8 Tiny Getaways: From Cabins to Cabanas

While the places we escape to tend to be large (the sea, the mountains, the big city) the places we stay are usually small (beach shacks, cabins, hotel rooms). The great, expansive outdoors is often best experienced from a small but cozy spot, like one of these tiny getaways.

  1. X-S House by Tumbleweed Tiny Houses: This 65 square foot house costs less than $40,000 to buy readymade and about $16,000 to build yourself. It’s a tiny hideaway equipped with a sleeping loft, kitchenette, and wet bath.
  2. Modern Cabana: These tiny prefab cabanas start at 10 x 10 feet for around $12,000, and they’re meant to be used as backyard getaways.
  3. Tereasa’s Modest Cottage: This 10 x 10 foot square cabin was lovingly restored by Tereasa and her husband, David. They carted it across the Midwest, from its original motor court location in Beardstown, Illinois to its current home in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
  4. Grand Daddy Hotel’s Airstream Penthouse Park: This South African hotel has a penthouse roof outfitted with seven vintage airstream trailers, each designed to be its own little escape.
  5. Manilow Weehouse in Burlington, Wisconsin: Designed by Alchemy Architects, this 784 square foot lakefront house has an open porch that overlooks the water.
  6. Mark and Katie’s Cross-Country T@B Trip: Mark Cognata and Katie Mancine traveled across the country in this teardrop trailer with their chihuahua, Mister, and documented the trip on their blog, Wanderful.
  7. Helen and Frazer’s Solar Powered Beach Shack: This tiny seaside cottage has no electricity and uses solar power to provide a few hours of lighting each day.
  8. Before and After: Shed to Guesthouse by Wary Meyers: Using found objects and vintage pieces, decorating team Wary Meyers created a cozy retreat from a former shed.
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