Pack your sense of adventure and be willing to think outside the (tiny) box.
Big fun does come in tiny packages. These tiny houses are all the rage across the country, but be prepared to be pushed out of your family vacation comfort zone. The homes at WeeCasa, Colorado’s first tiny resort, are probably no bigger than your master bathroom, but for the family who doesn’t mind getting a little cozy, they offer great potential for quality family time. There are minimal distractions (no TVs, for one) which amps up the probability of good, old-fashioned, face-to-face conversations with your kids and opportunities to explore the beautiful Colorado outdoors.
Photo courtesy: WeeCasa
Where to stay?
WeeCasa is located in the small town of Lyons and offers 17 sustainably-built, tiny homes. Creatively designed, you can accommodate a family of four by utilizing the loft space and Murphy beds. Each tiny house has a kitchenette (mini fridge, small stovetop, cookware), and a private bathroom and shower with a tankless hot water heater (read: take a short shower!). All you have to bring is food and a sense of adventure! My two-year-old daughter loved that the house was “just her size.” I will admit that the tiny home experience takes a minute to get used to, but with rates starting at $139/night, it’s an economical way for families to unwind and bond. Plus, it’s a cool vacation story!
Photo courtesy: WeeCasa
What to do?
Lyons’ Main Street is within a five-minute walk of WeeCasa. There you’ll find one-of-a-kind shops, locally-owned restaurants, a library, and a park. During the winter, skiing is only 45 minutes away at Eldora, a smaller mountain that doesn’t get too crowded. In the summer, you can go kayaking, fly fishing, biking, and hiking.
Walk across the street from WeeCasa and grab a cup of coffee at the Stone Cup (442 High St.), a locally-owned breakfast joint serving eggs, quiches, and bagels. My favorite was the breakfast burrito, while my daughter loved the hot chocolate.
Try out some Colorado craft beers at Oskar Blues (303 Main St.). The birthplace of Dale’s Pale Ale, it also serves up Creole-inspired burgers, pizzas, and BBQ, accompanied by live music on select nights.
If you’ve got insatiable teenagers, head to Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ and Taphouse (228 Main St.). Order the mouth-watering Big Kahuna Belly Buster meal, served family style: a full rack of St. Louis ribs, whole chicken, half pound of brisket, half pound of pulled pork, four sides, and cornbread. There’s also a tasty kids’ menu with pulled pork sandwiches, rib dinners, and gooey grilled cheese sandwiches.
No trip to Lyons would be complete without a trip to Lyons Dairy Bar (138 Main St.) for delicious, hand-scooped ice cream and shakes.
Photo courtesy: Smokin' Dave's BBQ & Taphouse
Lyons is a little more than an hour’s drive north of Denver.
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Amy Sward spends her summers hiking, exploring, and learning about her home city of Denver with her 2-year-old adventurer. In the winter, it’s all about the skiing!