Take a Tiny Home Vacation | Part One

Check out these Colorado tiny mountain house options for your next vacation

At the beginning of the tiny house movement, Ryan and I were intrigued. Over the years, I’ve stayed in four very different tiny homes including a 170-square-foot house with a 70-foot sleeping loft and a huge, one-bedroom “tiny” house with a big loft that could be used as a second bedroom.  

While these homes were all different one fact remained: they were tiny. As a permanent residence, I don’t think I could make it work, but as vacation rentals they are perfect. Whether you’ve always wanted to try staying in a tiny house or if it just sounds like a great way to spend your holiday, these Colorado mountain options are ideal.

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Get Tiny at Elevation: 
Leadville’s Tiny House Mountain Resort

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On the south end of downtown Leadville, there is a cluster of tiny homes just off of 2nd Street and you can book a stay there. This winter, we stayed in Molly, a tiny house with an unusually huge kitchen.

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The location of the Tiny House Mountain Resort is ideal. It’s within walking distance of all the best places in Leadville, a town we have grown to love. The area offers an array of recreational activities year-round including skiing, biking, golfing, hiking, fishing and more. Plus, it’s just under two hours from Denver.

The paved Mineral Belt Trail is a Colorado gem. It’s an 11.6-mile loop that encircles Leadville and is accessible in all seasons. The views from the trail are breathtaking and include vistas of the Sawatch and Mosquito ranges.

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Molly had everything we needed for the perfect Leadville vacation including an electric fireplace that kept the place toasty in the winter and provides that mountain ambiance.

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This unit features two sleeping areas; one accessible via a stairway that also acts as storage shelves and the other accessible by ladder. Personally, I hate ladders, so having stairway access to the bedroom made me happy.

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The key to making life comfortable while staying in a tiny home, even if it’s only for a weekend, is storage space. Molly has plenty, plus a shoe mat next to the front door. It may seem like a little thing, but having an out-of-the-way place to store shoes in a tiny house is nice.

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As mentioned above, Molly’s kitchen is huge and in fact, most likely the same size as my small kitchen at home. It would be ideal for whipping up a feast with friends. While the dining area inside is scant, a summer trip means dining al fresco at Molly’s picnic table.

A tiny home bathroom sometimes feels airplane-size but Molly’s is notably spacious. You can’t have a dance party inside it but the custom-built shower is larger than the one in my master bathroom.

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Visit TinyHouseMountainResort.com to see all four tiny homes in Leadville.

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