Minnie and Jason's Elopement at Montana Treehouse Retreat

We love the idea of eloping. To be honest, if I could go back, I might do it myself. Less stress, more focused on the love of the couple and making the day uniquely their own. We were honored to host Minnie and Jason and be a part of their magical elopement/wedding day and team up with the creative team of Elope Montana for the first time!

The lovely couple got ready, had their first look, took pre-wedding photos and then headed to Glacier National Park (just 30 minutes away) for the actual ceremony. After a super private and romantic ceremony, they headed back to the treehouse for some uninterrupted honeymoon bliss. See for yourself the magic that can unfold.

Contact Kati at: 406-890-9925 if you’re interested in checking out availability for your own special day.

Special Thanks to:
The Elope Montana Team!

Lindsey Jane Photography

Kate Berry Officiant: A Joyful Matrimony

Marcela Cloud: Hair/Makeup

Room Porn Features Montana Treehouse Retreat!

Staying at the Montana Treehouse Retreat

A Treehouse of Dreams near Glacier National Park


Hey all, it’s Roberto. This past week I took Carleigh & Odie on a trip up north to the great state of Montana to visit the Whitefish area. Whitefish, and the surrounding Glacier National Park has been a region we’ve been admiring from afar because of the beautiful Instagram photos our friends Justin & Travis would often post of their hometown. So we decided to visit them.

We reached out to the popular Montana Treehouse Retreat  to see if they had any nights available, and to our surprise, they did – so we booked ourselves two nights to experience treehouse living in the cozy retreat once featured on the DIY network.


Upon arrival, we had to get a picture of Odie standing in front of the treehouse, and to our delight, there was fresh snow on the ground, and the Christmas lights still adorning this magical double decker treehouse.


Nestled on a private, wooded 7 acres, this artistic architectural marvel is truly one of a kind.

As blue hour slowly creeped in, the warm light and details of the exterior came into focus, and a short sprinkling of fresh snow made for a magical scene. 

The interior of the treehouse is as cozy as it looks. Unique decor, art pieces, and fairy lights make for an attractive setting, and the live tree trunks that provide the house with structural support steal the show


The house has all the luxury amenities you need – wi-fi, a big screen TV, a heating/cooling system, dishwasher and a coffee maker. While it’s the perfect place to unwind and unplug, it is nice to have these amenities in case there is some work you need to get done, or a Netflix show you want to cozy up to.


The house has one bedroom, and 1.5 bathrooms. While the home can comfortably host a family of 4-5, we think it’s ideal for a couple looking for a romantic retreat, an artist looking for a creative retreat, or a small group of close friends.

Odie was completely in his element in the treehouse. He was excitedly running up and down the hand-built staircase, and tremendously enjoyed having 7-acres of land to run around on.

For more images of the treehouse, and your daily dose of unique places & spaces, follow Roomporn on Instagram.

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Elope in Glacier National Park and Stay at Montana Treehouse Retreat.

This past summer/fall season we have had the pleasure of hosting elopers from all over the country. The beauty of Glacier National Park draws more and more visitors each year and what more perfect place to get married than here?

Nikki and Brandon tied the knot last month in Montana while enjoying their time at Montana Treehouse Retreat. Nikki shared her wedding video with me and it was so beautifully done that I just had to share. Watching the footage of Nikki and Brandon getting ready for their wedding day in the treehouse and then the first look when he sees her walk down the spiral stair in her dress is just beautiful. What a fairytale.

I love the idea of a simpler wedding with the intention of spending more on memories as Nikki says. See below. Wow. Thanks for visiting us guys and wishing you a lifetime of adventures such as this!

Video by Evan Lanier (Livemore Weddings)

1. Tell us how you met each other. Where do you live?

Brandon and I met through our brothers who are best friends. We live in Rome, Georgia.

2. Why did you decide to elope?

I’ve always (thought) I wanted a big wedding but when it came down to it, I didn’t want to deal with the stress of planning all the details a big wedding entails. We decided we would rather spend the money on making memories together.

3. Have you been to Montana before? What made you choose to elope to Montana? 

This was our first time in Montana, it had been on our bucket list for a while. When we decided we wanted to get married, we were already planning our trip and decided we would just tie the knot while we were there! 

