Treehouse B&B proprietor tells all

This 17-minute mini-documentary introduces Michael Garnier, proprietor of the Out'n'About Treehouse Resort in Oregon. Garnier is a thoughtful and salty woodcrafter who's put a lot of thought into the right way to build a treetop B&B, and his guided tour of his little hotel with its Ewok-style treehouses is a delight.

Over the years, Garnier has become legend in his industry and helped invent a better way to build a treehouse. Instead of bolting wood to wood (i.e. beams to the tree), Garnier and his colleagues at the World Treehouse Conference (an event he used to host) developed a way to attach steel bolts and cuffs to the tree.

Dubbed the Garnier Limb (or G.L.), this open source design can support 8,000 pounds. Garnier sells GLs of all different types as well as plans to build your own treehouse. His DIY treehouses are for 12 foot trees ($150) and he sells about 30 or 40 plans per year.

Out'n'About Treehouse Treesort LLC (via Neatorama)


  1. For treehouse-happy mutants in the Bay Area, there’s a sweet treehouse in Burlingame on AirBnB that I can recommend—you can see the bay (and distant planes landing at SFO) from the lovely limbs of their live oak.  Proprietors are super-nice, too…one of our most enjoyable stays anywhere!

    AirBnB also lets you search specifically for treehouses (after you type in the general area and  hit “Search”, on the right side, under room type, hit “see more” and check the treehouse box).

  2. I love these guys. I live pretty close to them and am using what they do as an inspiration for my own treehouse design that will be coming to fruition this Spring. Thanks for the GL! It has really changed the game…

  3. I went to this place with my friend and his cousin (she knew them and brought us there to see the houses)  back in 1998…they were still having issues with being shut down and they only had a couple treehouses and some platforms way up high.  It is good to see how far they have progressed since then.   Glad to see you got all the legal stuff taken care of.

    So strange seeing something that you have been telling stories about for over 10 years in a Boing Boing writeup.

  4. I  stayed there for a week in 2004 or so. Had a blast, and would love to go back. They’re some good people up there.

  5. i’ve been to out ‘n’ about  a year ago.  most of his neighbors are marijuana farmers, and the rest are burl-obsessed meth heads.  out ‘n’ about also has great zip lines.

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