Treehouse Utopia: Texas Hill Country Retreat Opening this Summer

Opening summer 2018, Treehouse Utopia in Texas Hill Country is the outcome of a partnership between Pete Nelson and Laurel Waters, chef and owner of the renowned Laurel Tree Restaurant. With its four rentable, private treehouses and natural splendor, this romantic retreat exudes magic. Visit to learn more about booking an overnight stay for two in the trees once Treehouse Utopia opens.

Read on for details on this coming treehouse retreat...

Walking into Treehouse Utopia is like dropping down into another world. Prehistorically sized cypress trees rise from the sun-toasted soil, presiding over the turquoise waters of the river that flows through the property. At night, the sky glows incandescent from starlight undimmed by the traffic and buzz of contemporary life. Here, romance lingers in the warm wind, rests on the balconies of the treehouses, pools in the eddies of the river. Moments can be savored here in Utopia - it’s as though the whole spirit of the place beckons you to focus on the present, to be mindful of the magic in the air.

Personalized, thoughtful service for guests is paramount to Laurel, both at her restaurant and coming retreat. She knows the names of every one of her guests, their reason for visiting, their sorrows, and their celebrations. Being a guest of Laurel’s is like being welcomed home. This project is also profoundly personal for Laurel – her family has owned the property for many years, and she has an intimate knowledge of its contours, character, and trees. Laurel hopes that Treehouse Utopia will encourage couples to create and delight in their own special moments, freed from the distractions and frenzied pace of daily life.

Pete and Laurel with Laurel's father, Lou, at Treehouse Utopia.

Pete and Laurel have been working together for months to bring their shared dream of Treehouse Utopia to life. Every detail - from tree-selection, to architecture, to interior design – has been thoughtfully considered, customized, and crafted. Laurel is also curating the interiors of all four treehouses from her personal collection of antiques she has acquired during her travels through France.

Inside Chapelle at Treehouse Utopia

With one treehouse complete, our crew is hard at work on the other three in preparation for the retreat's opening early this summer. You can take our photo tour of the first treehouse, called “Chapelle,” here. In the coming months, we'll provide updates on the blog about the progress of the other treehouses and information on the retreat as a whole, the surrounding Texas Hill Country, and more.

THe Nelson Treehouse crew Mocked up components of "Chateau," the next treehouse for Utopia, in our prefab shop in Washington state.

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Chapelle at Treehouse Utopia in Texas Hill Country