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Book A Unique Stay: Top 9 Yurts In Big Sur, California

Shawna
Published Jun 27, 2018

Central California’s coastline is a rugged stretch of outdoor lover’s paradise sitting between Carmel and San Simeon. The area includes charming coastal towns, hundreds of miles of scenic hiking trails, and a large part of California’s wine country. The area is a great place to visit when you want to disconnect from the modern world and spend some time reconnecting with Mother Nature. One of the main reasons to visit a new location is to try something new. So instead of booking a room in a boring hotel, try glamping in one of these top 9 yurts in or near Big Sur. Our list includes yurts that are totally rustic, true to an old fashioned camping trip, to luxurious yurts on all-inclusive retreats.

1. Luxury tent at Saddle Mt. Tent Village (from 155 USD)

This luxurious yurt is part of the Saddle Mountain Campgrounds located at Carmel by the Sea. The open floor plan includes a seating area with futons that fold out into beds and two double beds with plenty of warm blankets in the off season. Outside you have a fire pit and barbecue for your use. A short walk up the hill will take you to the bathroom and shower facility. The grounds have plenty of activities to keep everyone busy including hiking trails, a heated outdoor pool, a kid’s playground, and horseshoe pit.

Luxury Tent at Saddle Mt. Tent Village

Price: from 155 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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2. Carmel River yurt retreat (from 150 USD)

This charming yurt sits near the banks of the Carmel River. You will be lulled to sleep at night by the singing of the frogs and sounds of the river. The yurt features an open floor plan with two queen beds, one single bed, a seating and dining area, and small kitchen station. Outside you can relax in the private hot tub under the stars. You are close to everything the Monterey Peninsula has to offer including Carmel Valley Village, and Carmel by the Sea is a 10-minute drive away. Another 5 minutes will get you to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Carmel River Yurt Retreat

Price: from 150 USD

Number of Guests: 5

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3. Mountaintop yurt in the Redwoods (from 79 USD)

This fully furnished yurt sits nestled in the Redwoods on top of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The yurt has a seating area, dining table, small kitchenette, and a queen sized bed. It features eight large windows that bring in natural light and leave you feeling as if you are outdoors. Outside is a bathhouse with a solar-heated shower, toilet, and sink. One thing to note, the hosts are vegans and do not allow meat or the cooking of it on their property. You are within walking distance of the Mount Madonna Retreat Center and down the road from the County Park hiking and horseback riding trails.

Mountain Top Yurt in the Redwoods

Price: from 79 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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4. Redwood hideaway (from 75 USD)

If you are looking for a vacation of peace and quiet surrounded by nature, the Om Oasis is for you. Your yurt includes a queen size bed and seating area. Relax and fall asleep under the stars with the large skylight. Right outside your door is a redwood circle and deck. During your stay, you have access to the communal facilities that include a kitchen, bathroom, and showers located a just a short walk from your yurt. The retreat has full-time members who live there and specialize in relaxing massage and healing treatments. Also on the property are a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, walking trails, and gardens. The retreat is a place of peace and calm so please respect the folks who live here and keep noise to a minimum after 10 pm.

Redwood Hideaway

Price: from 75 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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5. Yurt on 20 beautiful acres (from 79 USD)

This large yurt sits on 20 acres (8 hectares) that border the coastline outside Santa Cruz. The yurt includes queen size bed, a double bed, and two twin beds plus a seating area. Outside your yurt, you have a nice fire pit for relaxing and visiting at the end of the day. About a 30-second walk from the yurt is the communal bathroom and shower facilities. You will be surrounded by nature so enjoy the view and walking trail that will take you to the ocean. The boardwalk of Santa Cruz and its shops, restaurants, and attractions are just a 20-minute drive away.

Yurt on 20 Beautiful Acres

Price: from 79 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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6. Amazing yurt for six in a redwood forest eco-retreat (from 140 USD)

This spacious yurt on a private, forested retreat outside Boulder Creek is ideal for large families or groups looking to get away from it all. The yurt has one double and four single beds, a seating area, dining table, and small kitchenette. Outside is an eco-friendly bathroom facility that includes two composting toilets, a sink, and outdoor hot shower. During your stay, you are free to explore the grounds; the trails are lit with solar lighting so at night the paths are quite romantic.

Amazing Yurt for 6 in a Redwood Forest Eco-Retreat

Price: from 140 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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7. Yurt glamping for two in Mediterranean micro-climate (from 125 USD)

Lupin Lodge, a charming yurt, is located on a clothing optional retreat outside of Los Gatos. While you will never be forced to go nude, it can be very uncomfortable and awkward being the only one clothed. Your yurt includes a seating area and double bed. During your stay, you have access to the communal bathroom and shower facilities, kitchen, TV lounge, swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna. You will find many scenic hiking trails to explore on the property. There are 60 folks who live here full time, so if you are looking for a unique vacation experience and want to meet some non-judgmental, friendly people, this may be the rental for you.

Yurt Glamping, for 2 in Mediterranean Micro-climate

Price: from 125 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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8. Lisa's cabana at Wellspring Ranch (from 220 USD)

Wellspring Ranch sits on 160 beautiful acres (64.7 hectares) on the coast of northern California. This all-inclusive nature retreat has everything you need to disconnect and unwind. Your yurt has a king size bed with memory foam mattress, seating area, and private detached bathroom. You will love all the luxurious touches like the plush, Turkish cotton robes, organic bath products, and the purified mineral spring water. Meals are included as the ranch has a restaurant on-site that serves California Ranch Cuisine. Vegetarian and vegan options are also included. You will also find plenty of activities to keep you busy from yoga classes, to art supplies if you would like to try you hand at painting, relaxing and napping under the redwoods, and couples massages to name a few.

Lisa's Cabana at Wellspring Ranch

Price: from 220 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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9. Dude Ranch: Cowboy Village (from 400 USD)

Enjoy the experience of living the life of a ranch hand when you stay at Cowboy Village. There are two yurts to choose from, John Wayne or Annie Oakley, which feature bunkhouse style accommodations. Between the two yurts are a barbecue, dining area, and hang out room. During your stay, you are welcome to collect eggs, practice archery and roping, feed and groom the animals, and enjoy an old fashioned hay ride. Other on-site amenities include a fire pit with a bar, pool hall, riding arena, creek, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails.

Dude Ranch: Cowboy Village

Price: from 400 USD

Number of Guests: 16

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Enjoy something new on the beautiful coast of California

Visiting northern California is on many a bucket list. There are so many places to see and things to do. From wine tasting, to fine dining, to the popular attractions of Big Sur, it’s no wonder the area brings in thousands of tourists a year. When planning your trip, don’t stay in a boring hotel. Try something new and go glamping in one of these lovely, rustic yurts instead.

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Shawna is a domestic goddess living by the sea in the beautiful state of South Carolina. She has earned two degrees in Criminal Justice and Human Services but now spends her time pursuing her...Read more

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