Vantage Point Lodges is a tree house hotel that offers visitors an unusual perspective, not only literally, while being elevated above the ground and safely suspended in trees, but also figuratively, as it provides an escape from “normal life” and allows a temporary break from day to day reality. It is a place that has been crafted with care for the environment, while still providing a comfortable and rustic retreat; a place that fills adults with childlike adventure while climbing up to bed or zip-lining down for dinner. Vantage Point is a place where nature and built structure interact with grace and ease, and meld together creating unique dwellings that provide respite for those who choose to stay.
The resort will make attempts on every level to minimize impacts on the environment, from organic toiletries and reclaimed building materials, to water conservation and solar- and/or wind-powered electricity. Through interviews with experts in tree house building and engineering, such as Pete Nelson, renowned tree house architect and author of four books on the topic, research on alternative energy options for tourism in dense forest locations, tree typology, construction methods, travel expert perspectives, tourism articles, and overviews of basic tree house history, Vantage Point is one of a kind in its region bringing tourists from every geographic location imaginable who desire a luxury vacation at a place where eco-friendly concepts and actions go hand in hand.
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