The tiny house movement may have peaked a few years ago. The desire to downsize, however, is alive and well in the United States. For anyone toying with the idea of living small, these tiny house hotels and guesthouses provide the perfect opportunity to try before you buy.
Getaway has fast become the poster child for digital detox-seeking Millennials. From meager beginnings in just a couple of U.S. cities, the company has expanded to ten outposts throughout the country. All are situated in “secret” locations (the exact address isn’t revealed to guests until the day of check-in) within a short drive of a major city, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Portland, and, as of last week, Austin, Texas. The design of every tiny cabin is modern and minimal with only the essentials — a bathroom with running water, a full-featured kitchenette, and a communal table stocked with plenty of inspirational, outdoor-centric books. The intentional lack of Wi-Fi and massive picture window adjacent to the bed are designed to help guests slow down, disconnect, and appreciate nature.
Tiny House Siesta
A stone’s throw from Siesta Key Beach lies Tiny House Siesta. A dozen freestanding homes make up this tiny house hotel, all with unique designs that embody South Florida’s beach aesthetic. All vary in size and amenities to provide guests with entirely different takes on compact living. One of the hotel’s most popular pads is the Green Lifeguard Stand, a playful riff on the state’s bold, iconic lifeguard shacks. The 220-square-foot Dragonfly is among the hotel’s most luxurious guestrooms with hardwood laminate flooring, a double-door entryway, and oversized skylights.
Escape Tiny Vacations
We’ve covered Escape’s drool-worthy designer dwellings before. The designs are among the swankiest we’ve seen in any tiny home. Through its Escape Tiny Vacations program, the company now offers nightly stays for travelers and tiny house tire-kickers. Rentals are available in a handful of locations throughout the country, including California, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. Every house boasts Escape’s trademark, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design. Amenities vary between destinations, although most include modern conveniences like full kitchens, separate living areas, washers and dryers, Wi-Fi, and plenty of USB power ports.
Elsewhere Cabin Retreat
For travelers who appreciate complete solitude — even without the company of other hotel guests — Texas’ Elsewhere Cabin Retreat is a near-perfect escape. The exclusive tiny house is situated on a remote patch of land just 30 minutes from Austin. The 160-square-foot floorplan is compact without scrimping on the essentials. The one-room structure houses a handmade sofa that converts to a twin bed, while an upstairs loft with a queen-sized bed adds sleep space for two more. An efficiency kitchen and attached bathroom with a shower make the pint-sized home perfectly livable. The main draw here, however, is the private deck with beautiful views of the surrounding ranch.
If you’re ready to take the plunge and start living small, these tiny houses are available to buy from Amazon. Two-day Prime shipping is probably not included, though.
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