Valentine's Day is a great time to take a day trip or a longer vacation to have fun, reconnect and make new memories. Our list includes ideas all around the United States, from famous attractions and parks to unusual museums and lesser known romantic spots. Surprise your better half with a trip to Hoover Dam, Space Center Houston, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Lands End, Mount Rushmore, Biscayne National Park, New York's Central Park and many other great destinations. If you are looking for ideas from specific cities, we've already written about amazing weekend escapes from New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, San Diego, Chicago and other cities.

1. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam
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After you get tired of gambling and eating, take a short ride to see Hoover Dam, an amazing engineering feat that is on every American’s Bucket List. The dam is located in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, and its construction created Lake Mead and Boulder City, which was built to house the workers hired to build the dam.

This concrete monster is 726.4 feet high and was completed in 1935. There is a tour that starts with a presentation that will give you all the facts about the dam. You will get to see the generators and climb to the observation deck for the spectacular view of the Colorado River and Lake Mead. The best view of the dam is from the Mike O' Callaghan -- Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which is approximately 1,500 feet south of the dam.

2. Valentine's Day From San Francisco: Lands End

Valentine's Day From San Francisco: Lands End
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Spectacular views abound in San Francisco. Ocean, bridges, islands, shipwrecks, sea lions, parks, forests, everywhere you look there is breathtaking beauty. But, nothing beats the view from the Lands End Lookout. This popular park at the mouth of the Golden Gate Bridge is where the American continent ends at the wild and rocky northwestern shore, covered in cypress and wildflowers and edged with the Coastal Trail.

This spot is front row for the most spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the ocean beyond. Follow the trail to the ruins of Sutro Baths, enjoy the nearby gardens, and stop at the Lands End Lookout for another stunning view of the bridge, sea lions and passing whales. At low tide, witness the ruins of the many shipwrecks that took place on these rough shores.

3. Valentine's Day In Houston: Space Center Houston

Valentine's Day In Houston: Space Center Houston
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At Space Center Houston, a part of the NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston which is open to the public, you can get as close to going into space as you ever will. You can go inside the capsule of the 122-foot, 130,000-pound replica of the space shuttle Independence andexperience a multimedia "blast off", so real that it will shake you to the core.

The Living in Space exhibit will let you actually go into a space ship cabin and a NASA tram will take you to see an astronaut gallery with real, used space suits. In the Historic Mission Control Center and the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility; you can test your skills at landing the shuttle in the simulator. Things to Do in Houston

4. Valentine's Day From Portland: Willamette Valley

Valentine's Day From Portland: Willamette Valley
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There are so many fun things to do in Portland that you have to wonder how people get anything done. There is even more to do just a short trip outside of town. A 50-mile trip to Willamette Valley will bring you to the place that grows some of the best Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris in the country. There are more than 400 wineries within a 45 minutes’ drive, giving you plenty of choice. This breathtakingly beautiful area has a wonderful climate year around.

The picturesque Willamette River runs through the heart of the valley, and to the east, the Cascade Range looms, protecting the valley and offering some fantastic hiking. Check out the Red Hills Market for a bite to eat before setting off to explore the wineries. All of them offer cozy, hospitable wine tasting rooms with spectacular vistas of miles of vineyards and grapes in various stages of growth. The Inn's Jory restaurant is the recommended dinner destination and the Allison Inn & Spa can not only offer you comfortable bed for the night but also an amazing grape-seed facial, a must while you are in the wine country. Things to Do in Portland

5. Valentine's Day In Charlottesville: Monticello Artisan Trail

Valentine's Day In Charlottesville: Monticello Artisan Trail
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After visiting Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello and other historic sites in Charlottesville that shaped our country’s history, treat yourself with a lovely countryside trip along the Monticello Artisan Trail. This trail will take you through the beautiful landscapes of Nelson and Albemarle County across the valleys and mountains home to the network of talented local artisans scattered throughout the picturesque landscape.

You can visit their studios, retail galleries, attend workshops and events. There are more than 100 participating artists – potters, painters, fine furniture makers, leather-crafting artisans, glass studios, fine ceramics and much more. Local farms- turned tourist attractions are also part of the Trail. Things to Do in Charlottesville

6. Valentine's Day In Huntsville: Green Mountain Nature Trail

Valentine's Day In Huntsville: Green Mountain Nature Trail
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For the incurably romantic fans of the Bridges of Madison County, a popular novel by Robert James Waller, taking a stroll along the Green Mountain Nature Trail in Huntsville is a veritable pilgrimage.

