San Francisco Chronicle had a writeup on Treebones, you can read the entire article here:
That about sums up a new bed and breakfast at the southern end of Big Sur called Treebones, which indeed has its own power and water supply. And where the breakfast consists of make-your-own waffles.
Treebones — the site of a former wood scavenging operation — is situated on a cliff overlooking Highway 1 and has a spectacular, 180-degree view of the Pacific. Surrounded by Los Padres National Forest, it’s about 25 miles south of Nepenthe and about 25 miles north of Hearst Castle, in the kind of remote place usually accessible only to campers. That’s where the yurts come in.
Accommodations at Treebones consist of 16 yurts — round, fabric- covered tents inspired by those used by nomads in Mongolia. But the yurts at Treebones offer polished, knotty pine floors, cozy queen-size beds with patchwork quilts, portable heaters, a clear sky dome and double doors that lock. It’s camping for the rest of us.
Treebones was featured by HotelChatter in an article titled
“Do go back to Big Sur, as long as it’s to Treebones“:
“It says a lot about the place you’re staying when a yurt is the pedestrian option, but that’s how we felt when we booked two nights at Treebones Resort the week before last.
See, the reason we were really heading up to Big Sur was because we wanted to stay in The Nest – the treehouse perched on a bluff overlooking Highway 1 and the Pacific. But, thanks to its being booked up months in advance, The Nest was only free on our second night. So the first, we luxed up in a yurt.
Our yurt, 12, qualified as a partial ocean view – although we didn’t get much enjoyment from said view because our first day was freezing cold. But there were two chairs on the deck that we could have enjoyed it from, had we brought our longjohns.
The yurt itself was basic but spotless and comfy, too: a queen bed with, for once, a pretty quilt, a futon, a sink (with an eminently stealable bar of handmade lemongrass soap, spring water from their own underground aquifer and compostable cups) and towels. There was a small heater and, for those (um, us) who were still too cold with that, reception had more to loan out. The end result? Toasty.”
Below was taken from a Conde Nast article titled “A guide to Glamping Around the World“:
This is the kind of place where clients who arrive by bicycle are given a free bottle of wine from the alternative-energy-loving management. A decade ago, a family decided to make a resort inspired by the way animals live, “perched lightly on the land.” Five years of permits and two years of construction later, this collection of 16 yurts dotting 11 acres along a bluff 400 feet above the Pacific Coast runs on its own generator, has a 65-foot ocean-view bar, sources all of its veggies within 40 miles, and feeds leftovers from its California cuisine restaurant and sushi bar to 18 resident chickens. Each yurt has hot and cold running water but no showers or toilets (those are in the main house, which has heated tile floors). Guests may also pitch their own tent at Treebones’s campsites, one of which comes with an elevated “human nest” built of wood scraps and designed by a local artist. Like we said, it’s that kind of place.
Featured in Weekend Sherpa “Blissed to the Bones“:
Yurts are traditionally found on the vast steppes of Mongolia. But perched high above the Pacific Ocean, in California’s own Big Sur, the quirky Treebones Resort offers all-yurt accommodations—though the Mongols wouldn’t recognize the polished pine floors, queen-sized beds, and cozy quilts to keep you warm. All yurts feature wooden decks from which you can watch the water churn below. And the large communal hot tub overlooking the ocean is a nice way to warm your bones while watching the sun sink below the horizon. If you’re inspired to explore, Treebones’ homemade guidebook offers detailed information on nearby hikes and beach walks. One favorite local pastime is jade-hunting along Jade Cove. The stretch of beaches from Willow Creek to Sand Dollar Beach is prime for collecting the green, semiprecious stones. Jade or no jade, the setting itself is a gem.
An excerpt from Weekend Sherpa:
Famous for its luxury yurts along the Pacific Coastline, Big Sur Treebones Resort has taken things to a new height with one of the most unique ways to spend the night in nature. Get ready to nest! As in “human nest”—a large, wood-woven art installation-turned-accommodation—meant for people who want to spread their wings for an unorthodox escape. Climb the 10-prong wooden ladder and enter this aerial wonder perched in a cliff-front tree eight feet off the ground. The nest fits just two people, and a full-sized Futon mattress adds extra cushioning. It’s also a befitting way to get a bird’s eye view of Big Sur’s beauty. Sticks from the nest frame the cliffy Big Sur coastline as the ocean stretches into the horizon. There’s a ground-level campsite and picnic table below the nest, in case the weather gets wild. You’ll have to bring your own sleeping bag, but that’s the extent of roughing it here: Nest guests get full access to Treebones’ hot tub, pool, on-site restaurant and sushi bar. Here’s a small tip: Arrive to check-in by bicycle, and the staff will hook you up with a free bottle of wine. A little birdie told you.
BONUS: Five minutes north of Treebones is Sand Dollar Beach, the largest sand beach on the coast of Big Sur and a popular landing spot for another kind of winged adventurer: Para-gliders and hang-gliders. A 0.7-mile out-and-back trek leads to the beach, a superb spot for sand dollar and jade-scouring.
Treebones was recently featured on TravelNerd. Below is an excerpt from that article.
“Treebones Resort perches cliffside along Highway 1, with many of its 16 yurts offering spectacular ocean and sunset views from their redwood decks. Inside, the luxuries include hardwood floors, towels and linens, hot and cold running water, electricity and gas-burning fireplaces. The pièce de résistance is their skylights, which allow guests to peer at star-filled night skies from the comfort of their queen-sized beds. Sounds of ocean waves and sea lions serve as gentle morning wake up calls.
The resort makes environmental sustainability a priority. All power comes from zero-emission turbines. Meals are served at an onsite restaurant serving veggies from the resort’s garden and eggs from the resort’s chickens, which eat the resort’s compost. The rest of the food is locally sourced whenever possible. Guests who arrive by bicycle are thanked with a free bottle of wine.
While the resort offers a heated pool, hot tub and outdoor sushi bar, it does not provide ensuite bathrooms. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own flashlights in case they need to make the 2-3 minute walk at night. The communal bathroom does, however, have private showers and changing areas.
In the high season from April to October, yurts with mountain views cost $199 per night for two people with a two-night minimum. Ocean views are $229 per night. Weekend stays cost 20% more. A breakfast buffet is included; lunch and dinner are not.
Fun fact: The resort also rents campsites, one of which offers exclusive use of a “human nest.””