With the average new home in Denver at 2,412 square feet in 2018, according to the Census Bureau, people like big houses. However, there’s something so sweet about staying in a tiny home and despite choosing to live year-round in large homes, people are drawn to tiny vacation homes. I know this is true because my social media engagement goes way up whenever I mention or post a photo about a tiny home.
On our December trip to Leadville, we stayed in a tiny home at the RV Corral. We were booked in Molly, but there are other tiny homes at this RV park as well. See all the homes here.
This is not my first tiny home rodeo. In fact, this is the third tiny house I’ve stayed in. We’ve stayed in a large tiny home with my parents that had a full bedroom and upstairs loft in Paonia, the tiniest of tiny homes at Wee Casa, a tiny house hotel in Lyons and this one, which turned out to be my favorite.
Location is Key
When we travel, location is a big part of the experience. We like to leave our car parked for the duration of the trip, and this tiny home at the edge of downtown makes that possible. We walked to drinks and meals, despite the cold, and yes, Leadville gets cold, so pack layers.
Leadville is 10,151 feet above sea level, making it the highest incorporated town in the United States and it’s authentic and charming. There’s a huge purple building in the middle of town and it doesn’t get much more Victorian (or photogenic) than that. It feels far away from the big city but at just under two hours from Denver, it’s not as remote as it seem
A Tiny House in Leadville Named Molly
Molly is tiny but not too tiny. In fact, I loved this tiny house stairway. It may seem to be a weird thing but having something akin to regular stairs that lead to the loft bedroom was a real treat because quite frankly, I hate ladders. The stairs in Molly also act as great storage for the small space, a real benefit even during a two-night stay.
In a tiny home, one of the keys to making life comfortable is storage space. For instance, Molly the tiny home has a shoe mat next to the door and under the fireplace. This was the perfect, out-of-the-way place for wet boots at the end of a day spent at nearby Ski Cooper.
We only stayed in Leadville for two nights, but I have stayed in a tiny house for a week and spent three nights in a vintage trailer named Buttercup — good storage is massively important.
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I live in a house with a small kitchen, but the size of this tiny home’s kitchen was grand with tons of counter space and a full-sized refrigerator. While I didn’t cook there, I could have whipped up a scrumptious meal.
The bathroom was also notably spacious. You wouldn’t throw a party there but the shower was double the size of my shower stall at home.
The bed and pillows are super comfy but you won’t want to change in the “bedroom” space because the lack of window coverings on one side means that you may unintentionally give the folks at the Pastime Bar a show.
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There are two beds in two separate loft areas in this tiny house. The main bedroom is accessible via the stairs but the other is above the bathroom. The second loft area is smaller and great for children capable of scrambling up a ladder.
Molly also features a gas fireplace that seems appropriate in this town. After all, this is Leadville, a place that seems to have retained that Wild West ambiance that’s been long lost in other Colorado mountain towns.
By the way, the RV Corral is located on 2nd Street in Leadville, and unfortunately, due to fire most of the original buildings along this street have burnt down. However, 2nd Street had a lively past and was home to brothels, saloons and dance halls.
Become part of the colorful history of this Colorado town by staying at one of these tiny homes. They are open year round, so if you come to ski at Cooper or hike the Mineral Belt Trail, you can stay in a tiny home in Leadville.