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Trees and Treerooms

This is such a beautiful and evocative poem by Joyce Kilmer. Can't help but love it.

Trees
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair
Upon whose bosom snow has lain
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me
But only God can make a tree.

Bird's Nest (photo courtesy of Treehotel)

In Northern Sweden, about 60 km south of the Arctic Circle, a new breed of hotel rooms are sprouting in the wilderness. These are the treerooms that are suspended 4-6 meters above the ground. You can choose to feel nurtured in a Bird's Nest, or hide in the Mirrorcube or perhaps bunk off in a cabin in the woods, and for the ultimate in travel experience without leaving earth, sleep in a UFO. More of these "green" rooms are planned for completion in 2012.

The Mirrorcube (photo courtesy of Treehotel)

Some environmentalists have raised concerns that the Mirrorcube treeroom may injure birds who might fly into its mirrored walls but the hotel assures everyone that these mirrored walls are coated with infrared film which are visible only to birds so they won't stray into these walls. And as for the toilets, they use "environmentally friendly combustion toilets and water efficient sinks".

The UFO (photo courtesy of Treehotel)

When I first read about this hotel, I thought I'd very much want to cozy up in the Bird's Nest though the Mirrorcube is incredibly tempting. But I've never been inside a UFO, so this might be my only chance to be in one (albeit lookalike). I'm also excited about the bridge that connects to the Cabin. I can picture myself standing there admiring my surroundings (wishful thinking?).

The treerooms are surrounded by forest and the Lule River is down below. This is really a place for quiet and reflection. The fact that the town has only 600 residents means you're far away from the madding crowd. It's just you and the wilderness.

Trees + treerooms = a heightened travel experience!

For more information about Treehotel and reservations please follow this link: http://treehotel.se/
Edeforsvagen 2a
960 24 Harads
Sweden
46-928-10403
info@treehotel.se


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