Many Americans have wondered what it might be like to live in a tiny home. TV shows and magazine articles provide a good idea of what's involved in downsizing to 400 square feet or less, but now tiny home fans can try out a diminutive dwelling--while on vacation.

Wisconsin-based Escape Homes is offering "test stay" vacations in several of its tiny, portable properties around the country. The rental units are also available to purchase; the firm says they can be built and delivered within 90 days.

Starting at 162 square feet, the models will show renters what micro living feels like, says Escape Homes founder Dan Dobrowolski. The models are designed to feel larger than they are, with oversized windows, open floor plans; full working kitchens and baths; and soothing sleeping quarters. Click here for a case study.

“Consumers test drive a car before purchasing it,” says Dobrowolski. “Why shouldn’t they have the option to ‘test stay’ their home, too.”

Escape Home vacation options include:

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Chetek, Wisc. The Canoe Bay resort offers two 400 square-foot stand-alone Escape Classic cottages, priced from $398 per cottage, per night. They feature vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, wet bar & fireplace, large screened porch, queen-size bedroom, full kitchen and bath featuring walk-in tiled shower, separate toilet room and heated floor.

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Atlanta. Guests can choose a location in the Atlanta area to experience temporary tiny home living in a 269-square foot Escape Traveler that features sleeping for up to six people, full-size appliances, a living area with fireplace, big screen TV, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a washer and dryer. Priced from $150 per night.

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Salem, Ore. This vineyard site includes a 162-square-foot Escape Vista XL cottage in a private setting along the Willamette River, priced from $115 per night. It features wrap-around windows, full bath with large tub/shower, queen bed, wet bar with microwave, dining/computer table and unique pop-up TV.

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