With most forms of travel on hold for the time being, a quick escape to a tiny home resort has many advantages. First, they offer privacy and safety that is unmatched (none of the lobbies or shared spaces of BnBs and hotels). And, they are often built with mindful, sustainable design features.
As a result, they fit easily into natural settings that you previously could have only gotten from camping. Think: the joys of nature combined with the comforts of a hotel room (ie. a real bed and running water!).
The beautiful backdrops here in CapNY are the perfect place for an escape from Zoom meetings. Nestle up among the Catskill mountains, discover solitude just minutes from downtown Albany, or explore the rolling green hills of the Hudson Valley with a stay in one of these tiny havens. And, we’ve included both affordable and splurge options. Take your pick!
176 Levett Road, Coxsackie, NY 12051
The simple wood cabins at Gather Greene will make you feel like you’re sleeping in nature. However, you’ll be comfortably nestled in a comfortable king-sized bed, with a floor-to-ceiling window and views to the outside. Inside, the intelligent, minimal design has all you need for a perfect escape. The mirrored closet reflects the woods outside and tucks away your luggage. A hidden beverage nook stores multiple caffeine options. The cabins include a mini fridge, luxe linens, and outdoor furniture to enjoy on the deck. Bring your pets for an additional $50 per night.
Price: $272.50 per night, minimum 2 night stay
275 Parker Rd, West Sand Lake, NY 12196
June Farms is a luxe-rustic oasis just 10 minutes from the hearts of both downtown Albany and Troy. The 120-acre farm is home to Instagram-famous Scottish Highland cows, Shire horses, pigs, ducks, goats, and occasionally, spotted barn cats.
June Farms offers several options for spending a delightful night or two. The TimberTown cabins are the ultimate choice for a truly off-the-grid experience. Each cabin has a king-sized bed, wood stove, and BBQ grill. Don’t expect to be able to check your news feed or give yourself a salon blowout. These cabins aren’t connected to electricity or running water (but a spa-style bathroom is only steps away). The wood stove provides a cozy, comforting heat and glow for a night away with a friend or partner.
The 1984 Airstream is an upgraded option for a scaled-down escape. The silver structure is nestled among the trees, and inside you’ll find a basic, modern kitchen and full bathroom. The best part? A salt water hot tub to soak away stress among the elements.
During the day, take a leisurely lap around the site and visit the animals. In the spring and summer, there are delicious options for food and premium cocktails at the snack bar. The food and drinks are worth the trip. Owner and CapNY restauranter Matt Baumgartner has curated a menu of crave-worthy treats like wood fired pizzas, craft cocktails, and perfectly sweet lemonades. Also in the peak season: guided walks, seasonal events, and even workout classes led by local instructors.
Nearby: the famous Kay’s Pizza on Burden Lake (seasonal)
Wright St, Prattsville, NY 12468
The Catskill Bungalow is a standout yellow tiny home with plenty of charm. Though small—about 200 square feet—this mini abode feels like a home away from home. Just a short walk to the small town of Prattsville, you can explore the nearby Schoharie Creek, dozens of hiking trails, and attractions such as Hunter Mountain (15 minutes) and Windham Mountain (10 minutes).
The Catskill Bungalow’s proximity to ski and snowboard destinations makes it a perfect option for a unique winter getaway. So, whether you’re looking for action-packed or low-key escapes, this is a great choice. Plus, the modest price leaves room in your budget for more exploring.
Price: Averages about $97 per night, depending on time of year
2776 County Route 23B, South Cairo, NY 12482
These delightful spaces may be small but they offer gigantic appeal. Each of the 11 tiny homes here are completely unique, and all offer stunning, wooded views through their large windows. Many include loft beds that will take you back to childhood bunk bed days, and some sleep up to 6 people. And, the site has four seasons of activities, from sledding to swimming, making them a perfect backdrop for a mental reset. They are all fully connected to electricity and internet and the small kitchens and outdoor grills make cooking simple.
Price: Nightly rates differ per house but typically, they range from $300-500 per night with a minimum two night stay
411 NY-296, Hensonville, NY 12439
This custom-built geometric marvel has birchwood decor, a massive bay window, and a stunning forest mural. This is glamping at its rustic finest — a huge step up from traditional camping! The bed and wood stove are cozy, and keep nights nice and warm, even in winter.
This pick is very close to many ski and snowboard hotspots, as well as hiking and other outdoor activities throughout the Catskills. The mountains and neighboring towns are also known to host fantastic fall festivals–this one is perfect to try now AND again later, when gatherings and celebrations return.
The owners live nearby, so you’re not in total isolation, but there is plenty of privacy.
Price: Nightly rate $129
The Hemptons offers something for everyone. It’s an active organic hemp farm ready for visitors all year round. There are several options to spend a night or two among the greenery. The stay is what you make it. One can relax in a hammock with a good book or help out the owners Vanessa Villanova and Suzie Eckhart, the founders of The Hemptons Farm with farm tasks.
The idea is a trip to help you escape—however that looks for you—and perhaps it means kicking back with nature and perhaps it means learning something new or putting in a day’s work on something besides spreadsheets and Zoom meetings.
They have a tiny house to stay in right on site, it’s blocky and industrial looking and has multiple windows to catch views of the gorgeous scenery. There are also a few other options for larger groups like glamping in the farmhouse. Vanessa and Suzie make each stay custom to every guest depending on what you’re looking for.
You can also learn more about the growing hemp and cannabis industry. They not only grow the plant but they make products like lotions and tinctures.
Written by: Lauren Mineau
Lauren Mineau is a marketing and communications professional with a passion for highlighting the places, spaces, and people that make upstate New York a great place to be. Her experience in local news, B2B marketing, and higher education, ignited her passion for telling stories of things people are curious about. In her spare time, you can find her searching for the perfect iced coffee, juggling five craft projects at a time, or cracking the perfect pun.