River and Twine is the onsite hotel providing an elevated camping experience at Rocky Mount Mills, a brand-new complex that's the center of cultural life in a North Carolina town

Nestled off the beaten path in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, a revitalized former cotton mill stands out from the landscape. Built decades ago, the mill has survived age and even a fire—but its newest life might be its most dramatic transformation yet. Now, the Rocky Mount Mills is a cultural hub for its hometown. And perhaps its most exciting offering is a hotel that reinvents the hospitality experience.

River and Twine is a boutique hotel made up of a collection of 20 tiny homes instead of individual rooms. Providing adventure-oriented guests with a completely unique stay, this tiny house hotel is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. But it's not only special because of its size—it's a prime example of outdoors-driven stays that offer all the comforts of home.

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“In hospitality we are seeing a move away from standardization and toward customization of the guest experience,” Evan Covington Chavez, the real estate development manager at Rocky Mount Mills, tells PSFK. “Our aim is to offer something completely different than a typical night’s stay in a hotel, while also providing all the creature comforts that people have come to expect.”

Hidden away in Rocky Mount Mill's campus, the units are stocked with all the conveniences of a normal hotel room, including lofted beds, sleeper couches, refrigerators, microwaves and showers. The main attraction is the chance to explore the mill's restaurants, breweries and outdoor activities, seamlessly blending adventure and boutique amenities.

“The homes are situated at the corner of the mill property, a secluded spot in the trees that makes it feel a bit like camping—but you actually have breweries and restaurants just a short walk away,” Chavez says. “The tiny house hotel is a key part of a much bigger experience that we offer at Rocky Mount Mills. Our aim is to give people a space to wander, explore and be surprised.”

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Nestled off the beaten path in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, a revitalized former cotton mill stands out from the landscape. Built decades ago, the mill has survived age and even a fire—but its newest life might be its most dramatic transformation yet. Now, the Rocky Mount Mills is a cultural hub for its hometown. And perhaps its most exciting offering is a hotel that reinvents the hospitality experience.

River and Twine is a boutique hotel made up of a collection of 20 tiny homes instead of individual rooms. Providing adventure-oriented guests with a completely unique stay, this tiny house hotel is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. But it's not only special because of its size—it's a prime example of outdoors-driven stays that offer all the comforts of home.