This past week I had the pleasure of booking my first Getaway experience. If you are not familiar with Getaway, it is a camping post that allows you to disconnect from technology and enjoy the experience of being in nature and company. There are several posts around the country so I would recommend you check out the website to see if there was one near your city.
I live in the outskirts of Boston and the nearest post around us was up in New Hampshire about a 30 minute drive from Manchester. It took us about two hours to get there from where we live and it was totally worth the trip there. Most Getaway posts are usally about an hour and half from major cities.
It was my boyfriend’s birthday this past week so this was a perfect way for us to celebrate without totally breaking the bank. I ended up finding a discount code from one of the bloggers I followed which also helped us save some money as well.
All Getaway post are set up with a tiny cabin. Within the cabin, you will find a small kitchen with mini fridge and stove. They supply you with basic cooking utensils, dishware, and it also comes with condiments such as olive oil, salt and pepper, and coffee creamers and sugar. All of these items are free but there is also a small draw with some snacks, coffee, and breakfast food which they charge a small fee for. All the cabins include a bathroom with an electric toilet and shower that has running hot water.
Your bed is position in front a big window that gives you the view of nature. This was honestly the selling point for us. Each window is position so that there is privacy but there are also window shades in case you want to use them.
Since there were two of us we only booked our cabin with one bed, however, if you have a family or want to bring your friends, you can also book a cabin that is equipped with two mattresses and can fit up to four people comfortably according to the website.
Each post has a fire pit along with a picnic table and lawn chairs outside. While it is private, you are still close to your neighbors and may be able to see and hear them from a far. For us, we could only hear our neighbors and see their fire pits if they were using them.
There is rule that you must be respectful and not be too loud or play music outside. If there are complaints from your neighbors then Getaway will charge you additional fees. For the most part, our neighbors were respectful and we honestly forgot they were around.
The point of Getaway is to remove yourself from your daily routine, disconnect from technology, and allow yourself to connect with others. There is no WIFI, however, we still had cellphone service. All rooms also have a phone in case of emergencies.
The staff was very nice and attentive. While we didn’t see or speak them, they give you options to contact them via call and text message. There also seemed to be an office onsite which I am sure you go in and speak to them during office hours.
Things we did….
We booked our Getaway for two nights. We got there around 4 PM (check in was at 3 PM) and got settled in. We spent our first night cooking dinner, we drank some wine which we brought with us and enjoyed conversing around the fire pit and under the stars. Each post has firewood you can purchase, as well as, fire starters.
The next morning we made breakfast and enjoyed some coffee before we started our day. We brought with us some eggs, veggies, and “bacon” (it was vegan) and made a quick healthy breakfast.
Getaway offers you some suggestions of places to eat in the area and hiking trails and lakes to visit. We were only an hour away from the White Mountains so we ended up taking a day trip up there and we went for a hike at Franconia Notch State Park. The hike took us about 2 hours.
On our way home, we ended up stopping at Weathervane’s Seafood Restaurant which wasn’t very far from our campsite. They have happy hour Monday through Friday between 3-6 PM and offered discounts on drinks and appetizers. While I eat mostly plant based, occasionally I will opt for seafood and decided to try their broil salmon entree. I order this entree with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. My boyfriend got their lobster roll and french fries. Both of our meals were very delicious!
We made our way back to our camp and spent the rest of the night inside of our cabin. We really wanted to do another firepit night, however, we were too exhausted from our long hike that we ended up staying inside and played cards instead.
The next morning we made breakfast, got ready, and packed up to hit the road again.
What We Brought With Us….
The Getaway blog offers so very helpful and provided recommendations on what to bring, what to expect, and things to do. We did read their blog since it was our first experience which helped us prepared for our trip. While th blog is very informative, I also wanted to share with you some of the items we brought along with us.
Clothing – It does get cold up there especially during the night so I would recommend bringing the following:
- Sweaters – one light sweater and heavy sweater
- Pants – jeans, sweatpants for hiking
- Shirts – I brought one long sleeve, one short sleeve and two tank tops
- Socks and undergarments – if you are planning on going for a hike, I would recommend you bring an extra set since you will most likely get dirty from walking on the trails
- PJs & warm socks – to use when you are walking around in our cabin
- Two pairs of sneakers – one sneaker was used for hiking and the other pair was wear when walking around. Our sneakers got really dirty from our hike so I would recommend you bring a second pair as well.
Food – I mentioned this earlier but there are options for food you can purchase in your room in case you need a snack or don’t want to bring to much food.
While there were great options we ended up bringing a lot of our own food based on some the recommendations and recipes they offered on the blog.
- Veggies – peppers, onions, corn on the cob, and garlic
- Slices of Bread, Wrap, and Tortillas
- Vegan Bacon
- Refried Beans from a can
- Deli Turkey Meat (which my boyfriend ate)
- Chips and Salsa
- Fruits – Strawberries and Grapes
Additional Items – Getaway provides you with almost everything you need, however, if you prefer to bring some of your own items like we did, here is what we brought with us to help pass the time.
- Books – there are some books in the cabin you can read but I am currently reading a book written by Oprah Winfrey called “What I Know For Sure” (highly recommended)
- Notebook and Pen – to jot down my thoughts about trip and the experience
- Playing Cards – there is a deck of cards and dice in the room but my boyfriend and I enjoy playing Skipbo and UNO Flip.
- Cellphones – which we only used to listen to our music from, however, there is a radio in the room too
Being able to take a break away from your daily routines is so crucial in today’s society. Most of us live an on the go lifestyle that we tend to forgot to slow things down and focus on the things that matter the most. For me this was self care.
Getting away allowed me to refocus and re-energize so I can get back to doing things I enjoyed like blogging. I was able to finally pick up the book I’ve been meaning to read and I also spent quality time with my partner and allowing us to reconnect and continue to build our relationship.
This mini vacation was very affordable for us compare to trying to visit somewhere else in our area. If you’re on a budget or looking to get away without breaking the bank this is a place you’ll want to consider.
Overall, my experience at Getaway was amazing! I would recommend this to anyone one of my friends and family members.
My boyfriend and I will definitely be returning back again, hopefully, before the year ends. 🙂
*This post is not sponsored. Everything mention in this post is based on my own opinion and experience.