Okay, so Treebones is the coolest place ever. It might not be for everyone; those folks who are partial to Post Ranch Inn or Ventana may find themselves wanting for luxury and pampering. But since those resorts charge somewhere between $400 to $1200 a night… well… you pay through the nose, and should expect these resorts to wipe your nose and your ass for you. But back to Treebones. I think the staff there would wipe your nose and your ass, if you asked nicely. And that at only $159 a night. The 16 yurts are scattered along the bluff, overlooking the ocean. They’re raised up off the ground, and each boasts its own little deck with two adirondack chairs offering a beautiful view of the Pacific and/or the mountains. Each yurt is more spacious than a hotel room, with a gas fireplace, a table for two, a queen sized bed with down comforter, patchwork quilt, and featherbed, a sink with its own tankless waterheater (aka instant hot water), and a domed skylight. All that with PLENTY of room leftover for some Yurt Yoga. Not that I did any, because I was on an anniversary trip.
The entire resort is completely off the grid, the water comes from the Treebones well, gas from Propane tanks, and the electricity from a propane turbine. It’s Oh-So-Big Sur. One doesn’t want for anything, besides maybe a toilet in the yurt. That would be nice. Bathrooms are a small hike away, and the showers are up at the Lodge. The lodge is beautiful, open, warm, with shelves of books and games for guests to peruse and borrow. The little store offers anything one might wish for, coffee is always on, and the staff is so friendly and laid back. Waffles for breakfast are included, and dinner is offered nightly. We took advantage of this service Monday night, and didn’t regret it. The food was fresh and delicious. Plus we could drink as much wine as we wanted, then stumble back to the yurt to watch a DVD in bed on the laptop, with a cozy little fire burning in the corner.
Monday morning dawned, bright with sunshine, clean from the rains the night before, and the agenda was followed to a tee: Waffle breakfast, a 6 mile hike in the Julia Pfeiffer park, lunch at Nepenthe, back to the resort for a soak in the hot tub and some cold beers, hot showers, sunset from the adirondacks, a few games of Othello over a half bottle of Chardonnay, then dinner (and more wine).
The vacation was brief, but sometimes those are the best kind… less to recover from before returning to work the following morning. Thanks, mom and dad for the wonderful anniversary gift!