Nestled securely 30 feet up in a majestic multi-trunked 110 ft. eucalyptus tree of a property in the Petalumna area, California, is a romantic multi-leveled Tree House hotel.
Staying at the Swallowtail Studios tree house hotel seems to offers a true and honest tree house experience. To access the accommodation, guests wind their way up three staircase levels meandering through the trunks to a spacious railed deck overlooking our surroundings of classic California countryside views.
Upon entering the tree house, visitors find a cozy space spread on two levels: twin bed/couch relaxing area downstairs and up a ladder to a comfy, nicely appointed and canopied queen bed in the loft. They will need though to be moderately agile with an adventurous spirit to get up there but it’s worth it!
One of the trunks juts right through the interior floor of the tree house hotel and the pitched roof and sways some in the wind. Three other trunks poke through the deck at various places. Windows on all sides, some of stained glass, and decks on three sides give guests a 360 degree view of vineyards, horse farms, rolling hills and forests around this tiny tree house resort.
A chemical potty in a separate toilet room is accessible directly from within the tree house, but guests can also use the full rustic bathroom with shower in the barn located not too far away from the tree. There are also a few shelves full of reading matter, a battery operated lighting and interesting decor touches throughout the space.
Sit at a table on the deck, have a glass of wine while watching one of the lovely sunsets from 30 feet up in a tree: that’s a full tree house hotel experience there! Breakfast is served in a charming kitchen in the main house and hosts are happy to join their guests if so desired.
When not in the tree house, visitors can explore the magical, very quiet and rural setting that’s only 5 minutes from historic downtown Petaluma. It’s also an easy drive to the incredibly beautiful Northern California Pacific coast and the Point Reyes National Seashore, San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma wine country areas or redwood forests. Chileno Valley Road is a famous international bike riding route.
In the 1970’s this property was Swallowtail Studios, a famous glass blowers cooperative. The Grateful Dead played in the big barn and hung out here…their manager lived just down the road. The barn is redwood, quite large and beautiful, with stained glass windows.
The Swallowtail Studios Tree House hotel can be booked on hipcamp, starting at $195/night.