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Getaway: Instant Camping for the Millennial Set

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Getaway: Instant Camping for the Millennial Set

August 23, 2017

It was only a matter of time before millennials disrupted camping: College friends Pete Davis and Jon Staff launched Getaway in 2015 based on the idea that overworked city dwellers might want a spontaneous night (or five) away from the daily grind and a chance to reconnect with nature—while barely getting their hands dirty.

They were right. The pair launched their venture with a single tiny house in southern New Hampshire, two hours outside of Boston, and offered the space to city dwellers on a simple premise: Book a nightly rental for a fully furnished tiny cabin online, and the exact address will be emailed to you just a few days before arrival. No need to check in: You’ll get a personalized entry code to punch into the cabin keypad anytime after 3 pm on the day of your arrival. If you struggle to pull yourself away from your work or phone, rest assured there’s a lockbox ready to store your cell phone (and no Wi-Fi on site).

After adding two more tiny houses outside Boston, Getaway launched four cabins in the Catskills to offer nature-filled respite to stressed-out New Yorkers. But if you’re not in Boston or New York, you may be in luck soon enough: Getaway just secured $15 million in funding to expand to new markets, and you can Nominate Your City for expansion online.

Rentals start at $99 a night for two people; visit Getaway for more.

Photography courtesy of Getaway.

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Above: The interior of every cabin is clad in knotty pine and plywood. Shown here: The Ovida cabin outside of Boston. Photograph by Bearwalk.
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Above: Cabins sleep two to four people and include fresh bed and bath linens and toiletries. Photograph by Bearwalk.
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Above: Each cabin is equipped with a two-burner stove and sink, plus basic foodstuffs for purchase such as pasta and tomato sauce, pour-over coffee, and fixings for s’mores. Photograph by Pine & Palm Journal.

This summer, in collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy, Getaway placed three small “pop-up” cabins on the New York City shoreline.

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Above: An update on a camp classic: Getaway kitchens are outfitted with Seamless & Steadfast Enamelware from Best Made Co. Photograph by Bearwalk.
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Above: Cabins stock the necessities: electric heaters, table fans, and window screens, plus board games, cards, and nature-framing windows. Photograph by Bearwalk.
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Above: A queen bed in a NYC shoreline pop-up cabin. Photograph by Pine & Palm Journal.
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Above: All cabins are equipped with indoor electric toilets and hot showers. Photograph by Bearwalk.
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Above: The Ovida cabin sports a solid pine door on a stained white pine exterior. Photograph by Bearwalk.
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Above: The exterior of the Clara cabin outside Boston. Each unit has its own picnic table, plus a fire pit with firewood and marshmallow roasters at the ready. Photograph by Bearwalk.
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Above: One of this summer’s NYC pop-up cabins in the wild. Photograph by Pine & Palm Journal.

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