Woodsy Retreat with Getaway
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Situated in the woods less than two hours outside of Boston is the most delightful weekend escape: Getaway House. Your own tiny cabin “nestled in nature” invites you to unplug and unwind by yourself or with a loved one (be it a human or a dog). I experienced my most relaxing 24 hours in recent memory here and am very excited to share the details with you.
The booking process for your trip is totally unique. Getaway currently has three outposts, each of which is within two hours of a major city (Boston, NYC, and DC - Los Angeles coming soon). On their website, you choose which outpost is best for you and select your cabin size to make your reservation. The exact address of the cabin will be sent to you via email a day prior to your trip and you’ll receive the cabin name and key code to enter on the day of your arrival! The mystery of your exact lodging location is part of the experience and any stress about it is eliminated with the promise of it being under a two-hour drive.
The adventure really begins when you get to the woods.
My husband and I arrived to a handwritten note and a surprise treat. The cabin itself is beautifully minimalistic and comes with all the essentials - a small but well-stocked kitchen, a bathroom with shower, a seating area with a table for eating and hanging out, and a super comfy bed next to a giant window looking out into nature. We settled in right away, hooking a phone up to the Bluetooth speaker so we could listen to some tunes, but otherwise putting technology aside for the duration of our stay.
Our dog, Remy, was an immediate fan of all the windows (such great squirrel-watching)! I brought ingredients to make dinner, but the kitchen is also stocked with some meal options for purchase and the basics for free (salt, pepper, olive oil). Then I took a little walk outside before it got dark. There are other cabins nearby, but each feels very secluded. There is a fire pit and chairs outside each cabin, but it was a bit too freezing for us to use them that night! We spent the evening drinking hot chocolate, reading, and talking.
We woke up to snow. Laying in bed next to the massive window with snowflakes falling all around us was utter magic. We had breakfast in bed and enjoyed pour over Kuju coffee from the Getaway pantry.
We felt so refreshed. We had a perfectly lazy morning and took one last walk around the cabin in the snow before packing up and heading home.
How to make the most of your time in the woods:
Cook a meal or two. As I mentioned previously, don’t worry if you come unprepared as they have a small selection of provisions available in the cabin for you. Cooking was a nice and relaxing way to spend time.
If you’re staying at the Boston outpost, stop by family-run, farm-based Blasty Bough Brewing on your way and grab a growler to take with you to the cabin.
Do the digital detox. Getaway highly encourages its guests to unplug during their stay. A small box is provided specifically for you to lock away your cell phones for the duration of your visit. There is no TV and no wifi. I don’t even remember the last time I was so detached from the digital world and it felt AMAZING, even if only for 24 hours.
Read together. Pack a good book - or, if you forget one, the tiny house has a bookshelf with some fitting nature-themed reading material. I brought Jedidiah Jenkins’ memoir, To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret, which I strongly recommend if you like adventure, vulnerability, and exploration of both the self and the world.
Bring a camera and take a walk.