Tree house community branches out at Skamania Lodge

Two new whimsical cabins will be open to guests in October

Mountain Buttercup, named after a type of wild flower, was one of the first two tree houses completed in 2016. It features an outdoor deck facing the Columbia River Gorge and a community fire pit to the right.

With strong roots in place, the tree house community at Skamania Lodge is branching out.

Two new cabins will be available for guests to stay the night nestled in the trees in October. The lodge is located in Stevenson, which is about 30 miles east of Camas and Washougal.

This is the second pair of tree houses. The first opened in the fall of 2016.

“We’re thrilled with the way the 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.”

Daugherty said the owners wanted to wait a year before making the decision to build more houses. The occupancy has been so high that they pulled the trigger about nine months earlier.

“We’re basically on the same schedule we were on last year for an October opening,” Daugherty said.

The houses are elevated 15 to 20 feet off the ground, and designed with windows and openings to make guests feel like they are one with the trees.

The new houses will have a large outdoor deck with stunning views of the Gorge, a fireplace for cozy nights, a lavish king-sized bed and a cozy queen-sized pull-out. Having two beds means both couples and families can experience the luxury of nature.

MG2, an architectural firm in Seattle, designed these houses with the idea of connectting guests with the beauty of nature and bringing them back to their childhood.

Construction is being done by In Vision Design, of Stevenson. The “rustic elegance” furniture will be provided by Ankrom Moisan Architects, in Portland.

Tree house guests are just a short walk away from all the lodge’s offerings, such as the Waterleaf Spa, hiking trails, golf course and dining facilities, while still experiencing the peace and quiet of sleeping among the trees.

“An experience where you can stay in the trees fits very well within the Pacific Northwest,” said Kara Owen, director of sales and marketing. “That’s what we’re all about, as well as the Gorge and being outdoors. ‘Glamping’ as one might think of it.”

For more information about Skamania Lodge, or to reserve a tree house, visit www.destinationhotels.com/skamania or call 888-591-9077.