The Green Fish
Orchard City, a western Colorado town on the Grand Mesa’s south side, isn’t only known for its fruit-growing orchards and produce stands. This off-the-beaten-track destination is a fabulous jumping-off point to all the recreational activities you can do across this vast, desert-y swath of the state. Book your stay at The Green Fish tiny home for starry nights, cozy digs and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
Named for the green-fish art staked out front, this rural tiny home has it all — a spacious enclosure with a lounge-worthy hammock, a groovy kitchen space (reviewers say it’s well stocked and, dare we say, roomy), a queen bed perfectly sized for loft cuddling, kitschy art that’s hung indoors and out, plus mountainous views that are especially spectacular at sunset. The Gunnison River flows nearby, too, and you’ll have easy driving access to all sorts of recreation in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and on the Grand Mesa.
What makes it special?
It’s all the creative details like the sculptural sun hung on the house and the fluttering Tibetan prayer flags strung in the yard. You’ll feel the artist stir within as you relax outdoors.
The most “Colorado” thing about this place
The arid landscape, geologic formations, big-wide skies and cotton-candy sunsets all shriek C-O-L-O-R-A-D-O!
Quirkiest thing to expect
If you’re lucky, the host may surprise you with farm-fresh eggs that taste so much better than store-bought.
Top sensory encounter you’ll experience
You can look up at night and see all the bright celestial bodies you want, including the mind-melting depths of the Milky Way.
Our favorite traveler review
“What an absolutely charming little house this is! A true experience! Anyone wanting to experience tiny-house living should stay here. Very well-appointed kitchen, large windows to let in the light and skylights to watch the stars. Oh, and the bathroom is huge! Great place, 10/10!” — Christen, Airbnb
Things to see & do nearby
Motor along the Grand Mesa scenic byway for stops at small farm towns like Cedaredge, Delta and Palisade. Grand Mesa, the largest flat-top mountain, delivers numerous options for fishing on reflective lakes, hiking along tree-hugged trails and snowmobiling on glacial paths. Or head over to Black Canyon of the Gunnison to see a canyon landscape so eye-poppingly gorgeous that it was awarded national park status in 1999.
Photos courtesy of Airbnb