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Two New Tree Houses Offer Expanded Options at Skamania Lodge


STEVENSON, WASH.—The Columbia River Gorge’s Skamania Lodge, A Destination Hotel, recently unveiled its second pair of tree houses; the first pair opened in the summer of 2016. The new tree houses have an extra sleeping area complete with a queen bed in a nook that overlooks the Gorge and Skamania Lodge’s golf course. It allows for a broader range of options to those seeking to sleep among the trees.

“We’re thrilled at the way our first two tree houses turned out,” said Skamania Lodge General Manager Ken Daugherty. “They became so popular, we wanted to be able to provide our guests with additional options to truly have that quintessential Columbia River Gorge experience.”

Like the first two tree houses, these are nestled in the tall Douglas Firs of the Columbia River Gorge, and a simple yet stunning aesthetic connects guests with the beauty of the Gorge; while the old tree houses are perched 15 to 20 feet above the ground, the new tree houses are twice as high at about 30 feet. Each also has its own outdoor fire pit, as well as an indoor-outdoor fireplace that faces the main king bed and faces out to a wrap-around deck offering stunning views of the Gorge.

Peekaboo Views of the Columbia River Gorge

Tree house bathroom

The new tree houses boast a significant new amenity: an additional bed in a nook space with large windows that offer peekaboo views of the Columbia River Gorge. The additional bed in the new cabins mean couples and families alike can experience the luxury of nature among the trees.

In addition to the main king bed, the nook containing a queen bed also has a drape that opens and closes—offering privacy between the two sleeping areas.

In line with the first two tree houses, design elements were once again inspired from the idea of a creative childhood, with carefree days and playing outdoors.

Tree house guests are a short walk from all the lodge’s offerings, like the Waterleaf Spa, hiking trails, Skamania Lodge Golf Course, and dining facilities, while still experiencing the peace and quiet of sleeping among the trees.

Skamania Lodge used the same design and building teams from the first two tree houses. Seattle-based architectural design firm MG2 designed the tree houses; Portland-based Ankrom Moisan created the interior design; and Stevenson, Wash.-based Invision Construction was the general contractor overseeing construction of the tree houses, which exclusively hired local subcontractors for the job.