4. Had you stayed in a treehouse before? 

No, definitely a first for us!

5. Why did you want to elope and stay at Montana Treehouse Retreat?

We had been researching hotels, lodges, etc. for about a month and since we were not at all familiar with the area, we were having a hard time deciding where to stay. One day, I just happen to look on Pinterest for “best place to stay near GNP”   The treehouse popped up and once I saw the pictures and location, I just knew this was our place!

6. Tell us about how you chose the location for your wedding!

I found my photographer (Marianne West) before I even started looking for flights or a place to stay, her blog with some past elopement shoots helped tremendously! 

Our elopement was so personal and intimate with only my mom, stepdad, dad, stepmom, and sister there. Also, because the wind was SO STRONG on our wedding day we ended up getting married at a different location than we had originally planned ( by two medicine lake). We ended up doing the actual ceremony at Running Eagle Falls and that is the first little hike we did when we started exploring in GNP on our very first day, not knowing we would be getting married there!

We fell in love with Montana and cannot wait to visit again. We plan on exploring a new national park every year for our anniversary! 

Are you interested in booking a stay at the treehouse? Contact us today at: 406-890-9925 to discuss details, or check availability and BOOK ONLINE TODAY.

The Montana Treehouse Retreat through Forrest Mankins Eyes.

We had the pleasure of hosting the talented Forrest Mankins on the property this past month for a few nights. Forrest is a photographer that I have followed for a while on Instagram. His way of telling his story through his lifestyle photography leaves you feeling like you are right there along for the adventure.

Check out the images he captured during his stay at Montana Treehouse Retreat! Thanks for visiting us! Cheers.

The Montana Treehouse Retreat is set in it's own secluded wooded area equipped with a campfire ring.

The Montana Treehouse Retreat is set in it's own secluded wooded area equipped with a campfire ring.

The interior looking out at Montana Treehouse Retreat

The interior looking out at Montana Treehouse Retreat

The custom hand crafted spiral staircase leading up to the Montana Treehouse Retreat sets the grand entrance for the property.

The custom hand crafted spiral staircase leading up to the Montana Treehouse Retreat sets the grand entrance for the property.

The treehouse at night is a magical place.

The treehouse at night is a magical place.

Winding up to the treehouse up the Douglas fir spiral staircase.

Winding up to the treehouse up the Douglas fir spiral staircase.

The master suite loft looks out over the forest with windows leading out to views of pine trees and seclusion. 

The master suite loft looks out over the forest with windows leading out to views of pine trees and seclusion. 


All images by @forrestmankins, Forrest Mankins.

To see more of Forrest's work: http://www.forrestmankins.com



Rustic Fairytale Elopement at Montana Treehouse Retreat

There's nothing more romantic than eloping with the one you love in Montana. Any time of year, Montana has so much to offer with it's picturesque landscapes in all seasons including winter! Elopements are so much fun as they are so much more natural, less fuss and more about the couple's love than anything else. The treehouse is the perfect setting to say your "I Do's".

Lindsey Jane Photography captured this couple beautifully at the Montana Treehouse Retreat this winter in the snow. The end result is a dreamy fairytale rustic elopement. It reminds me of scenes from Snow White, except with a cute pup and with a Montana twist. 

A treehouse, your big love and your fur baby. What more could you need? See for yourself.


Special thanks to local vendors:

Photography: Lindsey Jane Photography

Tasty Treats: Fleur Bakery

Makeup: Angela Dowda

Hair: CS Bridal Styling

Dress:  J Scott Couture

Flowers: Mums Flowers

Bride and Groom: Jana & Logan Lamm

Photo Assistant: Rebecca Schaffer

Montana Treehouse Retreat Featured on Time.com!

The 10 Most Popular Treehouses Right Now, and How Much They Cost to Rent




November 14, 2017

If the typical hotel stay is too passé, consider staying somewhere extraordinary during your next vacation—like a treehouse. 

No joke: Not just for kids anymore, treehouses are becoming a popular lodging option for travelers looking to create a memorable experience. In fact, the demand for treehouses increased more than 30% over the past year, according to vacation rental booking site HomeAway. 

