Camping is a great way for families to have fun together, but glamping takes things to a whole new level. While the California coast is dotted with campgrounds perfect for memory making, Treebones Resort in Big Sur is a unique way for a glamping family to enjoy a vacation in style.
The idea of camping conjures images of mosquito bites, cooking over a hot fire, singing cheesy camp songs and spending a night in a sleeping bag on uneven ground. At Treebones, the glamping experience in a luxury yurt lets you enjoy the great outdoors with the creature comforts of home.
The resort’s yurts, round-covered tent structures, are decorated with a rustic theme and equipped with all the comforts that will make you forget you are actually at a campground. The comfortable bed with cotton sheets and pillow-like comforter takes the place of the traditional sleeping bag and instead of sitting around a campfire on a flimsy camp chair, kick back on the plush, leather furniture around the furnace to keep warm on those chilly evenings. The property’s Autonomous Tent, an enormous cocoon-shaped structure overlooking the coast, offers impressive views and comes complete with its own private front porch, outdoor fire pit and indoor bathroom facilities.
Sushi isn’t exactly unheard of as a camping meal, but conventional camping requires you to catch and clean the fish yourself. At Treebones, sushi is taken to new heights. The pre-set tasting menu isn’t a meal so much as a sushi experience. Expertly prepared dishes like yellowtail and Spanish mackerel are paced out to ensure you enjoy the romantic setting, the incredible view of the Pacific and savor the flavors of an incredible meal. At $90 per person (and worth every penny!), it will be a meal you will never forget.
If sushi isn’t your thing, the Wild Coast Restaurant has plenty of tempting dishes to indulge your tastebuds. Dishes are not only made from the freshest of ingredients, but, whenever possible, those ingredients come directly from the resort’s own organic garden. The setting may be casual, but the digs are anything but. The restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, boasts gorgeous views of the Pacific at any time of the day, but sunset is the best time to enjoy your meal on the heated outdoor patio with a drink in hand and a loved one next to you.
Luxury is often synonymous with peace and quiet and Treebones certainly delivers. The resort is off the beaten path and only caters to small groups of glampers (groups no larger than six people) in an effort to maintain the serenity of nature. For added luxury, guests can enjoy a relaxing massage at the resort or do yoga while looking out over the majestic Pacific Ocean.
In case the glamping experience makes you feel a little too far removed from nature you can always hit the trails for some hiking or head down to the shore for some beachcombing.
The resort offers two eco-adventures that make sure guests remember they are still camping. The Big Sur Hike, hosted by Central Coast Outdoors, provides transportation and a gourmet picnic lunch for a six-hour private hiking tour of the Big Sur area. The Ocean Kayaking Adventure, hosted by Sea for Yourself Kayak Outfitters, takes guests on a guided kayak tour of San Simeon Cove to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife.
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