Reach new heights of glamping in Chickamauga, Georgia
By Hope S. Philbrick
Enjoy genuine romantic privacy—a real feeling of “getting away from it all”, without compromising on essentials like a real mattress and a flushing toilet—surrounded by trees, yet with easy access to upscale city dining and serious hiking, when you stay in one of the Candlelight Forest treehouses.
Candlelight Forest, located in Chickamauga, Georgia, near Cloudland Canyon Georgia State Park and just minutes from Chattanooga, Tennessee, offers two upscale treehouses that combine childhood fantasy with adult tastes.
Stay in either Sophie’s Roost or Le Petite Chateau to experience new heights of glamping. Both treehouses offer the same two-story floorplan; the orientations and décors differ, but both are cozy without feeling cramped, quaint yet practical, supported by trees (plus a few posts) and yet easy to access simply by climbing a few stairs.
Sophie’s Roost has a cozy blue and gray hued décor scheme that invites you to kick off your shoes, sink into the cushy sofa, and relax. A queen bed is tucked into a nook adjacent to the seating area. Nearby the full bathroom boasts a spacious step-in shower. A mini refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot equip the kitchenette that opens onto a back deck where a grilling station and outdoor sink await. Le Petite Chateau decorates the same framework with a pastel color scheme inspired by a French farm house.
It’s possible to prepare a meal in the treehouse kitchenette—given the size of the space and equipment available, however, it may be most enjoyable to plan simple rather than gourmet meals and/or reheat leftovers rather than start from scratch. If you want to indulge without the obligation of washing your own dishes, simply drive about 20 minutes to downtown Chattanooga. A full range of dining options is available in the city; staff members at Candlelight Forest are happy to offer recommendations.
A treehouse tucked into the woods feels romantic, especially when it’s equipped with essential comforts like plumbing plus luxuries like soft sheets on a comfortable mattress. Because you can arrange for coded entry (in which case you don’t need to interact with another human to check in or out, just punch the numbers into the keypad and voila! open sesame!), it can feel like you’re stumbling across a secret hideaway.
While at a treehouse, you and your love might snuggle up on the couch, canoodle under the covers, enjoy deep conversations while sipping coffee on the back porch, roast marshmallows over a fire, or gaze at nature’s beauty when not mesmerized by each other.
If your idea of romance means getting outdoors, on-site amusements abound in Candlelight Forest, including hiking trails, canoeing, paddle boarding, and more. Explore another 30 miles of trails at Cloudland Canyon Georgia State Park, just a short drive away.
It’s easy to spark romance at a treehouse in Candlelight Forest.
- Treehouse rentals are available year round
- Check-in begins at 4 p.m.; check out by 11 a.m.
- Rates are $250/night on weekends, $200/night Sunday to Thursday
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
- The treehouses are located at the top of a short steep trail through the woods (Sophie’s Roost is the first one you’ll encounter, Le Petite Chateau is a few yards more up the hill)
- Each treehouse offers two bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms and can sleep up to 6 people; two bunkbeds are upstairs with a half-bath—but we think they’re best utilized by two adults
- Heating/cooling units help ensure comfortable temperatures
- Each treehouse offers a basic supply of linens, hairdryer, bathing products, mini refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker with basic supplies, plus a grill with a side burner
- Candlelight Forest amenities include canoeing (free), badminton ($2/hour per racket), hiking trails (free), fire pits, fishing, paddle boarding ($10/hour per board), hammocks ($2/hour), a general store and more
- Odds of Encountering Children: Varies, but high. The two treehouses are near one another, so if a family with young children is staying next door, odds are that you will hear them. For the best odds of an adults-oriented quiet getaway, book your stay during a weeknight when school is in session. The other treehouse was vacant during our overnight stay, so we enjoyed true quiet with a feeling of remoteness.
Candlelight Forest Treehouses
9862 Georgia Highway 193
Chickamauga GA 30707
– Photos courtesy Candlelight Forest
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