized that cheeze-its and Strongbow didn't sound like an award winning combination for breakfast, we headed off to Salish Lodge to fill our bellies.
I don't know quite how it happened, but somehow, we ended up at private table (hidden behind some tall velvet curtains) with a perfect view overlooking Snoqualmie Falls. And after breakfast as we set our napkins down on the table having properly stuffed ourselves, a rainbow appeared out our window.
We took a quick stroll around outside to check out the falls, and then it was time to head home. The Dude and I definately managed to pack a whole lot of awesome into those 24 hours. I live for days like that.