Issue 28Travel

Perch Lightly & Comfortably at Treebones

By Ashley Stinson

The Big Sur region of California is a beautiful, rugged, largely unpopulated stretch of coastal mountains offering some of the most beautiful scenery in the state.

If you want to get out and see the view at Big Sur, but don’t necessarily want to rough it in a little tent in the woods, Treebones might be just the place for you. Treebones is a resort for “glamping”—glamorous camping—which offers all the amenities that you wouldn’t expect from a remote lodge located in the bounds of a state park.

The mission behind Treebones was to provide a place where visitors could experience the beauty and majesty of Big Sur while “perching lightly.” That is to say, having as little an impact as possible on the environment and ecology surrounding the resort. To that end, Treebones is a wonder of eco-friendly solutions which allow the owners to offer a comfortable experience to guests without sacrificing the environment that makes the location unique.

There are a number of lodging options at Treebones, and each comes with it’s own unique amenities and nature views. Large, circular tents called yurts are available with either full or partial ocean views, and provide guests with a table, chairs, indoor reading lights, a sink with running water, and a queen or king sized bed complete with comforter and quilts.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SECLUSION, YOU CAN’T DO BETTER THAN THE AUTONOMOUS TENT AT THE EDGE OF THE RESORT, WHICH COMES WITH IT’S OWN PRIVATE DECK AND FIRE PIT. 

This suite comes with a king size bed, lounging chairs, and it’s own private bathroom. If you want a closer to the earth sleeping experience, campsites are available, as well, and include access to the resort’s other amenities. Or, if you’re looking for something more unique, you can rent a night at a campsite that includes a human nest—a comfortable perch inside of a space that is half sleeping facility, half piece of living artwork.

ALL LODGINGS INCLUDE ACCESS TO THE UPSCALE AMENITIES OF THE RESORT, INCLUDING A RESTAURANT AND SUSHI RESTAURANT, WHICH SERVE FRESH FOOD WHICH IS LOCALLY SOURCED. 

So locally sourced, in fact, that most of the vegetables are grown at an onsite organic garden, or acquired from neighbors within the Big Sur region. Other activities can be scheduled with an additional cost, including guided hikes, ocean kayaking adventures, massage sessions, or outdoors yoga.

Despite the seemingly decadent nature of the resort, a desire to leave only a tiny footprint on the region is at the heart of it’s design. Treebones draws its electricity from clean-burning microturbines, and the resultant heat is recycled to produce warm water for the facility.

Anything and everything that can be recycled or composted is, including building railings and other steel structures out of steel recycled from oil drilling, and using dried pasta as coffee stirrers.

ONSITE SHUTTLES ARE ZERO EMISSION VEHICLES, WHICH RUN SILENTLY SO THEY WON’T DISTURB GUESTS’ APPRECIATION OF NATURE, AND ALL NIGHTTIME LIGHTING IS LOW VOLTAGE SO THAT EVERYONE CAN APPRECIATE THE NIGHT SKY ABOVE THE RESORT IN ITS FULL GLORY.

For any outdoor enthusiast or nature lover who’s looking for somewhere they can enjoy pristine mountains, beautiful forests, and breathtaking ocean views, and who is looking for luxury that doesn’t harm the environments that bring them so much joy, Treebones is a must-visit.

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