Whitetail Woods Regional park, in eastern Minnesota, not terribly far from Minneapolis, offer treehouse cabins, built by workers employed by the county and a group of high school students learning the trade. The park offers cross country skiing, plenty of hiking, warming huts, and play areas for kids. But really though, these cabins are the draw.

Built in 2014 and designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, they proved so popular, the county ordered more cabins, this time built in a nearby prairie, and meant to mimic that landscape.

The Pine Forest Cabins, highlighted here, are 16 feet in the air, among the pines, and are cozy at only 227 square feet, though with a large deck for watching, reading, forest bathing. Nearby trails are connected via footbridge.

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These puppies book up incredibly fast, typically a year in advance. Cost for the cabins is $90 per night. But they aren’t going anywhere soon, so book one, forget you’ve done it, then, in a year or so, a lovely surprise adventure awaits.

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.


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