My husband and I recently took a trip to Big Sur to celebrate our anniversary. In addition to the famous sights and hikes along this beautiful stretch of California coast, another draw for us was Treebones, a remote resort whose hillside grounds are dotted with Mongolian-style tents, known as yurts, overlooking the Pacific. It may sound rustic, but don’t be fooled. It’s definitely glamping—each roomy yurt is equipped with electricity, running water, and a big, comfy bed. The glamping theme is something we’ve tried to keep up since our honeymoon, where we did the fancy-tent thing in Thailand, then later spent our first anniversary at a safari-style glampsite in California wine country. So when we heard about these ocean-view yurts, we knew we had to plan a stay. Tip: If you want to pitch a yurt, book early—we reserved our yurt eight months in advance.
The resort’s lodge is only a short walk away and serves make-your-own waffles and delicious homemade granola by morning and locally-based dishes, plus a full sushi menu, come sunset. The lodge is also where you’ll find bathrooms—you didn’t think I’d pee in the woods, did you?
Big Sur Bakery made for the perfect pit stop on our way in. The laid-back, rustic vibe and outdoor tables with mountain views made us feel like we’d officially arrived, and the huge salad (me) and sandwich with the “best bread ever” (Nick) hit the spot.
The postcard-perfect McWay Falls and surrounding coastline is a must-see and only takes a short walk to reach.
Our favorite meal was a hearty lunch at Big Sur Roadhouse, whose chef, a New Orleans transplant, serves local offerings with a Cajun twist (think gumbo with Big Sur seafood). The modern, airy spot was the ideal place to relax and refuel after hours of hiking.
Another scenic spot to eat was Nepenthe, with indoor and outdoor seating facing the water. We opted for seats outside, where the highlight of the meal was when a red-headed woodpecker swooped in and stole one of Nick’s fries. Also, since Treebones is further south than most of Big Sur’s dining options, we needed somewhere we could grab dinner straight from a full day of hiking. This place was casual enough for our dirty sneakers.
I also found my new favorite beach. Aptly named Sand Dollar Beach, this pristine stretch of sand gave us some pretty little souvenirs to bring home. Tip: This beach is dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry family members. We’ll definitely be coming back with Daphne.
We’re already planning a return visit—this time with the dog.