Unplug and sleep in treehouses in Ohio when you book a romantic stay in one of the newest treehouse cabins at The Mohicans. We’re sharing our thoughts on our recent stay in our El Castillo Treehouse Review.
Spending the night in a treehouse is like a dream come true. And it doesn’t matter how many times I climb the steps, cross the bridge and step over the threshold into one of the unique treehouses at The Mohicans Treehouse Village, I still manage to get a little giddy.
It could be due to my love for the Swiss Family Robinson or maybe it’s because there’s something about slumbering in a gently swaying treehouse that awakens my imagination and brings out the child in me.
Did you know there are treehouse cabins for rent right here in Ohio? My husband and I have enjoyed stays at The Mohicans before. This eclectic property sits about 20 minutes from Loudonville and is only a few minutes from the Wally Road Scenic Byway and Tree Frog Canopy Tours. In close proximity to the Mohican State and memorial forest, you’ll find plenty of nearby options for the outdoor enthusiast ranging from hiking to canoeing to mountain biking.
A Little Bit About The Mohicans
The Mohicans is pretty special. The first treehouse to be built on the property was the White Pine which sleeps four and overlooks the Mohican Valley offering gorgeous views, especially in the fall. Designed by treehouse expert, Pete Nelson of Treehouse Masters, its construction was followed by Little Red.
Perhaps the most photographed and well-known of the treehouses due to being featured on the popular “Treehouse Masters” show that really got the treehouse craze moving, the Little Red treehouse features an impressive stained glass window and gorgeous interior. Originally intended to be a brewhouse, the charming treehouse is now available for overnight guests. More treehouses and a unique wedding venue were to follow.
Say “I Do” in a Unique Setting
While The Mohicans offer exceptional treehouse lodging in Ohio, they are also known as a premier wedding venue, The Grand Barn Wedding Center. If you’re looking for a luxurious rustic wedding (yes, that’s a thing) in a gorgeous wooded setting, The Mohicans is for you. You can find more information on what’s offered on their wedding page. Another perk of exchanging vows at The Mohicans is that the bridal party and guests have the first option to rent the treehouses and cabins before availability opens to the public.
An Amazingly Romantic Getaway in Ohio for Two
But, if you’re like me, already hitched and looking for a unique place to call home for an evening or two, or say, forever (okay, that is NOT an option but believe me when I say I wish I could stay in one of the properties for a month as a resident blogger. Hint. Hint.) this incredible treehouse village is one of my FAVORITE places to stay in Ohio. As of right now, you’ll find seven treehouses and four cabins on the property. But that number will increase, as more treehouses are planned to open for reservations in the future.
The Old Pine treehouse is aptly named as it’s nestled in a stand of pines. One of the first treehouses to be built on the property, I didn’t think anything could top a stay in this treehouse. I’m still in awe of the bedding and huge picture window that looks out over the woods from the queen-sized bed. Plus, the fact that we visited in January and it was warm enough to enjoy our dinner on the deck which was lit by rope lights. It was unbelievably romantic. Take a glimpse inside the Old Pine treehouse when you read about our first glamping experience at The Mohicans.
Click to read about our first treehouse glamping experience here.
One night in a Mohican treehouse isn’t enough. You’ll want to plan to stay in these Ohio treehouses over and over again.
On our second visit, we stayed in the Killbuck Cabin. Our kids joined us for a few hours to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The kids didn’t spend the night with us that night, but the cabin provided plenty of room for our family. And even though the kids went home after a couple of hours, the girls couldn’t stop talking about the bedding. You’ll read more about that later.
Our stay in the Tin Shed was my favorite. I loved the décor of the luxuriously rustic treehouse, the layout, and the garage door that opened to the deck to extend the living space during warm weather. The minute I stepped inside the Tin Shed, I felt like I was home.
There’s a NEW Treehouse in Town
One of the newest treehouses to open for overnight guests is El Castillo, which translates to Castle in English. And let me say, as far as treehouses go, the El Castillo is regal. The first floor of this two-story structure includes a seating area, kitchenette, dining area, a full bathroom, and a Murphy Bed. A door opens which leads to the deck and massive windows allow for plenty of light and bring the outdoors inside. My favorite feature is the spiral staircase that leads to a large bedroom with a second-story balcony that overlooks the woods. The room features the same sumptuous bedding as the other properties on-site and surprise- El Castillo has a king-sized bed.
Prior to our visit to the new treehouse, I imagined sipping a cup of coffee as I watched the sun rise over the trees as deer frolicked outside. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? Well, it didn’t happen in the morning, but I did enjoy watching the deer outside as daylight began to fade and dusk began to fall over the woods. Immersing yourself in nature doesn’t get any better than spending a night in a treehouse with wildlife steps from your door.
Amenities in El Castillo by Room
While the amenities are pretty much the same between all treehouses, we’ve found slight variations in kitchenware between the treehouses.
