June 2011 I don't want
to go... I don't want to goooo- Here we are regretfully spending
our last morning on the deck of the Cottage! If only we could roll
back time and start over! Thanks so much to all... Phil, Jodie,
Roxie, Wendy, Adrian, Cosmo, Sadie and all others. We are renewed
and ready to tackle the trip home. Hard to believe your breakfasts,,,
we (mom too) ate, ate, and ate. Already trying to plan another visit
up. Vertical Horizons will always have a spot in our hearts &
minds. The Franklin Family - Debbie, Patty,
Tiny (mom) Until we meet again- God Bless.
September 2011 Such
a wonderful trip! Delicious breakfast, fun, outdoor games, tree
climbing, friendly dogs, and most of all sunshine! The treehouse
was beautiful and was so much fun. Being able to watch a mom deer
with her baby was a perfect view from our deck. Thank you so much
for making this unique experience unforgettable. The
Petersons Jeff, Joel, Marcie, Stacie
& Phil We've traveled the world in our lives and stayed in some
beautiful, and some interesting places. Your place here is truly
WORLD CLASS. We've never been anywhere that offered us your manifold
splendors and we hope to come again and again. Thank you for your
Spectacular hospitality. Everything was beyond compare! Mark
March 2011 As
if staying in a treehouse wasn't magical enough, our short stay
here reached far beyond our expectatons. Every little detail was
appreciated. The only thing that we're bummed about is that we can't
stay longer and explore more. But there will definately be a next
time and looking forward to many more times beyond that. Your sweet
tree paradise will go highly recomended in our book. Thanks for
everything and happy spring! Kelly, Ryan &
Iily PS Ryan proposed to me last night and
I can't think of a more perfect place for this sweet occasion!
July 2011 - To the amazing crew
at Vertical Horizons: We loved staying with
you in the cozy Shiitake tree house this fall for our honeymoon.
Not only was the treehouse a beautiful destination in itself, they
were the perfect place to stay while exploring the area around them.
Breakfast was off the hook every morning and was the perfect fuel
for our adventures. Thank you for making our honeymoon truly a trip
to remember. We look forward to staying with you in the future.
Peace, love, harmony- Tara & Charlie PS
It didn't take long for our wedding photographers to realize we
are a couple of tree huggers. Thought you might enjoy this photo.
June 13 & 14 2011 Peaceful,
serene, rejuvinating, welcoming. Our stay was all this and more.
The scent of the trees and the warmth of the family (including the
animals) make this a one of a kind experience that we will always
remember and cherish as part of our honeymoon. Next time we're out
this way from Iowa we'll be sure to come back. Thank you so much
for the amazing food and wonderful hospitality. :) Daniel
June 27 & 28 2011 What
an experience! Every family should do this. Family Time! My family
couldn't have been happier. Such quiet- the tree houses were so
clean and beautiful. We will tell everyone we can do alot of advertising.
Food was great. Tree climbing awesome! Thanks so much. Tony
& Lywela Vale OK Worth every penny!!
June 2010 Had a wonderful time. What
a tale we will tell about our stalward tree friend in the middle
of our room! We loved it and all the outside critters. Thank you
so much for all the careful environmental approach to having such
a fun, unque place to stay. Savanahm GA. &
Dallas, TX Tess, Jan, Alba, Katy
July 1st - 5th A great place for our
family gathering. Night time tree climbing was a big hit with the
kids. Breakfast was Fantastic! Thanks, Gary,
Haley, Sydney, Blake
July 15th 2010 Thanks for a great
experience. We've traveled the world, but first time in a tree house
for us- hopefully not the last. AAgesen Fam.
7/20/10 Phil & Jodie You have
thought of everything with your tree "oasis". All the
fine details from the works of art, info. guide (with menus) games,
activities and everything else around your home. We can tell you
have put much thought into everything. Our stay here has put a permanent
print in our minds and we will not forget it. Best of luck in the
future.. Dave & Carol + 2 Omaha, Nebraska
P.S. Frisbee Golf course was killer!
8/7/2010 Phil & Jody We truly
enjoyed our stay in your little piece of paradise! We have spent
the last 2 weeks "road tripping" up the CA/OR coast. We
have done many activities along the way but this was one of the
very best! The boys all said they wish we would have stayed here
much longer (one of them even said they wish we would have stayed
here the whole trip!) This was such a relaxing retreat for all of
us! Everything was so much fun too. The horseshoe games, frisbee
golf, swinging, exploring, and staring at the amazing stars at night!
