* The tiny house movement is sweeping over America
* Minimalist and sustainable living is a big change
* Test it out before committing in one of these vacation rentals
Minimalist living–especially in small spaces–is not only a lifestyle, it’s an art. The tiny house movement is gaining traction in the United States, and inspiring people to live by the phrase “less is more”–literally.
Giving up your spacious dwelling for a smaller and efficient space is a big change, but more and more couples and families are making the switch to tiny homes willingly. Whether you’re looking for a cozy vacation, weekend getaway, or if you want to practice living in a tiny home before deciding to make a permanent switch, VRBO is plenty of options for alternative lodging options and tiny house listings.
1. Lewis & Clark’s Tiny House #1
At just 250 sq. ft. Lewis and Clark’s custom-built dwelling is a testament to the art of tiny house living and effective spatial design. It’s located on a private property along the the Skalkaho Creek in Hamilton, MT. Despite its humble size, this residence has all of the amenities you need to make you feel at home: wireless internet, heating, convection oven and refrigerator.
2. Glamping Tipi
Camping doesn’t mean you have to sleep in a your average outdoor tent. You can enjoy the feeling of sleeping outdoors (kind of) without the discomfort of bugs and waking up drenched in sweat or ice cold. This glamping tipi in Mayhill, NM lets you enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while still giving you some shelter when you want to get some quality rest. Inside the 340 sq. ft. tipi, you’ll find a queen sized bed, a romantic candlelight chandelier, a small dining table, cooking supplies, and plenty of books, games and decks of cards to keep you entertainined. The outdoor space includes colorful hammocks for sunbathing and a private toilet and dressing room. Another perk? Each guest is greeted with a complimentary s’mores kit. If you’re not willing to disconnect from technology, however, this may not be the place for you. There is no WiFi or cell connection on the property.
3. Tiny House on The Water
Located on a waterfront property in British Columbia, Canada, this microhome is an ideal retreat for those who love nature, but prefer not to sleep in a tent. It’s situated across from Squamish Falls and is only an hour away from the Vancouver International Airport. Sized at just 8″ x 20″ long, this home will encourage you to spend your time outdoors, but will keep you comfortable when you need some shelter indoors. It offers a queen size bed, three-piece shower set, and yes, a flushing toilet.
4. Shipping Container Guest House
Before this banana-hued dwelling was converted into a guesthouse, its job was transporting pineapples in Hawaii. Now, this eco-friendly mini home sits in the yard of its owners, nestled between the Seattle neighborhoods of Wallingford and Fremont. Despite its narrow shape, this abode looks pretty spacious. Its equipped with one queen sized bed, one pull down twin bed, a kitchen, full bathroom and plenty of outdoor space to cook, eat and relax.
5. Tiny Yellow Lifeguard Stand
This quirky home located just over the bridge from Siesta Keys in Sarasota, FL is really a life-sized replica of a Siesta Key lifeguard stand, that you can actually sleep in without getting kicked out. The mini dwelling stays true to its beach theme with a surfboard-shaped kitchen bar and sea-themed table settings. The second story can be accessed via a rustic ladder, where you’ll find a comfortable queen sized bed. It’s also got a full-sized bathroom with a rainfall shower.
6. Studio Tree House
Why stay on the ground when you can lodge in a tree? This trendy studio tree house in Austin, TX is an elevated alternative to your standard vacation rental experience. Vaulted ceilings and ample windows allow for plenty of natural light and star gazing in the evenings. Even though the stunning surroundings will likely deter you from powering on your smart devices and Netflix shows, if you do want to enjoy modern technology and in home entertainment during your stay, this tree house offers a flat screen TV, Apple TV and free WiFi. It’s also situated in a prime location, ten minutes from downtown Austin and just one block away from South Congress District.
7. Rutabaga Houseboat
For an aquatic lodging experience, try another tiny home option: a houseboat. Assuming you’re not prone to seasickness, a houseboat is a great alternative to staying in a hotel or even a rental condo. Located along the shore of West Lake Seattle in Washington, The Rutabaga houseboat has everything you need for a trip on the water: five kayaks, an indoor and outdoor deck area, a propane barbecue and a rooftop deck with a stunning view of downtown Seattle and Lake Union.
8. Cozy Camper Van
Why stay stationary when you can take your lodging with you as you go. This retro Volkswagon camper van in Oahu comes with a memory foam mattress, fully stocked “kitchen,” and endless Instagram-worthy photo-ops. Despite its compact size, it actually sleeps up to four people. Other thoughtful additions include battery-powered “candles,” beach gear, bar accessories and vintage-inspired decor. Plus, it’s a great value–it’s like getting a rental car and hotel accommodation in one package.
9. Off-The-Grid Joshua Tree Retreat
Located in a desolate, 8-acre space near Pioneertown in Joshua Tree, CA this desert retreat takes “glamping,” to a whole new level. The open structure sits on top an 18-inch raised patio deck that allows you to absorb the California desert’s gilded light throughout the day. It’s furnished with rustic decor and is equipped with a queen size memory foam bed and a writing desk with a vintage Royal typewriter. The 80-acre surrounding space also includes a sculpture garden, barbecue and 16-inch picnic table for outdoor dining.
10. Airstream Travel Trailer
If you’ve ever flown with Virgin Airlines, the interior of this airstream trailer will look familiar. Located just 15 minutes away from Sonoma Wine County in California, this trailer offers the experience of staying in a luxury hotel, without the exalted price tag and overall pretension. At just 28 feet, its accommodations and amenities are impressive. It’s got a queen size bed, WiFi, full bath with rain shower, full galley kitchen, heating/AC, and a stereo system. Plus, you can’t beat the 60’s space age decor neon lighting.