Around the Campfire
Fire pit glowing, hammock swinging and s’mores almost ready; sounds like a great night camping. After enjoying the camaraderie with all the neighbors everyone heads to their sleeping quarters. We are not talking RVs or tents and no one is camping. This is a typical night at Caravan – a tiny house hotel in the Alberta Arts District in Portland, OR.
Have you ever wanted to try living in a little house without investing in a small home? Here’s your chance.
Try Before You Buy
Caravan, an urban oasis hotel, offers the opportunity to live in a one of these houses for a night or up to a month. Partners Deb Delman and Kol Peterson developed Caravan because of their interest in small space living. The movement is gaining momentum and the partners realized there were not many options to try living in a small house. The partners say “Caravan is a hotel for tiny house aficionados to kick the tires and take measurements of various tiny house designs.”
Caravan, the first hotel of its kind in the United States, began on a repossessed car lot. The six small houses of diverse style are placed in a circle forming a central gathering space. The communal area has a BBQ, fire pit, Adirondack chairs, a hammock, as well as recycled art, stained glass, and locally made metal objects.
The hotel dwellings range from 100 sq. ft. to 200 sq. ft. and sleeping quarters vary with the unit – accommodating from one to four persons with full bath, kitchen, and electric heat. Choose your passion, Rosebud, Roly Poly, The Caboose, The Tandem, Skyline, or Kangablue.
Anyone interested in these house designs can attend a presentation at Caravan and enjoy a tour of some of the small dwellings on site. The presentation will give information about these types of houses and updates on local happenings. There will be a local tiny house builder and others in the field to answer questions and give information.
Not only does Caravan give people a feel for small house living it also offers an experience of what it would be like to live in a house and community like this. You could liken it to a townhouse development on a much small size scale.
The tiny house movement is alive and growing. Even if you are new to the idea of small homes, Caravan will help introduce you to small living in a big world. Research, visit the houses, and join the movement!