That idea “you get what you pay for” simply doesn’t apply to the yurts at Land of Medicine Buddha just outside of Santa Cruz. That’s because for just $80 a night you get your own private yurt nestled in a grove of ancient redwoods. If you haven’t slept in a yurt, think of it as a giant, semi-permanent tent with cupboards, hardwood floors, and real-deal beds.
Not to mention you’re sidled up against 10,000 acres of redwoods (that prefer creaking to snoring) at the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. Hiking trails leave literally from your door. As for more details on the exact setting: the Land of the Medicine Buddha (LMB) is a meditation and retreat center in Soquel. Their “campus” is on over 100 acres of coastal forest. People come for workshops, classes, or just a quick visit to go on a hike and check out the giant prayer wheels. Whether you want to join a class, go hiking, or just sleep under the redwoods LMB is OMG.
BONUS: Buddha meets big red on this 5.8-mile round-trip hike that brings a little bit of Tibet to the Santa Cruz Mountains in the Land of the Medicine Buddha.
The yurts have a two-night minimum and are $80 per night; they are open seasonally from May 1 to October 31. No dogs in the yurts, but some trails in the area do allow dogs.