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Many of the most popular vacation rentals, including these treehouses, are near national and state parks, HomeAway finds. “Groups and families want to combine outdoor adventure with the comforts of staying in a home away from home,” Karen Fuller, HomeAway’s senior director of global market research, said in a statement. 

Here, we look at the 10 most popular treehouses HomeAway offers—and how much it will cost you to stay in one of these spectacular nests.

3. Luxury Montana Treehouse Retreat

Looking for unique lodgings when visiting Glacier National Park? This perch is just a short, 25-minute drive away. You enter the double-decker treehouse via a spiral staircase built around a giant Douglas fir tree. This treehouse sleeps six, with one bedroom and a large sofa bed in the living room.

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Ski Whitefish and Stay At The Montana Treehouse Retreat!

Book Your Winter Getaway at Montana Treehouse Retreat

Ski season is right around the corner in Northwestern Montana. We are scheduled to have our first significant snow with this week. Have you started dreaming up winter vacation plans? Why not have the ultimate winter vacation and pair a trip to Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort with a stay at The Montana Treehouse Retreat!

Birds eye view of The Montana Treehouse Retreat, PC: Great Northern Drones

Birds eye view of The Montana Treehouse Retreat, PC: Great Northern Drones

Our luxury treehouse is just minutes from the top of Big Mountain and we would love have you stay with us! This double decker treehouse, outside of Whitefish is the perfect unforgettable weekend getaway. Our luxury treehouse is equipped with a full kitchen, dishwasher, 2 bathrooms, a full shower and sleeping quarters for up to 5 people. 

Montana Treehouse Retreat Kitchen

Enjoy a hot toddy on the deck or cozy up with a hot cup of coffee on your own private balcony overlooking your own private forest off of the master suite deck! 

Montana Treehouse Retreat Master Suite

There is no roughing it at the Montana Treehouse Retreat! You will also have your own private wooded property for an outdoor fire. There is plenty of space on the grounds for nature walks, cross country skiing and sledding for kids!

We look forward to having you stay with us this winter and can't wait to meet you!

To see more photos and read more about availability of our listing or BOOK A STAY visit our Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/18627194

Contact owner Kati at: 406-890-9925 if you have any questions or would like help booking your stay!

Arboreal Abode in Big Sky: Treehouse Guys Features Montana Treehouse Retreat!

Many have asked where they can watch our episode of "The Treehouse Guys" on DIY Network featuring the Montana Treehouse Retreat.

Click thIS link to watch on Amazon.

Montana Treehouse Retreat Featured in Whitefish Pilot


WHITEFISH PILOT: May 30, 2017 at 5:29 pm | By Heidi Desch

Many a child has spent a night camped out inside a treehouse in the backyard. But not too many folks are likely to have spent a night in a luxury treehouse complete with a dishwasher. 


Combining childhood fun with adult amenities is exactly the experience Darin Robison and Kati O’Toole are looking to create with their two-story treehouse constructed on their Dillon Road property. The couple for two years has been talking about, planning, designing and finally constructing the treehouse supported by Ponderossa pines. 

The couple is still putting the finishing touches on the interior, but when completed it will have a full kitchen, a full bathroom with a shower and two bedrooms on the second-floor loft. 

“We wanted to create a little utopia,” O’Toole said. “We wanted people to come and have a real, unique Montana experience.”

The couple had the idea for the treehouse when someone pointed out a listing for a casting call in the newspaper for the DIY network. 

The couple applied and were selected to be part of the TV show, “The Treehouse Guys.” The episode featuring their treehouse debuted this month and will air again on June 2 and June 15. 

For six weeks in April last year, a film crew documented the process of constructing the shell of the treehouse. Collaborating with the stars of “The Treehouse Guys” Robison and O’Toole wanted to make sure the treehouse was comfortable enough to live in including making the loft space with a ceiling high enough to stand in and allow for a sliding glass doors from the loft out to a deck. 

“That upper deck was important,” Robison said. “I wanted a perch where you could sit on and look out while drinking a cup of coffee.”

West Glacier builder John Colliander of Treeworks Log and Timberframe Construction made the 18-foot wooden spiral staircase for the treehouse. The staircase is made of larch treads attached to an 80-plus-year-old Douglas fir Robison salvaged from his grandmother’s woods.

