Famous for its luxury yurts along the Pacific Coastline, Big Sur Treebones Resort
has taken things to a new height with one of the most unique ways to spend the night in nature. Get ready to nest! As in “human nest”—a large, wood-woven art installation-turned-accommodation—meant for people who want to spread their wings for an unorthodox escape. Climb the 10-prong wooden ladder and enter this aerial wonder perched in a cliff-front tree eight feet off the ground. The nest fits just two people, and a full-sized Futon mattress adds extra cushioning. It’s also a befitting way to get a bird’s eye view of Big Sur’s beauty. Sticks from the nest frame the cliffy Big Sur coastline as the ocean stretches into the horizon. There’s a ground-level campsite and picnic table below the nest, in case the weather gets wild. You’ll have to bring your own sleeping bag, but that’s the extent of roughing it here: Nest guests get full access to Treebones’ hot tub, pool, on-site restaurant and sushi bar. Here’s a small tip: Arrive to check-in by bicycle, and the staff will hook you up with a free bottle of wine. A little birdie told you.
BONUS: Five minutes north of Treebones is Sand Dollar Beach, the largest sand beach on the coast of Big Sur and a popular landing spot for another kind of winged adventurer: Para-gliders and hang-gliders. A 0.7-mile out-and-back trek leads to the beach, a superb spot for sand dollar and jade-scouring.
Big Sur Treebones Resort is located at 71895 Hwy 1 in Big Sur. The nest books quickly: To make reservations, call Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (877) 424-4787. Two nights minimum stay, $110/night for two guests. No dogs. To reach Sand Dollar Beach, park in the lot on the western side of Hwy. 1, located 3.6 miles north of Treebones. Parking costs $5. Sand Dollar Beach is dog-friendly.