NEWS UPDATE 2013/2014
Cedar Creek Treehouse celebrated it's 16th season in 2013 and
continued to receive outstanding media attention both nationally and abroad.
Sierra Club (April 8)
included us as one of their "4 of the World's Most Magical
Treehouse Hotels", the only US pick. The three others hailed from Sweden, China, and Costa Rica.
US News and World Report Travel (March 25)
featured us in their "Top Treehouse Hotels",
again, the only US choice from ten around the world.
Over in the UK, the
Sunday Times Travel (May 12),
highlighted us in their piece " A Killer Location", while
London's Daily Mail touted Cedar Creek Treehouse as one of the "World's Coolest Treehouses". (January 19).
We were once more featured in
Conde' Naste Traveller (September 29) in their
"Incredible Treehouse Hotels", and Men's Health Magazine (May)
considered us one of
"The 20 Manliest Hotels in America".( not quite sure what qualifies as "manly"....
we have many "womanly" guests as well!).
Cedar Creek Treehouse finally made it on YouTube in Odd Inns, (March 15)
"Top 10 Treehouse Inns and Hotel Tree Resorts".
And lastly, Phoenix Magazine (June)
named us as one of
their favorites in "Summer Getaways".
We have enjoyed showing guests our new floating treehouse and have plans for a modified zip
line to add to the adventure. Stay tuned.
Cedar Creek Treehouse does
all booking by phone, so we have discontinued using email. If you have questions or want to check availability,
please call us at 360-789-6773. ( click on "Rates" on top of homepage.)
We look forward to our 17th season as one of the world's premier treehouse hotels. See you in 2014!
NEWS UPDATE 2012/2013
It has taken three years (mostly summers) and a lot of hard work, but, as promised,
Cedar Creek Treehouse is proud to present our unique Floating Treehouse to the world.
Please visit the new photo gallery for some sensational shots.
The Floating Treehouse will be part of our treehouse tour
(→ tour information) and will not be offered as overnight lodging.
This structure, 72 feet in the air and accessed by the Sun Bridge, is the only one of its kind on the planet.....(for that matter, all of our creations are.)
The Sun Bridge also provides power to the floating treehouse via a solar panel which we've used for over 30 years. We recently hoisted two newer solar panels 93 feet high
to hang from the south wall section of Cedar Creek Treehouse Observatory, powering our home below. Getting the solar panels (350 watts) that high up greatly increased
sun exposure and hence charging capacity. (Another good reason to face your treehouse south.) Keep in mind that we live in a rain forest in the Pacific Northwet (I mean, Northwest).
But, believe it or not, solar works for five months out of the year. The original 55 watt panel we bought in 1982 ($500 at the time) still works way beyond its 20 year warranty.
As you can probably guess, we are big believers in solar energy. It is clean, renewable, and well worth the initial investment. Do yourself a favor and check out solar systems to
supplement your on-grid power setup!
In media news. we were featured in the
July/August 2012 issue of Conde' Nast magazine (Moscow, Russia) and locally in the August 2012 issue of Seattle Met magazine
under the cover title
" The Ultimate Guide To Mt. Rainier National Park". Cedar Creek Treehouse was one of two lodgings featured in the story.
And in the UK, Octopus Publishing's latest book "501 GREAT PLACES TO STAY"(Bounty Books, London) , included Cedar Creek Treehouse among their choices of favorite places to visit around the world by five travel writers. This 544 page beautifully illustrated travel guide is a pleasure to read, featuring exotic lodging experiences from all over the globe.
We book by phone only, so please call us to make a reservation or to book a treehouse tour.
Reservations for the 2013 season will be taken starting February 1. Come walk the new Sun Bridge and experience the wonder of a Floating Treehouse 72 feet in the treetops with unimaginable views of Mt. Rainier and surrounding peaks. Enjoy unsurpassed privacy
and solitude in an enchanted forest. Live in the tree canopies. Feel the wind. Listen to the creek below. And relax.
NEWS UPDATE 2011/2012
2011, our 14th season, brought more adventurous guests
Outside magazine’s feature “
The Best Treehouse
” called Cedar Creek Treehouse “the granddaddy of treehouse
hotels in the US, if not the world.” (Outside.com Nov. 1, 2011) In CBS
Watch! magazine (Dec. 2011), travel editor Peter Greenberg rated our
“crafty and creative” treehouse hotel one of
“Five Unusual Holiday
Hideaways around the World”
; in his piece Novel Noels.
Seattle ranked us among their top six picks in
“Guide to the Most
Unique Hotels in Washington.”; (Feb. 7, 2012) The Travel Channel will
air a new show this 2012 season, “Park Secrets,” which will feature Mt.
Rainier National Park and its neighbor Cedar Creek Treehouse. (whoops,
no secret now!)
USA Today.com (Travel Tips/International Lodging) lists
us as one of
“Ten Hotels You Should Know About,”
; with “spectacular
views of Mt. Rainier and eco-friendly.” MSN Travel.com rated Cedar
Creek Treehouse as one of the top nine “Coolest Treehouse Hotels in the
; (Dec. 8, 2011) And, believe it or not, Vogue magazine featured
us in a piece called
“Let’s Go Glamping.”