“We really wanted to create a grand entrance,” Robison said. 

The couple, along with help from family and friends, have continued to complete the interior of the treehouse. They hope to be open for rent this fall. 

View more about the treehouse at: http://www.montanatreehouseretreat.com

Link to original article: http://www.whitefishpilot.com/article/20170530/ARTICLE/170539977

Montana Treehouse Retreat Featured in Flathead Beacon

Castle in the Sky

Whitefish couple's new luxury treehouse retreat featured on DIY Network's television show



Kati O’Toole and her husband, Darin Robison, have transformed their lofty dream into a reality with their new business venture at Montana Treehouse Retreat, a unique backyard escape that spirits guests into the treetops.


Campers looking for an outdoor experience that transcends pitching a tent or renting a cabin in the wilderness will get a thrill out of the latest trend of lodging — a vacation rental in the sky.

Located on the couple’s wooded 7-acre property off Dillon Road near Whitefish, the retreat incorporates the growing popularity of custom luxury treehouse dwellings with the mountain allure of Montana.

Professional treehouse designers have capitalized on the trend by building everything from breweries to recording studios, but a rising number of backyard escapes are cropping up across the nation, advertised as guest rentals on the online hospitality service Airbnb.

The couple’s treehouse made its television debut on May 15 on the DIY Network’s show “The Treehouse Guys,” whose crew visited the Flathead Valley to help frame the structure, which spans four trees — three larches and a ponderosa.

In addition to showing the early construction of the treehouse, the segment also features local activities and amenities of the Flathead Valley, and will re-air next month.

From the moment that O’Toole and Robison purchased their property five years ago, they’ve entertained visions of building a treehouse in their expansively forested lot, but with a growing family, full-time jobs and a basket of home projects, they were short on time.

“We’ve always wanted to build a treehouse,” O’Toole said. “It’s been a dream for a long time. But never in our wildest dreams did we think it would look like this.”

Both fourth-generation Montanans with a passion for the outdoors, their passion project was sidelined as they worked to keep up with their 3-year-old son, Rowan, and newborn baby, Ry.

When a friend pointed them to a casting call for the television show, they navigated a series of lengthy interviews and were selected for an episode.

O’Toole and Robison applied for and received a conditional use permit for their property, with the county Board of Adjustment granting approval for up to three high-end treehouses available for nightly rental.

The build crew with the Treehouse Guys — B’fer Roth and his team of “tree muskateers” — completed the frame of the treehouse in about six weeks and provided their expertise, while Darin and a crew of friends and family helped build a giant log spiral staircase, milled the siding and interior paneling, and anchored the structure to the trees.

Because it’s not connected to the earth, the house moves with the trees during high winds and as the trees grow.

The 18-foot wooden spiral staircase leading up to the entrance of the treehouse wraps around an old Douglas fir that had been struck by lighting on Robison’s grandparents’ property. The top blew off in the wind, leaving a 60-foot stub that Robison thought was perfect for his treehouse.

“It was definitely the right one for the job,” he said.

The maximum size of a treehouse is determined by the number of trees available to serve as its foundation. A single large, healthy tree can support a 350- to 400-square-foot treehouse, according to the builders, while two or more trees can hold a 700- to 800-square-foot structure.

O’Toole and Robison plan to begin renting their treehouse in November once they’ve completed the finishing touches, and construct two additional custom treehouses on their property in the coming years.

The two-story treehouse features all of the amenities including septic and sewer, a small kitchen on the lower level, as well as a living area and full bath. It rents for $500 a night, with a minimum of three nights and discounts available for weekly rentals.

O’Toole said she has already begun receiving inquiries, and predicts an uptick in interest following the airing of the show.

“It is a luxury experience. There’s nothing primitive about it,” O’Toole said. “It’s nicer than the home we live in and I think people are really going to enjoy staying here.”

For more information and to book a getaway, visit http://www.montanatreehouseretreat.com/ and to learn more about The Treehouse Guys check out http://www.diynetwork.com/shows/the-treehouse-guys.

LINK TO ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN FLATHEAD BEACON: http://flatheadbeacon.com/2017/05/18/castle-in-the-sky/