Small houses for travellers

square-largeWorld’s First ‘Tiny House’ Hotel Opens in Portland

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.By Ali Swank | At Home – Tue, 30 Jul, 2013 2:52 PM EDT..

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Photo courtesy: Caravan, The Tiny House Hotel.

The eco-friendly, and often life-altering small house movement has made its way to the hospitality industry. The first ‘tiny house’ hotel, Caravan, is open for business in Portland, Oregon, to an overwhelming response. Hotel owners Deb Delman and Kol Peterson invite guests to comfortably experience small, alternative housing, reduce their environmental footprint, and experience a cool, energetic neighborhood in cozy homes that are about the size of an average bedroom.

Located in the Alberta Arts District, three tiny, custom-built houses sit on trailer beds, ranging in size from 100-200 square feet. The quaint homes are huddled in a circle — just like a traveling caravan. Two of the tiny houses sleep one to four people and the third comfortably sleeps one to two guests. But could you really live in them? Delman, who has previously lived in a cabin in Colorado and converted a garage into a functional living space, says yes. “They have the same systems and structure as any house,” she explains. Each house is complete with bathroom and kitchen essentials, like a flushing toilet, hot shower, electric heat, microwave, refrigerator, hot plate, and coffee maker. For $125 per night, it’s all of the basic amenities you need to actually live there.

What makes Caravan’s tiny homes unique, other than the small amount of space, is each little house is creatively decorated with art from Portland artists, and guests can find cool books, games and cards all about Portland. Delman says compared to a traditional, commercial hotel, their tiny houses provide guests with a one-of-a-kind experience where guests can feel private and still make their stay a social experience. “They’re in their own little house with everything they need, but there’s also a communal space with a fire pit and adirondack chairs, a hammock, barbecue, and table where they can meet other travelers.”

The location is also prime. “You can’t beat it. It’s a super funky, fun, vibrant neighborhood, full of culture, art and amazing food.” According to Delman, a nearby restaurant provides room service, bikes are available to rent a couple blocks away, a food co-op is close by, and downtown Portland is only 15 minutes away.

“It’s been kind of surprising. It’s appealed to a wide variety of people in a way we didn’t expect,” says Delman of the overwhelming response. Guests don’t seem to mind the close quarters and are surprised by how the small homes are built, describing them as cozy and cool in reviews on Airbnb. “We know there’s a huge movement and people seeking a smaller carbon footprint,” Delman adds. The houses are booking quickly for the remainder of summer. She says they plan to add a couple more tiny houses soon to their lot that has six hookups available.

Delman says they’re showcasing new ideas and new ways to look at urban density. “There are a lot of people without housing or in small places, and it’s not by choice,” says Delman. “Tiny houses are a great alternative. We are allowing people to try it out and have this experience.” Peterson, who studied urban planning and environmental design, and Delman are both small, alternative home enthusiasts and are actively involved in the tiny house community, so when it came time to do the planning and zoning for micro-sized hotel, they were persistent, refusing to give in. It took over a year to get the unique zoning designations for the unusual hotel, but Portland is, as Delman describes, an “innovative, trail-blazing city.”

Proponents of the tiny house movement know that smaller homes mean a smaller environmental footprint, a reduction in the use of building materials, electricity, and fuel, and an increase of more green space. A report by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says that by reducing the size of a home by 50 percent, emissions over a home’s lifetime decreased by 36 percent. Turns out, less really could be more.





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Tiny House in Landscape

by Kent Griswold on August 2nd, 2013. 18 Comments

This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is a tiny and detailed Orcas Island cabin. Designed by David Vandervort Architects specializes in all sorts of nature made designs, and one of their best and beautiful cabin homes is a 400 square foot space on Orca Island. It is situated in between all kinds of trees, including fir, cedar and madrone species.

Lots of storage and natural finishes were used in this home. Everything you need including a living area, kitchen, bathroom and sleeping loft. This is a wonderful location and beautiful setting for such a piece of architecture.

