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Getaway: Tiny Cabins in the Woods

Relax, rest, and find balance. That is the goal of the Getaway, a new company who aims to reconnect city dwellers with nature in their tiny cabins.

The idea for Getaway was born somewhere along the road for founder Jon Staff. After graduating from college, and before attending Harvard Business School, Jon lived and worked from a 26′ Airstream trailer for several years. He became fascinated with the tiny house movement, an idea that stuck with him though business school—eventually, it evolved into a business. In 2015, Staff paired up with his college buddy Pete Davis to create Getaway. After building the cabin prototype in Boston, the duo moved it to southern New Hampshire, in hopes that stressed out Boston-ians would take advantage of the tiny vacation home. Soon after, they expanded, building more cabins on the property, then launching. The idea of Getaway clearly resonated: the cabins were booked months in advance soon after launching. After much success and a second round of investor support, the pair turned their sights to Upstate New York.

Escape Brooklyn experienced the Upstate New York Getaway location twice; once in winter, and once in summer. (By the way, in winter the cabins are heated; in summer, open windows and fans keep guests cool.) There are eight cabins available for rent, with varying sizes and layouts. Each has a comfortable queen bed, full size sink, electronic toilet, shower, wireless speaker, and good vibes. (Some even have swings, hello fun!) In the kitchen, there’s a two burner kitchen stove, mini-fridge, cooking utensils, olive oil, and basic spices.

Located two hours from NYC, the tiny houses are close enough for a spontaneous vacation, but far enough to feel like a getaway. Their Upstate location is secret; Getaway doesn’t reveal the location until the week before your trip. (Though they do provide a distance calculator for logistical planning!)  By doing this, the hope is that guests don’t stress out and over-plan their trip. Instead, Getaway encourages visitors to plan on doing nothing. Rest, relax, and find balance.

Of course, if you get bored doing nothing, there’s plenty to explore in the area. And though we can’t reveal the location, we can give a few recommendations for the general area. The first is Kaaterskill Falls: a must-see for any visitors to this area. Less than 20 minutes from the Getaway, there’s two versions of this hike: the short one that leads a viewing platform over the top of the falls, and the long version  that begins at the base of the falls. For the short hike, route yourself to North/South Lake then look for the signs for the Kaaterskill Falls overlook. (By the way, North/South Lake has a great loop trail as well.) For the longer version of the hike, route to Kaaterskill Falls and park at the lot just up the street. Go early to avoid crowds, and be sure to wear shoes appropriate for hiking. (Read: no sandals.) Before or after your hike, grab a bite to eat at Circle W in Palenville—best for breakfast/lunch—or Gracie’s Luncheonette in Leeds for dinner.

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