June 7th, 2017

It's Time to Try a Tiny House Resort

It's Time to Try a Tiny House Resort

Are you a believer in “less is more?” These tiny house resorts and destinations provide big experiences in a small space.

Do you think “less is more”? Are travel-sized products your favorite part of packing for a trip? Have you been binging on the TV show Tiny House Nation on HGTV or streaming the tiny house documentaries on Netflix? You’re not alone: Tiny is hot right now.                           

A tiny house, for those who are unfamiliar, is generally considered to be a house that's fewer than 400 or 500 total square feet (though the definition is up for some debate). The tiny house movement began in the late nineties but has gained traction in the last five years. Now you can even live in a tiny house without buying one—you can rent one during a vacation. Perfect for those who want to “try on tiny” for the unique experience, tiny house resorts are available all over the country. So pack lightly and get ready to post a lot of cool Instagram photos at one of these tiny house vacation destinations.

Austin’s Original Tiny Home Hotel, TX

It’s not surprising that the cool and quirky city of Austin offers an opportunity to try out a tiny home. Located near a golf course, lake, forest, and the Travis County Exposition Center (which hosts arts and crafts shows, dog shows, car shows, 5K races, and more), this collection of five tiny homes is certainly worth checking out in this Texas hotspot.

WeeCasa Tiny House Hotel, CO

Situated in Lyons, Colorado, which is near the city of Boulder, WeeCasa is the biggest (in terms of square footage) tiny house hotel in the country, with 10 individual units. Most of the “homes” contain less than 200 square feet but are equipped with beds, bathrooms, and kitchenettes. Popular with wedding parties, this resort is a destination all its own.

Canoe Bay, WI

This adults-only Relais & Chateaux Resort in Chetek, Wisconsin features a pair of cozy, stand-alone tiny houses with lake views and all the amenities of a luxury resort—in addition to the Inn and guest cabins. Fishing, golf, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing are great activities to try in the summer; snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing are available in the winter.

Caravan, OR

Caravan, which opened in 2013, is the original tiny house resort in Portland, Oregon. Comprised of six tiny houses, Caravan is located on an urban lot in the Alberta Arts District and forms a circle around a central gathering space. Meet the neighbors at the fire pit or at the ping-pong table, or explore the surrounding area that’s full of cafés, pubs, galleries, and more.

Blue Moon Rising, MD

An eco-tourist retreat on Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland, Blue Moon Rising features 14 tiny cabins that can each fit up to four people. Approximately 275 to 499 square feet, each cabin is unique and is built from reclaimed, recycled, and eco-friendly products.

Still searching for the perfect tiny house for your vacation? AirBnB is a great resource for finding tiny rentals, like the Hobbit Cabin in Talkeetna, AK or this water tower that was converted into a tiny house in Carmel, CA. Or, visit tinyhousecommunity.com for other options, including international listings, like a bubble dome in Ireland or a beach cabin in the Netherlands.

Have you stayed in a tiny house? Would you consider swapping mega for mini? Share your two cents in the comments.

Related Links (from Eagle Creek blog):

A Beginner’s Guide to Minimalist Travel

Minimalist Travel Style: Packing an Under-the-Seat Bag

How to Live Out of a Car

by Katie Coakley

Katie Coakley is a Denver-based freelance writer who writes about travel, craft beer, and outdoor adventures. She’s just as happy sleeping on a ledge as in a five-star hotel. You can follow her journeys on Instagram.