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.