After a mobile home park literally washed away in the state’s massive 2013 floods, the property along the scenic banks of the St. Vrain River was deemed inhabitable by FEMA.
Today, an eclectic group of tiny-home builders, owners and renters have breathed new life into this scrappy 10-acre space.
Just a five-minute walk from the quaint foothills town of Lyons, north of Boulder, WeeCasa is a conglomerate of 17 towable tiny homes — growing to 22 units by spring 2017.
It doesn’t hurt that the setting is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination.
“Being right on the river and less than 2 miles from mountain biking at Hall Ranch alone is worth a stay at WeeCasa,” Ben Stephens, 27, of Fort Collins, Colorado, told GrindTV.
“Getting to try out what it’s like to live tiny is a cool bonus.”
The miniature abodes, each hooked to city water, range in size from 135 to 238 square feet and come in a variety of styles, from a tiny cavity for a solo overnight, to the two-loft “man cave” option with full-screen TVs, to setups suitable for a family of four.
All of WeeCasa’s tiny homes include kitchens (from basic to setups with full-size appliances), but there’s something about the outdoor experiences and shared spaces that seems to bring like-minded occupants together each evening.
“Staying in a tiny home really lends itself to the outdoor lifestyle,” says WeeCasa owner Kenyon Waugh.
“You don’t stay in a tiny home to be inside; you stay in a tiny home because you enjoy being outside and soaking in everything the outdoors has to offer, whether it’s breakfast at picnic tables with other guests, fly-fishing on the river, snowshoeing or mountain biking.”
Many also already know the WeeCasa area for another popular place just across the way from the tiny-home plot: Planet Bluegrass, a riverside music venue owned by the folks who started the famous fest in Telluride.
Starting at an affordable $139 per night, we’d bet these tiny homes book fast for festival weekends.
Other things to do
Oskar Blues: The original location, with fresh food, beer and live music most nights.
Rocky Mountain National Park: From Lyons, it’s just 30 minutes to adventures around Estes Park.
Spirit Hound Distillery: A Colorado craft distillery to add some context to any outdoor adventure.
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