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Treebones, located on California’s scenic Big Sur coast, is a resort that offers the perfect romantic getaway for you both. Accommodations here are in yurts, large circular tents originally the domain of Central Asian nomads and made of sheepskin.
A stay at the Treebones, though, would make even the most prosperous Central Asian nomad envious. The yurts here include large comfortable beds of the sort you’d expect to find at a three-star hotel, sinks with running water and private porches with stunning views of the Pacific. And, oh yeah, these yurts do not smell of sheepskin. They also don’t have en-suite restrooms—you have to go up to the main building when nature calls—adding to the “camping” aspect of your stay.
The resort has a common lounge area, complete with a real fireplace and comfy sofas, where guests can relax. There’s also a small pool and hot tub. But the best best aspect of the Treebones is its million dollar location on a secluded stretch of crashing waves coastline. The setting is so dramatic, so pure, so postcard-perfect that even ardent atheists who gaze upon it start to consider the existence of God. The only Big Sur resort with a better location is the significantly more expensive (and very cool) Post Ranch Inn.
Our only complaints with the Treebones Yurt Resort are: 1) the interior quality of the included buffet breakfast, which consists mostly make-your-own waffles and cheap muffins; and 2) the “Treebones” name—there might be no place more gorgeous with a less inviting moniker.
Prices vary greatly with the season and day of the week. Book early and ask for the especially scenic, secluded, and highly recommended yurt #16.
If you go: Don’t forget your toothbrush—the nearest store is a long drive away.
Family friendly? Treebones doesn’t permit children under the age of six. For older children, Treebones has four yurts that can accommodate families.
Camping: Treebones also runs a campground adjacent to the yurts. You’ll need your own gear, but staying at the campground there gives you use of all the Treebones facilities.
For your bookshelf: Big Sur to Big Basin: California’s Dramatic Central Coast