Caravan is nestled in the vibrant northeast corner of Portland. It opened in the summer of 2013 and was the first ever hotel of its kind in Oregon and across the globe. Not only did Caravan seamlessly fit into the character of the neighborhood, it helps support the local economy and greater well-being of the city.
Co-founders/partners, Deb Delman and Kol Peterson, have used the hotel as an educational/advocacy tool to showcase the many possibilities of small housing, like urban infill. A practical and legitimate opportunity to increase the local housing stock on available land. For them, moveable tiny houses are a gateway to ADUs (accessory dwelling units).
What's not to love about using adorable allure as ice-breaker into deeper conversations about sustainable development?
Tour Caravan's Tiny Houses AND ADUs of Portland, 9/8-9/10
The Caravan began with just three tiny houses. Only one of the originals remains, The Tandem. Over the past four years more houses have been added and some exchanged for new models.
It now features six beautiful tiny houses, and the outdoor space has blossomed into an inviting whimsical, funky world of its own. This is the space where the visitors from around the world collide, relax, and soak in the good vibes.
"The Tandem is a spacious and beautiful 160 sq. ft. tiny house with a homey, comfortable vibe. Adorned with metal bicycle sprockets, The Tandem was named for the bike culture of Portland and for its double sleeping areas."
"Pacifica is built to be wheelchair accessible. To accommodate our guests who use wheelchairs, we install a ramp on the day the reservation begins and remove it after the guests check out. If you make a reservation to stay in Pacifica and require the use of our wheelchair ramp, we need at least 48 hours advanced notice to set it up."
The Amazing Mysterium
"Designed and built by local builder Colin Bardon, The Amazing Mysterium is... well, Amazing! Named after it's predecessor tiny house that was featured in the TV show The Librarians, and designed to model a traditional Vardo gypsy? wagon, The Amazing Mysterium has a Mollycroft roof featuring custom-made stained glass windows, an adjustable suspension bed, and a beautiful tile kitchen counter."
The latest addition at Caravan
"Built almost entirely from salvaged materials, Skyline is one-of-a-kind, funky and beautiful. Repurposed metal and wood make up much of the interior and exterior. Featuring stained glass, a triangular toilet and metal handrails, this extremely unique tiny house measures 142 sq. ft. and can sleep up to 4 guests."
"Modeled after a train caboose, the interior pops with detail from the custom built benches, cabinets, ladder, and fold out dining table, to the cobble-wood floor, curved roof elements and copper shelving... Within its 134 sq. ft., The Caboose holds an impressive amount of richly designed, unique and artistic features."
"Kangablue is a traditionally designed tiny house. At 170 sq ft., it is currently the biggest tiny house at Caravan. Elegant and roomy, Kangablue sleeps up to 3 people."
From the outside looking in, Caravan appears to be a magical secret garden, hidden in plain-sight of the surrounding homes and businesses.
During the summertime, the public is invited in for a few fun hours of s'mores and tunes at the weekly Caravan Campfires. If you have ever wondered what the all the fuss about Portland life is about, then you need to swing by Caravan on Wednesday nights for a taste of the creative village culture that makes this such a unique and fun city.
From tiny to tinier, Caravan now offers teardrop rentals. Deb and Kol see this as way to encourage Portland city dwellers to comfortably explore the expansive surrounding PNW wonderland. They offer five adorable Little Guy T@G Max trailers or T@G Max XL trailers, all with sweet names like Miles, Prince and Rosie.
"Take camping to a whole new level! Nothing is spared- our teardrop trailers have all of the amenities to make your camping adventures fun, easy and exceptionally comfortable."
-Alexis, Tiny House Expedition
Tiny House Blog Contributor
My partner, Christian and I are traveling tiny house dwellers. Together we've been on the road two years for our documentary and community outreach project, Tiny House Expedition. We live, breathe, dream the tiny home community every day. This is our life, and our true passion project. We are very grateful to be able experience this inspiring movement in such an intimate way and to be able to share our exploration with all of you.