; (Vogue.com Oct. 28, 2011)
Glamping is a hybrid term for glamorous camping. We aren’t
that means, but you might want to leave your $1,100 Chanel short boots
at home… as well as the $750 Ralph Lauren lantern. (Actually, the
lantern is not a bad idea, but I know where you can get yourself a bona
fide “glamping” one locally for much less.) We do provide, in their
words “your own eco-friendly, solar-powered treetop penthouse.” (Of
sorts. Check our “Amenities”
for details.) Always a good idea to visit
our website thoroughly.
In February, Choices Magazine included Cedar Creek Treehouse in a list of
"12 Fantastic Tree Houses From Across The World"
We have enjoyed hearing from guests over the
years, and we hope you’ll continue to write us and share memories of
your stay. Fifteen years is almost another generation! We also
appreciate any news or information you have to share. Occupy Cedar
Creek Treehouse in 2012!
NEWS UPDATE 2010/2011
When we said in last year’s news update, “You ain’t seen
yet,” well, we weren’t kidding. Check out the new 68 ft. long bridge in
the sky, the Sun Bridge. This was
constructed the summer of 2010
with the help of Amanda, Erik, Jonatha, and Bill, and took two days to
hoist 75 feet into
the forest canopy, thanks to Cedar, Jonatha, and friends.
The Sun Bridge connects the Stairway to Heaven with the new
foundation. This platform, a web of steel cables and aluminum ladders,
was constructed and
hoisted in the summer and fall of 2009 (see photos) and will support a
will seemingly float, suspended between five trees, 75 feet above the
forest floor. It
offers spectacular views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Wow and other peaks within
National Park. As the floating web was being designed and constructed,
my son Cedar spent
the summer 85 feet in the treetops, doing all the scary, intense prep
work which included
installing wood spacers around all five trees and guying each to an
anchor tree below.
Prudent, selective limbing was necessary, as well as connecting three
of the trees and
building a landing deck on the other two. By early September, with the
help of my daughter
Amanda, Erik and their wonderful Bellingham WA friends, we raised high
the floating web.
This was no small feat, requiring six double pulleys and a thousand
feet of rope, everyone
hoisting in unison.
We’ll begin construction of the floating treehouse this summer
(2011) and it will
be included as part of the Stairway to Heaven and Treehouse Observatory
tour which is
offered to all our guests. Not for the acrophobic, but it’s optional --
obligation! Either way, you are in for a thrill not offered anywhere
else on this planet.
The 82-foot spiral staircase, the Stairway to Heaven, is the
only structure of its
kind. It has been cited as one of the top 20 spiral staircases in the
world by a number of
websites including www.oobject.com and was featured in The Smithsonian,
and National Geographic Traveler magazines. With the addition of the
new Sun Bridge and
construction of the floating treehouse, we promise even more surprises
in the near future.
This was our 13th season and our first with only two guests
maximum per booking. As a
result, we had many happy birthdays, anniversaries and honeymoons as
well as moms and
daughters, brothers and sisters, and close friends celebrating a
together (see Guest Comments). Our location truly sets us apart -- a
homestead within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, magical
treehouses high in the sky,
a pristine creek running by -- and Mt. Rainier National Park ten
There are many reasons Cedar Creek Treehouse was chosen as one
of the top five
treehouse hotels in the world by London newspapers The Guardian and The
We look forward to the 2011 season and having you as our
NEWS UPDATE 2009/2010
Cedar Creek Treehouse was featured on ABC's Good Morning
America (July 30, 2009) as one
of five unique lodgings in America by the editors of Travel
magazine. The Chicago Tribune rated us in the Top Ten
in the world (April 2009). In Weimar, Germany, the treehouse was part
of the "90
Years of Treehouses" exhibit this winter. The Stairway To Heaven - the
spiral staircase on the planet encircling a tree -- was ranked one of
the top 20 spiral
staircases in the world by oobject.com and other websites.
We've also completed the first phase of our latest treehouse
project. Suffice to say,
all you treehouse builders out there...you ain't seen nothing yet.
Extreme? We are
re-defining the concept of "extreme." Stay tuned.
Last, but not least, we have made a policy change after 12
years. As much as we've
enjoyed having families and groups as guests, we'll only be
booking a maximum of
two people from now on, and only age 21 or over. (Click on Rates
for more information.) Most of our guests are celebrating
anniversaries, birthdays, and
honeymoons, so this is a logical step for us. Other treehouses out
there are more geared
The weather has been mild this winter and spring should be
mellow. July, August, and
September are the peak months and usually book first. Please call to
inquire or to make a
NEWS UPDATE 2008/2009
2008, our eleventh year, continued to bring us adventurous
guests and great media
recognition. Cedar Creek Treehouse was highlighted in National
magazine (July/August) as “one of the highest out there” in their Hotel
feature entitled “Stairways To Heaven,” accompanied by a photo of our
bridge and treehouse observatory. US Airways magazine
(July) gave us top
billing in their “All Over the Map” segment called “Travel
Sunset magazine (August) rated Cedar Creek
Treehouse in their Top Ten
“Dare To Dream” feature “Best Ways To Fulfill Your Travel Fantasies
Today.” We were showcased, with two great photos, in the Indianapolis
travel section (Indy Sunday, November 16) as an “out of the ordinary
sleep.” (Other options included Sweden’s Ice Hotel, a refurbished 18th
windmill in France and cave hotels in Australia and New Mexico.)
