5 Vacation Rentals That Let You Test Drive Tiny House Living

Couple walking inside of new tiny home

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If you're considering tiny house living but are on the fence about downsizing, test driving one of the following seven teeny vacation homes will resolve all doubts. "How so?" you may ask. These little abodes were built for full-time living. Even better, each one was designed by a different small home builder you can hire. We share what you need to know on the following pages.

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    Caravan: The First Tiny House Hotel

    Caravan tiny houses of Portland, Orgeon
    Tiny House Hotel

    If you are looking to vacay in a tiny house that’s less than 200 square feet, listen up. Caravan, the first tiny house hotel, is located in Portland, Oregon, and has six teeny options you can try on for size.

    The tiny hotel's smallest abode is The Amazing Mysterium. It's a petite 120 square feet. Their largest rental is the ​Kangablue, a traditional stick-built home on wheels that measures 170 square feet.

    Caravan shares details about the homebuilders who constructed their tiny homes on their site.

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    The Bayside Bungalow

    Tumbleweed Workshop tiny home
    Bayside Bungalow

    The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company is the business credited with sparking the Tiny House Movement back in 2002 when they sold their first teeny home on wheels.

    The Bayside Bungalow, located in Olympia, WA, was built by Brittany Yunker Carlson. She was a small space enthusiast who attended one of Tumbleweed’s two-day tiny home building workshops. FYI, before taking the class, she had zero construction experience. Now Brittany earns her living teaching others how to create their own tiny homes.

    The Bayside Bungalow has a one-night minimum stay.

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    The Rustic Modern Tiny House

    Rustic Modern House tiny house
    The Rustic Modern Tiny House

    The Rustic Modern Tiny House, located in Portland, Oregon, is a 350-square-foot home built by Jenna Yee and Michael Papillo, a creative team based on the West Coast that specializes in creating tiny, livable spaces. Their creation incorporates plenty of reclaimed materials, including vintage teak flooring, salvaged wood frame windows, and—my favorite—a petite clawfoot tub.

    If the charming home looks familiar, you may have seen it on the TV show ​Tiny House Nation.

    Jenna and Michael recently completed their second vacation retreat called The Home Sweet Homesteader. It's a 450-square-foot cabin located in Joshua Tree, California. 

    The Rustic Modern Tiny House currently has a 30-night minimum stay.

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    Tiny Kanga House

    Kanga house
    Airbnb

    The Kanga E 2nd is a vacation rental in Austin, TX designed by Kanga Room Systems. They create high-quality wood product kits for accessory structures and tiny homes that you can build yourself or hire them to assemble.

    The 224-square-foot abode features a lovely wood deck for outdoor lounging and a kitchen stocked with appliances.

    The Kanga on E 2nd has a minimum stay of two nights, although this may vary based on the time of year.

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    The Pocket House

    The Pocket House
    Airbnb

    The Pocket House in Portland, Oregon is a lovely 435-square-foot house designed by Swift Architecture. This abode is a sensible blend of Scandinavian style and green building practices. The latter, in particular, makes the dwelling a happy home.

    The abode's environmental features include walls coated with very low VOC paint. The house also has a few amenities that enhance its livability, including a high-efficiency washer and dryer and a compact patio for your outdoor enjoyment.

    The Pocket House has a three-night minimum stay.