Glamping at Treebones Resort in Big Sur
Big Sur always immediately comes to mind when people ask for recommendations on where to stay in California for nature and amazing views. As soon as the words “Big Sur” come out of my mouth, I quickly follow it up with an outburst of excitement recounting my incredible experience glamping in Big Sur at Treebones Resort. The yurt life is most definitely the life for me. Well, when it comes to camping that is.
The rugged coastline of Big Sur stretches about 90 miles from San Simeon (Hearst Castle) to Carmel by the Sea just before Monterey. And lucky for us, the most recent road closure due to a mud slide from storms is expected to open up on April 23rd so travelers will now be able to visit via Highway 1 from both the north and the south!
Ok, back to glamping in Big Sur. Treebones Resort is the place to be to experience the raw beauty of Big Sur from the comfort of a yurt (and beyond), to eat delicious, locally sourced food, and to disconnect from our hectic lives even if it’s just for a weekend. Trust me, you’ll come out of this vacation refreshed and rejuvenated ready to tackle whatever comes at you come Monday.
How to get to Treebones Resort
Treebones Resort is reachable by driving in from either the south or north via Highway 1. If you’re flying in from out of state, the closest airports will be Monterey Airport, San Jose International Airport and San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. You would then need to rent a car to make the drive to Treebones Resort.
I decided to take a little California coast road-trip and drive in from San Diego. The drive from San Diego is about 5 ½ hours which is totally do-able in a day but I decided to break the drive up and spend the night in Santa Barbara. Plus, I love Santa Barbara so it was a win-win situation.
Now keep in mind, once you’re officially in Big Sur territory, the roads do get pretty windy and it’s only two lanes so take your time around the curves! We don’t want any accidents before the fun begins! But man, the views on that drive are some of the best I’ve seen in a while. You’ll find your mouth hanging open in awe as turns open up to views of rugged cliffs and the expansive blue Pacific Ocean.
Treebones Resort is located not too far off of Highway 1 so it’s not difficult to find. The highway is actually viewable from many parts of the resort, but it is not loud and there’s actually not as much traffic as you would think. I hardly noticed it at all and don’t worry, it doesn’t take away from the stunning views from all corners of the resort.
Like I mentioned before, Treebones Resort is a little village of yurts scattered across the property. If you’re wondering what in the world a yurt is, a yurt is a round tent covered with a strong protective fabric. They even have real life doors that lock! The yurts at Treebones Resort start at $340 a night and include a super comfortable queen-sized bed (king-sized if you book the full ocean view yurts), a small table and chairs, a couch and a sink vanity. Each yurt also has a deck with big chairs to enjoy Big Sur’s sprawling beauty. I was so impressed with how well equipped these yurts are. I honestly could stay weeks they’re that comfortable!
Along with traditional yurts that offer full or partial views of the ocean and accommodate up to two guests max (yes, they’re very strict on this), Treebones also offers two Autonomous Tents that can accommodate up to 6 guests. These bigger and more extravagant tents start at $645 a night and each have their own private ocean view. I’ve only seen pictures of these tents, but they look beautiful and I’m definitely eyeing them for next time.
Don’t want to spend a minimum of $340 a night to experience Treebones Resort in Big Sur? Don’t worry, they offer campsites starting at $105 a night. These campsites have incredible views and are ready for you to set up a tent and whatever else you bring.
Treebones Resort is also home to the famous Human Nest and Twig Hut campsites. The Human Nest starts at $195 a night and has expansive uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. Yes, people actually take their sleeping bags up to the nest and sleep in it! Brave souls. Starting at $235 a night you can experience a campsite with a Twig Hut. The hut is two storied and even has a full-sized futon for your comfort! Both the Nest and Twig Hut are not waterproof so if it’s raining, make sure to bring a tent that you can pitch nearby.
I mean for some, glamping in Big Sur is a once in a lifetime opportunity so we went almost all out and reserved a partial ocean view yurt and enjoyed every second of it! We were given yurt 10 and the views of the ocean were almost uninterrupted. We had a little stove fireplace in the yurt that we turned on when it was chilly in the mornings and at night before bed. Otherwise, for it being March, we were quite comfortable and warm for the duration of the night with all the blankets that were provided.
I do recommend packing plenty of layers. The mornings and evenings are chilly and sometimes foggy and then all of a sudden out of nowhere, the fog clears and you’re sweating. So definitely layer up when staying here as the weather can sometimes find it difficult to make up its mind.
Luckily, all of the yurts have lighting and outlets so charging devices was not an issue. However, there isn’t any cell service on camp and there is only WIFI in the lodge area so make sure you plan accordingly.
