Yurts so good

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.

Go to Big Sur

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.”

Weekend Bliss

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.

TravelNerd article

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.””