A Stay at A Tiny House Resort is Like Summer Camp for Adults
May 31, 2023
For those of us who spent our childhood summers exploring the outdoors, making crafts, and singing around campfires, we long to repeat those cherished memories. Luckily, a new place in the Catskills helps us relive those moments as adults. With waterfront views, wildlife encounters, crafts, snacks ,and more, the Tiny House Resort in the Catskills is a breath of fresh air. Literally.
A huge thank you goes to Bob and Marjorie who invited me to come visit A Tiny House Resort and share my experiences with you.
About A Tiny House Resort in the Catskills
A Tiny House Resort is located in South Cairo, New York in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. Previously, Bob Malkin owned “Think Big”, a retail store in New York City that sold oversized pop art. In 2016, it was time for a change. So after a conversation with his daughter and granddaughter, his next adventure came to him. Build a tiny house resort for vacation rentals in the Catskills.
The family searched for just the right property and found the 40-acre lot with its own waterfall that butted up to a wide creek. It was perfect for their vision. Now the resort contains 15 tiny houses of varying sizes and styles scattered throughout the property.
What is a tiny house resort?
Good question! Think of an upscale campground, designed with adults in mind, featuring tiny houses instead of tents. It’s glamping on a whole new level, and it’s fantastic. And since it’s a resort, there are plenty of amenities for guests to enjoy throughout their visit.
Activities at A Tiny House Resort
There is SO MUCH to do at A Tiny House Resort. The staff have clearly put a lot of thought into providing their guests with a variety of activities to keep them entertained. Scattered throughout the property you’ll find things to keep you occupied during your entire stay. There are giant chess and checker boards, hammocks, adirondack chairs, and corn hole boards to use. Off to the right of the resort is the private waterfall and a small seating area. Feel free to go explore the hiking trails around the property.
Right in the middle of the property is a heated in-ground pool that is open during the summer months. Also during the summer, there is an on-site food truck in case you don’t feel like cooking or going off-property. If you are cooking, you’ll enjoy picking fresh herbs out of the “Garden of Eating” that is open to guests of the resort. Since the resort is located along a large creek, they’ve provided access to the water through a set of stairs. Down at the creek you can launch your canoe, kayak, or raft and enjoy the creek on a hot summer day.
Since the resort is open year-round, there are plenty activities during the winter as well. The main office has snow shoes available for rent, and many of the trails are suitable for cross-country skiing.
Near the front of the property you’ll find all the domestic farm animals. A large pen holds the resort’s goats and sheep – and you can go inside to visit them! Or you can walk with them during the daily goat walks around the property. Next to the goats and sheep is a fenced-in pond for the ducks. The free-range chickens explore near the check-in building. And yes, you can get some of their fresh-laid eggs. We were given a small carton to fill with fresh eggs when we checked out of the resort.
If you wake up early enough and look out your window, you’ll see deer traipsing through the property. They are the most common wildlife seen there, but you may get lucky and see others. Just please remember, don’t interact with the wildlife.
Arts & Crafts
No matter the weather or the season, there are always crafts to do. The staff have converted the garage into a full arts & crafts studio. Throughout the year they host candle-making workshops, rock painting, and paint & sip classes in there. If there is a candle-making workshop held during your visit, you get to make a FREE 2-oz candle to take home with you! You can also make as many more as you’d like, in various sizes, for an additional fee.
Is A Tiny House Resort dog-friendly?
Honestly, the resort was one of the most dog-friendly places I have ever visited. Knowing they were pet-friendly before our trip, I bought my girl some new camping gear – a portable food container and a new bandana. She jumped in the car, eager to go on our girls trip with us.
When we arrived at A Tiny House Resort, we were greeted with a goodie bag of souvenirs to both use during our visit and to bring home. I got a small bar of soap and a toiletry bag. But the best part? Kit got her own dog bowl and an extra poop-bag holder filled with bags. (Of course, I had brought these items as all good dog parents do, but it was wonderful to see her spoiled with gifts!) Now we have an extra dog dish for future travels.
One of the most thoughtful features at the resort for dogs is the fenced-in decks. It was wonderful to be able to let Kit out to enjoy the deck with us without having to leash her. And wow, did she bask in that opportunity. It gave me extra peace of mind knowing she could relax outside with us without having to be tethered or fearing her escape. Of course when we took her around the property, we were sure to leash her.
That’s not all – the resort also has an outdoor dog wash and a fenced-in dog park for the pups to enjoy.
* All of the tiny houses are dog-friendly, and the Boho also welcomes cats!
Tiny Houses at A Tiny House Resort
As previously mentioned, A Tiny House Resort contains 15 different tiny houses. Some of them have water-front views along the creek, while others are more in the woods or near the waterfall. All of the houses provide electricity, running water, heat and air-conditioning, television, WiFi, kitchen space, and a bathroom. They also each have some sort of outdoor living space and a fire pit.
Houses range in size, accommodating between 2 and 6 guests each. It’s perfect for couples, friends, or small families. But no worries if you are traveling with a larger group – you can book a few tiny houses next to each other. The resort’s website even specifies which group of houses are ideal for larger groups, depending on size.
The Nest Inn
We stayed at the Nest Inn, one of the larger houses on the property. Able to sleep up to 6 guests, it was just as cozy with the two of us (and a dog). The two queen beds were accessible by ladder/stairs, and the downstairs couch converted into a bed. All three spaces had their own tvs. The entire home had plenty of natural light, and great overall use of the space. The outdoor deck was spacious, featuring a full dining table and grill on one side, and a large outdoor couch and gas fire pit in the middle. There were gates on both sides of the deck and while it was open-air, it still felt cozy and private.