Drive down the wild, windy road to California’s Big Sur and eventually you’ll come to across a camping site with pavilion-like tents amongst manicured gardens, thickets and pines. Treebones has been on my radar since its inception 11 years ago — friends in SoCal spoke of them or a sibling spending a summer working at a fancy yurt resort far up on the coast, images kept popping up in magazines and newspaper, and in more recent years it’s become a blogger and instagram darling. When a friend picked her wedding site just 10 minutes up the road I finally had my excuse to visit Treebones myself — and I marveled that I’d waited so long. It made me wonder when the last time was I’d anticipated something for such an extensive period — normally my wait times for something are anywhere from instant (I want to stream this movie now!) to a matter of months, or maybe a few years for bigger things that require saving and planning (with the caveat, of course, that these dreams are at all possible). Over a decade is unusual for my impatient and impulsive self, and my excitement grew and grew on the 4 hour drive from San Francisco. Treebones — you did not disappoint.
Unfortunately I don’t have any interior yurt images to share with you (no time between the rush to get ready for the wedding and the post-wedding recovery period) but imagine a pavilion fit for traveling royalty — gorgeous hardwood floors, a circular skylight overhead, heater, sink, divan, and a bed large enough to get lost in — which I spent a lot of time in during said post recovery wedding period. We were all doing so well maintaining on delicious wines picked particularly by the groom — until the bartenders turned in for the night, the alcohol became ‘help yourself’ and the next thing you know everyone is drinking Hendricks martinis (#bestweddingever/#worsthangoverever). Even though I managed to spill most of the martini on myself while dancing (happily/badly) it wasn’t until the late afternoon that I had the strength to meander the site’s melancholy trails. Fortunately there are lots of quiet spots to sit and soak in the views. Along the way I stumbled into Treebone’s organic garden, which provides most of the ingredients for the lodge’s restaurant and sushi counter.
GETTING TO: The resort is directly off highway 1, but it’s easy to miss and cell service is poor so keep your eyes peeled and make sure you’ve got the milage figured out before you get too far into Big Sur
EATING AT: The lodge’s restaurant food is amazing, but if you can you must try the sushi counter — it’s the best I’ve ever eaten, with unique veggie pairings from the garden (beets, zuchinis, sweet potato and asparagus, along with the more usual cucumber and avocado)
SLEEPING IN: You can reserve a pavilion or you can pitch your own tent on a campsite if you just want to take advantage of the beautiful site and amenities. Make sure you book as far in advance as possible as yurts are limited
And just because I can’t resist sharing — here’s some images from a Big Sur wedding on the perfect California day with billowing fog, bright bright sun, and dancing into the night under a clear sky of stars.Now that I can cross Treebones off my list the next thing I’ve been dying to do for well over a decade is visit Greece. I’ve come close, but I still haven’t crossed the border and I don’t know when I’m going to have the chance — probably not in 2015 — but I’ll keep my fingers crossed! What about you? What have you built up anticipation for? Have you visited Treebones or Big Sur? Send me a note in the comments, to threadandbones @ gmail.com, or connect with me at instagram, pinterest, twitter, or facebook.
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