What Makes for a Great Socially Distance Vacation?

Relaxing Treehouse Getaway

Some of the best vacation ideas for those trying to distance themselves from others are those that offer natural, outdoor attractions and experiences. There is no better place to socially distance than nestled high above the ground in a beautifully furnished treehouse or individual log cabin. More families have heard about the unique experience of lodging in a private unit and have been eagerly starting to plan their next trip.

If you’re looking to plan a vacation, but you want to make sure you’re doing it while staying socially distant from others, visit Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins!

Here’s why our unique vacation rentals make for the best socially distanced vacation:

All Our Units Are Individual and Spaced Out

When you stay with us at Timber Ridge, you won’t need to worry about being too close to other cabins. Our units are individual, so families can experience the relaxing benefits of a vacation while reducing their risk of being expose to the virus.Camping in a Cabin

If you want even more privacy, you can rent one of our houses on acreage. Our large Walnut Hill home sleeps 12-14 people and sits on 35 private acres. Or we have our 3-bedroom Prairie House that sits on 60 acres of land and sleeps 8. If you’re looking to make your vacation even more relaxing, don’t forget that we have our Pine Ridge home that sits on 4 private acres and has a hot tub! 

You Can Participate in Outdoor Activities

At Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins, we are going the extra mile to keep your family as safe as possible. We encourage families to participate in our many outdoor activities such as pond fishing, horseback riding, or exploring our hiking trails! We also have a convenient pavilion open to all guests with games, picnic tables, and grills for guests to enjoy their time outdoors.

Our Staff is Always Willing to Help

Our staff is truly like no other. We take pride in giving our guests a nice, relaxing, and safe place to stay. Our units have gone through a multi-step sanitizing process, which can be found on our home page!

The owners also live on sight, so if you need anything during your stay, they can pick it up and safely deliver it to you. Guests can also shop for sweet treats, souvenirs, and other cabin essentials at the Garden of the Gods ice cream & gift shop.

Plan Your Next Visit with Us

If you’re looking to plan a safe, socially distanced vacation, contact Timber Ridge Outpost and Cabins to learn more about our treehouse and house rentals. When you’re planning your stay, remember we offer contactless check-ins too, just let us know in advance! 

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4 Amazing Benefits That Vacationing Can Have on Your Mental Health

Planning a Relaxing Getaway

There are many reasons to start planning your next vacation. Beyond making memories and spending quality time with your family, a vacation can positively impact your mental health and emotional wellbeing.

If you’ve been experiencing cabin-fever while working from home, here are 4 reasons why you should start planning your next nature-based vacation:

Take the Time You Need to Recharge

Too much stress can eventually lead to burnout and other negative effects. If you’re feeling stressed, it’s important to take time for yourself to recharge. Your job gives you vacation time for a reason, don’t be afraid to use it.

When the time is right, take time off to relax and unwind, so you can return to your job motivated to perform at your best.

Vacations Can Promote Better Sleeping Habits

Stress is one of the biggest factors that contribute to a restless night. When we have too much on our minds, whether it’s work or life-related, it can keep up all night. A poor night of sleep can affect our mood, focus, memory, and much more.

Research has shown that vacations can promote a great night of sleep and discourage the bad habits that disrupt sleep, like working late or staring at your phone all night long. When you’re planning a vacation, find a place that’s in nature and private, just like Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins.

Improves Our Overall Wellbeing

Vacations help improve our mental health and overall wellbeing by reducing the symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. Vacations are great because they help reduce stress and improve your mood. Even a short weekend getaway can still have strong effects on your mental health.

Improving Productivity

If you don’t have the time in your schedule to take some vacation days, consider changing up your home office. At Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins, we have lightning-fast fiber-optic Wi-Fi in all our units, including our treehouses! Your family can get outside and run around while you work surrounded by breathtaking views.

Plan Your Visit with Us!

Are you ready for your next getaway? Come stay with us in a real treehouse, an antique log cabin circa 1852 or one of our private homes on acreage. We have everything you need for a fun, relaxing, and unique vacation. Plus, our accommodating staff lives on-site, so we’re always here if you need us!

Contact us online today to learn about our unique rentals!

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4 Reasons Why You Should Stay in a Treehouse for Your Next Vacation

Take your camping to the next level by spending a few nights high up in a tree. That’s right, a tree. Nowadays, around the U.S., treehouse camping has become a popular vacationing experience.

Here are a few reasons why staying in a treehouse would be the best vacationing experience for you and your family:

You Can Unplug from Technology

Although treehouses these days are pretty high-tech, featuring amenities like heat, air conditioning, and a fully stocked kitchen. Staying in a treehouse will help you to disconnect from your electronic devices and clear your mind. One of the best parts about vacationing in nature is that it allows you to reset and recharge away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. 

We can guarantee, with all of the breathtaking views, you’re not even going  to want to be distracted by your phone.

You Can Feel Like a Kid Again

Sometimes, being an adult can be stressful. If you’re looking for a vacation that will help you relax and feel like a kid again, a treehouse vacation is perfect for you! Staying in a treehouse will help bring some of the childhood nostalgia back into your life.

Plus, if you’re traveling with young kids, they’ll be sure to love camping in a treehouse too!

Priceless Views

When you’re high off the ground, there is no surprise that you will experience some of the most incredible views. Not to mention, you can also get a better look and experience all the animals that surround you.

One thing you won’t want to forget while packing for your trip is your camera to help capture all the incredible views.


When you book a treehouse stay, you are in for a private and intimate vacation. Whether you’re planning a family trip or a romantic getaway, you will appreciate being high up in the trees, away from the rest of the world.

Booking a Treehouse Rental in Illinois

At Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins, our treehouses offer everything you need to relax in the quiet treetops. Our treehouses are located just minutes away from the Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest. It is the perfect, unforgettable glamping experience whether you’re planning a romantic or family vacation.

Check out our available treehouse rentals and give us a call now at 618-264-9091 to book your next stay!

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Timber Ridge made the list!
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#8 out of 50 of Illinois Bucket List…
Sleep in a treehouse at Timber Ridge Outpost and Cabins 

Indulge your inner child by sleeping in a fully-furnished, fantastically-designed treehouse at Timber Ridge Outpost and Cabins. There are numerous hiking and outdoor activities nearby, or you can just enjoy a relaxing vacation away from everything—including the ground!

Read the full article HERE!

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The Saturday Evening Post!

Read an enchanting story about Southern Illinois, Hardin county, Treehouses and Timber Ridge in the Saturday Evening Post! Written by the critically acclaimed author of three works of nonfiction and four historical novels, Shirley Strashinsky.

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Channel 6 Favorite Vacation

Johnette Worak of Paducah’s Channel 6 News picked Timber Ridge as her favorite family vacation as part of a series where station news anchors shared their holiday destinations.  Viewers were encouraged to vote for their favorites and Johnette’s trip to Timber Ridge won the Peoples Choice Award.

See the video here…

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Press Tour Articles

Recently, a group of travel writers stopped by Timber Ridge as part of a press tour sponsored by Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau.  Our unique region is called the Illinois Ozarks because we are the beginning of the foothills of the Ozarks, so different from the cornfields that most people associate with Illinois.  We thought you might enjoy some of the articles that came from those writers.  Click on the links below…

Evansville Living: Illinois Ozarks

Farm World: Beautiful View for Tree House Cabins

Prairie Land Buzz Magazine:  Outdoors in Southern Illinois

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We Made the Weird List

O.K.  So we knew we were different, but weird??? We’re getting e-mails congratulating us on being #2 on the 15 Weirdest Things You Can Do in State of Illinois.

See for yourself…


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