Tiny-home living isn’t for everyone, but the ideals at the heart of the movement — living sustainably, having less stuff, simplifying your life — sound so wonderful. Virtuous, even. If only we could get just a slice of it once in a while, or test it out before jumping in with both feet.
Now, tiny home resorts, such as WeeCasa in Colorado and A Tiny House Resort in the Catskills region of New York, offer the opportunity to do just that.
WeeCasa is a cluster of tiny homes (the owners refer to it as a village) in Lyons, Colorado, right on the edge of the foothills of the Rockies. Stay the night at WeeCasa, and you’ll have a tiny house all to yourself.
If you book early enough, you’ll even get to pick from a variety of styles, and each one is different. The Hobbit House is one of the most popular tiny homes at WeeCasa, said director of operations, Karen Agena.
While the Hobbit House is a customer favorite, there are plenty of other delightful options to choose from. Every tiny home seems to come with its own particular look and style.
While these little abodes are oozing charm, the best part of WeeCasa just might be how it came to be in the first place. The devastating floods that battered northern Colorado in 2013 hit the town of Lyons particularly hard. Businessman Kenyon Waugh wanted to aid in his town’s economic recovery after the floods.
The popularity of the tiny homes made them an intriguing option in a town that needed more lodging options, especially during the busy summer and fall months, when many tourists come through Lyons on their way to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Waugh was inspired by the tiny-home movement after he and his wife hiked the Appalachian Trail, where they lived a more pared-down life, Agena said.
The quarters are tight, but they still have plenty of amenities. This one, for example, has a tiny refrigerator and a stove just below the sleeping loft.
And the all-new Juniper House offers modern farmhouse-style lodging, complete with a small desk/workspace alongside a tiny kitchen countertop.
WeeCasa Resort also boasts some more generic open space, which visitors can use as a venue for anything from business meetings and retreats to small parties.
WeeCasa’s tiny homes also offer an area for outdoor play and community time, too. The drive circles the tiny homes, and at the center is a grassy area with picnic benches and lounge chairs.
An Adirondack chair just outside of your cute little lodging is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee.
If you love outdoor activities, you may want to visit the venue during warmer months. In the evening, families can eat dinner and play some fun games outside.
If you have a tiny home preference, you’ll want to book a WeeCasa tiny home way in advance. You may want to take a look even if you’re not heading for Colorado anytime soon because they’re so darned cute.
The Lily Pad, for example, has a boho vibe:
Others have a more modern feel:
Some of the tiny homes at WeeCasa are as large (ha!) as 600 square feet, and they sleep up to six people. The tiniest of the homes are around 165 square feet, Agena said.
If you’re located closer to the eastern side of the U.S., you should check out A Tiny House Resort, which opened in September 2017. Managed by a mother-daughter team, the resort consists of a number of tiny homes nestled in the Catskill mountains of New York.
Open year-round, the dog-friendly lodging is situated in a peaceful wooded environment with a waterfall nearby.
You can choose from a variety of small homes, each with its own quirky character and unique name, like the Mocha, the Green Bean and the Oki (the interior of which is pictured here).
Each tiny home at this Catskills resort is cozy and comfortable, and boasts plenty of amenities, like cable TV, gas cooktops and microwaves, air conditioning and more.
Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to commune with goats, ducks and chickens over the course of your tiny-house stay, if you so choose.
Are you ready to see whether you could handle downsizing your home into a few hundred square feet while still avoiding space-related spats with your spouse? This is a great way to try before you buy — or not.
Even if you already know that tiny home living isn’t for you, this is such a fun way to confirm it. Plus, you’re sure to appreciate the size of your own home more than you ever did when you return from your vacation.
Would you visit one of these tiny homes?