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Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

Famous for being the first canopy tour in the continental United States, Cypress Valley Canopy Tours of Spicewood, TX recently completed the Lofthaven II tree house for overnight lodging -- taking outdoor adventure to a new level of luxury. This new tree house - built in partnership with ArtisTree -- goes above and beyond the original Lofthaven featured on the front-page travel sections of publications like the New York Times and Dallas Morning News. Cypress Valley's Lofthaven II includes a beautiful ancient cypress tree growing through the middle of the tree house and a rock grotto waterfall filling a hot tub in the private bathhouse.

A romantic escape usually only had in remote and exotic locations, both the tree house lodging and the adventurous canopy tours are 30 miles west of Austin, Texas. "Cypress Valley Canopy Tours' overnight tree house is a magical retreat from the everyday," said Amy Beilharz, co-founder of Cypress Valley Canopy Tours. "Sleeping in the trees and our canopy tour allow people to touch a child-like joy they may have not experienced in years. We help people have fun and thrilling adventures in nature every day."

"Open to the night air and noises, guests will have a one of a kind overnight stay -- listening to the magic of owls, watching the flicker of fire flies and experiencing the rhythm of life," states Beilharz. Guests find a queen size bed, dining table, linens, coffee maker, toaster oven, coffee and teas. A walking bridge connects the tree house to the nearest bluff where guest have a private bath cottage and access to their car and belongings. Guests can make the tree house their home base while visiting Austin and the Texas Hill Country or simply spend the night after a fun filled zip line adventure.

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours is now in its ninth season and taking reservations for eco-adventures and overnight stays at their ranch where a spring-fed creek runs, forming a deep ravine with old growth cypress trees, some up to 100 feet tall.

The zip line tour begins with an orientation. Then guides fit guests with climbing harnesses and hook participants to half inch steel cables to glide from platform to platform over the creek. The canopy tour includes two sky bridges and five zip lines lasting approximately 90 minutes. The longest zip line is a dual zip over 350 feet where guests race each other down the line. The guided tour culminates in a rappel descent back to the ground.

Canopy Tour and Lofthaven guests can enjoy cooling off in the vortex fed pool; and depending on rainfall, there is also a private lake for swimming with a zip line from which swimmers can drop into the lake. Many visitors picnic after their tree top adventure under shade trees at tables surrounding the lake.

The tree house and course were designed to meet or exceed ACCT (Association of Challenge Courses) standards. ArtisTree Owner, Alex Beilharz, commented, "building tree houses is a fusion of art and engineering, where each tree tells a unique story and we create a structure that allows people to experience it." ArtisTree builds tree resorts globally.

To zip through or stay overnight in the trees, make reservations online at or call 512 264-8880. The Lofthaven nightly rate is $300 Tuesday through Thursday, and $350 Friday through Sunday. Individual canopy tours cost $75. "We have people enjoying Cypress Valley on dates, honeymoons, anniversaries, reunions, and corporate team building outings," said Beilharz. "And whatever brought them here the first time, they always return with family and friends to share the fun!"

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