Tiny houses: Where to try before you buy

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By Sarah Sekula, published on usatoday.com // video by Macbeth Studio

LYONS, Colo. — There are many reasons people flock to the tiny town of Lyons, home to about 2,000 people. For starters, its location on the St. Vrain River makes it a mecca for whitewater kayaking. Not to mention, it is home to music festivals, epic mountain biking and has easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Another draw is one you might not expect, but it’s certainly attracting attention. It’s called WeeCasa Tiny House Resort, a cluster of 22 tiny homes for rent (starting at $159 a night). Some are sleek and European, others are more whimsical. Each one is uniquely decorated, ranging in size from 140 to 200 square feet and all are ready to roll. They are licensed as recreational vehicles, which means they are on wheels and can be on the move in 30 minutes or less.

As soon as I walk over to my wee abode, known as the Pequod, I realize why so many Americans have become obsessed with this phenomenon.

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