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Thinking about downsizing your lifestyle but still not ready to take the plunge? Now you can test out the newest trend of living in less than 150-square-foot houses for only a night or two. That’s right: guests can now test drive tiny living by booking a weekend getaway at Tiny Digs Hotel in Portland, Oregon.
Co-owners Pam Westra and Allison Meyer opened up their dream business in late September in the Portland area. They built their business on an old car dealership lot that's just 15 minutes from downtown and the airport and walking distance to many restaurants. Just a few days after opening, Westra and Meyer welcomed their first guests!
Westra was the one who had the passion for tiny houses, while Meyer always dreamt of having an enterprise in hospitality. They met briefly in Kentucky in 2013 and then traded numbers and said “let’s keep in touch.” In June 2015, Westra and Meyer met up in Portland at a picnic. Meyer said, “We met again and started talking seriously about our passions, about hospitality, a tiny community and it clicked, it seemed like a perfect fit: a hotel of tiny houses.”
Thus the dream came true! The Tiny Digs Team already built 6 tiny homes that take approximately 8 weeks to build respectively. All of these houses have a distinctive theme and can be rented for $145 per weeknight. So far, the themes are beach, barn, bamboo, cabin, gypsy wagon and modern, with beach, barn and bamboo being the most popular ones. When the guests make reservations, they have their pick of available themed houses.
All of these houses are fully furnished with a siting area and an option for light cooking, along with a queen sized bed, a regular shower and a flush toilet. Most of the houses are pet-friendly and contain Wi-Fi connectivity. On some nights, there will be entertainment at the guest lounge with live music, dancing, and food trucks.
The Tiny Digs Team will resume building again in April 2017. Their goal for the future is to add six or seven houses, each with their own unique style.
“We also hope to create community among our guests as they sit by the fire, where travelers, tiny enthusiasts and locals can share experiences, ideas, and suggestions of Portland’s favorite places," said Meyer.