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20 most unique hotels in the West

Try an overnight in a treehouse, a vintage trailer, a hanging orb, and more unusual sleeps

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Free Spirit Spheres
Photo by Guy Soulliere; written by Faith Durand

Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, BC

Meet Eryn (pictured) and Eve, two oversize orbs made from Sitka spruce and yellow cedar that dangle from conifer trees like spiders from a web in a Vancouver Island rain forest. Free Spirit Spheres’ treehouses sway ever so slightly in a breeze, and were built for guests of the curious and ecologically minded sort. An outdoor composting toilet is a fair trade for the utter bird- singing peace that comes with hanging in a grove of cedar, fir, and maple. If you really love the orbs, you can buy one for your own backyard. Overnight stay from $118 U.S.; or 250/757-9445


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