Tiny House Vacation

After the Tiny House Conference I decided to take a long overdue break for a few days.  It’s been almost a year since my last vacation and I know part of living tiny is me needing to take more time for me.  So I booked a place in the mountains on a whim and loaded up the car.  The place I stayed was a small house or even a tiny house.  It would be perfect for retirement because it was just big enough to be comfy, but not too big, and everything is on a single level.  The house was gorgeous!  Perched high on a small mountain, in the mountains of NC it was close enough to drive to easily, but far away from everything.

For the most part I did a whole lot of nothing, which was the whole point!  I took some short jaunts out around the area to enjoy the awesome weather I had.  Here is a few photos of the place and my trip.









IMG_1668This awesome fire-pit area was in the middle of the three units.  Each of the little houses were pretty much the same.  At night I hung out by the fire and chatted with the other folks staying there.




IMG_1637Small efficiency kitchen that was pretty workable.  Maybe add another 2-3 feet of counter space to make it fully functional.

IMG_1644Neat architectural detail.  this form mimicked the outside roof line, nice detail.

IMG_1646Friendly cats came to say hello!

IMG_1648The entrance to Joyce Kilmer Old Growth Forest was named after a poet here is one of his more famous poems:


I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.

–  Joyce Kilmer



After Joyce Kilmer, I headed to the NC / TN border where the famous route 129 is, better know as The Tail of the Dragon.  The stretch of road is notorious for its 318 hair pin turns in only 11 miles.  Popular with motoring clubs and motorcycles its a fun road to take a ride on and has some amazing views.


IMG_1656A waterfall on my way to Tail of The Dragon


IMG_1659Highest dam this side of the Mississippi.




The rest of my weekend was made up of taking naps, reading some good books and enjoying the campfire.


  1. We normally camp when we go kayaking at Fontana lake, but I think that next time, we’ll be staying at this great place! Love it!

  2. That was a great sojourn to the NC mountains! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Glad you had a wonderful time up there. I used to have a farm near Lake Nantahala, back before they ever started calling that road the “dragon’s tail.” We just used to call it “oh no, Dad wants to go to Tennessee this weekend.” We were like bobber dolls in the back of the station wagon. Trust somebody to make a commercial thing out of it 🙂 Still looks lovely, a lot of that area is protected. And what nice little cats, making sure you were comfortable 🙂 Thanks for a look back in time.

  4. My goodness, what a beautiful place. I’ve only ever flown over NC, or stopped at the airport. Sometime I shall have to get myself over there to visit.

    I’ve known several people from (somewhere) in NC, and I’ve gotten the impression that folks from there are funny, kind, generous, polite and always smiling. It would be cool to see if it’s really true! 🙂

  5. A well deserved break for you! Thanks for the conference and for sharing your vacation. Looks very inviting 🙂

  6. Good for you Ryan! Way to take some time for your self!You have worked hard and this place looks like it was perfect to some escape time. Glad you are feeling refreshed 🙂

  7. I got all relaxed just reading your story! I need a vacation and live in the Piedmont so if you have a suggestion for rental, please feel free to pass it on. Love our mountains and tiny houses that take up such a small footprint on Earth. Thanks.

  8. They look nice, but they are kind of steep at $140/night plus a $40 cleaning fee.

  9. Would you please let us know the name of this place? Looks amazing!

  10. What is the contact information for the place you stayed?

  11. I’m looking for a tiny house vacation rental in ohio. I’m planning on buying a tiny house in the next 3 years and would love to get the feel of one with my 2 children on a 4 day adventure!

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