The Living Area in the Treehouse
Think of the main living area in the treehouse as a studio apartment. You’ll find the kitchen, dining area and living area all rolled into one. Plus, the main floor converts to another bedroom when you pull down the Murphy Bed, though I found El Castillo best suited as a romantic escape for two.
The living room features a comfortable leather loveseat that comfortably seats two, a coffee table, end table with lamps, kitchen area, microwave and refrigerator, flat screen TV and DVD player, high top table and stool seats and the Murphy Bed. There is also an area behind the stairs that has hooks so you can hang up coats, etc.
The Upstairs Loft Bedroom has the most comfortable bed and bedding that I have ever slept in. Can I tell you a secret? As much as I adore a stay in the treehouse, its the amazing nights sleep that I remember the most. The bedding is THAT incredible! You’ll also find the bedroom tastefully decorated with throw pillows and a throw blanket which you can carry downstairs if you’re chilly or to wrap yourself up in so you can enjoy the sunrise from your deck on a chilly morning.
The Kitchen Area in El Castillo
The kitchen area is well thought out and includes everything you need to create most meals. Before our arrival, we stopped at Kroger and picked up a couple of Prep + Pared Meals which worked perfectly. You’ll find dishes, silverware including serving utensils, pots & pans, a hot plate, microwave and refrigerator available for your use. They’ve even included a trash bag, dishwashing soap, and dish towels.
You’ll want to pack whatever you need to prepare your own meals- remember, a trip into town is a 20-minute drive so plan accordingly.
Things you don’t want to forget:
• Foil and charcoal for cooking on the outside grill
• Food storage containers for leftovers
The Bathroom in El Castillo
Though not spacious, it is large for a treehouse. You’ll find plenty of storage behind the toilet so you can set out your things. A hairdryer, toilet paper, and handwashing liquid are provided, as are thick towels and wash clothes. You’ll want to pack any other toiletries you may need.
• Shampoo and conditioner
• Toothpaste and Toothbrush
• Robe & slippers for the ultimate in comfort (how cute is this His & Hers set?)
Tips for Staying at El Castillo Treehouse
1. Check the website frequently and don’t give up if you don’t see any availability. As I mentioned, the property is offered to wedding parties first before opening up to the public.
2. Leave your suitcase behind and pack light. To enter the treehouse, you’ll climb stairs before crossing the bridge. I’ve found it’s best to carry a duffel bag or backpack.
3. Remember there is no cable, wi-fi, or phone (our Verizon service is very spotty at The Mohicans and didn’t work in El Castillo) so be prepared to unplug with a great book, a deck of cards, board games, Redbox movies, take a walk, or simply enjoy a romantic escape with that special someone. Chances are that’s what you’re there for anyway.
4. Read all the details that you receive with your reservation. If traveling during the winter, be aware that the roads leading to The Mohicans are narrow and some are dirt roads. The Mohicans recommend 4-wheel drive vehicles.
5. Plan to arrive during daylight hours or pack a flashlight if you’ll arrive after dark as you won’t find street lights at The Mohicans.
6. Pack earplugs or a portable sound machine (this is my favorite brand). The treehouse will sway ever so slightly which may lead to some creaks that you won’t notice during the day but if you’re a light sleeper like I am, may wake you at night. On the other hand, you’re also in the middle of nowhere and other than the occasional creaks (which 99% of guests probably don’t even notice) it is quiet. If you live in town and are used to city noises, the sound machine will come in handy as the silence can be deafening.
7. I suggest non-slip socks to wear in the treehouse, especially when going up and down the stairs.
8. Space heaters are used to heat the treehouses, so I suggest you dress in layers. We were plenty warm during our stay, but it was also unseasonably warm for January.
Things to do near the Mohicans
1. Explore downtown Loudonville. Shop, stop in the historical museum and stroll past the Workman cabin on the square or visit the grist mill on the edge of town.
2. Spend time outdoors at the Mohican State Park/Forest. I’ve written about a couple of the hiking trails, the Discovery Trail and Pleasant Hill Trail here and here’s a glimpse of the Big Lyons Falls.
3. Loudonville is known as the canoe capital of Ohio and Mohican Adventures & Canoe Livery is nearby. You’ll find canoes, kayaks and a few rafts to rent as well. You can also hang out on the rope course.
4. Ohio’s Amish Country is a short drive away and offers plenty to see and do, including this open air art museum.
5. If you enjoy visiting covered bridges, drive a short distance to the Bridge of Dreams and walk along the Rails to Trails.
6. Drive along the Wally Road Scenic Byway. You may spot a bald eagle or two along the river.
7. Enjoy ziplining with Tree Frog Canopy.
8. Visit Malabar Farm State Park- this post shares 15 things you can do there and then grab a bite to eat at Malabar Farm Restaurant for amazing, fresh, local food.
Need another reason to stay at one of these treehouses in Ohio? I’ll give you two. The Mohicans are now the largest treehouse village in the country and National Geographic has named Holmes County in nearby Amish Country as one of the most beautiful places in the world to view the fall foliage.
Are you ready to book your Ohio treehouse rental? Which of the treehouses would you most like to stay in?