Caravan–The Tiny House Hotel
Situated on Northeast Portland’s Alberta Street, smack in the middle of the Alberta Arts District, Caravan is an unusual alternative to traditional hotels or vacation rentals. This hotel features six tiny individually styled houses for rent, from the cabinlike Skyline, made mostly from upcycled material, to the Amazing Mysterium, a vaguely steampunk affair modeled after a vardo gypsy wagon, with lovely additions such as stained-glass windows and lots of built-in shelving. In the true Portland style, the houses are clustered together in a "pod," similar to how many of the city's famous food carts are arranged. In lieu of a lobby, there’s a central outdoor common area with a fire pit (s'more making is encouraged, and supplies are furnished). Note that live bands are brought in on Wednesday evenings during the summer months to perform for guests and a limited number of community members, and the whole area gets busy during the first Thursday of every month, when Alberta Street is transformed into a pedestrian-only night market–cum–street party that lasts well into the evening.
By Margot Bigg, AFAR Contributor
5009 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97211, USA