Distance: 25 miles | Approx. driving time: 45 minutes | Address: 301 Bay Street, Monroe
Treehouse Vineyards, a family-run winery on a 200-year-old farm in Monroe, is a gem of a weekend getaway for wine-loving Charlotteans.
An easy 25-mile straight shot down US-74 takes you to the property on the edge of the small town’s quaint downtown district. There, the Nordan family has been growing organic muscadine grapes and producing wine for personal use for 50 years. They opened the grounds to the public back in 2010.
Today, they also source regional grapes from the Yadkin Valley to produce merlot and cabernet sauvignon along with their award-winning native muscadine wines.
The vineyard’s standout feature — three gorgeous treehouses available for hourly and overnight rentals — are the main draw for visitors.
Here’s what to know before you go…
There are three treehouses available for rent at the vineyard — one by the hour and two for overnight stays.
The overnight treehouses are extremely comfortable and are equipped with heating, AC, bathrooms, running water, kitchenettes, linens and electricity. You’re not exactly roughing it.
Date Nite – $25/hour – The vineyard’s original treehouse is located 30 feet up in a tree overlooking the tasting room and patio. It’s available for rent by the hour and is prime real estate for taking in live music on Friday and Saturday nights. This is the most rustic of the treehouses — no heat, AC, restroom or running water — and is primarily an outdoor experience with room for up to 6 adults on the porch. Book now.
Papa’s Dream House – $125-$175/night – This quaint 100-square-foot treehouse is located on the edge of the pond and is available for nightly rentals only. It’s small but has everything you need for a comfortable stay for two adults, including heat, AC, electricity, a bathroom with a shower, a small kitchenette and a lofted queen size bed. A private deck with a grill and swing is the perfect place to catch the sunset. Book now.
Horsefeather’s Hideaway – $250-$350/night – Tucked away in the trees beyond the pasture, the vineyard’s most secluded treehouse is also its largest and most modern. The two-story, 1,000-square-foot space can accommodate up to eight people with a queen bed, two pull-out couches and space for an air mattress or sleeping bags (but be prepared for limited privacy with that many guests). It’s equipped with 1.5 bathrooms, a stocked kitchenette and a spacious covered deck with a grill. Book now.
Limited snack provisions (like cheeses, crackers, popcorn and chocolate) are available for purchase in the tasting room or you can pack your own picnic in advance. For the overnight treehouses equipped with kitchenettes and grills, a nearby Food Lion (less than 1 mile away) is a popular stop for stocking up on steaks and other supplies.
Can I bring my kids? Technically, yes. But Treehouse Vineyards stresses that it is an adult venue. The grounds and treehouses are family friendly but with the expectation that you’ll keep a very close eye on them, especially given the open water and steep staircases. The vineyard is not appropriate for kids’ parties, and sorry, no pets allowed.
The treehouses often book up months in advance but even if you can’t nab a reservation for on-site accommodations, the vineyard is still worth a weekend day trip.
Tastings – Wine tastings are offered daily at the top of the hour (Monday – Saturday noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.). The 30-minute experience is $8/person and includes a curated flight of 8 dry and sweet red and white wines. No advance reservations required.
Tours – Wine making tours are available daily at 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. The 30-minute experience is $8/person and requires minimal walking. No advance reservations required.
Is it open year round? Yes! Treehouse Vineyards is open all year. They even offer fire pit rentals on Friday and Saturday nights in the cooler months (September – May). Each fire pit is equipped with a small table and four rocking chairs. Staff will light the fire for you and wood is available to keep it roaring. Pits are available for $35 for 2 hours or $55 for 4 hours.
Although you’ll feel a world away in your treehouse retreat, the vineyard is located just one mile from the heart of downtown Monroe. The small, charming town is a great detour for coffee, gourmet doughnuts and dinner. They even have their own craft brewery.
Stone Table – 101 W. Franklin Street – Casual counter-service restaurant featuring a chef-driven menu centered on locally-sourced ingredients
Crust & Jam – 109 S. Main Street – Wings, subs and artisan pizzas from former Zada Jane’s chef Donnie Simmons
Your Mom’s Donuts – 217 N. Hayne Street – Gourmet doughnuts
Alice Jule’s Coffee House – 204 Lancaster Avenue – Coffee shop inside a house with an impressive front porch
Southern Range Brewery – 151 S. Stewart Street – Monroe’s first craft brewery