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Tiny houses offer a big adventure in Ohio

CR Rae
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Enjoy serene lake views and all the comforts of home at the Hocking Hills Tiny Houses.

Take in tiny living in the rolling hills of Ohio for a one-of-a-kind experience surrounded by serenity, lake views and peaceful quiet.

Seeing tiny houses being built on TV shows has made me wonder if I could live in such a condensed space. Recently, I had a chance to test drive one of these modern, uniquely designed homes on wheels.

Matt and Christine Shaw, owners of Hocking Hills Tiny Houses, have been putting their hearts into building these unique living spaces and making them homey for their guests. As of now they have three inviting homes for those wanting not only a tiny house experience but a retreat at Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio.

Matt met me at two of the tiny houses to show me the ins and outs of living small and efficiently. There is a use for every space from top to bottom. The house has a kitchen with a smaller refrigerator well stocked with water, and if you want to cook, just pull the stove top out of the drawer and set it on the counter. You will find a microwave, toaster oven, coffee station and, of course, a bottle opener-corkscrew.

There is a place for items under the steps that lead to the loft. The “master bedroom” is also the living area: The sofa-like seating turns into a comfy bed at night. There is counter seating for eating or working and a deck at the front door for sunset views of Lake Logan.

With heated floors you will stay warm throughout the winter. The bathroom is tiny, too, but has a full shower, sink and toilet and the supplies you need.

I found the tiny house to be a place to unwind and relax. There are plenty of large windows to enjoy the sunset over the lake and the stars as they accent the dark sky.

The three houses — Trillium, Juniper and Gladiola — are all a little different but each sleeps four adults comfortably.

Don’t want to cook? The houses are within walking distance of several restaurants. After a crisp walk to dinner come back “home” for dessert. Start a fire; the Shaws provide the supplies for S’mores.

Winter hiking is a big part of the beauty of Hocking Hills. Hikers can get into the deep gorges filled with icicles and marvel at the waterfalls, which take on the frozen look of crystal sculptures.

This home away from home is minutes from miles of hiking trails, zip lining, rock climbing and more. When the sun sets, it is a short drive to the John Glenn Astronomy Park, known as one of the darkest skies and best places to see the stars. Programs are currently suspended because of COVID-19 but will resume when it is safe for visitors to have the opportunity to look through the big telescope. The grounds are still open, however, and social distancing and mask-wearing protocols are enforced.

After a hike, visit Hocking Hills Moonshine and warm up with some Buckeye Lightning. Take a tour and see how this Ohio corn whiskey is made.

These tiny houses offer an enjoyable big adventure. For more information or to reserve a house, call 614-571-0973 or go to hockinghillstinyhouses.com.

Contact CR at crraetravel@gmail.com.