Photo: Art Meripol
More High-Low Fall Getaways
Where it is: Meadows of Dan, Virginia
What it Costs: $725
What You Get: Indulging your Swiss Family Robinson fantasies doesn't have to mean roughing it. At southwestern Virginia's remote mountaintop Primland Resort, entry to the Golden Eagle tree house is more easily won, via a wooden bridge. What awaits inside is loftily, luxuriously transcendent. No sleeping bags here, folks. Instead, you'll find Frette linens, robes, and slippers, a roomy soaking tub, and nightly turndown service. But the view's the thing—from the red cedar cabin's wraparound porch, you'll get an unparalleled panorama of the resort's 12,000 acres of Blue Ridge Mountains and the Dan River Gorge below. Opened in 2011, the Golden Eagle was such a hit that Primland decided to branch out, opening two slightly larger tree houses this August. And if all that up-in-the-air exhilaration only leaves you wanting more, relax knowing the resort offers guided tree-climbs that can put you 65 feet up a towering poplar. primland.com
Room to Book: The Golden Eagle, of course, or one of the new houses (Barn Owl, Cooper's Hawk) if your flock needs more space.
Priceless Perk: Commandeer the resort's underutilized 20-seat screening Room to stage movie parties in the event of lousy weather.
This Just in: Not ready to tackle the Donald Steel-designed golf course? Spend an afternoon mastering Primland's free 18-hole disc golf course, which opened in June.
Luxe for Less: Fire Mountain Inn Cabins & Treehouses
Where it is: Highlands, NC
What it Costs: $215
What You Get: A deck, a hammock, a 40-mile sunset view—what more do you need? Certainly not TVs or in-room clocks, neither of which can be found in the three tree house cabins atop Fire Mountain (elevation 4,000 feet). Instead, you'll wake to birdsong and fill the days with hikes on the 300-acre property, along with trips to the orchard and, on Saturdays, bonfires. Wildflower bouquets and from-scratch breakfasts can be delivered upon request. firemt.com