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August 2nd, 2013and filed in Tiny House Landscape

Tags: cabin, Cabin Design, David Vandervort, micro-cabin, small spaces, Tiny House Articles




What a great place to possibly visit. An ideal situtation for Vancouver Island.
Kolarbyn. Originally established so locals could restore the charcoal making process & culture.
How do they get away with the zoning regulations??? And the toilet facilities are???
Kolarbyn forest hut Margareta
Inside a hut at Kolarbyn
Outside a hut at Kolarbyn
Kolarbyn forest hut Johanna
Kolarbyn log cabin
The romantic hut at Kolarbyn
Lake Skärsjön
Dinner by the fire
Moose in the mist
— Andreas: “There is no electricity, only candles and a crackling fireplace that will guide you asleep. And after a silent night you slowly wake up to the birds and a refreshing swim in the lake.”
Interview By: Welcome Beyond
— What do you think makes Kolarbyn so special?
Andreas: “Kolarbyn is called ‘Sweden’s most primitive hotel’. It is a natural refuge for silence, wilderness and adventure in a beautiful forest setting just a couple of hours away from the capital Stockholm. I think the huts and the forest around them is something really unique. I don’t know any other place that has all of that. There is no electricity, only candles and a crackling fireplace that will guide you asleep. And after a silent night you slowly wake up to the birds and a refreshing swim in the lake. It is really fascinating.” — Outside a hut at Kolarbyn
— You are new to Kolarbyn. Since when and why?
Andreas: “During the first year my wife and I were together, she is from the south near here, she took me to Kolarbyn and we stayed there for one night. We had a bottle of wine with us and some cheese and it was really, really magical. That was 6 years ago. When Marcus asked me to join, it was an easy decision for me. There is a lot of potential and I love the place and the nature here.” — Dinner by the fire
— What is the history of Kolarbyn?
Andreas: “Kolarbyn was founded in the winter of 1996 as villagers from Skinnskatteberg decided to build a collection of traditional forest huts by the shore of lake Skärsjön. The idea was to create conditions for people interested in charcoal burning to practice their techniques in the way it had been practiced in the region for centuries. And then 6 or 7 years ago, Marcus reopened Kolarbyn with different huts.”
— What are the facilities at Kolarbyn?
Andreas: “We have a floating sauna on the lake, which is really amazing. We have no electricity or water, so we bring the water from a spring. We have a breakfast place where you can get bread and cook your eggs, but we don’t have a real kitchen. We just have two big fireplaces where you can prepare your own food if you want and every hut has its own fireplace. But that is the only thing we have. That is the concept of Kolarbyn. No fancy toilets or shower rooms and so on. We provide isolation mats, sheep skin rugs, candles and matches, firewood, waste separation bins for recycling, a canoe and wooden rowing boat, primitive kitchen facilities and access to a big hut with tables and chairs.” — Kolarbyn log cabin
— What is the essence of Kolarbyn?
Andreas: “To live in nature. It is just a really, really magical feeling to wake up in the morning, start the fire and hear the birds singing. It is just to be in this place, and that’s enough for many people. They don’t want to have our tours, they just want to be here.” — Kolarbyn forest hut Johanna

Malbec Mania

Sagittarius--15th century-astrology

As Sagittarius arrived, we went to Argentina in the south.

After a few pleasant days in Buenos Aries, we took a plane to Mendoza, the mecca of Malbec. And were totally, if pleasantly, confused.

What an unusual looking place in terms of wineries. Huge vineyards. Multinationals everywhere. Lots of Italians who spoke Spanish. Lots of art and food. Warm, hot and dry.

How to choose what to visit?

Look like worth visiting just for the art.

Finca La Anita

This takes you to the opening (other url’s are hidden). Click on gallery to see the art objects.

Familia Zucarria

A very large operation.

