This week's hotel pick, Treebones, is one of my favorites on the West Coast. Built by the Handy family 10 years ago, Treebones' unpretentious vibe is perfect for groups traveling with kids, though the stunning views from its spot perched above the Pacific Ocean make it pretty darn romantic, too.
The resort lists its 10 values on its site, and a few I think really help explain the feel of the place are:
"We all came from various places and spaces and together we create a live+work culture that is fun, generous and adventurous."
"We prove that multigenerational groups can work well together."
"We enjoy quirky humor, good times & sharing with the community around us."
Guests can bring their own tent or rent one of the property's 16 yurts, which are super-comfy thanks to queen-sized beds with comfy linens, a table and chairs and a sink (bathrooms are communal and a short walk away).
There's also a heated pool and outdoor hot tub here and, when hunger strikes, guests can head to Wild Coast restaurant for lunch and dinner, where organic fare is sourced from the resort's own garden and other local producers (there's a sushi bar that's open for dinner, too). During the day, the hotel can arrange for private hikes and kayaking tours of the area's redwood canyons, waterfalls and beaches, and guests can wind down at the end of the day with a massage at Treebones' spa studio.
As you might imagine from a resort perched on the edge of Big Sur's cliffs, sunset here is spectacular. Here are some shots from around the resort during "Magic Hour" as the sun sinks into the Pacific.