Nestled away in a charming corner of New England is a small town called South Hampton, which is home to the Tuxbury Tiny House Village. This New Hampshire getaway is easy to get to by train or car, and as you get closer you will be greeted with sea views reminiscent of a time past- white bottomed boats, lighthouses and marshland for miles.
The Tuxbury Tiny House Village is part of a collection of fun, unique accommodations (including tiny homes, yurts, cottages, teepees and covered wagons) by Petite Retreats.
The adorable houses are affordable, starting at $139/night and thoughtfully named. Emerson, Henry, Clara, Riley and Murphy await you in the tiny house village- each one with its own distinct personality.
The tiny houses range in size from 180 to 310 square feet and come fully equipped with all of the comforts of home- just in a smaller sized space. With five houses on the property, this is the perfect retreat for family travel, multi-generational travel or a girlfriends getaway.
The largest house of the group, named Emerson, was the biggest of the tiny houses at 310 square feet. Inside, you find accommodations for up to four people. A simplistic kitchenette lines the wall, complete with a coffee pot, fridge, stovetop and a complete set of dishes and utensils. A full bathroom is located in the back, and in the front living space is a table, matching chairs, couch and flat screen TV. Peak outside the window and catch a glimpse of Tuxbury Pond, as well as your fire pit, perfect for an evening of s’mores.
Nothing beats enjoying nature in New England, so make sure you explore the grounds and enjoy the outdoor pool, playground, outdoor entertainment pavilion, ball field, horseshoe area, basketball and volleyball courts. Head to the General Store for snacks, and the arcade or game room make for a fun afternoon.
Tuxbury Pond is steps from your front door, and the perfect place to kayak over the sleek waters or try your hand at fishing. The pond is a glossy deep blue, with dashes of bright green lily pads, creating the most serene paddling experience.
Cider Hill Farm
One of the highlights of the area is Cider Hill Farm, a family-owned farm that has been passed down to owners Glenn and Karen Cook, that was started by Glenn’s parents. The farm has expanded to 145 acres that includes 5 houses, a food truck, bakery, boutique, CSA, Cider Distillery & tasting room and fruit-picking orchards. Guests come for the seasonal fruit-picking, and make sure to indulge in fresh apple cider and their infamous apple cider donuts. Fun for the whole family, don’t miss Glenn’s Trike Yards, the giant sandbox or hayrides, and the goats and chickens. The event calendar online is packed full of fun; farm yoga, festivals and workshops, especially for specific fruit (blueberry, peach, raspberry, strawberries, apples and pumpkin) picking seasons.
SUP YO Class at Lake Gardner
The best way to enjoy nature and get a great workout is on the water with a stand-up paddleboard. SUP YO is a local company founded by yoga teacher Jana Olenio.
75-minute classes are taught on the water at nearby Lake Gardner and throughout Massachusetts. Classes are held from May- September and all equipment is included.
Back in town, explore the quaint shopping district of historic Amesbury. A former mill town and home to several historic firsts (such as the inventor the wooden fishing dory, one of the first abolitionist voices against slavery and home to a signer of the Declaration of Independence) the small town is surrounded by waterways, greenspace and brick sidewalks. Mill spaces have been reincarnated into modern offices, small businesses and artist spaces.
If you want to check out a bit of local history, head to Mary Baker Eddy Historic House, an antique house from the 18th Century or The Macy Colby House, from the Macy family dating back to 1654.
Grab a bite to eat at the original Flatbread Company, a comfortable eatery known for massive salads with homemade dressings, wood fired pizzas and decadent desserts.