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.
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.
For more summer getaways, see:
- A Catskills Cabin Up the Hill from a Local Favorite, Available for Rent
- The Off-the-Grid Riverside Cabin, Rental Edition
- Reader Rehab: Cabin Color that Takes Its Cue from the Landscape