The trail, starting in southeast Huntsville, takes you to the top of the Green Mountain, high above the city noise, to the world of blooming azaleas, wildflowers, ancient Champion Winged Elm Tree and, of course, the famous covered bridge. The 1.5 mile trail winds through the 72 acre park and loops around the Sky Lake, a lovely spot for quiet contemplation or line fishing. Things to Do in Huntsville

7. From San Diego: Oceanside

From San Diego: Oceanside
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About 40 minutes from San Diego is the charming coastal town of Oceanside, which is planning an entire week of festivities to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Visit between Feb. 5-15, 2016 and take advantage of romantic dining specials, sunset harbor cruises, and an outdoor movie night at the beach.

There is even a run and bike event that will culminate in a beer garden and some great food. Other romantic activities include a romantic carriage rides along the coast, Oceanside Sweetheart Sunset Market, sunset whale watching cruises, and more. Things to Do in San Diego

8. In Santa Fe: The Harrell House Bug Museum

In Santa Fe: The Harrell House Bug Museum
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There are so many museums in Santa Fe that it is easy to miss one of the most fascinating: The Harrell House Bug Museum. The Museum has an amazing collection of insects, reptiles, fish, amphibians, both alive and preserved, as well as toys, puzzles, books and posters.

The Bug Museum also has over 100 live animals, including monster tarantulas the size of a dinner plate, scorpions that glow in the dark, lizards that look like dinosaurs and many more. Some of them you can even hold and touch, if you dare. Things to Do in Santa Fe

9. In Washington DC: Theodore Roosevelt Island

In Washington DC: Theodore Roosevelt Island
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One of the most overlooked jewels of If you join one of the resident rangers, you can hear the stories of President Roosevelt, and of the transformation of this once overgrown, neglected spot into a lovely weekend getaway. Things to Do in Washington DC

10. In Minneapolis: The House of Balls

In Minneapolis: The House of Balls
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After you check all the obvious, most popular attractions in Minneapolis (and there are lots of them) and you still have some time, treat yourself with a visit to one of the quirkiest and most creative museums in the city: The House of Balls. Located in the Warehouse District and created by the sculptor Allen Christian 28 years ago, the House of Balls is the result of Christian’s belief that ordinary objects acquire a life force when touched by living beings.

Whimsical sculptures are made from some unexpected everyday objects such as false teeth, plumbing parts, pistons, typewriter guts, headstones, pianos and of course, all kinds of balls. The Museum door is always open and visitors are invited to look, touch push buttons just to see what happens, and add their own opinion to the recordings. Pushing various buttons gets many of the sculptures to move, spin, talk and interact with the visitors. Things to Do in Minneapolis

11. Valentine's Day From New Orleans: Swamp Tours

Valentine's Day From New Orleans: Swamp Tours
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Located just half an hour’s drive from the New Orleans City Center lies the mysterious, spooky swamp which teems with animal life. Here you will find alligators, turtles, snakes, egrets, herons, hawks, ibis, owls, bald eagles, white-tailed deer, raccoons, nutria, and many others. If you are brave, you can rent a kayak and take one of the well-marked trails, paddling in silence through the ancient mangroves and listen to the sounds of life all around you.

If you would rather have a bit of a distance from the critters with big teeth, you can board one of many airboats and travel through the swamp in comfort. The boats are a bit noisy, but they will stop to show you the crocs, sometimes more of them than you will find comfortable. Most of the city tour operators will pick you up directly from your hotel. Things to Do in New Orleans

12. From St Louis: Meramec Caverns

From St Louis: Meramec Caverns
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Missouri is known as the Cave State, with over 6,000 surveyed and explored caves. About 60 miles west of St. Louis, beneath the Meramec Valley rolling hills, you will find the Meramec Caverns. These caverns are a complex of spectacular mineral formations in mesmerizing shapes and colors and are the largest commercial caves in Missouri.

Take a tour with a trained ranger along brightly-lighted walkways to see features such as an ancient limestone "Wine Table", or a seven-story “mansion” that took thousands of years to build. The whole area around the caves is part of the beautiful LaJolla Natural Park. Walk around, or book a six miles long, or longer, float on the scenic Meramec River. A shuttle takes you up river to the spot where you start the float, and you will float slowly back towards your car. Things to Do in St. Louis

13. Valentine's Day In Pittsburgh: The National Aviary

Valentine's Day In Pittsburgh: The National Aviary
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The National Aviary in Pittsburgh is America’s only bird zoo. It is a fascinating place that is home to more than 500 birds representing over 150 species. They are all free flying habitats that resemble the environment these birds would naturally live in, in the wild. The zoo is located in historic North Side, a short trek from downtown Pittsburgh, and it offers a unique opportunity to see the birds from every continent on the planet except the Antarctic.