(Don't miss that!) & the delicious breakfast. Thanks again for
an awesome treehouse experience! The West
Family Jay, Kristi, Grant, Hayden, Hobie from Liberty, Missouri
Thanks to Cosmo too for being our protector
through the night.
9/27/2010 Thank you
for a great experience. This was a surprise from my beautiful wife
for my 40th Birthday. This trip will be a cherrished memory for
the rest of my life. Thank you Christy and Thank you Phil &
Jody. Dusty G. K. Falls.
May 23 2009 We've been on our honeymoon
a week & this is the coolest place we've stayed. The pictures
don't do it justice. Everything was wonderful!! Thanks for an awesome
ending to our honeymoon!! Tyson & Nicole
6/28/2009 -- Phil & Jodie, my
sons first camping trip could only take place at your treesort.
Thank you for all the special touches you add to make this place
so magical. Love Lori & Jamison - Plesant
6/22/09 Dear Jody and Phil, thank
you for letting us stay at your tree house of paradice I think your
tree houses are really nice! I think the shiitakes really awesome!
I am so supprized that how high the house is! Also the beds are
really comfy! I love how the house is set up, I like the lader to
the beds! I like that the windows are so clear, I didn't even know
they were there! Sincerely, Ben Riggs age
10 your tree house lover.
June 2009 BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! It started
off with a wonderful breakfast and then at night I loved going climbing
with Jodie. Shes right, bubbles are 77 cents of pure joy! I love
it here. Thank so much! Dayna (13 now!) & the Carlson
family. PS we loved Cosmo, Sadie, the cats and the horses.
July 12th - 16th 2009 - Wicked! -
Brilliant! - Epic! - we try to find one of a kind adventures to
create awesome memories for and with our grand children- we had
our 7 year old Riley here at Vertical Horizons Paradise- He was
in heaven every minute! Last years trip to Kauai even came in 2nd
to Phil and Jodies place! Perfect! - Superb! - Outstanding! - Thank
You! Pam, Clar, Riley- California! Sadie and
Cosmo are the best!
7/30/09 Great Experience even for
us old gals! Sistus Charlot & Jill.
- P.S. we love the brown dog!
Sunday August 16th 2009 - Oh what
an adventure, first the tires, then no way to get food :) oh well
such is our life!! This place is beautiful I'm unable to express
how excited I am to say I spent the night in a tree house! What
a wonderful experience this has been! Tara will forever be cemented
in our minds walkin around the corner of your humble abode (bottle
of wine in hand) comming to save the day! Thank you! :) Phil, your
fire was delightfully warm and Jodie I've never had so much fun
climbing a tree (hehe) Thank you for all your amazing hospitallity.
Your catastrophic friends for life - Lseta
Girls Weekend # 4(Sing to the 'Beverly Hillbilies')
Let me tell you all a story about Jackie, shes our gal, -
For 15 long years, she's been our confidante and pal. - So, to celebrate
her 40th whatever do we buy? - How 'bout a crazy girls weekend,
in a treehouse, in the sky? - Resort, that is, cabin, adventure!
- well, the first thing you know we met the dogs and such ubtil,
- Austin and Jodie came around, but where the heck was Phil? - We
got a tour and found our house, Shiitake was the best! - But how
to get our stuff from the car up to our nest? - Long hike that is,
steep path, heavy bags! - Adventure was our goal and adventures
what we got! We zipped and climbed, boated and 'caved', shopped
and ate a lot! - Enjoy your time, this place is great, we wish that
we could stay, - fond memories will have to last 'till we come back
and play! - Next year that is,... - Family vacation! Jackie,
Julie, Staci CA.
Phil & Jodie 6-19-08 I thought
when my husband told me what we were doing that this was gong to
be a working vacation. I couldn't have been more wrong! It took
awhile to settle in, but it happened. Now I would love to stay longer.
I love the walking sticks we made. My bouys can keep them forever
and remember staying in the 'Treehouse'. Thanks, K.C,
Garrett, Grant, Gabriel, Valisha.
July 2008 Thanks for the VIP treatment-
Richard & I enjoyed the treehouse, adventures, and your company.
We can't wait for our girls to get a little older so we can bring
them! Peace & Love Richard & Kimberly,
August 2008Thanks so much for a wonderful
Girl Scout troop 4068. They planned a trip to the treehouses &
worked hard selling girl scout cookies, running programs for younger
girls to earn their money for this trip. We visited the newport
aquarium, oregon caves, did the zip line, and climbed trees. Today
we are off for a rafting trip on the Deschutes. Tomorrow a tour
through the safari & on home. We/they had a wonderful time here.
