11.18.22 – 11.20.22
Tiny home living doesn’t have to be in a home on wheels.
Waterside at Blue Ridge is a gated RV and tiny home resort located just seven miles north of downtown Blue Ridge. The campground offers 192 sites with the options of renting a tiny home and RV site rentals. My parents rented the tiny home on lot 145 at Waterside while we were staying on lot 108.
The campground has a pool and large community hot tub. The Waterside Community Clubhouse is located across the road from the pool and offers rocking chairs, tables, a TV, bathrooms (with showers), laundry, and a deck overlooking the pond at the front of the campground. Both ponds were stocked with fish for catch-and-release fishing. The campground had multiple community fire pits available for use (not all of the sites had their own fire pit). There is a second pavilion in the back of the campground called the gathering place. New this year is the option to rent a golf cart.
The tiny home on lot 145 is a one-bedroom, one-bath with loft and bunk beds. It sleeps a total of 8 people if you include the pull-out couch in the living room. Walking into the tiny home’s living room you can see the owners did a great job of utilizing the small space by having a dining table that can be stored against the wall if not in use. The kitchen has everything you could need for a vacation home, including a dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer.
Bunk beds are located in the hallway across from the bathroom and a queen bed is in the back of the tiny home in the bedroom. The loft stairs double as a bookcase and there is a queen bed upstairs along with many children’s toys.
The tiny home is located in the back of the campground and on a slight rise up from the pond. The owners refer to it as the “Overlook at Waterside.” It was a great location for our campsite (108) because we could cut down the hill, across the second pavilion, and over to our site. There was no need to walk all the way around on the road.
Since our last visit to Waterside at Blue Ridge the campground has improved in multiple ways. Each site is privately owned, so most of the improvements happen on the time of the owners. There were only a few lots left that have gravel driveways. Many more tiny homes have been added and owners had personalized their yards with seasonal decorations. If you have been a long-time follower of us you may have already picked up on the fact that we stayed on site 145 in April of 2021. The owners have since put a tiny home on their site that they enjoy for themselves and rent out to friends. They have recently expanded their rental availability through airbnb.
There was plenty of room for four adults and a child to eat meals and enjoy watching the football games in the living room. This tiny home is not pet friendly—so our pups stayed back in the camper. However, it is located close to the dog park so we would have utilized that more if it had been warmer outside.
We don’t worry about the dogs being left in the camper while we are gone because we have the MarCell temperature monitoring system. This will send us text messages if the power goes out in the camper or if the temperature or humidity goes out of the range we indicated in the settings. We have used MarCell for five years and have been pleased with the service. They gave us a discount code to share with our followers. Use the code Imagine20 for $20 off your purchase of the temperature monitoring system.
This weekend was too cold to sit around a fire outside. The tiny home on lot 145 has a really nice fire pit with Adirondack chairs looking out over the campground. We missed out on that because of the weather. In all, the weekend was fantastic and it was so much fun having my parents there for the adventures.