Birds that belong to the same habitat, like cloud forest, are free to interact with each other and do what birds do. Check the schedule for free interaction with some of the birds – you can frolic with pink flamingos, feed raptors and mingle with penguins. Many of the birds are threatened or endangered in wild and the zoo participates in efforts to help in their survival.

14. Valentine's Day From Madison: Monroe

Valentine's Day From Madison: Monroe
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Wisconsin has 11,400 dairy farms and makes most of country’s cheese. Located 40 miles from Madison is the little town of Monroe, the cheese capital of the state. It is the home of the famous Limburger factory, which offers tours and cheese-sampling. Another cheesy place is very informative historic Cheesemaking Center.

This picturesque Swiss town has a number of cheese-related festivals, such as the Cheese Days parade when you can see huge Bernese Mountain Dogs pulling flower carts and hear traditional yodeling. Visit the splendid Court House Square and stop at the adjacent Baumgartner's Cheese Store & Tavern for the best cheese sandwiches in the world and sample the local beer. Things to Do in Madison

15. Valentine's Day From Sioux Falls: Mount Rushmore

Valentine's Day From Sioux Falls: Mount Rushmore
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The 60-foot high faces of four American presidents, carved into the granite face of the Mount Rushmore, are the product of 16 years of relentless work of American-Danish sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his son. Gutzon died before he could complete his life work, and his son continued working until he finished the heads in 1939.

Amazingly, the sculpture was completed with only the most basic tools. The monument is now part of the Memorial Park, which is one of the most visited places on earth. Mount Rushmore is located approximately five hours from Sioux Falls.

16. Valentine's Day From Bloomington: Exotic Feline Rescue Center

Valentine's Day From Bloomington:  Exotic Feline Rescue Center
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About an hour from Bloomington in the town of Center Point is the Exotic Feline Rescue Center. This is your unique chance to get up close and personal with some very big cats. The rescue center is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. They offer a home for life to the abused, unwanted and neglected exotic felines. Founded in 1991, the center received national recognition for its part in the rescue and care for big cats.

The center provides a naturalized habitat, appropriate nutrition and veterinary care to approximately 200 animals. You will be able to see lions, tigers, leopards, pumas, ocelots, savannah cats, lynxes, servals and bob cats.

17. Valentine's Day From Cleveland: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Valentine's Day From Cleveland: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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Once you’ve seen the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the fabulous Cleveland Museum of Art, you need to see the other, green side of this exciting city. Just a short drive from the city, between Cleveland and Akron, lays Cuyahoga Valley National Park. With 33,000 acres of woods, waterfalls and wildlife, the park is a fantastic place to explore.

It is an easy, pleasant walk along the Towpath Trail, mostly along the Cuyahoga River on one side and the Ohio and Erie Canal on the other. The trail will take you by the 65-foot-tall Brandywine Falls, with dramatic sandstone cliffs and ancient rock formations at Ritchie Ledges. Two miles of the trail go through dense hemlock and birch forest. Keep an eye out for wildlife and the many species birds. The best way to see as much as possible is to hike in one direction and then take the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for a comfortable way back.

18. Valentine's Day In New York City: Central Park

Valentine's Day In New York City: Central Park
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Central Park is not just a park in New York. It is an integral part of the city which helps to define it, just as the Empire State Building does. It is an oasis in the middle of urban chaos, the place all New Yorkers hold dearly in their hearts. It is breathtakingly beautiful in any season, covered in snow or in wild flowers. Give it at least a day to really get to see everything this 843-acre city within a city has to offer.

Play Frisbee at the Sheep Meadow, visit the zoo, relax in the romantic Shakespeare garden, check out the Balto and Alice in Wonderland statues and discover the many other famous sculptures hidden all around Central Park. Visit the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, skate on the Wollman Rink, and explore Belvedere Castle.

19. Valentine's Day From Miami: Biscayne National Park

Valentine's Day From Miami: Biscayne National Park
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Miami is surrounded by water. Exploring all that water teeming with life is a big part of any Miami adventure. The best place to start and see most of what makes Florida waters so amazing is Biscayne National Park, where 95 percent of the park’s 172,000 acres is under water. It is the largest marine park in the States where you can visit four thriving ecosystems: the mangroves, Biscayne Bay, the Florida Keys, and the coral reef.

