Yasha Wallin

Treebones Resort

  • Where:Big Sur
  • Why:A trip back to California, to be a tourist in my home state.
  • When:September, an end of summer hoorah.
  • Who:Me and my bf, Olli.
Get a

Tofu curry from Wild Coast Restaurant.

Entryway to awesome.

Outside the restaurant and check-in area.

If you focus long enough (or enjoy enough wine) at the outdoor dining and bar area, you may spot a few whales.

Me enjoying one of the common areas.

The walking bridge to the treehouse.

Sleeping in the trees.

Extreme coziness.

Home for the night.

Not a bad view to wake up to.

Treebones is perfectly located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific.

Highs & Lows

  • We stayed in the property’s one and only “tree house,” with a fireplace, our own bridge, a plush queen bed and views overlooking the ocean. The staff said this was the best of their accommodation options, but the yurts are equally fabulous.

  • Delicious breakfast and bottomless coffee is complimentary at the lodge.

  • There’s a communal vibe as not too many people stay at any given time. So even though we had plenty of time alone, we also lingered after dinner in the lodge by the fire, drinking wine and playing Rummikub with a few friendly Canadians.

  • Treebones is completely off the grid: power is sourced from micro-turbines and solar energy. Most of the restaurant’s produce comes from their own garden and is composted, and to stir your coffee you’ll even get a bio-degradable spaghetti noodle.

  • Though relatively luxe, the bathrooms are shared and outside your yurt/treehouse. The only time this could be annoying is in the middle of the night, but even then you’ll never see more beautiful scenery than this one-minute, star filled walk to the loo.

  • The Accommodations and restaurant book up well in advance for good reason, so it’s hard to make a spontaneous trip to Treebones.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Glamping mecca.

  • Vibe

    Hippy chic, eco decadence.

  • Location

    Southern end of Big Sur—one of the most magical places on earth.

  • Rooms

    16 yurts, one treehouse, campsites and one “human nest.”

  • Music

    90s alternative.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Family built and operated.

  • Pool/Gym

    A small pool and jacuzzi overlooking the ocean. With hikes through the redwoods at every turn, who needs a gym?

  • Restaurant

    The amazing, farm-to-table Wild Coast Restaurant and the area’s best (and only!) sushi bar.

  • Bar

    No, but drinks can be ordered at the restaurant.

  • Minibar


  • Children

    No kids under six. But leave the kids with grandma—this place is incredibly romantic!

  • Price

    High end bohemian.

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