How does a rustic weekend getaway sound? Imagine leaving behind the buzz of your daily life to sitting around a campfire catching up with friends or family, eating s’mores, and gazing up at the stars surrounded by nothing but nature. Yes, city-dwellers there are more than 4 stars up there. We spent a weekend doing all of that with good friends at one of Getaway's three locations. If you haven’t heard of Getaway it’s “an experience designed to bring us back to our element, immerse us in the magic of the woods, and challenge us to rediscover the pleasure of boredom, solitude and unstructured time.”
The Getaway location closest to us was about 2 and half hours south of DC and 20 minutes north of Charlottesville, not far from Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. The exact location is kept a secret until you book adding to the excitement of your getaway weekend. So we really can’t tell you any more than that.
The tiny (less than 200 sq ft) rustic cabin was clean and minimally designed with cedar walls. Our cabin, the Sangwha was large enough to sleep 4 people, which is the largest option, the majority of the cabins are for 2. Inside the cozy cabin we had a bunk bed, kitchen with a stove and fridge, bathroom with shower, and a sitting area perfect for hanging out and playing games with friends. Oh and don’t worry about linens or towels, Getaway has you covered.
You can bring your own provisions for the weekend, but in case you forget something the cabin has a selection of items that are free and for purchase. The items include coffee, tea, oatmeal, almond milk, pasta, trail mix, and ginger beer just to name a few. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the cups, plates, pots and pans you need. Honestly, all you need is a change of clothes, a game or two, good friends or a book and perhaps a bottle of wine or cider!
One cool feature about Getaway is the box in your cabin to place your phone in and leave it for the duration of your stay. Perfect for those looking to truly unplug for the weekend.
Each cabin is positioned far enough away from neighboring cabins that you still get that feeling it’s just you and your company out in the woods. Outside of each cabin are chairs, a picnic table, and a firepit, ideal for cooking out. Getaway also supplies wood for a small fee if you don’t bring your own. The best part was cooking over the fire under the stars!
The Getaway is also conveniently situated in the Virginia countryside within easy driving distance to several wineries and cideries. The closest being Early Mountain Vineyards. Not a fan of wine? Castle Hill Cidery isn’t far away.
So how does it work you ask? Well go to https://getaway.house/ and select the dates you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and make your reservation. A week before your stay you’ll receive an email with info about your upcoming stay, like when to arrive and what to bring and what to do if you forget something. Just before you arrive you’ll receive a special pin that you’ll use to enter your cabin. You locate your cabin by its name. The campground has signage to help you find yours. After that it's all up to you in how you enjoy your getaway.
We had such a great time we’re already planning to return at the end of summer. Spending a weekend with no internet, TV, and your phone if you like, exploring the countryside and it’s wineries and cideries is truly the perfect getaway. It’s time you book yours.
Don’t live in the DC, Boston, or New York areas? There is an option on the Getaway website to nominate your city.
All Photography by Carrie and Albert Bond
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