For the most part, we love hotel stays — experiencing a new space, new design, new amenities. Every so often, however, we long to simplify things and steer clear of major accommodations. To that end, we assembled a list of our favorite Airbnb tiny homes. Each one has a unique charm that is best experienced in person — and with most available for around $100/night, there’s no reason not to book ’em. Check ’em out:
Tiny House in Seattle (Seattle, Washington), $99/night
We’re kind of obsessed with natural woods here at WWoT, so no wonder we chose this as one of our recent tiny house faves. Not only is it wood-lined from floor to ceiling, but it’s got everything you need to get away from it all — including a desk for writers needing a spot to let loose creatively. An outdoor seating area with umbrella is perfect for a Saturday afternoon beer-and-read, while famed Alki Beach is just a quick jaunt away. A few more bennies worth noting: free WiFi (yes, we have a problem disconnecting), indoor fireplace, and free parking nearby. Plus, at $99/night, it beats the average hotel rate (around $200, depending on the season) by half.
Who needs a glam spa/hotel or see-and-be-seen luxe resort? Get away from the frenzy of Orlando proper (but stay nearby) at this waterfront property on Lake Fairview. Start your day with paddle-boarding and kayaking, then dine at the community’s beloved hangout, Grills Lakeside Restaurant (yes, yes, yes, Tsunami Shrimp). As the home is right next to a bird sanctuary, we highly recommend grabbing a spot on the front deck with some coffee and watching the warblers take flight. WiFi is available so you don’t lose touch with the outside world and there’s a kitchen at your disposal so you can cook up a storm for you and a guest or two. Did we mention the lake views? Wow.
There are two reasons we love this Airbnb tiny house: its quirkiness and serene surroundings. We recommend booking this for the summer as there’s no running water inside the home. There is, however, an outdoor shower (liberating!), a large cooler, and a hot plate for cooking simple meals. This is where we long to come when, like Thoreau, we need to commune with nature and get away from it all. The house is exceedingly clean and comfortable, and the small amount of rusticity you’ll experience is part of the joy — kind of like elevated camping.
We mentioned we love wood homes, right? Here’s another gem, this one in Michigan right off Little Traverse Bay at the tippy-top of the state. The gas-burning fireplace put us over the edge, though many things about the home are endearing: the quirky, black-and-white tiled bathroom; the faded red exterior; and, well, wood everything. It helps, too, that Petoskey is the cutest town you’ve ever seen, with coffee shops, a beer garden, and restaurants right around the corner. If getting out is not your aim, then just settle into the cozy couch with a drink of your choice and take in the view of the lake beyond. It doesn’t get more relaxing than that.
The Glass House (Hudson Valley, New York), $159/night
Anchored on a 30-acre farm in the Hudson Valley, this 180-square-foot home is the way to experience a New York winter. This property has been featured in several magazines/newspapers, and rightfully so; nothing beats the cinematic quality of its setting. Curious animals (coyotes, deer, birds) frequently visit the home, while picture windows give you a front-row seat to winter in the wild. Don’t worry, though; you’re not totally isolated. WiFi is included so visitors can stay in touch with friends and family in the city. Also, a propane-powered HVAC system will keep you warm in the winter months, while a kitchen gives you everything you need to cook your own meals. Our favorite thing about The Glass House: cozying up in bed with windows on three sides, watching the stirrings of nighttime as you drift off to sleep.
A treehouse in the city, this Airbnb tiny home is a delight for urbanites who want an escape — but only sort of. Right next to Trinity River, the park setting of the home provides some peace and quiet while its proximity to the downtown area (less than five minutes away) gives guests a chance to party, explore, and experience the urban buzz. Sit on the deck and watch the city lights beyond, or hole up inside and find some calm amid the urban chaos. A distinctly modern design shapes this 190-square-foot “cottage,” which is plenty for us — especially since we plan to spend most of our time out exploring. (Did we mention that Dallas is a top destination for Millennials?)