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

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. Read more. (Courtesy of Jean-Marc Labrosse)

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

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

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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 

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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


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

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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 

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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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San Marcos, Texas

Billed as the world’s toughest canoe race, the Texas Water Safari, held each June, is a four-day, 260-mile jaunt from the headwaters of the San Marcos River northeast of San Antonio to the small shrimping town of Seadrift on the Gulf Coast. There’s no prize money—just bragging rights for the winner. Any boat without a motor is allowed, and you’ll have to carry your own equipment and overnight gear. Food and water are provided at aid stations along the way. Entry fees start at $175 and increase as race day approaches.

The Ring

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Strasburg, Virginia

The Ring is a 71-mile trail running race in early September along the entire length of Virginia’s rough and rocky Massanutten Trail loop. To qualify, you need to have run a 50- or 100-mile race before the event and win a spot through the lottery system. Entry is free. Complete the run and you’ll become part of the tight-knit Fellowship of the Ring and be eligible for the Reverse Ring, which entails running the trail backwards in the middle of winter.


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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Each spring, competitors gather in Santa Fe’s historic plaza with a simple goal: be the first to reach 12,308-foot Deception Peak, 17 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation gain away. Competitors run or bike the first 15 miles to the local ski area before transitioning to their waiting ski-touring setups for the final push to the top. Time stops only when they’ve skied back down to the tailgate in the resort’s parking lot, which is funded by the modest entry fee of around $25. To add to the sufferfest, some participants sign up for the Expedition category, in which they strap their skis, skins, boots, and poles to their bikes for the long ride up. Start dates vary depending on snow conditions, but look for the event page to be posted on Facebook in late March or early April.