Tiny homes started gaining mainstream popularity in the early 2000s, but the idea took off in Portland, Oregon, in 1997, when the city amended housing regulations to allow homeowners to build accessible dwelling units (ADUs) on their properties.
Those ADUs can also be called tiny homes, defined as single-unit dwellings typically less than 500 square feet, or about the size of a two-car garage, though there is not a definitive standard size. According to Today’s Homeowner, a team of home-improvement experts and professionals, there are more than 10,000 tiny homes in the U.S.
The tiny home movement really took hold during the 2007-’08 financial crisis as an affordable alternative to traditional housing, not to mention those looking to lessen their carbon footprints and live a simpler life. According to The Tiny Life, a website dedicated to tiny home living, approximately two out of five tiny homeowners are over the age of 50.
Curious about tiny homes but not ready to take the leap? We’ve got your answer: tiny home resorts. Over the past few years, a number of these resorts have popped up across the country. Here, we take a look at a handful of tiny home resorts to consider for your next getaway.
Mt. Hood Tiny House Village, Oregon
It only seems right to start with a tiny house resort about an hour outside of Portland, Oregon — Mt. Hood Tiny House Village, near the town of Welches.
The seven tiny homes in this resort are on the smaller side (up to 358 square feet) and can accommodate between three and seven guests. The secret? Lofted bedrooms and pullout couches make sure there’s room for everyone in your party. Two of the tiny homes are pet-friendly so you can bring Fido along for the fun, too. And there’s a lot to do outside your tiny door including hiking and biking trails, plus Mt. Hood National Forest is less than a 30-minute drive from the village. Rates start at $139; a two-night minimum stay is required. Additional Tiny House Villages are in Florida, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin.