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Sleep Inside a Floating Glass Pinecone Near Santa Cruz, California

Epic Stays
by Matador Creators Feb 3, 2023

Treehouse hotels aren’t new. But every once in a while, a property pops up that pushes the limits of how cool the already alluring concept can be. One such property is located near Santa Cruz, California. The one-bedroom unit is designed to look like a giant glass pinecone suspended in the tall redwood trees, and it’s available to book on Airbnb starting at $525 per night. (Believe it or not, it’s not the only pinecone treehouse on Airbnb, but if you’re based in the US, it’s a heck of a lot easier to get to than this wooden pinecone treehouse in Norway.)

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Nestled in the forests of Bonny Doon in Santa Cruz County, The Pinecone Treehouse is perched 35 to 60 feet off the ground, depending on where you’re measuring from. Guests enter via a steep step ladder that leads to a trapdoor, and the entire unit is windowed to make you feel at one with your surroundings. Even the floor features two glass panels. (Ethereal as all that natural light makes the accommodation, the host also notes that the treehouse runs on the cold side, so be sure to bring warm clothes and sleeping attire. Extra blankets available on request.)

There is one part of the treehouse that’s located on the ground — the bathroom is housed in a separate miniature treehouse structure and comes with a hot shower, sink, and composting toilet rather than a traditional plumbing system.

Bonny Doon itself is a beautiful place filled with nature trails, lavender farms, wineries, local artists, and nearby Bonny Doon State Beach. The treehouse is located roughly 15 minutes from downtown Santa Cruz and 35 minutes from Big Basin Redwood State Park. The location is remote, but it’s reachable by bus and rideshare if you don’t have a car.

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