Love it or hate it, the tiny house movement is here to stay. If you’ve been toying with the idea of minimalist living but aren’t ready to commit to going small, these tiny house vacation rentals provide the perfect temporary getaway or — if you’re looking to settle down soon — try-before-you-buy opportunity.
ESCAPE Homes has been building tiny homes for more than 25 years. Within the tiny house community, however, the company’s popularity has recently gone supernova with the release of the Traveler series. As we’ve discussed before, the ultra-portable design features a streamlined, house-like exterior with a bright, beautiful interior of blonde wood, high-tech appliances, and modern gadgetry. Anyone looking to spend a few nights in, or kick the tires (literally) of, one of the company’s lovely tiny homes can. ESCAPE Homes offers eight locations around the country where folks can get a taste of tiny living. The sites stretch from coast to coast, from the rural farmland of New York’s Hudson Valley to a stunning vineyard in Oregon. Guests happy with their experience can purchase their own customized ESCAPE home and have it delivered anywhere in the U.S. within 90 days.
Airbnb didn’t invent the idea of homestays, but they certainly mainstreamed it. Now, many sites are taking the concept a step further. Hipcamp is a niche homeshare site with a focus on rustic accommodations — think treehouses and tiny homes — in truly memorable destinations. Their database currently features more than 285,000 bookable listings on farms, vineyards, public parks, ranches, and more. While they don’t exclusively list only tiny homes, there are plenty such accommodations to be found. This off-grid tiny cabin perched high in California’s Tahoe National Forest, for example, would make John Muir proud. The Fern Creek Tiny House in South Carolina is a perfectly sized tiny home with everything you need and nothing you don’t. Perhaps the coolest part (aside from the dirt-cheap pricing of many listings) is that these rentals are searchable by terrain (waterfall, swimming hole, cave, etc.).
If your primary vacation goal is simply “to get away” without caring much about where you’re getting away to, Getaway may be just what you need. The company hosts several tiny house “communities” on wooded land that’s typically only a few hours drive from the city. But the catch (or hook, if you prefer) is that guests don’t know the exact address of their cabin until they’ve already booked. Once on-site, visitors will find the cabins to be intentionally rustic with minimal interiors awash in raw wood. As the name implies, the houses are designed to be a proper getaway in every sense of the word — a reprieve from our always-connected lives. All accommodations sleep two to four people and include the essentials: a kitchen cooktop, a sink for basic clean-up, and a built-in toilet and shower. Getaway’s first community of 35 tiny houses is situated on a rural 40-acre site in southern New Hampshire, not far from downtown Boston. Getaway was even featured on Shark Tank and has since expanded to other cities, including New York City and Washington, D.C., with additional destinations planned for the near future.
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