There’s Mt. Adams, looming pinkish with an early evening’s alpenglow. There’s the Columbia River, silently carrying salmon upriver to spawn. There are the Douglas fir trees, loaded with snow, standing silently at watch. And there’s your evening coffee, steaming on the deck overlooking all of this.

Welcome to Washington’s Klickitat Treehouse.

Perched above the Columbia Gorge, it’s a short drive north from Hood River and White Salmon, two communities that straddle the Columbia River. Every outdoor activity you could possibly imagine, some of the best beer in the world, and, well, this modern rustic cabin.


One of the owners comes from a family with experience building treehouses and that runs a treehouse resort in Ohio, so there’s plenty of experience on tap here. The well-considered touches show that. What better place to mug up hot cider, splash a local American whiskey into it, and do nothing but count the snowflakes as they fall?

It’s available to rent on airbnb, so begin planning, whether virtually or actually, now.

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.

Photos courtesy Klickitat Treehouse

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