Tiny House Trip

As a child I was fascinated by the idea of living in small spaces well before the tiny house movement came to fruition.  Every summer when my family stayed in a motel in Ocean City I thought about how neat it would be to live there permanently.  Growing up I shared a bedroom with my younger sister and used to think about ways that the bathroom could be converted to enable me to have my own room.

Imagine my excitement when Jason and I discovered that there was a tiny house near Lititz that we could stay in through AirBnB.  We had driven through Lititz in the past to visit his dad and stepmom, and I had often heard of how great of a small town it was.  Although the town is only about a 40-45 minute drive from our house, we booked two nights in the tiny house to get a better feel of what it would be like to live in one.

Originally we were going to visit the Landis Valley Museum on Thursday then check into the tiny house.  With a heat advisory looming for the day we changed our minds and decided to head directly to Lititz.  I had done some research in advance and found Lititz Springs Park was conveniently located near most of the restaurants and shops.  We chose not to visit the Visitor’s Center though I’ve read it’s good to do so.

Our first stop along Main Street was for lunch at Bulls Head Public House.  We arrived shortly after it opened which proved to be a good thing as it was beginning to fill up quickly as we departed.  We sat at the bar and admired the vintage decor.  The bartender was very friendly and attentive to all patrons, a tricky task to manage given there is no actual waitstaff and all orders are placed at the bar.  From what I understand this is a common practice in England, but as I’ve never visited I’m  unable to confirm.  I tried a blood orange cider that was very refreshing on a hot day, and Jason enjoyed an English beer.  Sticking to the theme of the restaurant I ordered the fish and chips and he ordered the Shepard’s pie.  We were both impressed by the quality of the food.

After lunch we ventured down Main Street to explore the shops.  We passed other people who we could tell were tourists as well, and I overheard one woman say she was part of a bus trip group from Connecticut.  There were lots of older houses and buildings to admire and many had listed on them the date they were built.  Jason’s favorite shop was Zest! which offered an array of kitchen items.  We left there with a new mustard sauce, a Mexican seasoning and a “whiskey and tobacco” scented candle.  Wandering in and out of the air conditioned shops helped keep us cool on such a hot afternoon.  We also found refreshment in buying frozen drinks at Cafe Chocolate.  As it neared 3pm we decided to leave and go check into the tiny house.

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The tiny house was located on a family’s farmland down a separate gravel driveway from their own driveway.  It certainly provided privacy though we had to be cautious to not pass the driveway off the main road.  Pictures do not do the tiny house justice in terms of its charm and size.  It was wider than I anticipated and Jason, being 6 ft tall, was equally impressed with how much room it had.  There was no TV or WiFi, but I did pack books, a word search and a crossword puzzle book to prevent boredom at night.  We ventured into nearby Rothsville to get pizza for dinner from Caruso’s.  Upon our return Jason built a fire in the firepit and we had a very relaxing evening.

On Friday morning we headed back into Lititz and ate a very delicious breakfast at Tomato Pie Cafe.  We ventured back into Lititz Springs Park to watch the ducks and explore the park.  We then explored a few shops along N Broad St and made sure to pick up goodies from Wilbur Chocolate.  Venturing down Main Street once more we visited some shops we missed the previous day.  A school group was taking a picture in front of Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, but we chose to not enter.

We had made plans the previous evening to meet Jason’s dad and stepmom at the Green Dragon Farmer’s Market, so we headed back to the tiny house before driving to Ephrata.  It had been years since I visited Green Dragon, so it was fun to explore it again.  I purchased stuffed pretzel logs for lunch, a ham and cheese for me and a steak and cheese for Jason.  It was hard to resist all the homemade baked goods for sale.  Visiting in the afternoon seemed to be a better option as it wasn’t as crowded as we were told it is in the morning. We watched part of an auction as well.

After saying our goodbyes Jason and I drove back into Lititz for dinner.  We were going to try JoBoys Brew Pub or Appalachian Brewing Company, but after having such a wonderful breakfast experience, we went to Tomato Pie Cafe again.  They offered a pick two option similar to Panera which enabled us to try a total of four sandwiches.  Jason also ordered a green smoothie which was very good.  It began to rain as we were leaving, so we went back to the tiny house for the night.

We returned home early Saturday morning after dropping off some goodies at my parents’ house.  Our trip was a fun getaway and a reminder that sometimes you don’t have to wander far from home to find unique places.  It also reinforced our interest in tiny houses and we’re already considering a trip to another one next year.

About Tracy

Runner. Writer. Reader. Environmental and Indigenous Peoples advocate. Work from home Workforce Specialist. NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Assistant Varsity Track Coach. Fascinated by the ocean, waterfalls and Christmas lights.
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17 Responses to Tiny House Trip

  1. AJ says:

    That looks like a fun trip!

  2. It sounds like fun! Do you think you would consider living in a tiny home someday?

    • TracyNicole says:

      Jason and I both agreed we could live in one though the going up and down steps to the bathroom at night was a tad tedious. You also really can’t “get away” from each other if needed. The main issue lies in most states don’t allow for them to be permanent residences; Pennsylvania being one of them. I read a newspaper article regarding the one we stayed in and I guess the couple who owns it is having issues with their township because the township doesn’t know how to classify it. Some places consider them RVs if they’re on wheels, but that one they won’t count since it has wheels but is at a permanent location. It has to do with zoning and building codes and requiring a certain number of square footage. I know some states like California and Oregon have certain areas that are starting to allow for it. We’re going to a RV show in Hershey this weekend as we’re also fascinated by Class B motorhomes (though I doubt I would live in one of those permanently) so we’ll see what interest that sparks!

      • You’re right about not having much personal space in a tiny home. I think that would be the toughest part, honestly. If you had some sort of outdoor livable space that would help with that. I guess it’s a relatively new thing and states are figuring out how to deal with it.

      • TracyNicole says:

        Overall Jason and I usually in the same space when we’re both home anyway so I don’t know that it’d be a huge deal, but I was thinking during the winter when cabin fever sets in that it might be an issue! I think most people who do live in tiny houses are in states like California and Florida where they can enjoy their outdoor space more which probably helps. I think you’re right, it’s a work in progress figuring out how to classify them and get counties/states on board with approving them.

  3. Laurie says:

    I live in Lititz! Small world!!! Did you run while you were here?

    • TracyNicole says:

      Too funny! It was an adorable town to explore. I didn’t run; I contemplated taking along clothes to do a few miles on the Hands on House course since the tiny house was just off Church Rd and that’s part of the course, but I ran Thurs. morning before we left instead. Unless I’m gone for several days I tend to be guilty of treating vacation purely as vacation and not worry about running during it. I did plenty of walking though so I was still moving! Jason and I did discover where the rail trail begins near Applachian Brewing Company and if we hadn’t arranged to meet his dad and stepmom at Green Dragon we likely would’ve wandered on it – do you run on that trail?

      • Laurie says:

        Yes. If you come back and want to run, let me know. The trail by ABC is actually a dead end. You have to get on it on Clay Rd. at the Warwick Township building. There is parking, a water fountain, and a bathroom!

      • TracyNicole says:

        I will definitely reach out to you if I head back over to your area in the future! Good to know about the trail; it sounds like the starting point is a nice facility. I love when you can use a bathroom before heading out!

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