A little past the Jackson-Marshall County line lies a gem not many people would expect to find nestled on the path that leads from Scottsboro to Guntersville. But, it is there you will find ReTreet Glamping Resort.
Owners Troy and Patti Hopkins hosted a sip and see event Thursday, Dec. 7, where the couple unveiled the resort’s newest edition.
“Tonight is the grand opening for our geodome,” Troy said. “We have named it Star Dome. Our Star Dome is a one of a kind in Alabama.”
The dome will serve as an event space, where guests can host parties, weddings and other get-togethers.
“It’s an architectural marvel, offering a stunning fusion of modern design and natural beauty. The dome’s transparent structure allows guests to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, creating a feeling of being outdoors while being sheltered,” said ReTreet’s director of marketing, Sarah Stahl. “It’s a versatile space, perfect for events, gatherings and corporate retreats, providing a unique setting that’s both inspiring and relaxing.”
While at the sip and see, guests were able to experience the unique dome, which came from Turkey, as they dined inside its glass walls.
Guests also had the opportunity to shop in the resort’s Tree Store and many hopped on a golf cart for a tour of the grounds.
The Hopkins family started the business in January of 2022 after they purchased 40 acres of land where an abandoned home place had been.
“We were going to start fishing cabins for here on Lake Guntersville,” Patti said.
However, the couple’s three daughters had a fresher idea.
“They said ‘All the rage is treehouses if you’re going reach our generation,’” Patti explained. “So, my husband Troy drew the first treehouse on a napkin, and we decided we would build six tree houses. That’s all we were going to do, but the demand became so much that we added glamping tents and five tiny cottages.”
And thus, the modern nature-centric retreat was born.
“The concept was to offer guests an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, where they could reconnect with nature without sacrificing comfort,” said Stahl. “The development involved meticulous planning and design to ensure that each accommodation – from treehouses to glamping tents and tiny cottages – provided a unique experience. We focused on sustainable practices to minimize our environmental impact.”
Patti said some guests like to come alone and enjoy the serenity of the site, while others enjoy renting multiple units for large gatherings.
“It’s just amazing to let people come and enjoy nature, and get away from what they’re dealing with at home. It’s great to just watch them recharge,” Patti said.
“North Alabama needed a destination,” Troy added.
Stahl said their guests have many activities and amenities to choose from during their stay.
“We offer hiking trails for nature enthusiasts, a disc golf course for some friendly competition and a tree spa featuring a cedar soaking tub and a 6-person sauna for relaxation,” Stahl said. “Each unit comes with a personal electric golf cart for easy navigation around the property. Additionally, we have communal fire pits for socializing and making s’mores, and our 24/7 Tree Store for unique local goods and snacks.”
Not only does ReTreet serve as a great destination for travelers who find themselves in North Alabama, but it’s a convenient getaway for locals as well.
“It’s a perfect way to escape without the need for long-distance travel,” Stahl said. “Locals can discover a hidden gem in their backyard, enjoy a change of scenery and unwind in a serene, natural setting. It’s also a great opportunity to celebrate special occasions uniquely or to simply take a break from the routine. Plus, supporting local businesses like ours helps boost the local economy and community. Additionally, we’ve noticed many locals purchasing gift cards for their extended family members to stay with us during visits as well as booking multiple units for group events and family reunions.”
published 2023-12-09 13:00:00