7 Ways to Enjoy a Tiny House Vacation

  • 01 of 08

    Try Out the Tiny House Lifestyle with a Vacation

    Caravan Tiny House Hotel Evening
    Caravan Tiny House Hotel

    Are you thinking about living small? A little R & R in a tiny house hotel or resort will let you test-drive the lifestyle of tiny house living. But the adventure can be a lot of fun even if you're not a proclaimed small-house fan. 

    Here are seven ways you can enjoy a pint-sized getaway. There is something for every budget.   

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  • 02 of 08

    Mount Hood Tiny House Village, Near Portland, Oregon

    Mount Hood Tiny House Village
    Mount Hood Tiny House Village

    The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company has been at the forefront of the pint-sized home movement for nearly 20 years. Over the past few years, the company has opened or collaborated on 13 different Tiny House Village resort hotels located across the country. With nightly fees starting at about $42 and running up to about $150 per night, visitors can enjoy the comforts of a tiny home ranging from 80 to about 300 square feet. The larger of the tiny homes can sleep five or six people. 

    A typical resort is the Mount Hood Tiny House Village, an RV resort near Mt. Hood National Forest, less than an hour's drive southeast of Portland, Oregon. With prices beginning at $135 per night, visitors can choose from five different styles of Tumbleweed tiny house trailers, ranging from the 18-foot-long Cypress model that sleeps three people, to the 24-foot-long Cypress or Elm models that sleep as many as five people. The homes range in size from 175 to 260 square feet. 

    Each home is tricked out with all the comforts you would expect in a professionally built house on wheels, such as fully outfitted kitchens and bathrooms and plenty of small space storage. There's also TV and Wi-Fi for staying connected. Additional amenities include an on-site swimming pool, game room, spa, and biking and hiking trails. 

    Other Tiny House Villages from Tumbleweed include: 

     

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  • 03 of 08

    Caravan Tiny House Hotel, Portland, Oregon

    Tiny House Hotel Caravan Portland Oregon
    Tiny House Hotel Caravan

    Teensy abodes can make neighborhoods better. A peachy example is Caravan Tiny House Hotel, America’s first tiny house hotel, located in Portland, Oregon. Before it opened in 2013, it's current location was home to a repo car lot and outdoor hookah bar. It’s no wonder local response to this unique getaway has been overwhelmingly positive.

    The caravan is smack in the center of the Alberta Arts District, a vibrant area teeming with unique dining options. Guests can experience the downsized life in one of their six custom-built tiny houses on wheels that range in size from 120 to 170 square feet. The abodes are arranged wagon train style around a communal fire pit, which makes Caravan feel more like an urban campsite than a hotel.

    Spring and summer rates are about $185 per night. Weekly rates are available in the winter season. 

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  • 04 of 08

    Getaway Tiny Cabin Escapes, 4 Locations in the Eastern U.S.

    Getaway Tiny House Vacation Rentals Boston New York
    Getaway

    Tiny houses pop up 24/7 in social media feeds, but up until recently they have been rarer than unicorns in the Northeast U.S. But the times they are a-changin'.

    In times past, renting a cabin during the summer in a small New England town or Catskills Mountains was a favorite pastime among many city dwellers. A hospitality startup called Getaway is reviving this old-school vacation model using tiny houses. Their goal is to help vacation-starved city dwellers get out of the city and into the woods. The environments are extremely rustic, but the cabins come with full amenities, including internet service, and they even include snacks and some basic food supplies.

    Getaway was launched by Harvard Innovation Lab, a program designed to help any Harvard student grow a major business venture.  Their exact locations are undisclosed for privacy's sake until the rental is booked, but current rental locations include:

    • Getaway Blake Brook (New Hampshire)
    • Getaway Catskills (upstate New York)
    • Getaway Shenandoah (Virginia)
    • Getaway Chattahoochee (Georgia)

    Nightly rental fees start at about $169. 