Seattle’s KOMO 4 TV aired a special on Cedar
Creek Treehouse as
part of their “4 the Earth” series, hosted by Robert Santos in May. The
focuses on environmentally friendly topics, and can be viewed online.
We had beautiful summer and fall weather, but as of this
update, winter has arrived.
Our award for “Heartiest Guests of the Year” goes to Adam and Royya of
California who drove many miles and stayed two nights in mid-December
during a 16-inch
snowfall and 24-degree weather. (We suggest visiting in spring, summer,
Speaking of visiting, we now offer exclusive tours of Cedar
Creek Treehouse through our
Cedar Loft Cabin (www.cedarloftcabin.com)
It’s the only way to visit the treehouse without booking a reservation!
NEWS UPDATE 2007/2008
Cedar Creek Treehouse has always been known as an
environmentally friendly eco-resort.
Recently it was chosen by the Travel Channel as one
of the top three
“extreme hotels” in the world. We’ll be featured in their pilot episode
Extreme Hotels airing Dec. 20, 2007. Check for local listings in your
area and for
repeats. We were also showcased in National Geographic Kids
2007) as an eco-vacation destination using solar power. The
featured Cedar Creek Treehouse in their fall/winter 2007 travel
“Alone with Nature” as a place where guests can “mountain bike, hike,
fish, pick huckleberries in the summer and hunt for chanterelle
mushrooms in the
fall.” It’s great to see a growing trend toward “green getaways” where
nature is the main attraction. With Mt. Rainier National Park and the
National Forest literally in our backyard, it’s hard to find a better
way to enjoy
the great outdoors.
In Australia, Cedar Creek Treehouse appeared on Channel
“Getaway” reaching two million viewers across the continent.
crew also visited Mt. Rainier National Park and was rewarded with good
always a bonus – for both shoots. In other media news, we were
highlighted in the London
Sunday Times (Dec. 2 issue) and Singapore Airline’s travel
Meanwhile, back in the USA, Men’s Journal (July
issue) voted Cedar
Creek Treehouse the “best motel room in the sky.” (So, how do you drive
We celebrated our tenth year with guests and friends on July
17. But as special as that
was, it couldn’t top the “the wedding of the century” on Sept. 8 when
treehouse owner/builder Bill Compher and Sarah Scott were married on
the Rainbow Bridge 80
feet in the air. In what could be described as an “extreme wedding,”
watched from the creek below in a state of suspended disbelief as Bill
and Sarah ascended
the Stairway to Heaven and exchanged vows on the colorful suspension
first-ever Rainbow Bridge wedding was such a hit that we’ve decided to
offer it as an
option to guests. Please let us know if you’re interested in a
high-flying wedding of
NEWS UPDATE 2006-2007
Another fantastic year in the forest, thanks, as always, to
our fine guests. Magic and
romance were in the air… the twinkle of starry skies...and newly
rings. Honeymoon surprises. (Note to future couples: Arriving in a
designer wedding gown
and tuxedo is not a good idea!) Anniversary and birthday
about a secret). Also, families and friends from across the country, as
well as from
Russia, Germany, and Australia, all making memories while they can.
honored to be a part of these events and to share this enchanted part
of the world with
2006 brought more media recognition, globally, nationally and
Cedar Creek Treehouse was chosen as the number one treehouse
hotel in the world by the Sun-Herald
newspaper (Sydney, Australia, “Take Five” April 30, 2006). We
featured in the newspaper Tages-Anzeiger (Zurich) in
Baumhotels” (March, 2006) and in the Guardian newspaper
one the “Five Best” treehouses worldwide. We were ranked as “The #6
Unusual Hotel in the World” by the HDTV Discovery Channel show
“Ultimates” (The Orient Express was ranked # 7) and showcased
-- Conde-Nast Traveler.
National media features included HGTV’s “Out On A
(April 2006), Popular Mechanics magazine (“High
Cascades” March 2006)…Weekend Magazine (Nature
Lover--“Nesting Instinct” July/August 2006 Hearst Pub./ N.Y.)
And locally, KSTW’s (Channel 11, Seattle/Tacoma)
“FreeTime” October 2006… KBTC’s (Tacoma PBS)
“Full Focus” May 16, 2006… Seattle Metropolitan Magazine’s
“The Getaways--Sleep in a Tree” (June 2006)…Puget Sound
Journal’s “Travel & Excursions” (June 30, 2006)…Inland
NW Homes & Lifestyles “From the Ground Up” (Oct./Nov.
