In Texas Hill Country, husband-and-wife team David and Amy Beilharz have turned an undeveloped plot of land into their family ranch and farm—plus an aerial resort with canopy tours and overnight treehouse accommodations. The best part? All of it is constructed with respect for nature and a conscious effort at minimizing their impact on the environment.
“Our hope is to provide an enlivening adventure while instilling knowledge and a desire to protect our natural resources,” the company website reads.
The newest treehouse at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours, this luxe hideaway is nestled amongst old growth cypress trees and situated just above a spring-fed creek ravine. Inside there’s a king size bed, a large living area that overlooks the ravine, a kitchenette and dining area, and a private bathroom with a soaking tub and shower. Guests can take in views of the surrounding area on a two-story deck.
This treehouse sleeps two, though there’s a small loft available that can sleep an additional person. Yoki costs $600 per night (plus tax) Tuesday and Wednesday, $650 per night (plus tax) Thursday to Sunday.
This round treehouse has been built around an ancient cypress tree, which grows right through it. There’s a canopy bed, hammock, and wicker chairs inside, and the wraparound porch is furnished with a small table and two chairs. A bridge connects The Lofthaven to a bathhouse with a waterfall-filled tub overlooking the ravine.
The Lofthaven sleeps two and costs $450 per night (plus tax) Tuesday and Wednesday, $500 per night (plus tax) Thursday to Sunday.
This multi-level getaway has two bedrooms, a lounge area that can be used for reading or games (or room to sleep two additional guests), and a kitchenette/dining room combination—all located above the creek ravine and next to a small waterfall. Multiple outdoor decks and exploration lookouts offer prime views of the resort. There’s also an outdoor shower plus a bathhouse with a solar-heated tub and shower.
The Nest typically sleeps four but can accommodate up to six guests. It costs $450 per night (plus tax) Tuesday and Wednesday, $500 per night (plus tax) Thursday to Sunday.
Juniper and Willow
These solar-powered single rooms located above a cypress-lined creek are a glamper’s dream. They each have a small porch for taking in views over a morning coffee or for nighttime stargazing. Guests staying at either accommodation (which can be rented separately) have access to shared bathrooms, picnic tables, a seasonal swimming pool, and other community spaces.
Juniper and Willow each cost $200 per night (plus tax) Tuesday and Wednesday, $250 per night (plus tax) Thursday to Sunday.