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“The Nest: An elemental experience!”
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Treebones Resort
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
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Minneapolis, MN, USA
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“The Nest: An elemental experience!”
Reviewed July 28, 2011

The Human Nest is really all it's cracked up to be! We arrived late from Monterey (plan more time than you think for the stunning drive along the coast) but still received a warm welcome at the main building and were even able to get dinner during the last few minutes of service (restaurant closed at 8:30 the night we were there.) It was great to have that option on-site though, as we were just coming from a job in Monterey and hadn't eaten yet.

The Nest is at the edge of the resort, and a staff member takes you and your luggage up in a small golf cart (nice, since we had backpacks plus the tent in case of rain, etc.) The Nest itself: It's built up from the ground about 10 feet or so, and you climb a simple ladder to go up. The provided mattress was not as icky as I'd feared from other reviews; lived-in, definitely, but not HazMat suit material! Temps were in the 50s in July (a surprise to me, so check those forecasts!) but a staff member suggested using pillows (I used a beach towel) to cover the smaller hole inside the nest and it did reduce wind flow-through quite a bit.

Other than that, we could hardly close our eyes all night - you truly have an expansive, unobstructed view of the ocean in front of you, and with a full moon on the night we were there, we watched the clouds, moon and waves roll across the horizon - accompanied by the barks of elephant seals to boot!

Breakfast was included on our first morning there, and we enjoyed yummy DIY waffles, awesome homemade yogurt and granola, juice, etc. A totally magical experience, super laid back but attentive and caring staff, awesome all the way around!

A highly recommended stop on the way to Treebones would be the Limekiln State Park - entrance on your left as you're driving to Treebones - totally more than you'd think from driving in with awesome, easy hikes to huge redwoods, sparkling streams and beach access. I think day access was around $10. We lucked into it thanks to a staffer rec from Treebones and it was JUST what we wanted for some quick-and-easy nature!

Room Tip: Go for the Nest, absolutely!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

stayed for one night at the resort camping. the resort itself is quite nice and the facilities and pitch were fine, however the staff are so dozy it is untrue.

We checked in to stay for two nights which all seemed to be fine but the next morning were told that the pitch was not available for the second night as it was already booked. in all it is an ok place but u wouldn't rely on the staff to be able to work out the booking system. They also seemed quite arrogant and unhelpful when we complained. Thankfully we got a space at the state park up the road which was much more reasonable in price as treebones is very expensive for what you get.

  • Stayed July 2011
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MrsTreebones, Owner at Treebones Resort, responded to this review, June 8, 2012
I am so sorry to hear there was a mix up of confirmed dates of stay for this guest, it is awful to arrive at a place and discover the dates do not coincide with what you thought you booked. When you book with us, please watch for our emailed Confirmation sent to you and read it carefully, that way you will know for sure what was booked..
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

Best experience ever. Yurts were amazing, very clean and comfortable. Washrooms were a quick couple of steps away. We stayed in an ocean view yurt and it was worth every penny! Staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. Make sure if you visit to bring warm clothes as it gets chilly and windy in the evening. Food was amazing. Make sure you try the home made breakfast granola and every item on the dinner menu is delicious and fresh. All veggies are from their own organic garden. Best experience ever and my favourite part of our trip down the coast! Enjoy!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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MrsTreebones, Owner at Treebones Resort, responded to this review, September 15, 2011
Thank you for your wonderful review.
Glad you mention for others benefit to bring warm clothes....seems no matter the time of year, our weather here changes frequently...best come prepared for anything and everything!
Mrs. Treebones
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Placerville, California
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

Treebones has an relaxing affect as soon as you drive up the drive. With hotels in this area going for several hundred dollars a night it is almost a steal. The yurts are warm and cozy and the little decks outside make a nice place to sit and enjoy the sea. Our favorite place is the Lodge deck for a drink and the little sushi bar. Plus treebones is in between big sur and Pismo beach which make for hiking, wine tasting and beach dwelling opportunity's.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

