Nov 3, 2011 7:19 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

No Place Like Home: Treebones Resort

Even if you live in paradise, every once in awhile you just need a little escape from where you live and work to really clear the cobwebs in your head. And when you live where we do, you don't have to travel far.

We found a spectacular get-away less than 70 miles from San Luis Obispo that should do the trick. "It's lovely, its really really a lovely place." says Arne Fismen who was visiting from Oslo, Norway

The Treebones Resort is on the southern edge of Big Sur and offers up the spectacular ocean views of other resorts along highway one at a fraction of the price. That's because you're kind of camping here. "Growing up I always wanted to go camping, but my mom's line was 'If I can't plug in a hair dryer I don't want to go." laughs Julia Mendoza, visiting from the Bay Area. She says she too has a little inner-princess that has kept her from being too great at roughing it. "To go camping probably not too effective, so this is a nice little segue to that."

Those not quite ready for roughing it, but still wanting to take in the beauty of the great outdoors, will likely find the yurts at Treebones a perfect fit. Think camping with training wheels. "They're amazing." says Fismen. "I really like the sound of hearing water hit the roof of the yurt during the night. It's really wonderful, and this whole place is scenic. And the yurts...it's luxury camping."

There's actually a name for this new trend....glamping, or glamous camping. Treebones owner John Handy says he and his wife were unaware of the trend when they built the place in 2004. "We started with the concept of perching lightly, like animals build their homes. without tearing the trees down."

What they came up with was the yurts....stilted long-term tents, really. But a far cry from sleeping on the ground. "It's got polished pine floors, nicely furnished, a beautiful comfortable bed with the best mattress we could find. It's got gas stove for heating." explains Handy.

There's a sink with hot and cold water, and room to move around. You will have to make a trek up the hill to use the restroom, but otherwise, it's pretty luxurious. "But you actually are camping here in a way." Handy points out. You're staying in a tent. It's just something a whole level above what you did as a kid in a pup tent."

You'll hardly feel like your staying at a campground either. The pool and hot tub have ocean views, and provide a perfect environment for working your way through a good book or simply sitting still and taking it all in. An organic garden provides a lot of the food served up in the cozy dining room at Treebones. Or have your meal at the redwood bar overlooking the Pacific. It's a great place to catch the sunset or keep watch for whales passing through. And you don't have to be an overnight guest to do so.

"We love it when people just stop by." Hardy says. "We have great soups, great sandwiches, great salads at lunch time. And then at dinner you can stop by and have sushi at the sushi bar or have a glass of wine out at the redwood bar. We welcome people even if they aren't overnight guests."

And old-schoolers who still like to pitch a tent rather than rent a more upscale option will find some of the nicest campsites anywhere at Treebones, including the most unusual: a human nest with a bird's eye view of the pacific.

The Nest isn't as roomy as the yurts, and you do need a sleeping bag, but when's the last time you stayed in a treehouse? And you've likely never stayed in one with a view like The Nest.

Hardy points out the location of Treebones Resort makes it a perfect place to set up camp and explore Big Sur. "We want people to experience this rugged beautiful coastline. You can venture out of Treebones and take hikes, go down to the beach, beautiful Sand Dollar Beach or up in the mountains, and all the trails happen to be really close to Treebones."

It's all more proof, there's No Place Like Home.

For more information on Treebones Resort, Click here.

To see more pictures or read my blog about Treebones Resort, click here.



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