Magazine (Houston, TX, June 2006)
Strange as it may seem, Cedar Creek Treehouse appears in
thousands of 4th Grade 2007
student textbook editions published by Scott-Foresman (USA and Italy).
And, yes folks, also hard to believe, but 2007 will
be the 10th Anniversary of
Cedar Creek Treehouse! That, of course, will require a
celebration. We’ll be
having a little party on July 17 (Tuesday), with music, feasting, and
some photo ops. If you are a guest from the past with a memory to share
and would like to
attend, please contact us!
First, in Spring 2006 – coming to a TV or
magazine rack near you – Cedar Creek Treehouse will be featured in the March
2006 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine, which will examine
the "nuts and
bolts" construction techniques of both treehouses and staircases, the
and an interview with builder Bill Compher.
In April, HGTV (Home and Garden
cable TV network) will showcase Cedar Creek Treehouse resort in a
special program called "Out
on a Limb", shot in high definition. Don't miss it! The Travel
Channel will continue to air repeats of three other shows
featuring Cedar Creek
Treehouse (Secrets of Seattle, Amazing Vacation Homes, and Tremendous
The 2005 season was our eighth and busiest yet,
with bookings throughout the fall and as late as Thanksgiving. What
makes hosting our
guests such a pleasant experience is the excitement and
each brings with them on their visit. (See Guest
Let's face it: sleeping 60 feet high in a giant
cedar tree deep in the forest, climbing an 85 foot spiral staircase,
walking a 45 foot
long suspension footbridge to a treehouse observatory 100 feet in the
sky and viewing
mountain goats through a spotting scope ... that takes a special kind
of person ... and
we're GLAD THEY EXIST!! Thank you all for your enthusiasm and continued
We have enjoyed the new spotting scope,
and often viewed climbers on their way to Camp Muir
(the stone huts there
are visible) and mountain goats on Mt. Wow and the
cliffs of Tumtum Peak
(in Mt. Rainier National Park).
Six hearty folks from Wisconsin attended
a wedding in the treehouse observatory in June – a first-time event
(There were no tuxedos or wedding gowns, but the local preacher was
very careful not to
get tree sap on his fancy silk robe.)
Cedar Creek Treehouse is featured in a
beautiful new book Treehouses by Paula Henderson and Adam
(Frances-Bacon Publishers, London) and was chosen by the Guardian
newspaper (London) as One
of the World's Best Five Treehouses.
We were also ranked #1 by the 2005 Rand
McNally Road Atlas (U.S. Canada and Mexico) as the "Most
Place to Sleep." The competition included an undersea lodge,
an ice hotel,
castles, steamboats, lighthouses, and gypsy wagons.
Cedar Creek Treehouse was featured in the Boston
Globe Sunday Travel Section (April 3, 2005) as "one
of the world's
best treehouses." We were also highlighted in Frontier
"Wild Blue Yonder" inflight magazine (May/June 2005), and the
22, 2005 issue of Algemeen Dagblad newspaper ( The Netherlands).
Cedar Creek Treehouse currently appears in
the English grammar textbook "Winners", published by Macmillan
and used by young students around the world. We're not always aware of
all media features
(such as in-flight airline magazines, travel stories in newspapers and
magazines, etc.) so
we appreciate being informed when you read about us!
We're looking forward to an exciting 9th
The 2004 season, our seventh, was pretty
phenomenal, or as they say in show biz: "mah-ve-lous." That's right
Creek Treehouse continued to garner glitzy national and international
The London Independent (March 20, 2004)
rated us as one of the Five Best Treehouses in the World ( the only
U.S. pick! ).
The German magazine Five To Nine
(Wirtschafts Woche) featured us in their Fall 2004 issue, with
spectacular photos by Gabor Ekecs.
The Travel Channel visited twice, in June,
shooting for the Fall 2004 premier of "Amazing Vacation Homes" (aired
Sept. 6 and will be shown again), and also for the show "Tremendous
Treehouses" (Winter 2005).
Do It Yourself Network (DIY channel) and CNN
Online highlighted us over the summer.
In Seattle, King 5 TV's "Northwest Backroads"
showcased the new Treehouse Observatory, Rainbow Bridge, and Stairway
To Heaven (Oct. 2004). Host Grant Goodeve made his second visit to
feature these latest additions, having first visited us in December
1998. Producer Kevin Straylee receives, hands down, the "Bravest
Visitor of the Year" award for his awesome camera work! The owner's
son, Cedar Compher, and his dad Bill performed the background music for
the shoot, playing Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" on acoustic guitars.
And in the mad magazine world, Cedar Creek Treehouse was
spotlighted in Newsweek (May 10) , Time
(May 24), HGTV magazine, and Zink
(Summer 2004 -- all you need to know about New York's weird fashion
But even better than the high-toned media
exposure were the down-to-earth guests we had this year: Twelve
students from Bastyr
University, the nation's leading naturopathic school (see Stairway
To Heaven photo gallery), as well as avid bird watchers like Dan
Cooper (no, not the
hi-jacker), who identified more than eleven local species that day,
complete with sketches
and song descriptions. Some of our guests enjoyed fly fishing, catching
and releasing the
small native trout, while a few brave souls joined the fish in the
frigid waters of the
creek's deep pools.
