There’s a reason the Redwood National Park in far northern California inspires such awe in all who visit. Those trees wide enough to drive a car underneath have lived anywhere from 500 to 2,000 years, and they’re so tall that looking up at them makes your problems feel insignificant. As naturalist and environmental philosopher John Muir said in 1915, “Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
No matter where you are in the world, trees seem to bring a degree of peace, and when you combine that with the perfect meal it can add up to a few hours of unparalleled contentment. Restaurants around the world are capitalizing on their surroundings, whether they’re nestled in lush forests or actually perched in the trees.
1. Norwood’s Restaurant and Wine Shop (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.)
Norwood's has a new treehouse bar connected to its downstairs restaurant, and it’s situated halfway up a thick tree with twisting branches. There’s also outdoor seating on wide deck so you can toast with a specialty wine amidst the leaves, or lunch on their Woods Burger, with caramelized onion, goat cheese, and arugula. Added plus: the restaurant makes all its sauces and salad dressings from scratch.
2. The Redwoods Treehouse (Auckland, New Zealand)
unique yellow treehouse resembles a seashell or cocoon, measures over 39 feet tall. Made from sustainably grown pine and poplar, it was built in 66 days as part of a marketing campaign and is now available for private hire; three catering options are available. You can’t make casual restaurant reservations, but the venue is open for private dining, work parties, and other celebrations.