Caravan, a venture that’s being described as the nation’s first Tiny House Hotel, has debuted in Portland.
A cluster of three tiny houses located in the middle of Portland’s Alberta Arts District, Caravan celebrated its grand opening July 27. It promises to give tiny house fans a taste of the small life. Each of the homes is self-contained and fully livable — with a flushable toilet, hot water and kitchen — and rent for $125 a night, plus tax.
Deb Delman and Kol Peterson, the founders and owners of the hotel, describe themselves as fans of Portland who love sharing their “vibrant and fascinating city” with visitors.
The homes range in size from 90 to 160 square feet, and can sleep between one and four people. Delman and Peterson are pitching the hotel as not only a place to sleep, but a unique event space for family gatherings, celebrations and group vacations. The homes also showcase a “variety of architectural styles” for tiny house enthusiasts, making the Caravan a great place to visit if you’re considering building a small home.
At 90 square feet, the Pearl is the smallest of the three. It has a modern design and uses energy-efficient techniques. The Rosebud house, at 120 square feet, features a wood interior and exterior, giving it a traditional cabin feel. The largest of the homes, the Tandem, measures 160 square feet and can sleep up to four people. With a more spacious feel, it includes custom woodworking and artistic flares.
Creating the Caravan wasn’t easy: It took a year of meeting with a range of different planning, zoning, and health officials to figure out the correct classifications to apply to the project, Peterson said. But business so far has been good.
“Summer, specifically August, is the heaviest tourism time of the year in Portland, so it was good timing for us to be opening up,” Peterson said. “Guests are loving their experience at Caravan, which is the most important thing to us.”
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