Not far from Woodstock, New York, rises this angular, modern treehouse. When the leaves in the region begin to change from green to gold and orange, around mid-October in these parts, there wouldn’t be a better place to observe the colors than this living room in the sky.

Designed by UK architect Antony Gibbons, the structure is made from cedar wood harvested from the surrounding woodlands. The outside of the cabin will gradually develop a burnished, weathered look, while the inside, lined with fresh, bright, pine, will remain lively and warm. The cabin has one bedroom and one bathroom, so it’s an intimate and cozy space, built solely for relaxation and restoration.

Speaking of which, should all that relaxation and leaf peeping leave your body aching and sore, there is a hot tub heated by burning firewood on the premises. The hot tub, in fact, overlooks a small pond suitable for swimming if the temperatures allow.


The cabin is surrounding by open spaces and state wilderness areas. Indian Head Wilderness, Slide Mountain Wilderness, and Phoenicia-Mt. Tobias Wild Forest are the closest, though a half dozen more are within short drive distances.

There are no electric elevators or dumbwaiters at the cabin—anything a guest brings they must carry with them up the ladder. A bonus, really, since you won’t need much here besides a pair of hiking boots, binoculars, and a good book. You can rent this cabin, here.

Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.