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Tiny Houses You Can Rent for the Night

Maybe you don't want to live in a 200-square-foot house full-time, but you wouldn't mind vacationing in one

Try out a tiny house — for prospective buyers or just an escape. (Roderick Aichinger)

Maybe you don't want to live in a 200-square-foot house full-time, but you wouldn't mind vacationing in one

If you believe less is more, it’s easy to see the appeal of the tiny-house movement: You’ll spend less money living in a tiny house, use less energy, and spend less time inside. But if you’re not ready to downsize your entire life into 200 square feet, you can rent a tiny house for the weekend, thanks to a growing number of tiny-house hotels popping up around the country.


New York and Boston

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(Courtesy Getaway/Ball and Albanese)

Getaway offers spots in more than a dozen tiny homes scattered in secret wooded locations, each within a couple hours of Boston and New York City. You won’t get a Wi-Fi password, but you will get a lockbox for your phone so you can entirely disconnect. These clean, wooden microhomes, first unveiled in 2015 by students at Harvard Graduate School of Design, range from 160 to 200 square feet and sleep two to four people. When you book your stay, you’ll get an email letting you know the exact location of the cabin before your trip. (From $99.)


Lyons, Colorado

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(Courtesy WeeCasa)

At WeeCasa, you’ll sleep near the shores of the St. Vrain River, a short drive to Rocky Mountain National Park, in a home smaller than 250 square feet. These 22 little cabins are outfitted with queen beds, kitchenettes, French press coffee makers, and tiny bathrooms. Visit in the spring or summer, and you can sync your trip with the Planet Bluegrass festival series. The resort also offers weekly and monthly rates, or you can score a pad just for the night. (From $139.)

Snake River Sporting Club

Jackson, Wyoming

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(Courtesy Snake River Sporting Club)

Want a little more space? Wyoming’s Snake River Sporting Club now has four newly constructed 400-square-foot tiny homes on its property. The cabins have one bedroom, a kitchen, a small living area, and a deck that overlooks Wolf Mountain and the Snake River Canyon. Club amenities like fly-fishing outings, a climbing wall, kayaking, and more are included in your stay. (From $525.)

Austin’s Original Tiny Home Hotel

Austin, Texas

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(Courtesy Austin’s Original Tiny Home Hotel)

Austin’s Original Tiny Home Hotel is a gathering of sleek tiny homes in an RV park in the outskirts of Austin. The homes are modern and nice—upgraded (but, yes, miniature) kitchens, lofted beds, and plenty of outdoor seating if it’s too cozy inside. The largest home, at 268 square feet, sleeps four. (From $129.)

Mount Hood Tiny House Village

Welches, Oregon

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(Courtesy Mount Hood Tiny House Village)

You’ll have a view of Mount Hood from the porch of your tiny house at this collection of five charmingly decorated cabins outside Portland. Ranging from 175 to 260 square feet, the homes come with stocked kitchens and feature cedar-plank siding, and they can somehow sleep five people and a dog. If you’re on the East Coast, a new sister resort, Tuxbury Tiny House Village, is opening with five tiny houses this August in South Hampton, New Hampshire. (From $129.)

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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

(Courtesy Quatro Hubbard)

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.


(David Silver)

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.