Just 40 minutes south of downtown Cincinnati lie the elements of a big weekend adventure: a tiny home, a tiny town, and a not-so-tiny lake. Galloping Goose Cottages, a resort consisting of 10 one-of-a-kind, 190-square-foot train-themed cottages, opened in 2017 to offer a romantic stay in tiny homes outfitted with all the essentials (including a microwave, bathroom with shower, and WiFi). “The cottages aren’t the ‘cookie cutter’ lodges everyone is used to,” says Brooke Rider-Cummins, owner of Galloping Goose Cottages. “I like to joke that once someone stays with us, they’ll be shouting ‘Tiny homes for everyone!’”
Time your visit right this summer, and you can discover nearly 350 acres of Northern Kentucky’s largest lake by paddle. A short ride from the cottages is Lake Williamstown, home to the annual Paddle Williamstown event. Scheduled for August 25, it’s an all-day event when local officials restrict use of powerboats, allowing visitors to enjoy six hours on the lake while aboard a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. The weekend kicks off with a Friday night concert at the Williamstown Marina, and a fireworks show closes out a full day of lakeside adventures.
After your long day paddling, try a gourmet sandwich from Beans Café and Bakery. This local café gives Panera-style dining a Southern touch—the sweet tea is incredible. You can easily eat for under $15 and leave with leftovers to enjoy later in your tiny home.
Galloping Goose Cottages, $99–$125/night, gallopinggoosecottages.com
Beans Café & Bakery, $10–$15 a person, beanscafeandbakery.com
Paddle Williamstown, paddlewilliamstown.com