Of course, the new 82-foot spiral
staircase (Stairway To Heaven), Rainbow Bridge, and Treehouse
Observatory provided plenty
of excitement. All guests were treated to a one hour guided tour by
their host Bill
Compher, who led them skyward, explaining construction techniques,
and providing them with breath-taking views of Mt. Rainier and the
Nisqually Valley, from
the octagon's removable skylights 100 feet above the forest floor! This
photographer's paradise. Many photos and videos were taken, and some
lucky visitors used
the binoculars to see climbers en route to Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier,
and the occasional
mountain goat on the Tum Tum cliffs inside the park.
Our visitors were celebrating birthdays,
anniversaries, honeymoons, family vacations ... traveling from England,
New Hampshire, Pennsylvania,
Colorado, Texas, Virginia, New Jersey ... even an architect who trekked
California to satisfy his curiosity. (See Guest
>Comments 2004.) An extra attraction
this year is Mt. St. Helens, only two hours south of us by car. This is
a rare opportunity
to witness an active volcano (scientists say it's safe!) and enjoy Mt.
Rainier --as well as experience
one of the world's most spectacular treehouse resorts.
The 2003 Summer season had its ups and downs ... many
highs and lows ... feeling like you were going in circles ... living on
the edge. Well,
that's because we constructed the new Stairway to Heaven -- an 80-foot
winding around a Douglas fir, providing exciting (and safe!) access to
the Cedar Creek
Treehouse observatory. (See new Stairway
to Heaven photo
The giant helix curves gracefully skyward,
mushrooming from the forest floor, and, when lit up by the solar lights
at night, looks
more like a futuristic sci-fi transporter machine than a staircase.
It's safe to say that
the Stairway to Heaven is out of this world. Indeed, it transports the
another dimension ... and another reality.
This was a father-son experience to be
remembered. The project was designed and engineered by Bill (with
suggestions from a few
friends), but the layout and major construction credits go to his son
Cedar (age 16). It
was a challenging and daunting task, figuring out precisely the
location and levelness of
each steel (14 lb.) tread as they wound around the tree. (The trunk
diameter was irregular
and always changing!) The work got slower and more dangerous the higher
he worked. Safety
precautions were top priority. But the results say it all -- this
structure is a work of
art. As much of a creative masterpiece as an intense building effort.
Thank you, Cedar,
for a job well done!!
While the staircase was progressing, the cabled
suspension footbridge was being built nearby, four feet off the ground.
This will be
hoisted up and will connect the spiral staircase to the treehouse
observatory, spanning 43
feet, and 80 feet above the forest floor. Guests will have the option
of taking the tour,
which will (if the skies are clear) reward them with breath-taking
views of Mt. Rainier
and the Nisqually Valley. Wild mountain goats can be seen grazing on
cliffs to the east in
Mt. Rainier National Park. Completion is scheduled for June 2004. Stay
tuned, or call for
Cedar Creek Treehouse was featured this year in:
The New York Times (March 7, 2003 "Escapes")
The Wall Street Journal (April 29, 2003 Travel section)
The London Observer (March 9, 2003 "Escape")
Sonntags Zeitung newspaper (Zurich, Switzerland, October 2003)
Reise & Priese (German travel magazine, Winter/Spring 2003)
The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong, Winter 2004)
The Travel Channel (March 2003)
We will also be featured in an upcoming Fodor
travel guidebook (unusual getaways in America -- due in 2004), and on
CBS television The
Morning Show -- (t.b.a.) Winter 2004. Again, as usual, we'll be booking
for the 2004
season beginning in March. Please call to make reservations anytime
Greetings, Everyone. Wow -- Our 5th year
anniversary! A number of memorable guests this season (you know who you
Nashville New Age musicians (a rare breed) ... Houston vegetarians
... prodigy poets from Brownsville, Texas (also on the endangered list)
families, honeymooners, birthday and anniversary surprises (see Guest
We received some great "exposure" this year as
Cedar Creek Treehouse bared it all in a revealing photo (between Elvis
and Madonna ... their hotels, that is) for a travel feature in Playboy
Also the July issue of Travel and Leisure; and USA
Weekend (Sunday newspaper magazine, Sept. 1, 2002), who named
us as one of the top five "Unusual and Experimental Lodgings" in the
And over in Amsterdam (truly the "City of Freedom"), KLM
(Royal Dutch Airlines) highlighted the treehouse in their
November 2002 in-flight magazine.
The Travel Channel visited us in April, and will
feature Cedar Creek Treehouse in a special series called "Secrets of
Seattle", to air Winter 2003, and will contain some great video of the
new octagonal treehouse Observatory.
Japanese Television filmed us on a snowy
February, 2002, for a program aired nationally there this summer.
