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So you don’t have a tent or RV? Or maybe you're just interested in trying out something new. You're in luck! Tree houses offer you the convenience of rental accommodations and an element of adventure!
“They are popular, especially for those people who don’t have any camping gear,” said George Reagan, who owns and operates Frontier Campground in Ocean View, N.J. He says his campground was the first on the Jersey Shore to offer furnished tree houses, which come equipped with comfortable beds, a full kitchen and half bathroom. “Our tree house guests can cook up scrambled eggs. Fix dinner. We have a covered deck outside. They can sit out there even if it’s raining or snooze or do whatever they want to do,” Reagan said.
While tree houses are popular with children, they have a special appeal for adults, too. “It’s funny to see how people react to them,” Reagan said. “Some of them still have this childhood dream of sleeping in a tree house.”
If you haven’t had a chance to sleep in a tree house yet, you’re in luck. Several campgrounds across the U.S. have them, including the Monroe Co/Toledo North KOA, Kentucky Lakes KOA - Prizer Point, and Mount Olympus 'Zeus' Village and Camp Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.
Some campgrounds even have tree houses available for rent in winter, including The Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Camp in Rohrersville, Maryland. The tree house cottages come equipped with mattresses, wood burning stoves as well as tables and chairs, Soroko said, adding that the wood burning stoves can be used for cooking as well as heating during the winter months. “It’s a cozy rustic retreat,” she said with a smile, adding that the campground also has 12 secluded tent sites.
At Lake-in-Wood Campground in Narvon, Pennsylvania, families and other big groups often rent the park’s tree house as overflow space for guests who don’t have their own RV or for people in their group who simply want the experience of camping in a tree house, said Jerome Bakker, the park’s owner. Lake-in-Wood also has other unique rental accommodations, including a double decker bus; a covered wagon; a teepee; a yurt; a caboose; and a Gnome home, a Gnome-themed park model cottage, each of which are located near clusters of RV sites so that people who travel in groups. Bakker said people who rent the tree house or other unique accommodations often come back the next year and rent something else.
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