Saturday, April 16, 2011

Glamping

First, I need to apologize to my blog for the abuse it has received in the last two weeks. I didn't pay it one single visit. Life got the best of me - but I'm back (again).

On to "glamping." Have you heard of this?? David sent me a link chalk full of glamping examples. Don't get me wrong - I was a girl scout and I have camped. Unfortunately, due to an incident with a bear, I no longer like to camp in a thin nylon enclosure. But a nice, sturdy, wood framed "tent" I can do.

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This October my Dad will be celebrating a very significant birthday. It's not one he's particularly looking forward to so we're planning a fun family getaway. We'll be heading to Treebones in Big Sur, CA. Treebones has been perfecting Yurt-style glamping since the 60's. This July my sister will be moving home from the East Coast after being away for 10 years. This getaway will be one of our first family vacations in a very long time.


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The original owner of the land was granted permission by the U.s forestry to collect "dead" wood from the surrounding mountainside. He would then mill the wood and sell his found lumber. The old, silvery wood that was collected and waiting to be milled, looked like old bones - or tree bones as it's now affectionately known.


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Now stands approximately 16 yurts and 1 human nest: a man-made wood "nest" with a wood deck and a sleeping cushion.

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Big Sur is one of those places that will always hold a special place in my heart. It's one of the most pristine places in CA. I always imagine it looks pretty much the same as it did many years ago. I will never forget the Thanksgiving my Dad drove to pick me up for break at college in Chico and took 2 days to drive all the way down the coast. We listened to the same best-of Van Morrison CD on repeat for the entire 2 days. It was heaven. My family was one of the first families in the area and built one of the main bridges connecting one of the many hair-pin switchbacks. I always love seeing the places I've heard so many stories about.

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I hope everyone else is experiencing the same summer-like weather we're having here. Tomorrow I'm off to the beach!

25 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! I'd love to go glamping! Those "glampers" are all so cute!

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  2. Glamping seems to be a lil like what I do! lol lol beautiful photos.

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  3. That round building is amazing. I think I could glamp there.

    It's raining here; again!

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  4. I am willing to go Glamping! Did you ever see the Yurt Sarah Richardson did on her show? Love!

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  5. I had never heard of glamping until I saw it recently on The Chefs of Beverly Hills. The only part I liked about camping when I was in the Scouts was the cooking outdoors on a fire. So maybe glamping is for me!

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  6. Now that's my idea of camping!!

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  7. I just stumbled upon your blog, glad I did. It sounds like you'll have a wonderful time with your family, there is nothing like having your loved ones all together again. And in such a location, it has been a LONG time since my visit to CA but I will never forget BIG Sur. Enjoy!!

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  8. That was a great post! Chock full of gorgeous images, heartfelt stories and a History lesson. Thanks for sharing:)))

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  9. I'm not much of a camper, but glamping could change my mind!

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  10. I love camping, tent, RV, whatever! I've never heard of glamping before either. I must try. Sweet story about your road trip with your dad.

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  11. Awesome post! Been looking into some of these spots - great family trip idea!! Somehow all the work involved in traditional camping can be a bit too much...do want to hear about that encounter w/ a bear though!

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  12. I remember spending a couple summers at Big Sur when I was little. I wish I could have enjoyed it...I HATED IT...not sure why, but what I wouldn't do to get back and vacation that way with my whole family again.

    What a wonderful memory you have of your and father and your sweet little road trip. I can't wait to hear all about your family vacation--yay for your sister moving back home!

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  13. You speak my language, this is the only kind of camping for me, especially after hearing your bear incident!! Your family vacation will be amazing!! You have planted this in my brain, I must go and stay in Big Sur!! xo

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  14. You will love it Melissa! I have been there but never spent the night. You just gotta go to the big Sur Bakery for dinner...the best. Lunch at the Post Ranch Inn is a must too. Your glamping trip will be killer!

    xo kelley

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  15. Oh what a fun way to camp!

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  16. So apparently I need to visit Bur Sur sometime soon, eh? I've never been camping either, but glamping is the way to go for me, I think, though I wouldn't mind roughing it for a single night.

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  17. This sounds like an amazing experience. I would love to go "glamping." Thanks for sharing, I'm going to check it out! So glad I found your blog.

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  18. That sounds like an amazing way to camp! I'll have to go there. I didn't realize that Big Sur had glamping, way better than camping!

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  19. I would love to go GLAMPING!!!! What a fun idea!

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  20. glamping!! perfect.... that is my new favorite expression!

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  21. Glamping....luxury camping. Now that is perfect. I just checked out Treebones website. I would love to plan a trip to that area. I have never been to Big Sur, I think glamping would be a great way to experience it. The photo of Bixby Bridge and the water and land looks breathtakingly beautiful!

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  22. I love camping and, from the looks of it, I'd be one happy glamper to. I'm all about the s'more cabin service some of these places offer.

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  23. Beatiful selection of pictures and glamping sites. I am going to Big Sur and go glamping for the first time this summer. Excited!

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