Explore the mangroves by kayak or canoe and head along the coast, make sure you keep an eye out for themanatee, dolphins, cassiopeia jellyfish and juvenile nurse sharks and stingrays. Thousands of birds make the mangrove shallows their home. Rent a boat to take you to the reef, where you can snorkel or strap on the scuba gear to go underwater to see the magnificent marine life on the healthy reef. If you prefer to stay dry, take one of the glass-bottomed boats that allows you to see what is happening underneath. It is an adventure you will never forget.

20. Valentine's Day From Chicago or Indianapolis: Shipshewana

Valentine's Day From Chicago or Indianapolis: Shipshewana
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A two-hour drive from Chicago and a three-hour drive from Indianapolis is the little town of Shipshewana, Indiana, so close and yet in so many ways a totally different world. It is home to a thriving Amish community, one of the largest in the country, as well as a large community of Mennonites.

Walk around the town, and see the horse-pulled buggies on the streets sharing the road with modern vehicles, meet and talk to people, and explore Shipshewana’s famous arts and crafts, and antique stores.

21. Valentine's Day In Scottsdale: Pueblo Grande Museum

Valentine's Day In Scottsdale: Pueblo Grande Museum
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Spending some time in the desert is a must while you are in Scottsdale. One of the best ways to experience the desert, and to learn about people who made it home 1,500 years ago, is at the Pueblo Grande Museum archeological site. Here you will hike through the ruins of an ancient village built by Hohokam Indians, a prehistoric ball court excavated from the sand and reproductions of two full-scale Hohokam prehistoric dwellings.

Galleries have constantly changing exhibits on archaeology, cultures of the Southwest and modern American Indian arts. The museum offers numerous programs to encourage interest in archeology.

22. Valentine's Day From Seattle: San Juan Islands

Valentine's Day From Seattle: San Juan Islands
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On a sunny day, taking a ferry to the San Juan Islands from Seattle is a pleasure in itself. The breathtaking views all around you will put you in the mood for exploring this picturesque archipelago of 172 islands, rich in history and natural wonders. There are many sandy and pebbly beaches, but don’t expect to be swimming, it is too cold most of the year.

It is almost impossible not to see the islands’ biggest attractions: orca whales. The best place for spotting them is Lime Kiln Point State Park. You will also see Harbor seals, Steller sea lions, the river otter, Dall's porpoises, Common minke whales and other breeds of whales on occasion. Don’t miss the fantastic sculpture garden at the 19-acre Westcott Bay Reserve.

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Destination Spotlight: Willamette Valley

Located within Oregon’s Willamette Valley region, the Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area encompasses 5,200 square miles near the cities of Portland, Salem, and Eugene, home to more than 500 wineries and noted for its production of Pinot noir wine. The cool, temperate climate of the Pacific Northwest coast provides a stable climate conducive to grape growing and wine production, with wet winters and dry summers providing relatively few agricultural-growing days below 90 degrees or above 0 degrees Fahrenheit.


Concentrated grape-growing efforts in Oregon began in 1966, with more than 10,000 acres of vineyard land cultivated throughout the late 20th century. The region became most notable for its production of Pinot noir grapes, becoming one of the largest producers of the variety in the world. An American Viticultural Area spanning 5,372 square miles was established in 1983, spanning from the Columbia River near Portland to south of the city of Eugene along a strip of land between the Oregon Coast Range and the Cascade Mountains. In 2002, the region was subdivided by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau into six more specific AVAs.

Wineries and Attractions

Today, the Willamette Valley AVA contains six distinct subregions which are home to more than two-thirds of Oregon’s wineries and vineyards. The region is recognized as one of the world’s leading producers of Pinot noir wine and serves as a popular tourist destination for wine connoisseurs and visitors looking for weekend getaway and bed-and-breakfast excursions. More than 70,00 acres are contained within the Chehalem Mountain AVA, which stretches along a 20-mile area southwest of Portland and features 31 wineries.

The Dundee Hills AVA is the state’s most densely-planted region, with 12,500 acres of growing area divided among 50 vineyards, while the Yamhill-Carlton AVA is the region’s largest subdivision, spanning nearly 60,000 acres near the towns of Yamhill and Carlton. Other regions include the 40,000-acre Eola-Amity Hills AVA, located near the 45th parallel, the McMinnville AVA near Yamhill County seat McMinnville, and the Ribbon Ridge AVA, which showcases 20 vineyards along a spur of ocean sediment uplift within the Chehalem Mountains.

