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5 Tiny Vacation Homes

Rent a small apartment and you’ll end up with some big adventures

5 Tiny Vacation Homes

Less is often more as far as travel is concerned. These six little homes are no exception. Photo: Courtesy of Jean-Marc Labrosse

The measure of a great vacation isn’t in the square footage of your hotel room. It’s in the time you spend exploring your chosen destination. One way to make sure you don’t end up sequestered indoors? Base your travels out of a tiny home. Here are five that’ll make it easy.

Hawi, Hawaii

  Photo: Courtesy of HomeAway

The Dragon Cabin
Square feet: 384 
Price: $75 per night

Shack up in a renovated coffee worker’s cabin on this Big Island coffee farm managed by a local multigenerational family. The cozy cabin has a fully equipped indoor kitchen, and because the bathroom and shower are located outside, there’s room inside for a California king bed. From here, it’s easy access to hiking in Pu’u O ’Umi Natural Area Reserve and surfing at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Plus, you’re just a ten-mile drive to hiking along Pololu’s black sand beach.

Narsaq, Greenland 

  Photo: Courtesy of Monika Brune

The Great View
Square feet: 90 
Price: $500 per week

The giant picture window with views of Narsaq village, ceaseless fjords, and snow-capped mountains make this miniscule pad seem much bigger than it really is. It has room for a miniature living room, kitchen, bedroom, and terrace. And while showering is a no-go (running water is still a luxury in Greenland), you are treated to an outdoor wood-fired bathtub. During the day, explore southern Greenland by fishing, taking a boat out to the glaciers, or hiking among the ruins of old Viking homesteads and Inuit villages. 

Ojai, California

  Photo: Mark/

The Pine Cabin
Square feet: 120
Price: $570 per week

Small doesn’t mean somber in this pint-sized cabin that comes with two outdoor showers, an outdoor kitchen, and a shared hot tub. Inside is a writing desk and queen-size bed. A few miles up the road, you’ll find plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails in Los Padres National Forest. A few miles in the other direction puts you in artsy downtown Ojai. But before you head out, fix yourself an omelet using fresh eggs from the owner’s chickens.

Seattle, Washington

  Photo: Courtesy of Jean-Marc Labrosse

The Gypsy Wagon
Square feet: 32
Price: $60 per night

Seattle will feel like a small town if you stay this handcrafted wooden house on wheels parked in a big backyard, where the owners keep a few chickens and bunnies. Despite the farmyard feel, this wee home is in the heart of Queen Anne, one of Seattle’s most desirable neighborhoods. Head out for a run among the nearby hilltop mansions (with the city’s best skyline and water views) or hop on a bus downtown, where you can savor the fresh fish dishes at Pike Place Market.

Upper Normandy, France 

  Photo: Courtesy of Annie Aubrun

The Little House in the Garden
Square feet: 130
Price: $50 per night

You won’t need much more than the bed and wood-burning fireplace to enjoy this storybook brick house surrounded by a floral garden. Relax, meditate, or pick fresh fruit before taking a day trip to some of Normandy’s finest beaches. Veules-les-Roses, arguably one of the most picturesque fishing villages in all of France, is only ten miles away, and Annie, the home’s yoga-instructor owner, is happy to provide directions.

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