Pacific Coast Cliffside Hideaway: Treebones Resort, Big Sur, California
At this remote camp, in Big Sur's Santa Lucia Mountains, the relaxing is all very civilized: Sixteen yurts are set up with wood floors and outdoor decks overlooking the ocean or mountains, and they're all outfitted with queen-size beds, tables, couches, heat, and hot water. When you're tired of listening to the waves crash against the shoreline hundreds of feet below, or the Pacific breeze whistling through the pine boughs, you can walk over to the main lodge to see what the sushi chef has on tap for the evening. During the day, you can hike among centuries-old, towering redwoods in Limekiln State Park, 10 miles away. Or you can drive 25 miles south for one of the West Coast's best sea-kayaking trips, in San Simeon Cove, with harbor seals, sea otters, whales, and dolphins. (Kayak rentals are $10 per hour from Kayak Cambria; kayakcambria.com.) At night, the lodge's restaurant serves farm-to-table fare like wild artichokes with garlic aioli, and roast chicken with truffle sauce. The only thing you'll need is a flashlight, so you can find your way back to your yurt: There's no outdoor lighting that would spoil the mood — or the stargazing. [From $299 per night; treebonesresort.com]
Getting There: Treebones is five hours from L.A., four hours from San Francisco. Book a flight into either one and drive along famed Highway 1 toward the other.