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THE MOHICANS

THE BEST TREEHOUSE, CABIN, AND TINY HOUSE GETAWAYS FROM PITTSBURGH

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UPDATED SEP 8, 2020

We’ve got a different type of cabin fever. We’re obsessed with folksy treehouses, tiny A-frames in the middle of nowhere, and bougie safari tents. When the walls of your cramped apartment start closing in, book one of these magical escapes.

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RYAN DEER

FITT PITTSBURGH CONTRIBUTOR

Whether it’s your spring hike outpost or aprés ski chalet, this A-frame cabin in the Poconos is hygge HQ. And the in-floor hammock in the loft has a lot to do with that. But it’s also the subtle touches that make this place super cozy. You’ll never be too far from a blanket. You can drink your coffee in front of the wood-burning fireplace. And the seat with the shoulder jets in the outdoor hot tub? Perfection.

Not to knock your dad’s best effort, but this treefort is much cooler. It’s secluded from the world (and WiFi) on a farm in Central Ohio, with hiking trails and a swimming creek just down the ladder. Inside, all three stories offer a unique way to lounge — like porch swings, hammocks, and one full-size bed. But there’s no kitchen, running water, or A/C. So, pack your camp stove, be prepared to use an outhouse, and hope for a breezy evening!

You know you’ve made it when you book a private island for you and your crew. The catch? The island in New York’s Cassadaga Lakes is only about 25 yards long. Yet, that’s just long enough for a two-bedroom cottage, a hammock strung between shady trees, and a few Adirondack chairs around a fire pit. Kayak, fish, or laze the day away. But don’t miss the epic sunset from the backyard dock.

The Mohicans has an entire village of treehouses, two of which were created for Treehouse Masters. They’re all pretty great, but our favorite is the Tin Shed. It features a 25-foot spiral staircase and a swing bridge that connects to your private, wrap-around deck. From there, you’ll be treated to a full bathroom, leather couches, and a retractable garage door that turns the whole place al fresco.

After a day of hiking around Ohio’s famed Hocking Hills State Park, this shipping container stay is goals. Settle in on the patio on a Pinterest-worthy outdoor swinging bed and glowing string lights above. And with creature comforts like a designer kitchen, gas fireplace, hot tub, and Netflix — all you have to do is bring the wine.

How do you take your safari tent: with or without a playground slide? Airydale Retreat’s glamping is a little over-the-top for the seasoned camper, but it’s a nice middle-ground for the friend who would never set foot in the forest otherwise. They’ll get the queen size bed, covered porch, and outdoor heated shower. And you can show them how to make a gourmet campfire meal in one cast-iron skillet. On your way back to the Burgh, take the short detour up to Penn State’s Berkey Creamery for a scoop of their famous ice cream.

So, you want to become one with nature without feeling like a survivalist. Meet Ela and Otium, luxurious tiny homes tucked deep in the woods of Ohio’s Amish country. The moody interiors are accented with hardwood, and a floor-to-ceiling window floods the place with natural light. But for true forest feels, try out the outdoor shower or kick it at the open-air hilltop lounge.

If the choice between treehouse and A-frame is just too difficult, go with The Arrow. Its swaying catwalk through the trees leads to a vintage cabin on stilts. The combo is clutch, and its minimalism is key. Queen bed. Full bathroom (with clawfoot tub). Fridge and microwave. All the essentials for a quiet and blissful getaway.

Presenting: the hipster hideaway. Step inside this shipping container’s front door and you’ll see exactly what we’re talking about. It's decked out with bike-themed décor, including a private trellis patio covered with bike spokes and handlebars. If you bring your own wheels, you’ll be just minutes away from the southern trailhead of the Ohio & Erie Canal. If you want to tune out the bicycles and just chill — well, there’s a hot tub and fire pit for that.

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