A variety of tasting loops are recommended to Willamette Valley visitors, including the Balanced Vines and Like Minds tour, which encompasses the Rex Hill, Bergström Wines, Beaux Frères, and Winderlea Vineyard wineries and emphasizes holistic grape-growing practices and environmentally-conscious production utilizing biodynamic farming techniques. The Off the Beaten Path in Washington County loop showcases small-producing wineries within the northern valley area, including the Blooming Hill Vineyard, Ardiri Winery, Blizzard Wines, Dion Vineyards, and SakéOne. The South Willamette loop spans boutique wineries and large producers near the Eugene area, while the Tualatin River loop explores the region’s northern area and the Head For the Hills loop encompasses popular wineries within the Eola-Amity Hills AVA area.

Advance reservations are recommended for wineries within the Dundee Hills AVA loop, including the Alexana Estate, Winderlea Vineyard and Winery, Hyland Estates, and Archery Summit, all leading Pinot noir producers. The Family Wineries, Family Winemakers loop explores family-owned wineries such as the Bethel Heights Vineyard, Coeur de Terre Vineyard, Dominio IV, Lange Estate, and Trisaetum, and community partner shops, restaurants, and businesses complement the Downtown Newberg tour and the Connecting Community and Culture tour. Portions of proceeds from all wine loop tours benefit local and environmental charitable causes, and maps of all tours are provided on the Willamette County AVA website.

In addition to its wineries, the Willamette Valley is home to a wide variety of restaurants, shops, galleries, and accommodations. Art galleries such as Newberg’s Art Elements Gallery and The Gallery at Ten Oaks offer cultural experiences for visitors, while Precision Helicopter Tours and Vista Balloon Adventures provide aerial tours of the region for adventurous visitors. Fine and casual dining opportunities are ample throughout the region, including restaurants such as McMinnville’s noted Barberry Restaurant, the sustainability-focused Dundee Bistro, and the Golden Valley Brewery and Restaurant. A number of resorts, bed-and-breakfast facilities, and luxury inns and estates are also located throughout the region to accommodate overnight visitors, and the region’s close proximity to the Portland metropolitan area provides a variety of entertainment, dining, and lodging options.


The Willamette Valley region sponsors several annual special events, including the Oregon Truffle Festival, a three-day celebration in January celebrating the region’s truffle production. Festival events include the Joriad North American Truffle Dog Championship, the Oregon Truffle MacDown, and a variety of dinners, classes, and workshops related to various aspects of truffle growing and cooking. An annual Pinot Noir Auction, started in 2015, also showcases the region’s Pinot noir producers with a series of tasting events and a live auction.

TreeHouse Point,

TreeHouse Point is a private overnight lodging destination and event center outside of Fall City, Washington. The property is just a short drive from Seattle which makes it an ideal weekend getaway from the city. Beautifully in sync with the natural environment, Treehouse Point’s six treehouses and central lodge are set in forested land bordering the Raging River. TreeHouse Point is family-owned and built.

It was 2005 when Pete Nelson bought four forested parcels of land in Washington’s Snoqualmie Valley, which lies half an hour east of Seattle. His intention was to build a treehouse lodge, because he had been fascinated with treehouses since he was a young boy. He had managed to carve out a market and a living from his obsession, both by building treehouses for others, and by writing six books on the subject. He and his family tell the tale that shortly after purchasing the land, Pete took a walk on it one night when the moon was full and blue. The moonlight seemed to point him towards a magnificent spruce tree, and in the morning he began work on a treehouse in the spruce, which he later named The Temple of the Blue Moon.

Visits to Treehouse Point are by appointment only, even if guests are coming only for a tour of the treehouses. It is important to the Nelson family and their guests that the environment stays quiet and private. For this reason, animals are not permitted at the property. Children under the age of thirteen cannot stay overnight unless a group has rented the entire property. Children of all ages are welcome on the treehouse tours.

The central lodge on the property has one guestroom. Daily breakfast is served in the lodge, and there is a comfortable lounge with a fireplace where guests can play games or chat. The lodge has Wi-Fi for guests who wish to connect to the outside world.

