I stayed at a tiny house resort in the Catskills for three days, and it was the perfect getaway for burned-out NYC millennials who need to recharge
- I visited Think Big! A Tiny House Resort in upstate New York's Catskills region for three days in October.
- The tiny-house movement is growing among millennials, and I wanted to see what the fuss was about.
- My tiny house was cool, but what really stuck out to me is that the resort is a relaxing getaway for burned-out millennials who want to recharge.
- From its focus on hospitality as an experience to its wellness offerings, the resort is everything millennials love.
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When I think luxury, I don't usually think of 300-square foot dwellings in the woods, but one luxury tiny house resort proved me wrong.
That would be Think Big! A Tiny House Resort, located in the Catskills in upstate New York, about a two-hour drive north of Manhattan.
The name comes from the "Think Big!" retail store of oversized pop art that owner Bob Malkin used to run in Soho, New York City. When his granddaughter, Melissa Juszczak, age 29, asked him to finance a tiny house for her, he sold "Think Big!" and opened the tiny house resort in 2017. Today, Melissa and her mother, Marjorie (who goes by Margie) run the resort. They both live on site.
The question this resort, and others like it, may raise is: How is this any different from a cabin? Admittedly, tiny houses and cabins alike are small, often rustic houses, but a cabin can be any size the owner desires and is built on a foundation. Tiny houses are usually built on wheels so they can be moved around and typically are a mere 100 to 400 square feet.
During my time at the resort, Melissa and Margie told me that the tiny house resort attracts a lot of millennials who want to escape the bustle of New York City and turn off the stress. I left feeling like I had done just that.
Here's why it was the perfect getaway for the city millennial looking to recharge.
Think Big! A Tiny House Resort is located in South Cairo, New York, about two hours north of Manhattan.
Just north of South Cairo is Cairo. Like many towns in the Catskills, Cairo is small — but its Main Street was especially desolate compared to the other towns I visited.
But it didn't matter, because I really had no desire or need to leave the resort once I arrived. As you'll soon see, everything I needed was right at my fingertips.
I arrived on a perfect fall Sunday afternoon. After checking in at the front office, I was immediately whisked away via golf cart to my tiny house, The Little Bear.
It didn't take long for me to explore the 269 square feet of living space inside my tiny house.
The Little Bear also has its own fire pit outside. Throughout the resort, there are a few outposts where you can buy wood and fire-starters for the fire pits.
There are eight tiny houses on the property in total.
Even though the place was nearly fully booked that Sunday, it seemed pretty empty as I walked around. I saw people here and there but felt like I was the only guest.
A series of pathways, gravel roads, and trails form a big loop around the property.
The Little Bear looks out toward Catskill Creek, which runs along the back of the property. I was eager to get a lay of the land and set off to explore after checking out my tiny house.
I took a strong liking to the creekside hammock. To my left were views of the woods and to my right were views of the water.
But you can do more than enjoy waterfront views — you can also experience the creek itself. The resort provides free kayaks to take out on the water.
If water sports aren't your speed, the resort has some luxury wellness offerings — like a cedar soaking tub and a wellness tent, where you can get a massage.
After less than 10 minutes of walking, I came across a luxury of another sort. The creek trail leads to a woodsy area and ends up at what I consider to be the resort's highlight: a waterfall.
There's also a viewing area overlooking the waterfall, which the resort bills as a "romantic waterfall proposal site."
This brings me to my other favorite part of the resort: the farm animals.
There are also ducks, bunnies, and free-ranging chickens. They all have designated residences.
The Snack Shack is one of the resort's most memorable touches — the 24/7 store has just about everything you need, from dry and refrigerated food and drinks to games and movies.
It's kind of perfect if you don't feel like heading into town to pick up a forgotten supply, or if you — like me — don't have a car.
Outside the shack, there are plenty of toys available, like Hula Hoops and balls. There are also bigger yard games nearby, like a ping pong table and corn hole.
In the front of the property, there's a fenced-in garden where guests can pick in-season vegetables and herbs.
The resort lets guests bring dogs. I don't have a dog of my own, but I was happy to see a few good boys prancing around with their owners.
Nearby, there's a jungle gym for kids and an Airstream that serves as an arts and crafts studio, where you can work with an instructor.
My tiny house had a (tiny) deck out front, which I mainly used for reading and animal watching in the evenings.
By the end of my trip, I felt recharged. I came for the tiny house, but the best part was trading in the concrete of NYC for the countryside of the Catskills.
I would definitely come back — especially since the tiny houses might not be the only dwellings on the property for long.
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