The year was 2005, and Pete Nelson had been building tree houses for 20 years. He began, he says, when he was five years old, building his first tree house with just a hammer and a screwdriver. And his Dad. He and his houses progressed through the years, as he learned from each experience and from each tree. Living in Washington State, and always in search of property, he found that four parcels, on just under four acres, were available in Fall City, very close to his home. And amazingly enough, a neighboring property with a lodge/home was also for sale. The idea for their own Tree House Bed and Breakfast was born!
The serendipitous nature of this endeavor continued when Pete, driving by his new property, decided to stop on the night of a full (and blue!) moon to walk and feel and figure out the actual site for his first tree house. As he made his way through the undergrowth the moon seemed to cast a glow on an especially large spruce, almost as if pointing the way. He found on further examination that it was perfect, and Pete was inspired to completely design the tree house the very next day. Using lines from the Parthenon, the beautiful tree house emerged and is known to all as the Temple of the Blue Moon.
Pete and his wife, Judy, share a vision of connecting people through personal encounters with the trees and nature. Their stewardship for the land and the trees that are growing on it is something they take very seriously, but at the same time they believe in celebrating that connection by gathering together friends, families and music to commemorate special times and events.
That first tree house has been joined by five others: Trillium, The Nest, The Upper Pond, Bonbibi, and The Burl. And Pete says, "There could be a couple more!" In the meantime, all things Tree House keep Pete busy: Nelson Tree House and Supply offer builders the units and tools germaine to the tree house projects; workshops are offered to inspire and teach those folks who want to tackle their own project; and Pete continually searches the planet for subjects for his photo books about....Tree Houses!