From 1890. From Piedmont. What more could one want in a heritage.


Site (terroir):

toso sparkling

Bodegas Pascual Toso has in its plant of San Jose, the traditional factory of sparkling wines by both the traditional Champenoise method and the modern Charmat method. “San Jose Winery” is located at 5 minutes from Mendoza Downtown. The original winery has been completely transformed and now, sparkling wine is produced, stored and bottled at San José. 60.000 bottles of Champenoise method sparkling wine is produced in one year, and 9.000.000 bottles are produced by the Charmat method.

eleven LLLL’s

there are a lot of wineries: the alphabetical list for L is at:

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Ruta 40 Kilometro 4340 –  Cafayate , Salta , 4427 , Argentina Teléfono: 54-9261-6087886!/photo.php?fbid=464896540215805&set=a.191856864186442.38443.117021665003296&type=1&theater

Natalies List: Did Not transfer well.

         La Posta Angel Paulucci Vineyard Malbec 2010Mendoza, ArgentinaReviewed: November 10, 2012 $15.95
         Luigi Bosca Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2009Maipu, Mendoza, ArgentinaReviewed: November 10, 2012 $17.95
         Bodegas Lavaque Winery Conquista Malbec 2010ArgentinaReviewed: October 31, 2012 $11.95
         Bodega Amalaya Torrontes Riesling 2011Calchaquí Valley, ArgentinaReviewed: October 31, 2012 $10.95
         Telteca Winery Uma Coleccion Torrontes 2011ArgentinaReviewed: October 31, 2012 $9.80
         Trapiche Fincas Las Palmas Malbec 2007Uco Valley, Mendoza, ArgentinaReviewed: October 27, 2012 $17.95
         Zuccardi Q Malbec 2010Mendoza, ArgentinaReviewed: October 27, 2012 $19.95
         Viña Alicia Paso De Piedra Cabernet Sauvignon 2008Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza,     ArgentinaReviewed: October 27, 2012 $19.95
Finca El Origen Chardonnay 2010Uco Valley, Mendoza, ArgentinaReviewed: October 27, 2012 $10.95
         Benmarco Dominio Del Plata Malbec 2010Mendoza, ArgentinaReviewed: October 13, 2012 $17.95
         Luigi Bosca Syrah 2009Maipú, Mendoza, ArgentinaReviewed: October 13, 2012 $17.95
         Alamos The Wines Of Catena Torrontés 2011Salta, ArgentinaReviewed: September 29, 2012 $13.95
         Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon 2010High Mountain Vines, Mendoza,     ArgentinaReviewed: September 29, 2012 $19.95

Barça Nights

We arrived in Barcelona on Friday, the 19th of May, after about 22 hours in the air and airports. We took a tour of the old quarter, had lunch, a brief nap and then met the gang outside in the square to plan the evening. The olive trees were green.

They decided we should go to Orio–not for cookies!

Inside, we soon settled in:

Drank good wine, munched on the tapas and renewed old times.

What a selection. They even prepared special tapas selections for Ellen that were gluten-free.

April in Barcelona. Watch out Paris.

Tomorrow, on to Gaudi & Girona.

Girona the Beautiful

Girona by Day Dave Godfrey April, 2012

As Europe struggles with its soul (not just its economy) what a pleasure to twice visit Girona, a city where the citizens seem to understand life and globalization seems to be a minor infection–one not likely to be tolerated long.

What could say it more but an image or two.

Nuria, Ellen, Cristina, young beauty of Girona

Les mouches de Girona

Apparently: the flies, human or chocolate, can be explained by Catalan myth: St Narcissus, one of Gerona’s patron saints, is buried in the city’s Romanesque cathedral. Legend has it that when the neighbouring French invaded (the Spanish know Gerona as the ‘city of 1,000 sieges’) they tore open Narcissus’ tomb, whereupon a swarm of flies drove the marauders from Gerona.

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General review of Girona: