Get close — real close — to the family this year with a stay in a tiny house. Tiny houses have become a bit of a trend, with minimalistic, eco-conscious travelers opting for spaces with smaller, greener footprints. Here are four tiny houses your traveling family can stay in this year, whether you just want a unique accommodation option or are considering the tiny home lifestyle for yourself and you want to give it a test run before committing.
This family-friendly tiny house can accommodate three guests across its total space of less than 140 square feet. There’s a daybed and sleeping loft, desk and dining area. The rustic tiny house sits on a 12-acre farm, with goats, sheep, alpacas and chickens. You can even buy eggs and vegetables from the farm to rustle up a hearty breakfast. You certainly won’t be at a loss for outdoor activities, with hiking, cycling, kayaking and horseback riding available nearby.
In Halkidki, Greece, your family and even your extended family can rent a set of three tiny houses for a total guest capacity of 12 people. Each 365-square-foot wooden house is luxuriously outfitted with everything you might need in the bedroom, living room, bathroom and kitchen. Each unit is filled with natural light and there’s a deck that looks out on the water. You’ll enjoy access to your own private beach during your stay, just steps from your door.
This tiny house sits high above the rest — it’s in a tree. The tiny tree house in Sandane, Norway, fits three guests, but you’ll hardly feel closed in, as a floor-to-ceiling glass wall provides gorgeous views of the fjords. Sleeping options include a hammock, double bed and floor mattress.
And, if you like the idea of taking the entire extended family on a tiny house adventure, but can’t make it to Greece any time soon, you might want to check out this property in North Bend, Washington. It offers three tiny house units for a total capacity of 10 guests, each unit holding three–four people. Each solar-powered unit offers a queen bed and two single beds, as well as a kitchenette and eco-friendly bathroom with compostable toilet. Outdoor amenities include fire pits, seating and a picnic table, all within Snoqualmie National Forest.
Although Alaska may not be on everyone's radar, it might move higher on your family’s must-visit list when they learn more. There are countless activities and breathtaking sights throughout the state, plenty of wildlife to see and much more, whether you spend time in the top tourist areas or venture off to explore Alaska’s hidden gems.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
As I wander the canals of Amsterdam on a bright spring morning, the sun plays on the water as shoals of cyclists navigate the tight streets. The city’s inimitable narrow houses teeter overhead, and one particular street erupts in a riot of color as the De Wallen red light district gives way to the Singel canal to the south.
Harvard Medical School released a study that mothers and daughters who take at least one trip together per year have less stress, stronger immune responses, decreased risk for heart disease and more. That’s right: It turns out spending quality time together provides benefits similar to sticking to a healthy diet and getting enough sleep every night. And, let’s face it, traveling is a lot more fun.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
There’s something uplifting about transitioning into a new season, especially in a region where the scenery really pops — like the Adirondacks in the fall. Feeling the crisp morning air, seeing vibrant colors shine through the foliage and enjoying the comfort of cozying up with another layer is the perfect antidote to saying goodbye to summer.