Fodor's Expert Review Treehouse Lodge

527 Woods Hole Rd., Woods Hole, USA 02543, MA See on Map

Kim MacKinnon

Formerly the Sleepy Hollow Motor Inn, the mostly renovated Treehouse Lodge (work-in-progress) is a great family-friendly destination. Fun outdoor elements like an enormous fireball (firepit inside a sculpture) and yard games encourage play, while the retro décor in the rooms another era. The Lodge has a beach buggy, which can ferry guests to local beaches upon request.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Open seasonally from April through October.

room

The Lodge’s 24 rooms come in different categories. Canopy and Pavilion rooms have all been renovated and have either king or queen beds, plus mini fridges and seating areas. Pavilion rooms have private decks. Hammock Rooms, which have yet to be renovated, have a double bed and a twin bed, and open onto the verandah overlooking the garden and firepit. There are no TVs in the rooms, but guests can borrow an iPad and enjoy free WiFi.

The Lodge also has a two-bedroom apartment with a small kitchen, dining area, private bath and a living room. It’s located above the lobby.

bathroom

All rooms have private bathrooms with showers.

lobby

Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee in the lobby.

LOCATION

Getting Around

Once you park your car, there’s no need to use it again. You can walk to everything in town.

Restaurants

There are so many restaurants within steps of the inn, it can be hard to choose. Recommendations from Beth, the innkeeper, include Landfall (9-minute walk), a family-run business for more than 70 years, which offers “boiled lobster, steamed clams, baked scrod and heavy-pour cocktails” and Water Street Kitchen (9-minute walk), which offers “An authentic farm to table experience in a romantic space.” The Pie in the Sky Bakery Cafe (6-minute walk) is an “iconic scratch bakery with famous popovers, wonder bars and delicious whole pies.” Quicks Hole Tavern (7-minute walk) offers New American cuisine with fresh salads, locally sourced seafood and house specials like quahog chowder.

Bars

Quicks Hole Tavern (7-minute walk) has 12 craft beers on tap and an ever-changing cocktail list with waterfront views of Woods Hole harbor. The Captain Kidd (9-minute walk) lives up to its name as a pirate-themed bar and is a great place to enjoy a beer or cocktail.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Fun and whimsical, yet comfortable and convenient, the Treehouse Lodge is an ideal place to bring the kids, although even the young at heart will love it. The giant Fire Ball in the garden is a popular gathering place in the evening and staff goes out of their way to be helpful. You can easily leave the car and enjoy Woods Hole on foot or by bike. Nice perks like beach buggy rides to the beach and iPads to borrow are a bonus.

QUICK FACTS

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 508/548-1986

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