Folks in big cities are quite familiar with the feeling. You get so locked into the hustle and bustle of life and capitalism that once in a while, you just need the time and space to disconnect from devices and reconnect with nature.
Health and wellness hospitality company Getaway has a (tiny) solution for anyone looking for respite. The company has tiny cabins scattered all over the U.S. for anyone to rent. Whether you’re in Los Angeles or New York, Austin or Orlando, you can escape to various sceneries to plug back into nature.
Jon Staff, the gay CEO and founder of Getaway, knows that yearning firsthand. “I started Getaway during a time in my life when I was seeking disconnection from my day-to-day life and found comfort in nature,” Staff tells Out Traveler. “We create time for so many daily rituals but rarely do we set aside time to unplug from our busy lives and reconnect with what is important to us.”
With secluded cabins less than a two-hour drive from many of the country’s major cities, Staff hopes anyone can scale down for a new way of life – at least temporarily. “We invite our guests to put their phone in a lockbox, walk away from the computer and enjoy the comforts of nature alone or with their loved ones. It is important to me that our guests leave feeling emotionally lighter and invigorated, and then make free time a regular ritual in their lives.”
I made the drive two hours outside of Los Angeles to their Getaway’s outpost in Running Springs, California – and truly felt like I was in another world. It was a stunning ascent up a mountain into the community and even though I got stung by a wasp the second I rolled down my window, I didn’t hold it against it.
The spot was impossibly beautiful, a quaint cabin named Yolanda that was bigger inside than it looked from the outside. A floor-to-ceiling window over the bed gave my boyfriend and I an incredible view of the surrounding forest that made us want to lay in bed all morning – but we were committed to exploring the trees in nature.
We ate fresh cherries as we threw ourselves into a three-hour hike up the Lake Arrowhead trail, giggled as we attempted and barely succeeded to start a fire and make s'mores, were in shock as we chowed down on the best quesadilla of our lives at Hangar 24 Brewery, and basked in the morning glow as we wandered around Joe’s Creek.
The intimate trip out of the city could not have been more calming. Well maybe if I hadn’t been stung by the wasp, but even then just barely.
Getaway boasts over 19 outposts and nearly 800 cabins around the country with various amenities. Explore your options over at Getaway.house