Apart from the Autonomous tents, the yurts and campsites do not have a toilet or shower inside of them. There are communal bathrooms and showers just a short 2-3-minute walk from your yurt or campsite. Make sure to pack a flash light or lantern in case you have to go at night!
Dining at Treebones Resort
Going into this trip, I knew glamping in Big Sur would be much more luxurious than camping (hello queen-sized bed and functioning toilets) but I was not prepared for how luxurious the food options would be at Treebones Resort.
No matter which accommodation you choose, you will have access to the free self-serve breakfast offered each morning and first priority for reservations at the two restaurants on property, Wild Coast Restaurant and The Sushi Bar.
Wild Coast Restaurant boasts a menu full of locally sourced items that also includes vegetables from their very own on-site organic garden! The lunch and dinner menu offer a great variety of cuisines ranging from American, Asian and French so you’re bound to find something that will satisfy your craving. The food is honestly top notch and I thoroughly enjoyed the more French-influenced dishes myself. Pair your meal with a nice bottle of local wine and it’s pure bliss I tell ya.
I don’t even know where to start with The Sushi Bar. It blew my damn mind. The Sushi Bar offers an Omakase (chef’s choice) experience that is coursed out over several dishes. For $120 a person, your taste buds will be in for a trip of a lifetime. The Sushi Bar is currently open March-November (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) and has three nightly seatings at 4:30pm, 6:00pm and 7:30pm. Reservations are needed and they do not offer any customized, vegetarian or vegan options. I highly recommend making your reservation as soon as you book your accommodation!
Those that are not staying on property are welcome to make reservations at both Wild Coast Restaurant and The Sushi Bar, however keep in mind, those staying on property do get priority.
Treebones Resort has quite a few options when it comes to on-site activities. They have a pool and jacuzzi that has views of the ocean so definitely bring your swimsuit! They are also offering 70-minute massages now. Talk about ultimate relaxation. They only have one massage studio so they highly recommend making a reservation a couple of weeks in advance to ensure you get a spot.
In addition to the pool and massage studio, Treebones also offers yoga classes several times a week for a small fee in the mornings and afternoons. The yoga classes and massage studio weren’t available when I stayed a few years ago but these new perks make me excited to go back and enjoy more of the amenities!
Exploring Big Sur California
Many people visit Big Sur not only for the views and to be surrounded by nature, but they also come for the incredible hiking trails. There are tons of trails to choose from with different levels of difficulty. Some take you through the beautiful redwoods, some take you along the rugged coastline and beaches and some take you to incredible waterfalls. There’s so much out there to explore and see!
Since we didn’t have much time to do a full-on hike, we planned two scenic views that you could easily pull over and take in rather quickly. We decided on McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Bixby Creek Bridge. Our first stop as soon as we checked out of Treebones Resort was McWay Falls.
When you enter Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, there’s a large parking lot to park in. Once parked, you’ll see signs pointing you to McWay Falls. From the parking lot, it is about a 10-minute walk to the falls. It is a super easy walk and doesn’t require any hiking skill as it is mostly flat terrain.
I highly recommend getting there in the morning to beat the crowds. Now, most likely when you first get there, it will be foggy as is normal in northern California, but just be patient and the fog will slowly start to break (it broke at about 10am for us) and the view will open up to beautiful turquoise waters, an empty hidden beach and a large waterfall falling down the cliffside. It is such an incredible and iconic view.
After roaming around McWay Falls for a little while, we continued North for some lunch. I had heard of the amazing views from Nepenthe Big Sur and needed to come check it out for myself. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. Try and snag yourself a table at the outer-edge on the outside patio for maximum ocean views. The food wasn’t anything to write home about but the views, oh my goodness the views. Totally worth it!
After lunch, we finally made it to Bixby Bridge for some photos. Bixby Creek Bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in California and rightfully so. It is huge and beautiful! We somehow got lucky and it wasn’t too busy so we were able to easily park on the side of the road and take some photos. I suggest finding another couple who needs photos and offer to take each others photos for maximum efficiency.
I must say, I have gotten quite lucky in the glamping department. First, glamping in Zion National Park with Under Canvas and then now, glamping in Big Sur with Treebones Resort. I’m definitely a glamping convert! Forget regular camping, I’m a certified glamper now haha.
If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway where you can unplug and enjoy the rugged beauty of Big Sur, then glamping at Treebones Resort should be your accommodation choice. Staying in a yurt itself is an experience but combine that with everything else Treebones has to offer, you’ve got yourself a pretty magical place.
Have you stayed at Treebones Resort before? What did you think about the experience? If you haven’t but have been glamping before, what’s your favorite camp??
Thank you for reading!