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.


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.


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.”


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.”


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


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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