Big Sur Adventure

Sunset at Treebones, Big Sur

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.

Here’s a look inside our yurt, filled with afternoon light upon our arrival.

Inside a comfy yurt at Treebones, Big Sur

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?

Yurts at Treebones, Big Sur

Tree swing at Treebones, Big Sur

Hanging out at our yurt at Treebones, Big Sur

Ocean-view yurts at sunset at Treebones, Big Sur
While we loved cozying up in our yurt after sundown, we spent most of our waking hours exploring the great outdoors—and enjoying many great outdoor eateries. Here were our favorite experiences:

Lunch at Big Sur Bakery

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.

McWay Falls, Big Sur, CA

Picture at McWay Falls, Big Sur

Exploring McWay Falls, Big Sur

Big Sur coastline

The postcard-perfect McWay Falls and surrounding coastline is a must-see and only takes a short walk to reach.

Views from Vicente Flat Trail, Big Sur
Hiking Vicente Flat Trail, Big Sur (warning: it's not very flat!)

We hiked along the Vicente Flat Trail, which isn’t very flat at all! It’s an uphill hike for most of the way until you choose to come down, making it pretty challenging, but the stunning views of the coast are worth it.

Big Sur Roadhouse

Cajun meets California cuisine at Big Sur Roadhouse (get the gumbo!)

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.

Partington Cove Trail

Hiking Partington Cove Trail

Reaching the water's edge at Big Sur
Partington Cove Trail leads to the Pacific in Big Sur

Another fun hike was Partington Cove Trail, which leads to a cove and more exploring to do on along the water’s edge. Spotted: Otters floating around nearby.

Dinner at Nepenthe, Big Sur

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.

Beautiful Sand Dollar Beach, Big Sur

Sand Dollar Beach, Big Sur

Finding sand dollars in Big Sur at Sand Dollar Beach

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.

Sunset off of Highway 1 in Big Sur, CA

Sunset in Big Sur, CA
And last but not least, the sunsets. Any of the roadside look-outs along Highway 1 offer prime views of the sun going down. If you’re lucky, like we were, you might see some whales, too. They were actually pretty easy to spot—just look for people stopped along the road and pointing excitedly as your signal to pull over.

We’re already planning a return visit—this time with the dog.


  1. Gorgeous photos! I can see why you were so in to Sand Dollars! They are beautiful!

    1. Thanks, lady! You should totally plan a trip to Sand Dollar Beach! I think you and your fam would love it! xo