In a digital world of iPhones, laptops, iPads, and other electronics to keep us seemingly connected, it is becoming clear that we are actually becoming disengaged from our loved ones and nature.
Hence why Jon Staff and Pete Davis, two Harvard Business School friends, pitched the idea of Getaway House and raised $1.2 million in seed funding. The concept of Getaway House is simple – renting out tiny houses in the woods for those looking to unplug.
All the cabins are within a two-hour drive or less from major cities. Driving is definitely the best bet and parking is easy enough. If you don’t have your own personal vehicle, there are ways to use public transportation to get to your cabin as well. At the moment, there are three cities with Getaway Houses: New York City, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Staff and Davis are hoping to bring the cabins to 30 cities in the U.S. by 2022.
When you book one of the cabins, the exact address is not revealed until you pay and your trip is confirmed. They will email you a week before your trip with more details about your stay, and a final email reminder the day of with the access code. You can text them for requests or questions before and during your stay.
I went into the woods and came out taller than the trees.
I made a video montage of my Getaway House stay over the Labor Day weekend. Please feel free to watch and if you like the video, be sure to like and subscribe!
Getaway House is all about escaping city life to de-stress, unplug from our daily hustle and bustle, and go out into nature. The tiny cabin comes with modern amenities, so it’s halfway between camping and hoteling.
All cabins have a queen size bed with fresh linens and throw blankets (bunk beds for 4-person cabins); a bathroom; a shower with hot water, towels, and Pharmacopia bath products; a kitchenette; an outdoor fire pit; a grilling grate; and an outdoor picnic table with chairs.
The kitchenette has a sink, a mini-fridge, a stove, a pan, pot and kettle, mugs, plates, cutlery, cutting board, can opener, bottle opener, knives, scissors, sponge, dish soap, paper towels, salt, pepper, sugar, coffee creamer, and olive oil. Outside, there are grilling utensils for the campfire.
If you don’t want to bring groceries, there are onsite provisions for sale. Nothing costs more than $10. Provisions include coffee, tea, oatmeal, pop tarts, hot chocolate, pasta, pasta sauce, jerky, Swedish fish, trail mix, log bundle, and fire starters.
All cabins are equipped with a fan or A/C, a heater for the winter months, an AM/FM radio, landline phone, cell phone lockbox, books, and even playing cards. All cabins are named after a grandparent of a staff member.
Best of all, the cabins are dog-friendly. You just need to pay a one-time $25 cleaning fee.
I booked the Getaway House near D.C. There are 25 two-person cabins and nine four-person cabins at the D.C. outpost. Here are the places I went nearby:
If you’re interested in Getaway, feel free to use my link to get $25 off: http://getawaycabin.com/le4yO. Unplug and escape today!