Tiny houses are all the rage on the West Coast right now, especially throughout the Pacific Northwest where millennials and other young people are rethinking how to live a more modest, scaled-back, and environmentally friendly lifestyle — plus, how cute are those tiny abodes that you can just hook up to your car and move somewhere else?
The tiny house fever is spreading and has now reached the East Coast. From the mountain wildernesses and dense forests of the far north to subtropical southern climes, tiny house culture is taking root, connecting people with nature and reminding them to value the simple things. With spots all along the eastern seaboard, these are the best tiny houses to rent in the eastern United States.
1. Getaway — various locations on the East Coast
Getaway’s minimalist tiny cabins, with light-filled interiors of tawny wood and jet-black exteriors, have been taking social media by storm lately. With locations all over the US, Getaway’s modern cabins sit tucked away on private lots inside quiet forests near major cities, with no Wi-Fi, patchy cell service, and zero real-world distractions so its guests can really unplug and reconnect with nature. All the cabins come equipped with a queen bed or bunks, private bathroom, hot water, AC, kitchenette, utensils, outdoor picnic area with fire grill, and purchasable provisions; there’s no need to pack a ton of supplies, making it perfect for people who love getting outdoors but hate the hassle of camping or RVing. Getaway’s East Coast outposts include locations in the Catskills near New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland, and Washington, DC, with prices starting at $119. Prices vary depending on location, season, and weekday or weekend booking.
2. A Tiny House Resort — Catskill Mountains, New York
For city-slickers eager to get away from NYC, A Tiny House Resort, located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, is the perfect retreat. Featuring trendy contemporary design and minimalist interiors, each of the tiny houses, which come with amenities like a kitchenette, full bathroom, Wi-Fi, TV, and private patio, have their own unique design with neutral colors. Several, like the Vista, feature wrap-around windows for panoramic views of the forest and river. The site also has a heated pool, rentable outdoor equipment like kayaks and rafts, easy access to nearby rivers and hiking trails, and its own cute animal menagerie, including a herd of goats you can do yoga with. Located in South Cairo near the Hudson River, prices vary depending on the season and house.
3. The Glass House — Hudson Valley, New York
The tiny house lifestyle is about embracing simplicity, needing and wanting very little. The Glass House is the perfect embodiment of those ideals: a sleek, compact tiny home of gleaming amber wood, with floor-to-ceiling windows for guests to gaze out onto 30 acres of serene meadows, orchards, vineyards, and forests. Entirely off the grid, the house is powered by built-in rooftop solar panels, with portable gas for hot water and heating. Featuring a kitchenette, bathroom, and outdoor sitting area, the bed is surrounded by wrap-around windows, so you can sleep and wake up with the most peaceful views ever. Available for rental on Airbnb, rates start at $174 a night.
4. Tiny House Siesta — Sarasota, Florida
The brightly painted tiny houses of Tiny House Siesta are just steps from the quartz-sand beaches, warm water, and never-ending fun of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Located just a short drive from Sarasota and the famous Siesta Key Beach, Tiny House Siesta is a collection of 11 spic-and-span tiny houses, each with its own theme. There’s the Lifeguard Stand, with an entrance that looks like a lifeguard tower and maritime decor like a surfboard breakfast bar, or the Sea Turtle, featuring a vibrant painting of a sea turtle on the outside. The houses are all stylish and clean, with the laid-back, inviting vibe of oceanside rentals, and come with bedrooms/sleeping areas, kitchenettes, bathrooms, living room, and outdoor sitting areas. They’re also pet-friendly, so your furry friend can come along.
5. Silo Studio — Massachusetts
This tiny house is like something straight out of a fairy tale. While the Silo Studio may not fit the traditional profile of a tiny house, it still makes for a magical getaway. Constructed like a two-story silo building, the outside is whimsically adorned with a castle turret and a medieval door. Inside, the ground floor has a sitting area with a rustic wood stove, dining table, mini-fridge, microwave, TV, and bathroom. Ascending the winding staircases leads to the second-floor bedroom, with an elaborate canopy bed, vaulted ceiling, and mill windows looking out onto the pastoral garden with manicured lawns, footpaths, ponds, crooks, and stone bridges. Open year-round, rates start at $225 a night.
6. Crooked River Tiny House — Maine
Surrounded by the peaceful woods of western Maine, this cutesy Crooked River Tiny House is part of an off-the-grid eco-retreat with no electricity, sitting on 480 secluded acres by the Crooked River. The exterior of the tiny house is covered in uneven wood shingles, creating a fantastical, cascading effect. Orange trim and a navy blue door create a charming contrast to the rustic wood. The ground floor includes a cozy sitting area, wood stove, dining area, kitchenette, and bathroom. Upstairs, the loft bedroom is nestled under a peaked ceiling with a window looking out onto the woods. As cozy as can be, it’s a steal on Airbnb at just $100 a night.
7. Live A Little Chatt — Georgia
Good, old-fashioned Southern charm comes in tiny packages at Live A Little Chatt, a tiny house getaway a short drive from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Perched on the side of Lookout Mountain, the sites’ three tiny houses have unobstructed views over the forest valley below, with added touches like built-in patios and rooftop decks for guests to truly soak up the vista or enjoy pristine stargazing at night. Each house has its own unique character, like the Old Blue Chair Tiny House with its stylized wood panels, white-washed interior, and classic blue Dutch door, or the Shangri-La, with its rustic, homey interior of warm wood and vintage decor. Each tiny home has everything its guests could need, including a bed with linens, kitchenette, and bathroom, with rates starting at $139.
8. The Cedar House Rules — Charleston, South Carolina
Elegant and refined, the Cedar House Rules (a riff on the popular John Irving novel, The Cider House Rules) is the essence of Charleston captured in tiny house form. Inside, white walls and minimal decor makes the small space feel expansive and full of light, with the lower level housing the kitchenette, bathroom, and living area, and a stepladder leading to the upper loft bedroom area with a queen bed. Accents of cedar in the form of siding and furniture pay tribute to the tiny house’s namesake, a mighty cedar tree hovering overhead. An outdoor patio with a hammock allows guests to relax outside and listen to the sound of the wind blowing through the trees, where the real world feels miles away but in reality, is just a quick drive away from the best parts of Charleston. A certified Airbnb Plus property, all this is available for just $115 a night.