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10 Terrific Tiny House Rentals in Upstate New York

by Lauren Breedlove
Updated May 03, 2022

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Adventure big — sleep small.

Minimalist housing has become cooler than cool and what better place to experience the realm of tiny house stays than Upstate New York. Quaint small towns, a plethora of outdoor activities, and incredible food + beverage spots abound in the large domain that is ‘Upstate.’

Adventure in the Catskill or the Adirondack Mountains, tour vineyards in the Finger Lakes region, or meander off-the-beaten-path — whatever destination you choose, there’s something for every interest…and a tiny home nearby. Discover waterfalls, lakes, and hiking trails by day, and relax with a local brew or wine on the deck of your tiny house rental by evening.

What better way to immerse yourself in the Upstate frame of mind than a pint-sized stay — the pocket version of glamping. Slumbering in a tiny house gives us the best of both worlds; access to creature comforts and a real bed, and proximity to the outdoors. Whether you’re interested in a luxurious tiny cabin with all the frills, or a more rustic, off-grid option, one thing is sure…amazing memories will be made during this unique stay.

Jump on the tiny trend that’s making a big splash and enjoy an adorable getaway in one of these 10 terrific tiny house rentals in Upstate New York.

1. The Cabin in the Woods at ZiegenVine Homestead

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Why you should stay: goat yoga and other farm animal interactions.

  • Nearest town: Savona, New York
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $65/night

Stay in an off-grid tiny cabin in the woods on a working farm, to boot, when you book The Cabin in the Woods at ZiegenVine Homestead.

Situated just south of the Finger Lakes region, access to both Keuka and Seneca Lakes are within half an hour’s drive. Inside, find a cozy ambiance with a full-size bed with an area rug, rocking chairs, and wood stove complete with firewood. Farm tours where you can greet the animals, stroll walking paths, and visit an onsite store are all part of the experience. If yoga is your thing (or even if it’s not) make sure to sign up for one of the Goat Yoga sessions for a hilarious and unique activity.

Nestled in the woods, this cute little cabin is an ideal place to unwind. Leaf-peeping during the autumn season is positively spectacular. Venture off property to explore some of the top attractions in the Finger Lakes. Marvel at almost 20 waterfalls along the pathways within Watkins Glen State Park, a favorite destination in the area. Sip New York wine varieties at Keuka Lake Vineyards, or taste local craft beers at the Brewery of Broken Dreams, a historic stop on the Keuka Lake Beer Trail.

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Related Read: 10 Beautiful Cabin Rentals in the Finger Lakes, New York

2. 1800s Milk Barn

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Why you should stay: Soak in the outdoor hot tub.

  • Nearest town: East Syracuse
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $216/night

With all the makings for a unique stay, this renovated 1800s milk barn is a fantastic tiny house rental located just outside of Syracuse. Beautifully decorated and surprisingly spacious, the inside has a loft bedroom, plush couch, kitchen area, and stunning bathroom. Outside, you’ll find that lounging in the private yard area with a hot tub is the stuff that tiny house dreams are made of. Grocery stores and almost anything else you need are just a hop and a skip away as this property is centrally located for provisions, restaurants, and bars.

It’s also positioned to enjoy nature in Central New York, with the Erie Canal and Green Lakes State Park, just 10 minutes down the road. Cycle the famous Erie Canal trail within Old Erie Canal State Historic Park. Swim at the beach, hike, play a round of disc-golf, hit the bike trail, or go fishing within the park grounds surrounding two glacial lakes. After your day of adventures, treat yourself to dinner in downtown Syracuse and enjoy a relaxing soak in the cabin’s hot tub.

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3. Debar View at Ellea Pine Camps

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Why you should stay: Take in incredible views from the deck.

  • Nearest town: Malone
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $195/night

Head to the backcountry wilderness at Ellea Pine Camps, situated on a stunning 220 acre swath of land in the Adirondacks. The cabin is off-grid but that doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your creature comforts. Heating, solar power, shower with hot water, luxury linens, and a private heated outhouse make this a perfect glamping spot.

