The best of Oregon’s oddball vacation getaways: Treehouses, RVs, yachts

You might not be able to take a vacation now, but you can dream of

You might not be able to take a vacation now, but you can dream of one and even make plans. To inspire you, we’re selected a list of the best of Oregon’s oddball vacation getaways, from treehouses and a fire lookout tower to sleek Airstreams and colorful camper vans.

Before you go, check govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19 for the most current travel recommendations and best practices to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Also read 10 things to consider before going back outside during the coronavirus pandemic in Oregon.

Escape ideas when you’re ready to get out there:

10 cool treehouses Do we really ever grow out of wanting a treehouse? A vacation rental might answer that question. In this getaway roundup, we look at 10 treehouses, near and far, designed to elevate your point of view.

These modern dwellings in mostly remote forests are perfect perches for birdwatchers and nature lovers, but they’re not always easy to reach. Another quirk: They’re rustic and may offer waterfront views but not indoor running water.

Oddball RVs, Airstreams, camper vans, teardrop trailers A long holiday weekend may inspire a road trip. You can ride your own wheels or rent a roomy RV, sleek Airstream or colorful camper van, through a company or private owner, a la Airbnb.

In this getaway gallery, we look at personalized mobile homes that are kitschy, cute or cool, including an Aero teardrop trailer in Sherwood.

10 tempting, crazy vacation getaways Oregon has an amazing collection of eclectic places to stay, from the coast to the Wallowa Mountains, tiny Tiller to populated Portland, beach cottages to cabins hidden in a forest.

And then there are some weird rentals in alluring locations such as a lookout tower near the Umpqua National Forest. The comfy home, modeled after fire lookout towers built by the U.S. Forest Service in the early 1900s, rises three stories from a meadow on 160 acres of private land surrounded by forests in tiny Tiller.

10 cozy, cool, crazy cabin vacation getaways The need to be in nature may be strong and, thankfully, there are many ways to relax amid towering trees in the mountains or next to a lake.

In this vacation getaway roundup, we look at cabins of all kinds, from a classic A-frame in a forest to a modern dwelling in the desert.

Rustic or luxury? Cozy or expansive? It’s up to you to decide.

Are you dreaming of a romantic escape? Check out the Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental, a waterfront lodge on 24 acres of protected wilderness in the Bull Run Reserve, which is close to Rhododendron and trails for hiking, berry picking and mushroom hunting.

Oregon’s wacky, funky, adorable getaways Vacations are supposed to be physical and mental escapes from real life.

If you truly want an experience that’s unlike the place you lay your head, check out Oregon’s one-of-a-kind lodging, from a Swiss Family Robinson luxury tree resort in Cave Junction to an off-the-grid yurt in McMinnville or a quaint, solar-powered cabin near Vancouver.

Yachts, yurts and other unusual Oregon home rentals If you want to celebrate a seriously special occasion, why not charter the Disco Volante, a 45-foot yacht with three levels of luxury? We’re talking swim platforms and sun pads.

Or check out the Double O Seven Yacht, a 55 footer with two queen-size beds and kids’ accommodations. It’s on the Willamette River close to downtown Portland. The yacht can leave the dock for a cruise if a licensed captain is hired for an additional $350 an hour.

— Janet Eastman 5/8 503-294-4072

jeastman@oregonian.com 5/8 @janeteastman

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