And finally, Herbert Ypma, world-class photographer and creator of
Europe's " Hip Hotel" series, visited in September (see Observatory
photo gallery), and will be showcasing both treehouses in his upcoming
book -- Hip Hotels--USA ( due in major bookstores
internationally around April, 2003).
The Autumn colors this year were brilliant, and the
weather unseasonably sunny and dry. This gave us the chance to hoist up
the arched roof
sections which will create a graceful dome atop the octagonal treehouse
Boeing jet aluminum sheeting (from Boeing Surplus---Kent, WA) was used
for the roofing
material, (see Observatory Photo Gallery)
as well as recycled
tempered glass for more skylights, giving the brave viewer breathtaking
100 feet up in the sky! Imagine floating in a hot-air balloon above the
entrance to Mt. Rainier.
The Observatory is what we'd describe as an "extreme
treehouse" experience. It's not for our average guest. For starters,
(until the sky
bridges are completed), you'll have to strap on a climbing harness,
clip onto a safety
static rope, and climb an 87-foot wooden ladder bolted to the giant
Douglas Fir. We
suggest waiting until you arrive and giving it a long, thoughtful look
before you decide
to ascend. (In fact, if you have to think about it too long, it's
probably not such a good
Therefore, we are offering the Observatory experience as a
special option---- an "additional package" to the Cedar Creek Treehouse
experience. This will include a personal tour (climb) with the builder,
time for photo
opportunities, use of the telescope and binoculars, etc. Tour fees are
depending on the situation, time involved, and other factors. Talk to
Bill when you check
in! As usual, we'll be booking throughout the Winter/early Spring on a
"weather-permitting" basis. You never can tell. For example, February
mild and sunny, with no snow, whereas February 2002 was typical, with
2+ feet of winter
wonderland. So please call within a week of the date wanted!
Reservations for the
Summer/Fall 2003 season will be taken beginning in mid- March, 2003.
In reflecting on the 2001 season, we've become aware
of how a visit to Cedar Creek Treehouse can have a different meaning
for each guest.
Everyone had their own reasons for wanting to visit, and everyone will
carry their own
special memories of their experience. We noticed this summer that
some people were
between jobs -- career changes and personal life decisions needing to
be faced. Some
people came out to temporarily leave behind the intensity of the New
York region after
September 11th -- the common theme in both cases being a need for
respite, a quiet place
to retreat and contemplate the issues, or just forget about them for a
couple of days.
But we also had many celebrations ... a very cool Auntie
who creates memorable adventures to share with her nieces and nephews
children!) ... a family from England who visited for three days on
their first Pacific
Northwest vacation ... a creek-side wedding ceremony and reception ...
and the many
surprise anniversaries, birthdays, and honeymooners. More than
one guest mentioned
in the guestbook that they had been inspired to build their own
Cedar Creek Treehouse was featured in USA TODAY as one of
the world's "Ten Great Places To Sleep in a Tree" (July 20, 2001 Travel
Section) --see link at
photo editors called and wanted to make sure the giant tree growing
through the ceiling in
the photo they used was a real tree. I assured them it was
) Earlier that
month, from Madrid, EL MUNDO (Spain's second largest newspaper)
highlighted the treehouse
in their Sunday magazine section (July 8, 2001). In Finland,
featured us in it's January 2001 issue with a full page story by
with some great photos of his visit. We also traded lodging
with the College
Inn Guesthouse in Seattle.
It's right in the heart of the U.W. district and a historic place to
stay when you're in
town. And last but not least, Cedar Creek Treehouse was showcased
2002" in the current calendar TREEHOUSES 2002 !!
Publishing, N.Y., N.Y.--- available in bookstores or thru Amazon.com
mentioned on previous news updates, Cedar Creek Treehouse will be
booking for the 2002
Spring/Summer/Fall season beginning in mid-March. We will also
continue to book on a
spontaneous, "weather-permitting" basis during the winter months --
about a week in advance of your desired date.
CEDAR CREEK TREEHOUSE OBSERVATORY AT MT. RAINIER
The big news, however, is the new octagonal treehouse
observatory that was constructed this past year by Bill Compher. (See Treehouse Observatory Photo Gallery.)
Bill built it by
himself ... not because he wanted to, but hey, treehouse carpenters are
hard to find!!
The main floor level is 87 feet above the forest
floor in a
single Douglas fir near the Cedar Creek Treehouse. It features
eight wall sections
ten feet in height with forty tempered glass windows 360 degrees
around, and a sleeping
loft for two 95 feet in the sky. The deck knee-braces and wall sections
were built down
below, using Douglas fir and T&G cedar construction. September
27, 2001 was the
big hoisting day -- With a five-man crew, the wall sections were
winched up and assembled
in an amazing five hours. Photos and video captured the
event. The brave
workers donated their time, skill, muscle, and wits to make the
observatory a reality ...
my heart-felt thanks to them! Views are beyond compare
-- truly an
eagle's-eye perspective of the Nisqually Valley, Mt. Rainier, and
Imagine floating in a hot-air balloon above the forest treetops
... The observatory
will be equipped with a serious telescope and binoculars for
star-gazing (the meteor
showers were out of this world!) , bird-watching, sunsets, and
life. Mt. Rainier, Tatoosh, Mt. Wow, Mt. Osborne, the Sawtooth
peaks, and the Copper
Creek Ski Hut are all panoramic in scope. Eventually the octagon
will be reached by
a series of foot-bridges suspended in the tree canopies,
beginning from the
stairwell observation room and ascending another 47 feet to the new
observatory. Stay tuned for continued news updates, or, better
yet, make a
reservation and see it for yourself!