Cook in the covered outdoor kitchen area, equipped with a gas grill, cooler, utensils and picnic table. Forget something? The campground store has all the provisions you need. Gaze at the sprawling views from a classic Adirondack chair on the camp deck; both the daytime and evening stargazing vistas are mesmerizing. Hang by the shared fire pit and roast s’mores to round out your night.

Take advantage of your location in the Adirondacks and explore the surrounding area. Hike to nearby Debar Pond, rent a kayak to paddle on Meacham Lake or one of the many other lakes and streams in the area, or go fishing. Get a bird’s eye view about Lake Titus via the 2-mile round trip trail up Elephant’s Head. In the winter, snowshoe or cross-country ski along the property trails through the unspoiled Adirondack wilderness. The park is your oyster with this tiny house rental as your base.

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Related Read: 10 Gorgeous Cabin Rentals Near Lake Placid, New York

4. The Micro

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Why you should stay: Your inner kid will love it.

  • Nearest town: Saranac Lake
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $81/night

Designed to feel like a cool clubhouse, The Micro is the only tiny house on wheels in the Adirondack region. Situated between the popular towns of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, your stay positions you in the midst of incredible outdoor pursuits. This structure is the definition of a tiny house but manages to pack in all the necessities, with a loft bed, kitchen, bathroom, and living space. Outside, a small deck with chairs is a great place to hang out and enjoy the fresh air. Head outdoors and explore the plethora of hiking and biking trails, lakes, and all-around Adirondack adventure the region offers.

Hike up Haystack Mountain, a 3.3 mile trail with a gorgeous reward atop the open-face summit. Rest your legs while soaking up the views of the nearby chain of lakes, Whiteface Mountain, and impressive High Peaks. Catch a thrill on the Lake Placid Bobsled experience where you can pretend to be an olympian for the day. Refuel at the favorite Big Slide Brewery & Public House along Route 73; quench your thirst with a local brew and indulge in some delicious eats. At the end of the day, put your feet up by the micro house fire pit – you’ve earned it.

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5. Curry Cabin

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Why you should stay: Country perks with close city proximity.

  • Nearest town: Schuylerville
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $195/night

Slumber small in the Curry Cabin, a modern shipping container on the edge of the Fish Creek. Located just 15 minutes from vibrant downtown Saratoga, guests can enjoy the best of both country and city life. Each container house has a full cozy bed, small kitchen, and bathroom, with a picnic table and creek views on the exterior. Rent one of the onsite kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards and explore scenic Fish Creek. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in nearby Schuylerville and Saratoga Spring, but if you don’t feel like venturing out, a full-service restaurant and bar is on property.

Take the short hike to Dionondahowa Falls in Greenwich, step back in time on the trails at the Saratoga National Historical Park and Battlefield, or check out the beach in Moreau Lake State Park. Fuel up at Amigos Cantina and taste cider at Saratoga Apple in Schuylerville and catch some live music at the classic Irish pub in the heart of Saratoga, The Parting Glass.

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Related Read: 8 Cozy Cabin Rentals Near Lake George, New York

6. Scenic Orchard Tiny Home

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Why you should stay: hot tub with drool-worthy views.

  • Nearest town: Barneveld
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $445/night

Romance is alive at the Scenic Orchard Tiny Home in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. This modern container home has little luxury touches throughout, from the plush bedding and heated floors, to the outdoor hot tub. Giant windows line the walls, offering a constant portal to the outdoors and the stunning orchard view. Outside, choose from an expansive porch, the hot tub, or separate fire pit area to enjoy the fresh air and scenery. There’s no doubt about it — this tiny house is ideal for some serious rest and relaxation.

In the summer, paddle the nearby Hinckley Lake, or head out on an Adirondack hike. Embark on the 9-mile round-trip trek up Woodhull Mountain, one of the Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge trails. The rental has a full kitchen, but if you’d like to try some of the area restaurants you can’t go wrong with breakfast at the family-run Sweet Basil, Rocky’s on the Lake for live music, and Utica’s The Tailor and the Cook if you’re feeling fancy. Or, scrap it all and just stay on property to maximize your time enjoying all of the amazing amenities.

