I'm no camping expert, but I love the idea of spending time in the wilderness ever since I read My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics). So when our first camping trips with the boys went well last summer, we decided to up our game a little and try glamping. (For those who don't know that's a portmanteau of "camping" and "glamour.")
Our first choice was The Mohicans in Ohio because of their incredible treehouses. As soon as I saw the images online of Little Red and White Oak, I knew we had to do this. We made our reservations and in early April we left Pittsburgh on a rainy afternoon for our first night in the treehouse.
White Oak is one of the treehouses featured on Tree House Masters.
It was a smart decision to rent a four-wheel drive vehicle on the recommendation of the owners because the roads to the property are unpaved and rough. After a seriously bumpy, muddy ride we pulled up in the late evening and the boys leapt out of the SUV and rushed down the path. Any nearby wildlife were surely scared away by their screams of delight.
We entered White Oak by the back doors and the boys scrambled around the treehouse exploring every nook and cranny and climbing the ladder to their sleeping loft a minimum of ten times each.
|Chilling in the treehouse|
|Sunrise over the Mohican Valley|
It was wonderful to have the indoor bathroom and the kitchenette. The beds were so comfortable and the radiant heat floors and space heaters kept the treehouse at a perfect temperature. It was also incredibly clean in the treehouse. Not that I can't handle a little dirt when we're out in the wilderness, but this was a glamping experience and it really felt like the best of both worlds. It felt glamourous.
We took our time on the way home and explored a little bit of Amish country. The amazing cheese place we wanted to visit was closed but we enjoyed a surprise stop at the Swiss/Austrian/German themed Chalet in the Valley for Easter Brunch. After brunch we took a swing by the World's Largest Cuckoo Clock in "Little Switzerland in Ohio." All in all the visit was incredible. It was relaxing, fun, exciting, and absolutely memorable. The boys did not want to leave and my husband and I agree!
|Treehouse Master ;)|