    Resorts scheduled for completion include:

    • Getaway Beaver Creek (Ohio)
    • Getaway Piney Woods (Texas)
    • Getaway Big Bear (California)
    • Getaway Mount Adams (Washington)

     

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  • 05 of 08

    Treebone Resort, Big Sur, California

    Treebones Resort
    Treebones Resort

    Glamping is all about communing with nature without forfeiting amenities such as a sushi bar with an ocean view. That's just one of the little luxuries that come with renting a yurt—the original tiny house on wheels—at Treebones Resort, in South Big Sur, California.

    Each of the cozy yurts features a queen-size bed, electric lighting, and a wrap-around deck. You can rent a yurt for two or four people with either an ocean or mountain view. Communal restrooms and showers are a short walk away. Additional dining options and spa services are also conveniently located on the premises.

    The only thing tiny about Treebone Resort is the square footage of the yurts—rental fees start at $320 per night. 

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  • 06 of 08

    Fireside Resort, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

    Fireside Resort Wyoming
    Firesidejacksonhole.com

    Fireside Resort, in Jackson Hole Wyoming, is both a luxury summer and winter ski cabin resort. Accommodations include The Wedge Cabin by Wheelhaus, a luxury tiny house building company. The itty-bitty dwelling features a fully equipped kitchen and a gas fireplace. After a day of white water rafting, you can fire up the propane grill that comes with each rental and afterward hit the pillow on the king-size Tempur-Pedic that you'll find in the bedroom.

    Other accommodations include Caboose cabins, which are slightly larger dwellings that can sleep up to six guests. 

    Fireside Resort generally requires two- or three-night minimum rentals, and costs vary substantially by season. Peak midsummer rentals start at about $300 per night with three-night minimums. Off-season rentals (early spring) can run less than $150 per night and single-night rentals are available at these times.

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  • 07 of 08

    Auto Camp, California

    AutoCamp
    AutoCamp

    Vacation like it's midcentury in a vintage Airstream at Auto Camp in Santa Barbara, California. They’ve been in the RV campsite business continuously since 1922. All of their tiny accommodations were remodeled using eco-friendly materials. Each rental comes with everything you need to live large in a bitsy Airstream including kitchens decked out with appliances, dishes, and cookware.​

    Would you rather cookout? All units have a spacious and private patio equipped with an electric barbecue grill and two Adirondack lounge chairs. For your cycling pleasure, two beach cruisers are hitched to the RV's rear.

    Additional amenities include things typically found in high-end hotels, such as a luxurious pillow-top mattress, spa bathrobes, and a flat-screen TV and sound system with MP3 input. Another little indulgence is the complimentary bath products by Malin+Goetz. Airstream suites come with an additional treat—a deep soaker tub. You won't have to leave Fido at home because this unique retreat is pet-friendly.

    Auto Camp recently two other locations, one in the heart of Sonoma’s Wine country by the Russian River and the other near Yosemite National Park in the Sierra foothills  Unlike their Santa Barbara campsite, all the suites in the Russian River and Yosemite sites are in brand-new Airstreams. 

    Peak season (late summer) rentals at the Santa Barbara Auto Camp run about $320 per night. Winter-season rentals drop to about $200 per night. The Russian River Auto Camp and Yosemite sites are somewhat more affordable, with rentals usually less than $250 per night, even during peak season. 

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  • 08 of 08

    Hattaras Park Campground, North Carolina Outer Banks

    Hatteras Cottages North Carolina
    J. Strakey / Flickr Creative Commons

    If your idea of getting away from it all is an island vacation, stay in one of these tiny and colorful cottages on Hatteras Island, on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

    Each charming cottage sleeps four people and is equipped with a kitchen. Communal bathrooms are in a newly renovated bathhouse a short walk away. FYI, no bed linens are provided so you'll need to pack your sheets and blankets. For your cookout convenience, each unit comes with an outdoor charcoal grill and picnic table.

    Hatteras Island is known for its undeveloped beach wilderness which you can explore with your four-legged friend because yes, pets are allowed.

    Summer season (late May to early September) cottage rentals cost about $100 per day with a two-night minimum. Off-season rentals (April through May, and September through November) are about $85 per night.