Out'n'About Treehouse Treesort LLC
Treehouse Institute of Takilma
Your Life Out on a Limb!
There are many educational, and adventurous, vacation sites in Southern Oregon, but only one where you can, lit-treely, "go out on a limb"... and have so much fun to learn something while you're there.
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The internationally famous Out 'n' About Treesort has branched out once again, and has added the Treehouse Institute of Takilma, a high school that hangs from the branches in an oak grove in Takilma, Oregon. The picturesque little valley is nestled in the south west corner of the state among the Siskiyou Mountains, outside of Cave Junction and just below the wilderness headwaters of the East Fork Illinois River. The Treesort and Institute features Treehouse accommodations for kids of all ages. If you come to learn, relax, romance or just have fun there is plenty for all.
Out'n'About is an veritable treehouse wonderland!
We want you to please understand that although we do everything in our power to insure safety, there is an inherent risk associated with visiting a total of 18 different treehouses and a host of platforms (a few almost 40+ feet up the tree), a few child size forts, seven swinging bridges (8' to 32' off the ground and 12' to 90' long), five swings plus the Giant Tarzan, 20 flights of stairs, four ladders, a bunch of horses and a gaggle of chickens, swimming pool uneven ground and an unbeatable collection of zipline courses with over a mile of TreehouseZiplines. To help you understand this risk and remind you to use common sense, Out’n’About and their Insurance Company require you to sign a release and assumption of risk agreement to stay here or do any of Our Activitrees.
On the ground there is also a fresh water swimming pool fed by the East Fork Illinois River (available to treeserved guests), two performance stages, a bath house and cooking pavilion, big campfire site and barbecues (to mention but a few of our facilitrees).
The treesort is on 36 private acres backed up to Siskiyou National Forest land & wilderness with 25 horses, two rocking horses, 4 dogs, & 1 cat usually running around.
Out'n'About is a truly unique place. Part of it's uniqueness has to do with that it is a home grown and based business. There are no locks on the treehouse doors. It is not the Ramada or Hilton in the trees, but is a genuine four star Treesort.
It took eight years of hard fought legal battles with Josephine county officials before they finally recognized the soundness of our designs and gave us our needed permits to be legal. We were ordered to shut down our treehouse rentals several times, and at peak pitch actually ordered to tear down the treehouses at one point.
So to keep the business going we sold very expensive one of a kind dated t-shirts- "Treeshirts" as we call them (t-shirts with silk screenings of a favorite treehouse on it). We could not allow the general public to officially stay in the treehouses... but we could invite our friends. So everybody who came had to become our friend, one of the now many "Tree Musketeers". People from all over the world would treeserve a date to be put on a certain tree-shirt. they would then come here on that date, get their treeshirt and become a Tree Musketeer, our friend, spend the night in a treehouse and Michael would sign their shirt.
We no longer have to sell shirts to earn money (but they're still available) and do not have to limit guests to our "friends", but we still endeavor to do so. So please feel free to come spend the night, become a Treemusketeer (& there for our friend), and if you decide to get a treeshirt Michael will still sign and date it if you like!
To check out the accommodations directly, please go to our Root Costs page. The Tree Room Schoolhouse Suite (which includes a bathroom, kitchenette and "sitting to ponder area"), the Swiss Family Complex (a pair of treehouses connected by a swinging bridge), the Treezebo (our tallest residential treehouse, sleeps two to five, with toilet and sink), the Forestree (like the Treezebo but with full walls), the Peacock Perch (designed for, and best enjoyed by two, very romantic), the Yurtree (18' diameter yurt on a 20' platform in the trees), the Treeloon (sleeps four with a sink), connected by a swinging bridge to the Cavaltree (styled as a cavalry fort in the trees), the Serendipitree (for two adults or two adults and two small children). Also available is the Cabintree (a deluxe "on the ground" gem accompanied by a small open air treehouse), and newest additions the Pleasantree, Balcontree and Mastree. (see price page for pictures and details)
The Treehouse Institute , established over the summer of 1996, is the only place in the world that offers avocational instruction in basic engineering, design and construction methods for building treehouses. There are also plenty of other things to learn and have fun with here. We are like a summer camp for whole family. The courses are tailored to include everyone in family enjoyment. Our experienced certified staff give zip line extravaganzas, guided horse back riding, treehouse construction, easily arranged. The craft courses are taught by local artists on site here at the lodge. The one that requires the shortest amount of time to arrange is the very popular tile mosaic class. We also have a performance stage that can be used by kids quite often just for playing, but not so much as the organized classes. (Summer thematic school sessions, in majors and alltreenut majors, run from two to four days.)
We also have a library with many books about treehouses, and a section that traces the "histree" both physical and political, of Out'n'About. All guests and students at the Treesort have complete access of the facility. You may make yourself feel at home! Full breakfast is served in the main house kitchen every morning during the main season and is a good time to meet the other guests (besides the campfire at night).
We ask that you PLEASE CALL AHEAD if planning a visit or want to participate in any of our activitrees, we like to treeserve a spot specially for you, THANK YOU!
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