Luke's Tree House
10/01/2006 09:36AM ● Published by Brandi Barnett
Nestled in the Shasta-Trinity Forest, among the towering pines at the O’Brien Mountain Inn, is
Luke’s Tree House. Not your ordinary childhood fort, this adult getaway is 700 square feet of relaxation and employs a fireplace, Jacuzzi tub and private deck. Featuring rich hardwood floors, oak cabinetry, stone tile, and elegant furnishings, this tree house is the perfect retreat — rain or shine.
When laying on the king size sleigh bed, one can see the stars through one of two skylights, while moonlight dances off the vaulted ceiling. Fresh-cut flowers adorn each room, along with scented candles that soothe the spirit and awaken the senses. A plate of homemade chocolates awaits your arrival along with a complementary bottle of wine. Journals displayed near the fireplace carry letters of praise from previous guests that all have a common theme, “We will definitely be back.”
In the morning, a robust blend of coffee, herbal tea and homemade muffins are delivered to the suite in handcrafted wooden boxes. An hour later, a full gourmet breakfast is served by a gentle knock on the door. My meal consisted of delicately baked Italian eggs smothered in grilled onions and mushrooms, served over glazed maple ham and complemented by an assortment of fresh fruit.
The presentation of the morning feast was exquisite. A large vegetable and herb garden provides the produce and spices for the bountiful breakfasts prepared by innkeeper Greg Ramsey. While he does not consider himself a gourmet chef, Greg has all the makings of one as the delectable dishes he has prepared for guests were mentioned many times in the tree house journals. The wooden boxes with inlayed trays were created in a woodshop on the premises specifically for the inn by master wood-worker Jack Beebe of Beebe Wood Working.
When innkeepers, Greg and Teresa Ramsey determined they wanted to add a cottage to their bed and breakfast, Greg smiled and said, “I wanted more than a box.” Having grown up on the property, Greg was skilled at creating a number of tree forts during his childhood. He wanted to replicate that idea into a design for adults and eventually built Luke’s Tree House, which opened in May 2000.
“The tree house has been very successful,” said Greg, “We’ve gone through the county and are approved to build three more,” he added. Situated on 47 forested acres, the grounds are beautiful and lavishly landscaped. Water features and fountains are abundant, whisking
guests into a world of peace and serenity. Many varieties of flowers don the landscape filling the air with a sweet aroma. A winding pathway invites guests to amble along while enjoying the breathtaking views.
In the main house of the O’Brien Mountain Inn, a music theme plays melodically throughout the establishment. Each room embellishes that theme with its antique furnishings and décor. Guests can choose from one of four rooms all with private baths.
The Classical room portrays a stately elegance in the cream-colored interior and tulip-style iron bed. Se claw-foot tub tempts one to take a long hot bubble bath after a day of playing on Shasta Lake.
In the Jazz room, the walls are painted in soft blue tones with photographs of jazz legends hanging prominently. Se antique iron bed beckons one to rest and take in the soulful sounds of Billie Holiday or snuggle down for an afternoon nap.
The Folk and World Beat rooms provide antique beds of solid wood while employing an eclectic mix of contemporary color and old world atmosphere. Each guest room in the main inn has French doors that lead to an outdoor patio with a bistro table and chairs. All rooms have CD players with a selection of music relative to the room.
In the parlor, guests may enjoy a game of pool, work on a puzzle, or play a number of board games that are available. In the main living area, couches and overstuffed chairs invite guests to make themselves at home. Se main house features a large deck with magnificent views of the forest. A library with a wide selection of books is open to anyone who wishes to tuck away in a corner with a favorite novel.
The most recent addition to the inn is the Petite Suite, set just below the main inn with a private entrance and secluded deck. Rich creamy yellows and tawny browns meld in the peaceful feel of this room. All the suites offer custom king size beds, a fireplace, whirlpool Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Just up the stairs, the Upper Suite is situated above the main inn, decorated in rich earth tones. The Garden Suite is across the lawn of the main inn and provides a covered porch entry.
The hospitality was unsurpassed. This family-oriented couple made staying at the inn feel like home away from home. Se Ramsey’s have poured a tremendous amount of thoughtfulness into the design of each guest room and suite.
Just fifteen minutes north of Redding, this hidden treasure has drawn guests from around the world. Many locals have found this retreat by word of mouth and the experience keeps bringing them back. Conveniently located off Interstate 5 and just minutes from Shasta Lake, there are plenty of outdoor activities just a short drive away. For more information, call Greg and Teresa Ramsey at
530-238-8026 or visit www.obrienmountaininn.com.