Greetings, Everybody! The great thing about
reporting the news on your own Web site is that, unlike a standard
newspaper, the news is
all good instead of all bad! It was Cedar Creek
Treehouse's third season, and
the best yet. We had visitors from Norway, Finland, Japan, Ireland,
and from all over the U.S. (see Guest Comments).
reunions, gatherings of friends, birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons
... with the element
of surprise making many visits even more fun. I've decided to award
special prizes in
different categories to deserving guests from the 2000 season.
(Winners, to receive your
prize, you'll have to be reading this and give me a phone call or e-mail!) The categories and
recepients for this
1. Heartiest and Most Determined Guest
Melissa H. (Lafayette, Louisiana), for ascending five flights
of stairs on crutches,
after injuring her ankle and being flown out of the Olympic mountains
by helicopter the
previous day (on her honeymoon). She also resided in the treehouse for
hours -- a new record!
2. Most Romantic Couple
Megan S. and Curtis P. (Pennsylvania and Virginia), for his
proposal of marriage under
the stars on March 25, 2000. Way to go, Curtis!!
3. Wildest (Born to be Wild) Couple
Jodie and Bob M. (Spokane, WA) -- They rode double on a
Harley Davidson "Fat
Boy" from Spokane to celebrate her birthday. By the way, we're
talkin' about a
couple of grandparents here!!)
4. Bravest Souls
John S. and Heather McG. (Seattle, WA) -- Spent the night in
a raging wind storm, with
thunder and lightning ... and LOVED IT.
5. Longest- staying Guests
Harry and Deepak (Washington D.C.) -- Stayed five days in
August -- a new record!
6. First Celebration of Shabbath (Jewish Sabbath)
The Einsohn family (Texas) ... (were very careful with
7. First Guests from Scandinavian
Kimmo K. (Finland) and Peter P. (Norway)
8. First Request for Music to Surprise Wife on
Arthur and Michelle H. (Richland, Wa.) -- the Anniversary
Waltz, on accordion.
9. Survived Coldest Night in Treehouse So Far (19
Judy and Ray Shaw , from Eatonville,WA (11/9/00) and Valerie
O. and Dave R., from
10. First Song Composed for Cedar Creek Treehouse
Cindy J. and Ed W. ( Oak Park, Illinois, 7/1/00 ) -- "Cedars
In addition to the wonderful people who
visited us this season, the treehouse received national and
recognition. First was a feature on the Oprah Winfrey Show ("Not
Your Typical Vacation", originally aired on May 31, 2000.) The
you know, Cedar Creek Treehouse received Top Pick on Discovery.com
Travel Channel Web site as World's Best
eco-lodging with alternative energy sources.
Discovery Travel Online, the travel web site
of the Discovery Channel, is featuring Cedar Creek Treehouse as one of
the world's most
fascinating " Unusual Hotels".
We were also approached by "Wheel of Misfortune"
(the national TV game show) who wanted to offer our treehouse as a
winning contestants. After consulting with numerous guests and friends,
we decided to pass
on the invitation ... but you don't have to be a winner on the show to
come here -- just
give us a call!
In June, 2000, The Treehouse Book
(a David Larkin Book -- Universe Publishing, New York, NY) was
published, co-produced by
David Larkin and Peter and Judy Nelson. This was their third and
best treehouse book
effort, and featured Cedar Creek Treehouse as the grand finale of the
superb photography by Paul Rocheleau and fascinating text by Larkin
(Frank Lloyd Wright:
The Masterworks; Country Wisdom; Shaker Built; Barn; Adobe; Wooden
America, etc. ) it can be ordered through Amazon.com or found in major
By the way, Larkin and Nelson's first best-selling book, Treehouses
-- The Art
and Craft of Living Out on a Limb, can also be ordered through
Cedar Creek Treehouse will also be featured in an upcoming
book series: The House That Jack Built. Published by
Chelsea Green (Gaia
Books Ltd. www.gaiabooks.co.uk
) England, and
authored by David Pearson. We'll keep you posted as to when it's
in Spring or Fall 2001). Lastly, the treehouse was featured in
the Fall 2000 issue
of Mountain Living Magazine (Englewood, Colorado / Weisner
Publications) and in an
upcoming issue of Animus Magazine (Buenos Aires, Argentina, December
The forecast for this winter is for colder and more normal
weather ... in other words, no El Nino or La Nina. Instead of
closing for the winter
months (December--February and early March), as we did last year, Cedar
will be open on a " weather permitting", spontaneous basis. For
example, if you
live in western Washington or Oregon, and you're a hearty soul, and the
conditions look good for the next few days, then give us a call or
e-mail. Maybe we can
book something. (This arrangement obviously won't work for anyone
needing to fly in from
out of state, which would require a plane reservation. Sorry!! )
"reservations" more than a few days in advance won't be taken. We won't
booking reservations for the Spring/Summer/Fall 2001 season until early
to mid March. Call
We wish everyone well -- keep in touch!!
