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Perch your family in a treehouse on vacation


 Bunk in three-bedroom Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa opened at Walt Disney World, Florida.
JOE BURBANK/ORLANDO SENTINEL
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Date published: 6/24/2012

BY LYNN O'ROURKE HAYES

The Dallas Morning News

A lofty treehouse stay stirs the childhood explorer in all of us. Share an up-in-the-air adventure with your friends and family. Here are five to consider:

1. Ariaú Amazon Towers Hotel, Brazilian Amazon. Located 35 miles from Manaus, a bustling city considered the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon, this eco-lodge was among the early treehouse-style getaways. Climb stairways and scoot across catwalks as you make your way to your leafy retreat. Linger to observe playing monkeys, rich vegetation, butterflies and views of the Rio Negro below. Don't miss the opportunity to swim with the region's pink dolphins.

Contact: 888/462-7428; ariauama zontowers.com

2. Edisto River Treehouses, Canadys, S.C. You'll commute 13 miles via the longest free-flowing black-water river in North America to reach your hideaway. Carolina Heritage Outfitters offers overnights in three treehouses, tucked in the woods of privately owned Edisto River Refuge. You'll want to explore along this lazy waterway winding through tupelo and cypress swamps. Later, return to your refuge to cook dinner on an outdoor grill via the soft light of tiki torches and candles. Best for older children and adults.

Contact: 843/563-5051; canoe sc.com

3. Vertical Horizons Treehouse Paradise, Cave Junction, Ore. Kids will enjoy learning a new kind of tree climbing at this southern Oregon outpost. Those who participate are roped for safety and allowed to explore the canopy as high as 90 feet. A gourmet breakfast prepared from local ingredients is included. After fueling, enjoy nearby hiking, white-water rafting or relaxing in the serene setting.

Contact: 541/592-4751; treehouse paradise.com

4. Hana Lani Tree Houses, near Hana, Maui, Hawaii. Travel the magnificent Road to Hana and reward yourselves with a family-friendly stay from which you can enjoy the beauty of this pristine region of the Hawaiian Islands. Rustic but comfortable, the treehouse sanctuaries offer screened sleeping areas, linens, running water and views of the ocean over the treetops. Cook on a propane stove or over the barbecue pit.

Contact: 808/248-7241; hanalani .maui.net

5. Treehouse Villas, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Combine the magical imagery of Swiss Family Robinson-style sleepovers with a vacation at a Disney resort and your children just might nominate you for parent of the year. The three-bedroom villas on stilts offer a spacious and comfortable environment in which to relish a large family or extended-clan gathering in Mouse country. Shuttles to and from the Walt Disney World theme park and other attractions are available.

Contact: 407/939-7429; disney world.disney.go.com/resorts.