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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
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.)
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
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’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
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.)