There are six treehouses at TreeHouse Point, most of which are designed for two person occupancy. With the exception of Burl, treehouses do not have modern plumbing, but cedar-walled bathrooms and shower houses are available on the ground, and are stocked with complimentary shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Towels and bed linens are provided in all treehouses. Umbrellas and flashlights are offered to protect guests against inclement weather and the dark of night.

Burl is the newest treehouse on the property, and is the only one outfitted with a sink and a flush toilet. Access to Burl is via a long, steel bridge. Access to the upstairs, where the bed and bathroom are located, is via a ladder that resembles those on bunk beds. Gleamingly clean, and rustically charming, the treehouse has a queen bed, two comfortable leather chairs to recline in, and a small balcony with chairs. Burl looks out on mossy trees, through which the Raging River can be glimpsed. Burl offers an electric kettle, tea and coffee, complimentary bottled water, and a radio.

The Temple of the Blue Moon was the first treehouse built at Treehouse Point; it sits in a gigantic spruce tree close enough to the Raging River that one can fall asleep or wake up to the burbling of water over rocks. The Temple of the Blue Moon was designed with the Parthenon in Athens as its guide, and it has many windows and a deck with spectacular forest views. Indoors is a comfortable queen bed and deep leather chairs. Access to the treehouse is by suspension bridge.

The Upper Pond Treehouse is larger than the rest: it is a two-storey treehouse that sleeps four people. On the main floor there is a Queen bed and two lofted Singles. This spacious treehouse has a seating area, plenty of floor space, and rocks gently in the breeze to the sound of the wind rustling the leaves. Luggage is lifted to the Upper Pond Treehouse by a pulley.

The Nest treehouse is small, cozy, romantic, and inviting with a giant window that makes up one entire wall of the treehouse. It sports a view of a waterfall, pond, leafy trees and birds’ nests.

The Trillium treehouse has amazing vistas out of its floor to ceiling windows. Built for two, this two-story treehouse has a seating area on the first floor, and a queen bed upstairs, via a ladder.

Bonbibi is the smallest of the treehouses. Nights and mornings can be spent listening to the sound of the river from a comfortable queen bed, or overlooking the water from the treehouse’s small private deck. Access to the treehouse is up a graceful spiral staircase built around the trunk of the tree.

The Cedar Room is located in Treehouse Point’s main lodge. It has a handsome California King size bed, deep armchairs, a desk, and a balcony from which to view the rest of the property.

Delicious breakfasts are served to guests every morning in the main lodge. Guests may enjoy coffee and tea, fruit juice, homemade granola, fresh fruit from local farms, yogurt, eggs, and hot side dishes such as quiche and bread pudding.

Treehouse Point does not have a restaurant, but is glad to recommend eateries in the Fall City and Issaquah area.

Massages are available to guests; treatment consists of a deep and luxurious massage combining therapeutic and wellness centered practice.

On-site, guests of Treehouse Point may enjoy yoga classes three days a week, which are geared to all levels. Hatha, Yin, and Vinyasa yoga techniques are practised, and use the natural surroundings as inspiration for relaxation and meditation. Yoga is practiced in the Pond Room alongside the Pond.

The lodge has something for everyone. It supplies coolers to treehouse guests who have brought their own beverages and snacks. S’mores kits are complimentary for guests who wish to bake goodies at the fire pit, and cookies are available in the late afternoon/evening for guests wanting something sweet to nibble on. The lodge supplies books, magazines, board games, and even reading glasses for guests looking for relaxing activities.

Hiking is a popular activity in the mountains that surround Treehouse Point, and there are many good trails within easy driving distance. The adventurous may try their hand at several steeper slopes: Mount Si, Tiger Mountain, or Cougar Mountain, and may find themselves climbing alongside the mountain goats that make their home in these hills.

Rattlesnake Ridge is a popular destination for moderately difficult climbs, and novice trail walkers can enjoy Taylor River Trail. Scenic vistas and mountain wildflowers in bloom make these hikes unforgettable. Cyclists and equestrians will find several trails open to bikes and horses, and both can be rented at a number of trailheads.

The Fall City and Issaquah area is host to a selection of great wineries and tasting rooms for those who enjoy fine wines and the beauty of vineyards.

Summer brings locals and visitors alike to the many farmers’ markets in the region. These markets offer much to do, sample, and buy. Markets offer organic produce, baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, local cheeses, arts and crafts, and a variety of locally-grown spices. Tasty lunches can be found at every market, and visitors can dine while listening to live music, or while watching cooking demonstrations.

6922 Preston-Fall City Rd SE, Issaquah, WA 98027

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