Vacation: Going big by going small

(NBC News) – It’s the compact lifestyle that sparked a new sector of reality tv

Living large in tiny houses.

And thanks to the rise of a new cottage industry, these homes are opening their doors to an even bigger clientele.

As tiny house hotels.

“I want people to feel like this is their home,” said builder Matt Kern.

Asheville, North Carolina builder Matt Kern got busy after noticing demand. His designs incorporate recycled material from the area. Along with all the scaled-down comforts of home.

“This appeals to people who want to feel like they are in a neighborhood, that you are part of the fabric of a community – at least for the weekend or a week, ” said Kern.

The short stay small spaces boast affordability. This Mount Hood tiny house village farmhouse sleeps five people for less than $140 a night.

And tiny houses can go where larger hotels can’t. Getaway situates theirs in the woods surrounded by nature, but no neighbors. Plus, their portability allows companies like to move homes in for major events like the Indianapolis 500.

“We’re bringing several units a mile walking distance from the track, said the founder of “try it tiny Maggie Daniels.”

A tiny new travel trend opening up options for the busy summer season. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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