Have you ever returned from a vacation, told freinds about your stay only to have them chime in that they stayed in the same area but a better hotel, larger room, etc.? Are you looking for something different than the same old "been there done that"? Well let me tell you....Treebones Resort is for you!!! My super awesome girlfriend took me for a four day stay for my birthday recently and I kid you not...I did not want to come home. The view from the Big Sur Coastline is and will always be one of my favorites. If you haven't experienced it you are in for a treat. We arrived a little worse for wear (long drive from Sacramento) but were immediately blown away by the nice staff (It would appear that only the COOLEST people need apply at Treebones). Dominique gave us a rundown of the property and took our gear down to Yurt #16 (the farthest away from everything, I totally recommend it). No amount of the photos I had seen prepared me for what was in store for me when we stepped into our Yurt for the first time. We worried about being cold but the Yurts are equipped with propane stoves and remain VERY COZY during the nights. The self serve breakfasts were a treat with AMAZING LISA making us feel welcome and like we were at home among friends. If you stay at Treebones you must talk to RICKY who knows plenty about the area and is just one cool dude (another who made us feel like we were among friends). GRACE was WAY cool at lunch and the gourmet sandwiches & salads we had were to die for. I was on a wine run and missed it but my girlfriend and two of our new friends whose anniversary was on the same day as my birthday saw a whale spout on our first night there...TOO COOL. If you've got a green thumb you must check out the organic garden during your stay. It's very cool and obviously lovingly maintained. It's a laid back and relaxed atmosphere at Treebones. Treat yourself to a stay there. You'll thank me.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

Our family of four (mom, dad, two teenage daughters) all stayed three nights at Treebones and loved it. Beautiful location. We saw whale spouts from their 'Whale Rock' outlook, enjoyed the very comfortable lodge, our yurt (yurt #1) was very roomy with two queen beds, a table for four, two 'papasan' chairs, futon sofa, sink and full-size ping pong table! Everyone was so nice, in particular Eric, Cindalee and Ricky. Very close to state beaches and parks. It is a bit pricey, but everything in the Big Sur area is. We think this place is worth it. Food was great. Breakfast is included.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

We 'yurted' for two nights over the Fourth of July holiday. No cell phone reception, no TV, no Internet ... Just what we needed. (The main lodge does have wi-fi, but we resisted.)

We stayed in yurt No. 16, which is off in its own little corner of the property, super private and away from the main cluster of yurts (which do seem a bit close to each other, as other reviewers have noted; the website has a map of where each yurt is located, which is helpful). The deck faces out toward the ocean and has a nice view of the water.

Dinner at the restaurant, Wild Coast, was freakin' fantastic. We ate there both nights. The menu is definitely on the higher end ($25-$35 per entree), but so worth it. I had the crispy salmon with beets and quinoa one night and the seared ahi tuna the next; the significant other had roast chicken one evening and splurged on filet mignon the following night. Definitely did not expect this caliber of cuisine at an off-the-beaten-track yurt lodge!

Other niceties: We could hear seals (sea lions?) barking in the distance and, on a clear night, the sky full of stars is UNREAL. And there's a lovely little organic garden that guests are free to wander through.

The only real negative about the place is its close proximity to Highway 1; from our yurt we could hear cars driving by down below. Not thunderingly loud, but the noise seemed quite out of place given the otherwise serene, natural surroundings. Also, if you want to go hiking, expect to drive to most, if not all, of the trails.

All in all, a great place if you want to kick off your shoes and unplug.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Treebones Resort
Address: 71895 Highway #1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Location: United States > California > Big Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Big Sur
#2 Green Hotel in Big Sur
#2 Family Hotel in Big Sur
#5 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unusual and unique eco-lodge experience with immense expansive ocean views on Big Sur's remote and rugged South Coast. Guests enjoy cozy comforts in fully furnished tent-like yurts or choose a campsite and bring all their own tents/gear to camp. Resort 'feel' in rustic setting. Two popular restaurant venues with cozy, communal atmosphere boast great service, organic, locally sustained cuisine with same great views. Massage services, hiking information, and modern book & sundries store on premises. Sustainability statement: We are dedicated to providing an honest eco-experience. We are off grid and over 50% sustained by solar power. We recycle and utilize our onsite garden and chickens to complete a composting cycle. We are also human-sustained: Meaning..we serve tourists with our hearts and our hands and there are humans behind the service here..not robots! ... more   less 
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