Have you ever wanted to try out a tiny house? Stay in a tiny house hotel!
Tiny house hotels are becoming more and more popular. Some people are just looking for the novelty, and others want to get a taste of tiny house living before moving into one full time. Whatever your purpose in staying at a tiny house hotel, here are the places to do it.
1) Caravan, Portland, OR
Caravan boasts being the first tiny house hotel in the US. There are 6 tiny houses here that surround a central gathering space with BBQ pit, comfy chairs, and cool art.
Caravan is situated in the Alberta Arts District of Portland, a funky neighborhood with walking access to cafes, pubs, galleries, tattoo parlors and more.
2) Blue Moon Rising, Deep Creek Lake, MD
Blue Moon’s vision was to create a vacation resort that left as little impact on the natural landscape as possible. Their philosophy is that nothing go to waste, and to that end, all trees and dirt disturbed in the building process were used elsewhere on the property.
A dozen beautiful cabins in the woods were primarily built using reclaimed, recycled and Eco-friendly products. Plenty of outdoor activities–such as boating, swimming, horseback riding, or skiing–are available near by. Bring your dog, too!
3) The Shady Dell, Bisbee, AZ
The Shady Dell is a crazy kitschy cool vintage travel trailer hotel. Each of the park’s 9 vintage trailers–and one yacht!–has been meticulously restored and outfitted in its own funky, era-appropriate theme, like the Tiki Bus Polynesian Palace or the funky Royal Mansion, with leopard carpet and martini glasses.
Bisbee, Arizona, is a high mountain historic copper mining town known for its historic buildings, museums, antique shops, and more. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the biking, hiking, and rock hounding opportunities.
4) Wee Casa, Lyons, CO
Wee Casa opened its doors in 2015, offering 10 tiny homes for nightly rentals. They operate in conjunction with a lovely wedding venue, the Lyons Farmette, on the banks of the St. Vrain River. They also sell new and used tiny houses.
Lyons, Colorado is nestled in the foothills between Boulder and Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation nearby, including hiking, wildlife watching, rock climbing, mountain biking, and more. Lyons is an artsy little town with a nice main street and some good restaurants. Due to its proximity to the more popular Boulder and Estes Park, Lyons is an often-overlooked gem.
5) Fireside Resort, Jackson, WY
Perhaps the most luxurious of the tiny house hotels on this list, Fireside Resort offers two styles of cabins for rent or for purchase. Their cabins, like many tiny houses, are easily transportable. Each cabin is outfitted in luxurious, rustic detail, and is complete with fireplace, flat screen TVs, WiFi, and luxury linens. The resort is pet friendly, too!
Jackson, Wyoming is just outside Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, and include hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, biking, and more. The town itself offers plenty of restaurants and shopping, and a wild west shootout in the old town square.
6) Izaak Walton Inn, Essex, MT
The Izaak Walton Inn is not strictly a tiny house hotel, but they have some of the coolest accommodations on this list. There is a main lodge, but the properly is also home to multiple tiny cabins, and (drum roll please) renovated train cars! The Inn was built next to the railroad yard in 1939, hence the railcar theme.
Both the rail cars and cabins are equipped with kitchens and baths, and are surrounded by beautiful forest and mountain views. The Izaak Walton Inn is conveniently located between the East and West sides of Glacier National Park, and makes a great base for your explorations in that area.
7) Eco Cottages, Venice Beach, CA
Straddling the line between tiny and small house, these three Venice Beach Eco Cottages are just four blocks from the beach. The one-bedroom cottages were all remodeled using earth friendly, organic and repurposed materials – from a flea market find bugle turned into a pot rack; to a vintage record cabinet turned into a bathroom vanity.
All of the materials used in the cottages–from linens to cleaning supplies–are natural and fragrance free, and each cottage has a whole-house filtration system. Each cottage also has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, WiFi, and flat screen TV. Plus, a portion of profits goes to charity.
8) El Cosmico, Marfa, TX
This is the only tiny house hotel that we know of that lets you try out not one, not two, but three types of tiny houses–Airstream trailers, teepees, and yurts. Granted, not all of these have kitchens in them, but you can get at least get an idea of what living in these types of homes would feel like.
Marfa is a funky town in the high desert of West Texas, and is known for its odd awesomeness. While there, be sure to visit Prada, an ironic version of the real thing, Book Marfa, the incredible bookstore and coffee shop, and The Museum of Electronic Wonders & Late Night Grilled Cheese Parlour, because when are you going to get a chance to visit it again? Oh, and maybe you’ll get lucky and see the mysterious Marfa lights…
9) Endémico, Ensenada, Baja
Nestled on a hillside overlooking the wine region of Valle de Guadalupe in Baja, these eco-friendly cabins are designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape. Although the units do not come equipped with a kitchen (because then you wouldn’t eat at the hotel’s restaurant!), they can still give you the feel of tiny house living in a modern space.
The property is one and a half hours south of San Diego, California, in an area that’s home to some of Mexico’s largest wineries and offers a blend of Mexican culture and artisanal activity.
10) Rolling Huts, Winthrop, WA
The rolling huts are really sort of glamping, tiny house style, since the plumbing is all located outside. Inside, you’ll find a sleek, modern living space with sleeping platforms, plus refrigerator and microwave. There is a portable toilet and water faucet outside of each hut, and shared bathrooms/showers nearby.
Winthrop, Washington, is well known for its abundant cross country skiing trails. Other outdoor activities include rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, horse-back riding, hunting and fishing, golfing, and more. There are also art galleries and periodic music festivals.
Individual Tiny House Rentals
In addition to dedicated tiny house hotels, there are also plenty of individual tiny house rentals available. Great places to look for these include www.tinyhousevacations.com, www.tinyhouselistings.com, and www.airbnb.com.