Tiny-home ‘hotel’ a cheap way to stay and play near Boulder

A tiny home “hotel” in Lyons, Colorado, is reinventing staying small while living large outdoors.

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.

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The WeeCasa community is growing to 22 tiny homes by spring of 2017. Photo: Courtesy of WeeCasa

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.

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Interiors vary by unit, which represent different tiny-home builders, and all come with kitchens in varying sizes. Photo: Courtesy of WeeCasa

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.”

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Mountain biking is a popular pursuit at several local open spaces in Lyons. Photo: Courtesy of WeeCasa

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.”

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Shared outdoor spaces are some of WeeCasa’s most attractive features for meeting and making friends. Photo: Courtesy of WeeCasa

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

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The town of Lyons is a five-minute walk from WeeCasa. Photo: Courtesy of WeeCasa

Hall Ranch Open Space: Minutes from town with miles of rolling trails for mountain bikers or trail runners.

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.

LaVern M. Johnson park: Lyon’s signature in-town green space just reopened — a great fishing and picnic spot. Also seasonal put-ins for tubing and kayaking.

Spirit Hound Distillery: A Colorado craft distillery to add some context to any outdoor adventure.

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