You ever feel like you need space and limited distraction? That’s exactly how I felt going into the second half of the year. I was winded by July! I felt like I needed to go somewhere to clear my headspace and plan for the rest of the year.
For the 4th of July, I intended to do just that! Turns out, gilt.com was having a deal on the Getaway house. I paid $99 and received $150 worth of coupons. After I booked the deal, I awaited my stay at the tiny house. I was excited to go on my first camping trip, so in that spirit, I binge watched episodes of Tiny House on HGTV.
Here’s a little background on how Getaway works. You are given a destination 2 hours outside of your chosen city. For example: I live in Boston, so I picked that as an option, and was given the address for the Getaway sight closest to me. There are also outposts located in Atlanta, DC, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, and Portland. You choose your check-in and check-out dates (weekdays are usually cheaper) and how many people will be staying with you (there are options for a 2 person or 4 person stay.)
A day before arriving to your destination they provide you with a packing list and the directions on how to get to the getaway post. On the day of arrival, getaway texted us the name of our cabin and the lock code so that we would be able to enter with ease. I won’t share the exact location of the house because I don’t want to spoil the surprise… but I will say it’s in New Hampshire ;). We packed our bags, fueled up our car, and headed on the hour and half drive to our destination.
Picture this: tunes blazing, windows down getting that nice summer breeze, and taking in the beautiful scenery of the back-country roads. We knew that we were in for a treat!
After the short drive, we arrived at our tiny house in the woods (Theodore). We quickly settled in and checked out what the place had to offer. In the getaway house, you will find: a very comfortable bed, a mini kitchen with all the essentials like pots, pans and eating utensils. You’ll also find a seating area that doubles as a multi-purpose table for you to eat your meals or enjoy board games. They also provide you with a cellphone lockbox so that you can truly immerse yourself in the experience. The house is also furnished with a fully functioning bathroom with a shower, hot water and a flushable toilet. I was really impressed that they could fit so much amenities in such a tiny space without it feeling cramped or clustered. The crowning feature of the house would have to be the big glass window right next to the bed, making for some amazing views. Outside of the tiny house you will find a picnic table, chairs, and a firewood grill along with supplies to start a fire.
We figured the area would have a couple of small convenience stores, so we ventured off to the closest store which was about an 8-10 mins drive away. We grabbed some snacks and other essentials (wine and beer) from Cumberland farms, and headed back to the house to start our night.
Once we got back we lit the fire pit for a night of s’mores and card games. This was my very first time making s’mores so I was very excited to try them and they tasted so yummy!
We were also provided a booklet for activities on reflections and taking a second to appreciate life. As it became late we headed in and did a lot of activities in the book and had several discussions on how to better ourselves.
The next morning, we woke up feeling refreshed and completely different. Everything that had been causing stress and anxiety no longer mattered. The point of “getting away” is to disconnect, rest, recharge, and connect with your partner or friends and I am forever grateful for the experience. While on my getaway I learned to live in the moment and keep life simple!
Do you feel like you need a little break from everyday life? Well you’re in luck because gilt.com is currently running the same promo on getaway house. I’ve already booked my next stay!
Things to bring that aren’t listed:
Snacks (getaway does have snacks for sale but it’s better to buy your own IMO)
I would also download an offline map because there’s limited service (if any)
Things to do:
Hiking trails (Northwood Lake, Oak Hill Trails, and Bear Brook State Park)
Brewery (Blasty Bough Brewing Company)
Diners (The Circle)