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7. Caboose House

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Why you should stay: Profits go to a good cause. Plus, it’s a caboose.

  • Nearest town: Westerlo
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $150/night

Enjoy a unique stay in the solar-powered Caboose House in the Capital District, southwest of Albany. All profits from this rental go to a non-profit organization aiming to transition from a fossil-based economy to renewable energy one, called Renew the Earth. Downstairs, the living room and kitchen have what’s needed to cook and chill, and the cozy bedroom will rest you up. Upstairs, a futon provides another spot to relax. Sit by the fire pit outside, or read a book on the hammock while on property.

Check out the hiking trails at the famous Thatcher State Park, where you can take in sweeping views and stroll along the cliffside trails in the warmer months, and have yourself a snowshoeing or cross-country skiing adventure in the winter. After, sample beers at Helderberg Mountain Brewing Company and purchase a pack to bring back and cheers from your caboose accommodations.

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Related Read: 11 Unique Places to Stay in New York State

8. Rustic Tiny Cabin

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Why you should stay: It overlooks a pretty little pond.

  • Nearest town: North Creek
  • Sleeps: 3-4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $112/night

The pond-side Rustic Tiny Cabin is a cute-as-can-be tiny house stay in the Adirondack region. Get a blend of camping and cabin at this charming North Creek spot, with camp sleeping pads, room for 3-4, a wood stove, and a comfortable outhouse. Photogenic and storybook-esque, the locally-sourced wood structure is cradled by pines in an idyllic waterfront setting. When you’re done taking photos of the scene, hang out in the Adirondack chairs, laze on the hammock, or have yourself a little beach picnic.

Go for a swim or bring your kayak to paddle around the pond, and in the winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are fantastic. Downhill skiers will relish in the cabin’s proximity to Gore Mountain. Get your adrenaline pumping on a white-water rafting expedition on the Hudson River; it’s a great way to absorb some of the classic Adirondack scenery. If you’re craving a meal out, head into the village of North Creek to barVino for small bites and drinks.

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9. Wildberry Cottage

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Why you should stay: Feel secluded without being too secluded.

  • Nearest town: Schenectady
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $145/night

Explore the Capital Region with the Wildberry Cottage tiny home as your base, situated on a sprawling 25-acre property. This “built from scratch” cottage has gorgeous views out of the reclaimed windows, a beautifully decorated living and well-equipped kitchen area, and a loft bedroom. The bathroom includes a composting toilet and there is no shower or running water.

The attached deck with chairs and fire pit area create a relaxing outdoor space to feel away from it all. Although it gives off secluded vibes, you’ll be just a hop and a skip from Schenectady and Saratoga, both of which have a wide array of food and drink offerings.

Rent a kayak at the Kayak Shack on nearby Saratoga Lake, and grab a post-paddle drink at 550 Waterfront with your feet in the sand. Take a day trip up to Lake George, where abundant hiking trails, boat tours, and public beaches await. Then, tuck in for the night at your cute little cottage.

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Related Read: 10 Gorgeous Glamping Spots in New York State

10. Baby Blue at Sugar Creek

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Why you should stay: Lakes, Wineries, and Breweries, oh my.

  • Nearest town: Penn Yan
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $125/night

Perched on 10-acres, Baby Blue at Sugar Creek feels like your own slice of Upstate New York paradise. This Finger Lakes tiny home is a whole lot of sophisticated goodness in a small space. The shipping container structure has been transformed into a luxury stay with a Murphy bed, espresso machine, and amazing rainwater shower head. Head outside to the deck, the perfect spot to sip your morning coffee overlooking the creek and listen to the soundtrack of the birds from the forest.

A quick jaunt will land you at nearby Keuka Lake, where you can take advantage of the hiking and cycling trails. After, stop at Fox Run Vineyards on the wine trail, or try local craft beer at Steuben Brewing Company. Wrap up your evening with some stargazing by the fire pit before cozying up in Baby Blue.

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