Treehouses offer unique stay in Red River Gorge

Published: Sep. 1, 2017 at 12:06 PM EDT
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Django Kroner moved to the Red River Gorge when he was 19-years-old to pursue rock climbing, a popular activity in the Gorge.

It was during that time Kroner decided to move up, literally. He built a treehouse.

"When you're spending time in a treehouse, you're constantly thinking about 'Oh I could add this' or, you know, you're getting a lot of ideas," said Kroner.

Those ideas eventually turned into reality.

"I realized that if I wanted to build a lot of treehouses, the easiest way to do that would be to start a company."

Kroner then created the Canopy Crew and is now the owner. The Canopy Crew built two rental houses in the Red River Gorge. One is the Sylvan Float. It offers a quaint stay for two in the canopies.

"This one was geared toward accessibility. I wanted to make it accessible to a large audience, be super cozy and still be a pure treehouse."

The second house is a bit more adventurous.

"The second year we built the Observatory, which is way more adventurous. It's over 200 steps to get up to it."

Once you make the climb, a three-room house sits at the top waiting for guests.

"So you can see over the entire Gorge. Waking up above the clouds is one of my favorite things," Kroner added.

Whether you are looking for an adventure high in the sky or a simpler way to stay. Each offer one key thing.

"Both of them are, you know, disconnected. Kinda hike in, a way to just get away."

It's a get-away that brings you to the natural beauty of the Red River Gorge.

"The treehouse is kind of the vehicle to the destination. Just being here and hearing all the tree frogs and the different owls and things that go on when you're sleeping up in a tree is really unique."

A one-of-a-kind experience that's a reminder of what's outside of the nine-to-five.

"People just forget. Why not go live in [a] treehouse. You know, they forget being, you know, in the daily grind that there are options other than drywall and square."

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