Romantic Tennessee Getaway at a Terralodge Treehouse

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Nestled in the verdant forests of Tennessee, on a rural road that winds past farms and ponds, we have found a beautiful place to relax and escape the hectic pace of city life.

“It’s perfect,” I told my husband. “Absolutely perfect.”

The peaceful setting of Terralodge in Monteagle, Tennessee were just what I needed when looking for a place where my husband and I could spend our anniversary. With saltwater hot tubs, quaint fire pits, and zero distractions, the idyllic treehouses at Terralodge truly are the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

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The dove’s cabin

Each Terralodge treehouse offers a slightly different experience. We chose the dove’s hut for its beauty and secluded setting, as well as the fact that its small size provided exactly the cozy atmosphere we were looking for.

When we walked in, I fell in love with the vibrant design of the furnishings, the light streaming through the tall windows, and the earthy feel of the surrounding building. The bed was so comfortably soft that once I lay down to test it, I didn’t want to get up. There was a large flat screen TV with cable channels and free wifi in case we wanted to watch a movie, but we preferred the scenery outside our window.

Rustic wood paneling with a modern, comfy bed in a Terralodge treehouse

Modern furnishings combined with rustic decor made the treehouse stylish yet cozy. Photo by Christy Nicholson.

My favorite part of the treehouse, hands down, was the back patio. We sat on patio chairs before dinner, looking out into the woods and enjoying the quiet and seclusion. After our dinner, we relaxed in the two-person saltwater hot tub and chatted about life and our hopes for the future. Crickets and frogs provided a Tennessee summertime soundtrack in the nearby trees.

Pro tip: Additional treehouses are being built nearby, and leafless winter months will mean a little less privacy. If you’re shy with your bathing suit, grab a blanket or towel to hang by the hot tub.

A saline whirlpool against the backdrop of green trees

Despite visiting on a 100 degree day, we were looking forward to trying out the salt water hot tub. We just lowered the temperature and increased the bubbles. Photo by Christy Nicholson.

Year-round comfort

We stayed in our tree house for a scorching week in the summer, so we didn’t end up using the adorable fire pit. But I was glad to see that everything needed for s’mores was waiting for us in the kitchen, including roasting sticks and mini chocolate bars. The treehouse will stay cozy in winter thanks to the gas fireplace (some of the newer treehouses even have wood stoves).

A hammock, Adirondack chairs and fairy lights around a fireplace

We found peace, quiet, and beautiful views (and we didn’t have to travel to Yellowstone National Park, the Sahara Desert, or the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to find it). Photo by Christy Nicholson.

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Is it suitable for families?

The Dove Treehouse technically sleeps two people, but you can book a stay with two adults and two younger children. The treehouse comes with an air mattress in addition to the king-size bed, but the dining area only has two bar stools, and four people would make the cabin a bit crowded.

Some of the other treehouses at Terralodge offer greater capacity, including the cabin, which can accommodate ten people with its three king beds (including one with private bathroom) and four twin beds. The cabin also offers a foosball table as well as a large hot tub and two fire pits. (During our stay at the Dove, we occasionally heard excited kids babbling in the distance. It sounded like a family with young children had rented the cabin for a fun overnight trip.)

Treehouses are also perfect places to create a relaxing day at the spa during a girls weekend. And if you want to plan a trip with your best friend’s family, you can each rent your own treehouse and be just steps away (with a better view than most hotel rooms!).

Pro Tip: Need a place that’s pet-friendly? Most treehouses welcome well-behaved dogs.

A full kitchen in a Terralodge tree house

The full kitchen means you can easily prepare your favorite meals right in the treehouse (the oven and stove are tiny, but they’ll suffice unless you’re cooking up a giant feast). Photo by Christy Nicholson.

Where to eat

During our stay, we enjoyed a romantic evening at The climax, a local restaurant with amazing local gourmet dishes. The High Point is nestled in a beautiful old house that would have housed Al Capone during prohibition.

For a quick bite, I recommended grabbing a sandwich at Mountain goat market. But be prepared for a wait; the market is popular with locals and incoming tourists, and queues can stretch all the way to the door.

The treehouses have full kitchens, so you can also stock up at Market of the Moons or the local grocery store and cook your own meals.

The High Point Restaurant in Monteagle, Tennessee

High Point Restaurant claims an interesting place in Prohibition-era history, but the real story is the fantastic food (don’t miss the dessert!). Photo by Christy Nicholson.

Getting There

Terralodge is about an hour and a half from Nashville and Chattanooga. I recommend flying to Nashville International Airport and then renting a car. Be aware that you will be climbing the steep slope of Monteagle Mountain (part of the Cumberland Plateau) on your way, so make sure your car can handle the climb.

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When you turn off the main street of Monteagle and down a winding road, you might wonder if you’ve come to the right place. But don’t worry, you’ll soon see a Terralodge sign indicating the entrance to a narrow gravel road that will take you straight to your treehouse.

Wooden stairs to back deck and treehouse hot tub

Relaxing on a back porch high in the trees was a well deserved escape from our hectic lives. Photo by Christy Nicholson.

While you’re at Terralodge, be sure to research things to do in the area, like enjoying outdoor recreation on the hiking trails and waterfalls of South Cumberland State Park (if you like wildlife expeditions, see if you can spot crayfish in the park’s creeks). For a different view, go caving at Cumberland Caverns or stroll around the campus of Sewanee, the University of the South. But once you’re sitting on the back patio of your treehouse, listening to the birds and watching the trees sway in the wind, instead of thinking about your next destination, you may decide you never want to leave. this little corner of paradise.

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Terralodge Treehouses: A Romantic Getaway in Beautiful Tennesee

Christy Nicholson is a recovering writer, editor, and perfectionist from Nashville, Tennessee. When she’s not traveling with her family, she spends fun days at home reading, gardening, making music and arguing with two awesome kids. Christy writes at Any-Worth.com about travel and sustainable living.

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