First Tiny House Adventure in San Rafael, California!


Ever wonder what it might be like to live in a Tiny House? Me too! The result: my first tiny house adventure in San Rafael! I decided at the beginning of 2018 that I was going to live with more intention and follow my passion for travel. For the past few years I have been researching and saving hundreds of samples of Tiny Houses. In the near future, I hope to live tiny so that I can truly live out my desire to see more of the world. So I thought, “Why not test drive some tiny houses? Why not stay in these spaces, discover each design element of the tiny house, and weigh the pros and cons of what a tiny house can offer?” Plus, I get to travel and sample the surrounding area for great places to eat, drink and play. All this while I stay in a tiny house along the way. For my first test drive, I chose San Rafael in March of 2018. During my Spring Break, I decided to go back and visit my birthplace in the nearby town of San Anselmo. I was born on a quaint little cul-de-sac called Fern Ln. Yes, I was the result of a hippie home birth! We were so hippie that we actually lived in a tee-pee for awhile, read all about it here! tiny travel chick san rafael tiny house fern ln I discovered my first Tiny House “Redwood Retreat” with Hot Tub, being offered by Sean.

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Tiny Travel Chick has arrived!

Typical Easy AirBnB Check In

Like most of my AirBnB stays, I never met the host; as expected, he gave very detailed instructions to check myself in using a lock-box for the key. Most of you are probably familiar with Tiny Houses on Wheels or THOW; however, tiny houses can also be built on permanent foundations. This particular tiny house measured about 200 sq ft. For its purpose I wouldn’t consider it a long term housing option.

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Just a curtain for the bathroom!

It was perfect for an over-night or a short stay. It came complete with all the necessities of what a hotel room would offer. I’m certainly not staying here to critique this space. I knew what I was getting into when I researched what this particular AirBnB had to offer. I hope my readers can use this information for possible Tiny House design, furnishing choices or simply to enjoy what each space can offer.

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Yes, that’s an outdoor shower!

The True Meaning of Cozy

This tiny house has no separate rooms. Fair warning: whomever you stay with in this space, you will either a) grow closer together after this experience or b) you may discover new things about your partner you weren’t prepared to find out! tiny travel chick san rafael tiny house futon couch A futon bed was used for the “living room” and the “bedroom.” The host provided everything we needed to sleep with overnight. Using this type of futon bed in a tiny house may be an option for some people looking for a space saving solution to building a similarly designed tiny house. tiny travel chick san rafael tiny house futon bed

Hi-Tech Space Saving Features

One of the best assets of tiny living is energy saving features such as using this wall-mounted AC/heating unit. tiny travel chick san rafael tiny house ac/heat Complete with a remote control… tiny travel chick san rafael tiny house remote control temp This tiny house had WiFi as well as entertainment. The host provides Netflix and Hulu through Apple Tv. tiny travel chick san rafael tiny house applel tv An Amazon Dot controls the outside patio lights, music, etc. tiny travel chick san rafael tiny house amazon dot This sink, complete with a built in cabinet, a tray for hygiene products, and hooks for hand towels, served as another space-saving feature. tiny travel chick san rafael tiny house sink For you Portlandia fans, I just had to have a little fun with my tiny house stay, and poke a little fun at the Microliving movement. https://youtu.be/uFOV-WZCiOM The original Portlandia Microliving skit: https://vimeo.com/151916585

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My attempt at Tiny House humor!

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Outdoor Amenities

The outside living area came complete with a hot tub, fire pit and a comfy seating area. tinytravelchick_first_adventure Ended the evening in the hot tub with a great bottle of Sangria from the La CatrinaVino based out of Sonoma County. You can find it at the local BevMo! in Novato, Ca. tiny travel chick san rafael la catrina wine And I just had to have a teeny tiny Hummingbird cupcake from Teeny Cakes in Novato, Ca. tiny travel chick san rafael tiny house teeny cake The tiny house is nestled in a neighborhood surrounded by a beautiful majestic redwood, lush ferns, succulents, bright flowers and little treasures of artwork. tiny travel chick san rafael tiny house artwork tiny travel chick san rafael tiny house flower garden It had rained during during my overnight stay. As a result, I woke up to a beautiful garden sprinkled with raindrops perfect for some nature photography! tiny travel chick san rafael tiny house succulents tiny travel chick san rafael tiny house lighting The tiny house stay was a private, relaxing, and fun experience staying in a tiny space. I was pleased to see that the hosts are welcoming to all who come to experience their sweet little retreat in San Rafael. tiny travel chick san rafael tiny house LGBT friendly You can stay here too! Enjoy this first time stay coupon and help me with my next tiny adventure!   Stay tuned for my eat, play, and shop local discoveries in San Rafael……

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