Thanks for your wonderful food, & guidance in rope climbing
up to the tree top & blowing bubbles perched up in the trees.
It was a great confidence builder & adding another notch to
their life experience. They had fun reminicing over a bon fire and
bannana boats. Stacy, Aggie, Amy, Zelda, Amber,
8-9-08 What a wonderful location.
We came with no expectations & were so delighted. The treehouse
was beautiful- so well crafted and the entire area was so well maintained.
Our 6 year old, Parker, now would like a tree house like this in
our yard. Now the expectations are set. Thank you for sharing your
piece of the world with us. It is an experience we will not forget.
Dan, Emily & Parker
Phil, Jodie & Austin, Food fantastic,
Treehouse tremendous, Climbing way cool, especislly at night with
glow sticks and tree chairs! We had a great vacation! Thank you
for the memories! Alan, Lisa, Gavin, Dalton
August 2008 As our vacation is coming
to an end, this is for sure one of the most awesome experiences
we'll be talking about and remembering all the good moments I've
spent in the 'Shiitake' and everything else you have going on for
everyone to do. It is great to come to a place and everyone just
doing things they like and enjoying the most. Our Son couldn't be
happier picking up the fishing pole and spending hours out on the
ponds. We all looked forward to your delicious and huge breakfasts,
perfect for my kids (big kids) and us of course. We truly enjoyed
the company of all of you including Cosmo &Sadie for hanging
out with us. My daughter loved petting & playing with them.
Phil, thanks for all the fishing tips you gave the boys. Jodie,
Natalie and I enjoyed and learned things about rope climbing 'we
had no idea about', "Good Luck" and all the best with
your climbing. "OK!" you guys have a great place, thank
you for making our stay so pleasant & welcoming. We hope to
someday return and find its peacefulness & tranquility, friendliness
& freedom. The Castillos Family CA.
Megan and I actually enjoyed our adventure. We are quite probably
the first (& probably last) to have the pipes freeze. Our host,
Phil, was quite resourceful though, and we managed just fine…
We enjoyed 2 great meals as a result & got to just stay cozy here.
We enjoyed our adventure & laughed alot. Thank you so much for the
warm hospitality and the gourmet meals. We definitely were lucky,
in our opinion. Helen & Megan Duvernay
Phil & Jody,
Cave exploring, Hell gate river tours, bike riding, fishing, hiking,
Frisbee golf! and more all of these activities in such close proximity…
and then to come back to such a beautiful setting at the end of
each day, to a camp fire, s'mores, sunsets. This vacation truly
lived up to our expectations and we all leave with lifetime memories!!
Thank you for your hospitality, Mike, Julie,
Jackson Jeffery and Joseph PS Breakfast was awesome!!
July 7th -10th
Dear Phil and Jodie, Thank you so much for keeping our stay here
a great one! The treehouse was awesome and the whole atmosphere
is very 'enjoyable' Breakfast was great, s'mores were great, basically
everything was "Great" we'll definitely recommend this tree house
paradise to everyone considering how jealous everyone else is about
the idea! This is one of the coolest vacations I've ever been on!
Thanks again for making our stay unbelievable! The
6/6/06 to 6/10/06
These tree houses are magical! Phil & Jodie you have created something
that is "very special" here among and in the trees. Thank you for
making us feel so comfortable and at home - in your home. The breakfasts
were outstanding, the flowers and plants are beautiful on these
well kept grounds. We are looking forward to returning to the relaxing
and peaceful tree houses. Thanks again for your hospitality- Richard
& Mitzi Maxwell -West Palm Beach, FL Like
a steak in a fine restaurant: Rare, and well done! Phil, touch your
June 9th, '06
Phil & Jodie, The Shiitake has been the experience of a lifetime
for me, especially. Since I was a young girl reading Swiss Family
Robinson, I have dreamed of living in a real tree house. I am 55
years old now and the closest I've come to an experience like this
week has been my many visits to the 'Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse'
in Walt Disney world. I've always loved it and have pretended that
I lived there, even if only for 30 minutes. Really, Phil & Jodie,
I'm in love with this tree house and the whole experience on your
beautiful and expansive acreage. As if the tree house wasn't enough,
your friendliness and wonderful hospitality have been beyond description.
Breakfast has been delicious and exciting every day and the daily
walks to Takilma Road very enjoyable. I can't wait to come back
and will be dreaming of my tree house until then. Thank
you! Love Marcy and Jerry Mandello, WPB, FL.
Phil & Jodie, Breakfast was phenomenal! Our view was beautiful…
Loved the seclusion (and the bathroom) Loft beds are comfortable
and it was fun having a tree trunk right though the middle of everything-
Thanks for building such an unusual "bed & breakfast" We had a great
time! Good luck with "Rucifer" Sadie and the new hound. Must be
fun to have so many animals. Steve, Tracy,
Jared & Mike Fore Livermore, CA.
July 6th, 7th 2006
Wow this place is amazing. It is so cool how you got a house
up here and everything is so well done. Breakfast was very yummy,
I was getting tired of cereal everyday for the past months, it was
great. I can't believe you built it yourself! Eveeything was awesome.
Thank You Alex Brennan Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Phil & Jody Incredible!! This trip has been in the works for almost
a year and the constant was, the tree house stop. I'm now the best
Grandma in the world. My Grandson said this was the best place ever.
You have thought of everything to make our stay so memorable. This
is defiantly a repeat. Thank you, Thank you Rena
7/13/06 Phil & Jodie, People
like you, with the vision and endurance to do something like this,
make life more fun and exciting for people like me. What a great
place! You have something very special here and I'll never forget
my night in the treehouse. On a more practical note, So clean and
your attention to detail, welcome note, flowers, decoration, personality,
all adds so much to the experience. I'll be recommending you to
lots of people. Bev Gonnant St. Lewis
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all your hospitality!! We felt
right at home here and have never slept better or ate better! You
two have the best hideaway in the U.S. Keep up the excellent work
and hope to get back soon! Thanks again for everything!! The
Hanson Family - Madelyn, Wes Ian, Derek, Kim
July 4th, 5th,
& 6th, 2006 Dear Jodie & Phil…. It was a blessing
being 'bumped' here to your tree house. It has been such an amazing
adventure for our family. It really forced us to slow down & enjoy
all of the wonderful surroundings: nature, the deer, etc. The kids
loved the rope swing and being able to just run & play. They also
loved having they're own space in the loft! We have been pleasantly
surprised be all that came with staying here with you… The
fireworks were amazing! The food was fabulous! And your hospitality
wonderful! It was a great end to sit around the fire last night
& visit about our adventures here in the trees… Thank you
so much! The girls can't wait to come back next year! We will love
to share your little paradise with all of our family & friends!
Sincerely, Kaye, Megan, Myah, and Nate. -Albany,
Phil, Jodie & Austin, Thank you so much for this one-of-a-kind stay!
It was exactly what our family needed after a very busy school year.
We loved the Cottage Tree house, your gourmet breakfasts, the horses,
dogs, cats, Rucifer, disk golf, the surrounding activities…
and especially your warmth & hospitality. Thank you. You have truly
created an oasis for those of us fortunate enough to have found
you. Take care & maybe we'll see you again. -We'd love to come back!
Randy, Fay, Karly, Brittany & Jenna Goss -Edmonton
The tree house was much more than we thought it would be. We really
enjoyed Phil's Gourmet breakfast. It was also a thrill to have deer
right outside our door. Thanks for the memories. The
McPherson Family - Jim, Shannon, Zach, Gentry, Sean & Luke
August 2nd '06
Phil & Jody, I really enjoyed fishing, the breakfasts were great,
-Lana We, loved living in a treehouse for a few days! Jamie read
about 'Heidi in the Alps' as she lay by the window in the loft,
listening to the wind in the trees. The details in the tree house
are superb. I love the number of windows and the fancy ones. The
deer with her two fauns were a nice added touch too! You have a
wonderful place and we're glad you are willing to share it. Thanks,
Maya, Todd, Lana & Jamie Ferris Vancouver,
Our little family had a wonderful time in your tree house. Cozy
& warm, beautiful weather -we couldn't have asked for more. Maybe
next time we will have better luck with no ear infections -although
finding an urgent care did add to our adventure and didn't slow
us down much. The redwoods, Ashland street lighting, wild cats,
-so much to do! Thank you for everything- Isak,
Lilli, Bill & Elizabeth Skorohodov
July, 29th '05
Had a wonderful time, the experience was indeed memorable. Enjoyed
the peace and tranquility, and lazing about all day. Your hospitality
and personal touches made the whole weekend wonderful. Will recommend
to anybody to try. From the 'Canadians' Dawn
Barnes, Terry Nichols, Carol Thompson, Richard Elder - "EH"
August 24, 2005
Phil & Jodie, Our first tree house experience was fantastic. You
& Jodie showed our children your love of nature and animals. Your
house represents the Hilton of tree-houses. Your breakfast and facilities
are absolutely fabulous!! Your hospitality and flexibility made
our trip here wonderful and adventuresome for our children. Thank
you for our first and best experience in this area! Your restaurant,
adventure "things to do & see" recommendations were right on track!
