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11 Tiny Vacation Homes You Can Rent

By Katherine LaGrave and Ashlea Halpern

Sep 14, 2020

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A tiny cabin outside of Topanga, California

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A tiny cabin outside of Topanga, California

From Massachusetts to Alaska, here are teensy-tiny rental properties to add to your littlest wish list. 

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If TV shows like Tiny House Nation and Tiny House Hunters have taught us anything about the American dream, it’s that sometimes we need a break from our own materialism. For those unwilling to sell off their worldly possessions and squeeze into a 200-square-foot dollhouse, there’s always the option of taking a tiny house vacation. Renting a wee home for a long weekend gives you a taste of the small life, without forcing you to chuck all your furniture. 

Per the CDC’s guidance, if you’re thinking about traveling away from your local community, be sure to follow these rules for booking vacation rentals, and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is COVID-19 spreading at your destination? (If so, don’t go.)
  • Is COVID-19 spreading in your community? (There’s a greater chance of you spreading it.)
  • Are you or those you’re traveling with more likely to get very ill from COVID-19? (If so, read up on the risks, and reconsider travel.)
  • Do you live with someone who’s more likely to get very ill from COVID-19? (Same suggestion—read, assess, reconsider.)
  • Does the state or local government where you live or at your destination require you to stay home for 14 days after traveling? (And how would this affect your vacation?)
  • If you get sick with COVID-19, will you have to miss work or school? (Read the fine print.)

ShangriLaLa Tiny Home

Book Now: From $199 per night, airbnb.com

Topanga, California
Sleeps: 2

If you’re looking for some of the best Topanga Canyon views in California, this tiny home set down a private drive in a “sanctuary garden” is a great place to start. Equipped with a work station, shaded yoga deck, and kitchenette, this property also has an off-switch, which will turn off all electric currents in the house.

This tiny cabin outside of Bozeman, Montana, comes with 2.5 miles of hiking trails.

Carriage House Studio

Book Now: From $231 per night, airbnb.com

Bozeman, Montana
Sleeps: 2

Made of reclaimed timber, this cabin gives new meaning to the word “cozy,” with a wood-burning fireplace tucked in one corner and a fully stocked kitchen in another. French doors open to a patio perfect for coffee or cocktails, with views of the surrounding fir trees and wildlife. The grounds include 2.5 miles of trails and a creek for wading and trout fishing, but if you’re looking for a bit more action, Bozeman proper is about 20 minutes away, and you can reach Yellowstone in an hour.

Silo Studio Cottage in Tyringham, Massachusetts

Silo Studio Cottage

Book Now: From $248 per night, airbnb.com

Tyringham, Massachusetts
Sleeps: 2

This Berkshires hideaway—a former studio and converted silo—is on the Santarella Estate in western Massachusetts. It’ll charm the heck out of you with its stained glass, arched entrance, cozy window seat, canopied bed, and pellet stove (a necessity come wintertime). Guests have access to the estate grounds, including winding garden paths, fairy-tale stone bridges, and a lily pond. For serious hikers, the Appalachian Trail is about two miles away.

This Airbnb in Hawaii is near an active volcano.

The Phoenix House

Book Now: From $121 per night, airbnb.com

Pāhoa, Hawaii
Sleeps: 2

The Phoenix House is full of creature comforts and slick design—a lofted queen bed, high-beamed ceilings, and lots of glass and natural light—but odds are you’ll be spending your time outside on the porch. Set on a lava field on Hawaii’s Big Island, this house is at the foot of an active volcano—yes, really.

Bayside Bungalow in Olympia, Washington

Bayside Bungalow

Book Now: From $98 per night, airbnb.com

Olympia, Washington
Sleeps: 2

This 20-foot-long house is burrowed amid towering fir trees on a secluded one-acre lot. The kitchen includes a mini-fridge, cooktop, microwave, and French press; elsewhere you’ll find a gas fireplace, an RV-sized shower and rustic compost toilet, a lofted bed with a skylight for stargazing, and a micro-library of tiny house books. You can see Puget Sound from the windows, and a nearby trail leads right to the beach.

The compact Nashville cabin manages to feel open, thanks to lots of natural light.

Dreamy Tiny House Cottage

Book Now: From $115 per night, airbnb.com

Nashville, Tennessee
Sleeps: 4

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One of the most wish-listed homes in Tennessee, this tiny cabin is a clever mix of old and new: There’s a vintage clawfoot tub and cabinets, but there’s also air-conditioning and new appliances. Set in South Nashville, the cottage is close enough to the action (10 minutes to downtown; walking distance to neighborhood coffee shops and restaurants) but far enough away to feel like a little oasis.

Beacon Cabin in Gaston, Oregon

Beacon Cabin

Book Now: From $200 per night, airbnb.com

Gaston, Oregon
Sleeps: 2

Deep in the heart of Willamette wine country, this mini-house is paneled with recycled cedar wood. Double doors open up to a wraparound porch with sweeping views of a 40-acre pinot noir vineyard. Inside, you’ll find a kitchenette, queen-sized bed, wood-burning fireplace, and loads of picture windows. Although the Beacon feels remote, it’s only a short drive to such celebrated wineries as Penner-Ash and WillaKenzie Estate.

This Atlanta tree house consists of three distinct parts.

Secluded Tree House

Book Now: From $389 per night, airbnb.com

Atlanta, Georgia
Sleeps: 2

Take in a new Atlanta angle from this secluded tree house, which includes three distinct areas connected by rope bridges: a sitting room with a balcony, a double bed with wheels (so it can be rolled out onto a platform overlooking the stream below), and a hammock deck. The bathroom is in the lower level of the hosts’ private home, but guests have exclusive access during their stay.

View from the Glass House in upstate New York

The Glass House

Book Now: From $268 per night, airbnb.com

Marlboro, New York
Sleeps: 2

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A mere 180 square feet inside—the size of a really big bathroom—the Glass House in New York’s Hudson Valley feels much bigger than it actually is. It helps to have 360-degree views of the surrounding 30-acre farm, which has apple orchards, vineyards, and even a “modest” lavender field. There’s a stainless-steel kitchen indoors, but in warmer weather, guests also have access to a firepit and outdoor dining and lounging furniture. (Note: Max occupancy is two people, but larger parties can be accommodated if they’re willing to camp.)

Hobbit Cabin in Talkeetna, Alaska

Hobbit Cabin

Book Now: From $145 per night, airbnb.com

Talkeetna, Alaska
Sleeps: 2

A storybook log cabin set on a picturesque lake two hours north of Anchorage? Yes, please! Even cooler, the roof is covered in sod and the surrounding flower gardens explode into color during the summer. The interior is decorated with mounted fish and bearskin rugs (this is Alaska) and comes equipped with a mini-fridge, coffeemaker, and small desk. Note: The bath is private but a few paces from the Hobbit house.

The off-grid dome in Terlingua, Texas

Off-Grid Adobe Dome

Book Now: From $101 per night, airbnb.com

Terlingua, Texas
Sleeps: 3

This solar-powered “earth house” is less than 30 minutes from Big Bend National Park, but guests say it feels very remote. The house fits a bed, mini-fridge, two-burner propane stove and oven, and bottled water dispenser. (Nondrinking water is pumped from a catchment cistern and should be used sparingly.) Outside the dome is a separate composting latrine, solar-bag shower, “hammock lounge,” firepit, and one of the starriest night skies you’re ever likely to see in the lower 48.

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This article was originally published in 2018. It has been updated with new information.

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