Oprah Winfrey, reportedly a big fan of
treehouses, aired a
segment about Cedar Creek Treehouse on her May 31, 2000 show
entitled "Not Your Typical Vacation."
Cedar Creek Treehouse was featured in a live
interview via telephone on a Japanese radio show in late February! We
hope to hear from
some listeners soon (e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The treehouse also received a page one spread in
Home Power Magazine (issue #74-- P.O. Box 520, Ashland, Oregon
out Heart Interface Inverters (www.heartinterface.com).
We're looking forward to an exciting new season -- will keep you posted
on the latest!!
Adventurous families from Italy, China, and Ireland ...
wanderers from India, Poland, and England ... a father & son
retreat ... a mother
& son retreat ... two sisters and their 85 year old mother, who, as
we ascended the
stair-well, informed me that she felt pretty good for someone who's
strokes and a couple of heart surgeries ... historic romantic events:
... engagement rings ... surprise anniversaries ... surprise birthdays
... a honeymoon or
two ... a 60th wedding anniversary couple from Tampa (my folks!) ...
But probably the best
story was The Adventure of the Five Bridesmaids, in
which the fifth
maiden finds herself alone and lost in Ashford at ten-thirty on a dark
night without a map
to the treehouse, where her four friends are anxiously awaiting her
arrival, ready for the
party to begin. Due to some Cosmic Occurrence, I'm happy to report she
was rescued at the
BP store and re-united with her joyous friends.
As you can see, the treehouse guestbook is providing some
great material for my forthcoming best-seller: TRUE TREEHOUSE TALES.
Speaking of best-sellers, David Larkin, highly acclaimed author of
books on such things as
Shaker furniture, wooden ships, and alternative building, is currently
working on a
treehouse book, and visited Cedar Creek Treehouse recently with his
photographer. So keep
your eyes open ... it should be available in bookstores by next summer!
Also, Cedar Creek
Treehouse received a full-page feature in the current BODY & SOUL
and adventure chapter. (Published by NEW AGE JOURNAL of HOLISTIC
LIVING) It's on the
shelves through December 1999.
It has been an exciting eight months since Cedar
Creek Treehouse received its first guests in July 1998. Having
appeared on the back
cover of Fine Homebuilding magazine (Taunton
Press) that month,
the treehouse and stairway went on to grace the front page of The
Tribune (August 27, 1998), was featured in the Travel
Northwest section of The
Seattle Times (see story by Don Duncan), and Home section
of The Chicago
Tribune (Sunday, Dec. 6, 1998).
Seattle's KING5-TV Northwest
Backroads highlighted the treehouse on its Dec. 13, 1998
program, which was
re-broadcast in late January 1999. Outside Radio
broadcast an interview with Bill in December on syndicated stations
across the country,
and in March a TV production crew from Chicago came out to shoot for an
of Alternatives, to be broadcast on Fox or
CBS during the Fall
1999 season. (Will someone please tape it for me? -- I don't get TV
here!) And it that weren't enough, check the magazine stands in
for the spring/summer 1999 issue of Seattle Bride
where we're listed in the Getaway section. Who'd a thunk it?!
We've had a variety of guests thus far:
a family of five, including grandparents from Kentucky, folks from
Wisconsin celebrating a family reunion, people from Texas, Illinois,
Jersey, and more than a few Washington residents. Many of our
visitors have turned
out to be adventurous romantics celebrating their wedding
fifty feet up in the treetops (in some cases, as a surprise!).
Because of the
weather here in the mountains, Bill was hesitant to book the treehouse
in the winter
months, but decided to do so on a "weather permitting" basis.
Consequently, we had lodgers on Thanksgiving, New Year's, and St.
Everybody has had a memorable experience (see Guest
Comments). We're looking forward to the spring and summer
months ... especially
the summer months!
Chapter of the Sierra Club (Seattle) will be having an auction
in August 1999
(check with them on location and date), in which Cedar Creek Treehouse
will be donating a
night's lodging to the cause.
Our cellular phone (360-520-0924) seems to have a
weak incoming signal out here in our neck of the woods. We are
working to elevate
the antenna, but in the meantime we suggest that you first try
calling us at
360-569-2991 (evenings are best, and we have voice mail, so
please leave your
message and phone number). You can also email us at email@example.com or
snail mail us at P.O. Box
204, Ashford, WA 98304.
Mt. Rainier National Park's Centennial
Celebration is happening this year -- a great opportunity to combine a
with a trip to this incredible mountain!