By Anastasia Mills Healy
Have you ever watched the tiny house shows and wondered what it would be like to live in a delightful little home like that? Find out at Think Big—A Tiny House Resort in the Catskills, two hours from Greenwich. It’s a property with nine tiny houses (and more under development). This is an idyllic, four-season spot complete with adorable farm animals, a pool, river, and waterfall. There’s also Wi-Fi, Netflix, air-conditioning, heat, and fully working bathrooms. File under #glamping.
My family of four stayed in the house called the Oki. It has a king-sized loft bed reached by a staircase and a single loft bed accessed by a ladder. They are on opposite sides of the house, separated by a common area that somehow didn’t feel cramped even though it contained a small kitchen and a two-person-dining area (each house has a furnished patio as well). A seating area under the king-sized loft bed transformed into another bed.
Claustrophobics, don’t worry: It has a high ceiling, plenty of big windows (which have blinds), blond wood, and enough headroom that allows sitting up in bed.
One bathroom for four people was a challenge at times, but an outdoor shower—in addition to the stall shower in the bathroom—was a fun alternative.
Each house is outfitted with an outdoor grill, fire pit, and all necessary kitchenware. Cooking is optional though: For us, the refrigerator proved handy to hold our restaurant leftovers and milk for morning cereal.
Good dogs are invited to stay in the tiny houses but owners are cautioned to keep them on leashes due to the farm animals on property and wild animals in the area. The owners keep dogs themselves and open a little dog park called Mylas’s Place to all canine guests.
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At the bottom of the resort’s incline, a river beckons with a float; kayaks and helmets are available as well. A two-minute walk from the center of the site is a waterfall complete with a two-person wooden stump seating area.
Put down your phone and hug a goat. It’s not every day that we can walk into an animal enclosure and interact with goats, ducks, and chickens. Five pygmy goats were happy for attention and a flock of white geese and a good number of chickens tried valiantly to outrun my daughters. Two enormous beige bunnies wiggled their noses at us from their enclosure.We had the pool—complete with flamingo float and pool noodles—to ourselves one afternoon. An arts and crafts center in an Airstream trailer is a welcome activity for a rainy day. If you would like to schedule a massage or are celebrating an event that warrants special preparations, the managers will gladly assist with arrangements.
Being in the woods in one big room has its advantages. In two nights, I made great progress on a thick novel between the time the kids went to sleep and I turned off my light. Civilization, however, is not far away (but anywhere worth mentioning is at least a 15-minute drive). My favorite, the town of Hudson, is best described as West Village-meets-country for its home design stores, art galleries, and hole-in-the-wall restaurants on the first floors of low-rise townhouse residences. We were there in June and rainbow flags were flying.
Here you’re in the heart of landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School of artists. Frederic Church’s Olana and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site are nearby and are connected by the Hudson River Skywalk. There’s fishing, golf, mountain biking, and activities at Hunter Mountain. The resort’s managers, the mother and daughter team of Marjorie and Melissa, happily share tips on what to do in the area, where to get groceries, and the like.
Would we return? Definitely. Could the four of us live in a tiny house for the long term? Nope, but it was a fun adventure!
Think Big—A Tiny House Resort https://www.atinyhouseresort.com/
Catskills tourism https://www.visitthecatskills.com/
Hudson River Skywalk: https://www.hudsonriverskywalk.org/about