The term "human nest" conjures up some truly interesting images. Pictures of people swaddled in Snuggies come to mind, as do illustrations from Dr. Seuss' seminal children's book, "Are You My Mother?" But, the Treebones Resort on California's central coast has taken the idea of a treehouse to the next level. The hotel offers accomodations in the form of 16 yurts, multiple campsites and one "human nest" perched in a tree.
You may be wondering why one would want to pay money to stay in a treehouse. Firstly, there's the location. Situated on a piece of land sandwiched between Los Padres National Forest and the Pacific Ocean, the resort offers stunning views. Then, there's the ecological advantages: Each structure is made of recycled wood and the website explains that "the extremely hot heat exhaust created from our clean burning, energy-producing turbines is used to heat the pool, hot tub and radiant flooring in the lodge, restrooms and shower area." Of course, there's the "wow" factor to consider -- not everyone can say they've spent the night in a tree.
The nest is located on one of the campsites, so the guests bring their own equipment and supplies, which they haul up into the tree (added bonus: exercise!). Of course, if nestling up in a bunch of branches isn't your idea of a good time, you could try one of the yurts, which all boast queen-sized beds and running water. There's a cost for that luxury though; the rate is up to $289 a night.
Apparently, these constructions made of tree branches are not uncommon in Big Sur and the Pacific Grove Museum even has one on display. And the inhabitants have no need to fear rain, since it's dry from June through November in this part of California.
This takes the term "nesting" to a whole new level. But we think one Reddit commenter says it best: "This is where the wild things are."
This is far from the strangest dwelling we've seen:
Cappadocia Caves In Goreme, Turkey
Our first stop is in Gerome, Turkey, where the cave dwellings of antiquity still serve as modern-day homes. A natural wonder rich with history and tradition, the Cappadocia region continues to use these cavernous structures for day-to-day living and even <a href="http://www.cappadociacavesuites.com/en">offers hotels for tourists</a> to live the experience.
Yposkafa n Santorini, Greece
In Santorini, Greece, the village homes are called "yposkafa", or "incave homes," structures that were literally built into large boulders. These sprawling cave homes (which are still lived-in today) are more than impressive. Hotels such as the <a href="http://www.ariscaves.gr/hotel/index.php?lang=en">Aris Caves</a> can even accommodate a stay in one of these beautiful spaces.
Troglodytes In Loire, France
<a href="http://www.experienceloire.com/troglodytes.htm">Loire Valley</a> has had cave dwellings for quite some time. Referred to as "troglodytes", these carved out spaces continue to serve as modern-day homes. For a full tour of one of these caverns, be sure to follow this man as he walks you through his humble abode in the accompanying video.
Guayadeque Caves In Gran Canaria, Spain
You'll probably be surprised to learn that Spain's Canary Islands have some of the most well-preserved cave dwellings. Found in the Guayadeque Ravine, these cave communities (yes, these caverns are used as churches and restaurants as well as homes) serve as <a href="http://suite101.com/article/the-cave-houses-in-gran-canaria-a62072"> major tourist attractions</a>.
Cave Dwellings In Loess Plateau, China
An estimated 30 million people live in cave dwellings in Yanan, China--and they're quite happy with their lot. Some spaces are even equipped with modern utilities such as electricity. For more information, watch the accompanying video and be sure to check out the <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/18/world/la-fg-china-caves-20120318">LA Times' coverage</a> on these fascinating communities.
The Cave House In Bisbee, Arizona
This magnificent, earthy residence wasn't originally suitable for building a home. But when owner Catherine Clark found out her neighbor could start construction on the site, she took advantage of the opportunity and made the Bisbee Cave Home possible.
Flintstones House In Malibu, California
And of course, we could never leave out Fred and Wilma's Stone Age digs! Dick Clark's "Flintstones Home" is certainly one of the most unique living spaces we've seen, and if you're interested in the residence you'll be happy to know that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/14/dick-clark-flintstones-home_n_2679402.html">it's up for grabs</a>!
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