Thank you! Thank You!
The Plotner Family
August 2005 Phil- This was
absolutely splendid. Your casual professionalism was just what we
need at the end of a long, eventful (but wonderful) vacation. The
food, the stories, the enthusiasm were all happy exclamation marks
to one of our best holidays ever. With out doubt, too, your tree
house will be the highlight of the trip. We happened on you by accident,
but will return soon on purpose. The Gunters-
Edmonston, Alberta, -Canada
Our long wait to get here is over, and now, so is our three day
stay. The wait was worth it. We have enjoyed the whole experience.
Time went by too quickly. Nick & Rachel enjoyed all the animals
and seeing the deer pass through everyday. We probably should have
done a few things in the area, but no one wanted to leave. Thanks
The Arnett"s- Kent, WA.
September 22, 2005
(Joy) Were here to celebrate my husbands 60th birthday, we both
needed this kind of peaceful, serene R&R. Beautiful treehouse, great
hospitality! Haven't had breakfast yet but judging by everyone's
comments we are so looking forward to it. Thank you for a wonderful
get-away! (Tom) A really great time in a beautiful area. Your treehouses
are a plan being carried out to perfection. Thanks for making it
so special. Oh Yeah, the breakfast left me speachless. Incredible.
Sincerely, Joy & Tom -Irvine, CA.
the third guests! What a privilege! We loved it! Everything was
wonderful the treehouse was simply adorable, very romantic; like
a "doll house" We love the high quality craftsmanship
and your attention to detail is superb! Great location, excellent
food and very nice family. You will be very successful in your new
business with the other treehouses. Loved the breakfasts!! We thank
you for your hospitality. We are looking forward to watching your
progress; we will highly recommend this place to our friends in
Los Angeles; our kids loved the dogs, the fishing pond, the French
toast and your warm and friendly attitude. Thank you for making
our vacation a memorable one.
The Lyons Family
have always wanted a doll house or a treehouse; a 'cozy place' of
my own. Now that I've had it, I don't want to leave! I would like
to bring up a ‘trunk of books, stock the fridge with yogurt,
and stay for a month soaking up the quietness. Since we live on
a busy street in Portland, you can't imagine how pleasant the absence
of traffic noise is; just hearing the rustle of wind in the trees,
birds chirping and deer brushing through the undergrowth. In the
background there is a piano playing coming from the house- a wonderful
backdrop- I think this is very generous that you have this hideaway
and yet are willing to share it with strangers- and welcome them
to your patio, and kitchen table. It’s remarkable that you
all are so willing to share yourselves with us. Blessings,
Our treehouses as kids were nothing like yours!
This place is beautiful, peaceful; cozy; amazingly crafted, and
so much fun. What a wonderful way to spend our belated 7th anniversary!
Thanks to your warm hospitality, great company and deliciously prepared
breakfast, we don't want to leave!! Looking forward to your new
creations among the trees, Phil we plan on staying in each one.
Thanks again Phil, Tara, and Jodie for a well needed getaway!
We have stayed four wonderful days here
with the quiet early mornings so crisp, and the clear nights with
limitless stars aglow have made our trip truly remarkable with the
best breakfasts we've ever had, but mostly w/ your hospitality.
The small things like maps and signs welcoming us are so special
and heartfelt (are you sure you're not from the south) I will cherish
our discussions on the local culture. What a great family vacation.
The Cherry Family
Note from a Stow-Away
Phil & Jodie,
Are you sure you're not from the south? This "Tree-sort'
oozes with true southern hospitality, from the 5***** breakfast
down to the warm welcome of the flowers & signs. Thank you for the
quiet respite & pause in our crazy scheduals. It was wonderful to
visit with you at breakfast & hear about your dreams & schemes for
the future - May you prosper and do well in every endeavor. Blessings
to you both! We'll definitely spread the word about Vertical Horizons!!
Randy, Tina, Tyler, Anna & Kara Gilbert -Turner,