It’s no secret that tiny homes are on the rise: Five years ago there were just a couple hundred in the U.S. As of last year, there were more than 10,000. While living in a mini-home may not be right for you—they’re usually 400 square feet or less, which is a big lifestyle change—you should definitely consider a tiny house honeymoon.
“Tiny houses are trendy,” said Melanie Fish, travel expert at HomeAway.com “For a newly wedded couple, they provide a honeymoon option that is quirky and provides the opportunity for a lot of togetherness. It’s a good option for couples that are looking for something off the beaten path.”
While a tiny house honeymoon might not take you to all the usual honeymoon spots with the typical amenities, it will offer something all honeymooners look for: privacy. “I don’t see tiny houses lining the beach in Hawaii,” Fish said, “I see tiny houses in the mountains of North Carolina, in tiny California towns, and in urban areas. So, you have to want to go someplace nontraditional if you’re wedded to the idea of honeymooning in a tiny house.”
Penny pinchers take note: This is a great way to save big on a honeymoon without taking a hit on luxury. The goal of the tiny house movement is to reduce the owners’ carbon footprints and allow them to have all the joy of homeownership, with a significantly reduced cost (and a fraction of the space, of course). As a tiny vacation home renter, you’ll reap some of those benefits—and after splurging on the wedding of your dreams, your bank account (or whoever’s footing the bill) will be happy you went with a more affordable option.
This Texas Hill Country cottage is just as picturesque as it is cozy: A king-sized bed is nestled in an upstairs loft that features a single stained-glass window. Venture outside to the hot tub and patio—a low wall of bushes gives offers the perfect opportunity for a private moment. From $199/night.
This adorable home sits on a private lot just off of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay. Enjoy access to the water and take out the canoes or bikes that come with the rental. Tiny houses are known for making do with small spaces but this one outdoes itself: The wood, white and blue interior has a full kitchen and an enclosed living room on the main level, with a lofted bed upstairs. From $120/night
In the woods just beyond a central Washington state park sits a charming A-frame home. Surprisingly spacious, the house provides plenty of room to cook dinner and enjoy a meal with your new spouse inside or out on the porch. Plan a day trip to the park nearby or enjoy a snowshoeing excursion just outside the home. From $52/night.
Celebrate your nuptials with one-on-one time in a little house carved out among the redwoods in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Don’t let the modest exterior fool you. Wood accents and honey-colored walls make for a warm, inviting space. No need to descend the main stairs outside to take in the forest view—the master bathroom upstairs has a private terrace with seating. From $295/night.
This cottage—which is attached to a converted 1920s-era train caboose—offers stunning views of scenic mountains in western North Carolina. Sit around the bonfire pit in the evenings or stay inside, stargazing through the skylights. Just 30 minutes from Asheville and 15 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, this rental marries seclusion with convenient proximity to the city center. From $249/night.
This quaint shotgun home is a bit of peace and quiet in the middle of a city known for both is history and it bustling nightlife: New Orleans. The small space includes a sitting room just off the entry way, an updated kitchen, and two twin beds in a doorless room that leads to the bathroom at the back of the house. The back door gives way to outdoor seating, but don’t worry about any Mardi Gras goers walking past: The iconic French Quarter is a short car or bus ride away, which makes this cottage a great combination of city living and privacy. From $123/night.
Just over the bridge from Siesta Key on Florida’s west coast, this tiny house—lovingly called the Yellow Lifeguard Stand because of its bright entryway—uses clever lofting and storage to create an open seating and kitchen area on the first floor. Ascend seven steps up a ladder and crawl into the master bed, which overlooks the understated interior design. Enjoy meals at the outdoor table and feel the Florida sun on your face. From $139/night.
Sitting on three acres, this lava rock cottage in Pāhoa, Hawaii offers a unique natural feature: It stands in the middle of three volcanic craters. Take further advantage of the area’s natural beauty with a short drive or bike ride to tide pools and geothermal hot ponds. If you’d rather stay close to the cottage, walk a few steps to the private shower—it’s spacious and heated (wink, wink). From $84/night.
The trick to this 500-square-foot tiny house in Nashville is its flow. Stonework on the outside leads into a cozy entryway, and a large accordion door opens to connect the kitchen with an outdoor patio. But its best amenity can be seen from outside the front door: There’s a pool in the back! Take a dip with your new spouse under the sun or the stars—a mini–fire pit sits poolside. From $225/night.
Venture to Austin, Texas to this understated modern studio. Fitting two guests cozily, it’s perfect for an intimate stay—exactly the kind you should want for a honeymoon. Wake up and take your coffee on the color-blocked porch to enjoy the capital city’s mild weather. Drive just 10 minutes to downtown Austin for live music and great restaurants. From $85/night.
Want to steal away to the mountains after the wedding? Hide out at this circular guest house in Durango, Colorado. The property is owned and operated by coffee roasters, so fresh roasted coffee comes free! Plan hiking, skiing, and biking excursions, or get cozy by the fire and watch the sun rise and set from the studio apartment’s wide windows. From $96/night.
If you and your partner like to be one (or two?) with nature, head to the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts to this tower-like cottage. Sitting on a vast estate, the rental comes with access to the walking trails, streams and gardens on the property. The winding staircase gives way to a romantic canopy bed. Isn't this what honeymoon dreams are made of? From $225/night.
Nestled in the woods of San Bernardino County, California, "Wildflower" is a 1920s-era cabin that offers the quiet of a camping trip without the inconvenience of roughing it. It’s a bit large for a tiny house—600 square feet of pine walls and wide plank wood floors is room enough for a spacious living room and vintage kitchen. Take a romantic walk through the forest and watch the sunset on Lake Arrowhead. From $131/night.
Orlando, Florida isn’t just for a cartoon mouse and his friends, as evidenced by "The Lake House": The small, tropical-blue home sits (unsurprisingly) in a tiny-house community on Lake Fairview. If you want to go to the theme parks, though, they’re all less than a 30-minute drive away. If not, have a peaceful night in on the deck that overlooks the calm water. From $74/night.
Are you totally sold on having a tiny-house honeymoon? Fish has one big suggestion before you add your e-signature to those rental documents: “Each tiny house is unique, so look at all the photos, read all the reviews, and ask questions of the homeowner or property manager to make sure that your mental image of what it means to honeymoon in a tiny house matches the reality.”