My wife loves to watch all those vacation house TV shows with people going to exotic places and buying or renting homes. Recently she likes to look at people buying “little houses” and “tree houses.”
I don’t care to live in a 300 square foot home, but I started to wonder if “you can vacation in Florida in a tree-house.” The answer is very much YES and there is even a firm called Airbnb that rents Florida treetop vacation spots. You can vacation in a simple elevated cabin in the Florida North woods or rent a luxurious place overlooking a private island beach.
If you have a mere $1,500 per day to spend, you can vacation in a seven bedroom, 5.5 bathroom Polynesian Treehouse located at the north end of Gulf of Mexico Drive off Russell Street, Longboat Key. The elevated complex of structures are connected by walkways. It would be a great retreat for a company meeting-place.
Not all treehouse vacations are in rural areas. Airbub was featuring last week a tree-trunk room on the second floor of a three-story Miami urban treehouse for $55 and a nice one bedroom Fort Lauderdale treehouse complete with Internet, TV, A/C, washer, and even a carbon monoxide detector for just $70 per night.
The lush forests and lovely rivers around North Central Florida is ideal outdoor vacation country and you might like the Yurt Tree House (clubfla.org) in Gilchrist County with its cool transparent dome. Yurt houses view the Santa Fe and Itchatuckee Rivers.
In nearby High Springs you might want to look up the Horsepower Farms treehouse facilities located on ten acres of the Santa Fe River. For a real primitive but urban place to stay, there is the unique Zen Hostel near the University of Florida in Gainesville.
And if you are cowardly about sleeping high into the Florida trees or you are being forced by the kids to visit the major theme parks on a vacation, there is always Walt Disney World’s Saratoga Springs Treetop Villas. These three bedroom apartments on stilts will put you minutes from the Disney action during the daytime, but into the dark wilderness at night, where you can use the outdoor grill and pretend you are living with nature in Florida.