Getaway Tempts With Tiny Cabins and No Wi-Fi in the Catskills

With locations in both the eastern and western Catskills, Getaway is a dream destination to reflect and recharge in nature.

Is it time for a getaway?

If so, Getaway is here to help you plan the perfect escape in the Hudson Valley. The aptly named concept destination offers real-deal escapes via its two locations in the region. Getaway Eastern Catskills, which opened in 2016 and has since expanded, resides in Catskill while the newer Getaway Western Catskills, which debuted in 2021, can be found in Roscoe, just a short drive from Livingston Manor and Monticello.

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Getaway Eastern and Western Catskills

At either Getaway, rest and reprieve are an overarching theme. Both Outposts, a.k.a. where the tiny cabins reside, stand out amid Hudson Valley hotels and escapist destinations as simple, minimalist retreats with a strong focus on nature. The Eastern Catskills location boasts 51 cabins across an expansive 85 acres, while the Western Catskills destination hosts 36 cabins on 69 acres. Plus, because of their prime locations in the Catskills, the Getaways are an easy drive to top hiking trails, with the Mary Glen Trail, Overlook Mountain Trail, and Kaaterskill Falls to the east and the Huggins Lake Trail, Pelnor Hollow Trail, and Pepacton Reservoir to the west.

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So what does a stay at Getaway entail? Perhaps we should start with what it doesn’t include, namely a cellphone, computer, or anything that requires Wi-Fi. Internet access is not a thing at Getaway, and that’s great for anyone who needs a break from their phone in favor of more time out in the great outdoors. In fact, each cabin comes with its own cellphone lock box to help visitors disconnect from their devices.

The bed
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To help make Getaway experiences memorable, the tiny cabins have everything guests could need to make the most of their stay. Each cabin, which ranges from 140-200 sq ft in size, boasts a luxurious queen-sized bed set against a larger-than-life window for a perpetually scenic backdrop (and a shade for privacy as well). For families or larger groups, some cabins come with queen bunks for additional sleeping capacity. To add to the coziness, the cabins are equipped with well-regulated heat and AC, so no worrying about bundling up extra during cold weather stays (although it’s a good idea for any outdoor explorations). In the kitchen area, a countertop with a sink, two electric burners, a mini-fridge, pots and pans, and plates and silverware are all provided, along with olive oil, salt, and pepper. There’s a little table for dining, reading, writing, or playing games as well (and cabins even come with a few books and a deck of cards, in case you happen to forget yours at home). Additionally, each cabin includes a bathroom with a shower, toilet, and towels.

Getaway Catskills
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And that’s just the interior. Outside, guests can barbecue up dinner in the summer or toast s’mores in the winter, since each cabin has its own private fire pit. There’s also a picnic table and Adirondack chairs, making it more than easy to pass the hours kicking back in the Hudson Valley. Plus, since Getaways are dog-friendly (for a small fee per booking), Fido can roam from the outdoor lead before digging into treats and sipping water from a provided dog bowl.

For anyone who would like to upgrade their experience, Getaway offers coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and bug wipes for a small fee. Firewood and kindling are also available to purchase for those who want to make use of the fire pit.

In 2023, Getaway Eastern Catskills added luxury Outdoor Suites to its onsite offerings. These suites are ideal for anyone who wants to luxuriate on the grounds, since cabins include hammocks, a smokeless fire pit and chef station, outdoor string lights, and waterproof shade sails.

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Because Getaways aim to promote time for privacy and reflection, cellphone service is limited or not available onsite. If guests need to connect with the Outpost team, however, they can make use of the provided landline in the cabin. Prior to each stay, the team emails and texts location and check-in information to keep guests informed and prepared. As an added bonus, the Getaway check-in process is completely contactless, with distance between each cabin and no communal spaces. Before arrival and after checkout, the Outpost team also deep-cleans the cabins to ensure that each stay is a breeze from start to finish.

The Campgrounds

Plus, did we mention there’s camping, too?

Added in summer 2022, Getaway Campgrounds are summer pop-ups that allow visitors to get a taste camping in a glamping-style setup. The Hudson Valley location is located in Catskill (there’s another one in Nashville) and includes two unique setups.

For those who want to do it themselves, The DIY lets visitors bring their own tent to a private campsite with space for up to four campers. Guests have access to a private fire pit and Adirondack chairs, a kitchenette and propane burner, dishware and cutlery, a pan and kettle, a picnic table and hammock, and a covered canopy. There’s also access to private bathroom suites with sinks and hot showers. For a more one-and-done setup, The All-Set package features a fully set-up campsite and pitched canvas tent that comes with a queen bed, blanket, pillows, and linens, along with all the amenities of The DIY package.

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The Story Behind Getaway

If that all sounds idyllic, that’s because it is. Situated between camping and a hotel stay, Getaway escapes are new takes on glamping that are an excellent choice for anyone who craves a socially distant reprieve. While the concept seems perfectly pandemic-inspired, it actually dates back to 2015, when college friends Jon Staff and Pete Davis founded the brand in 2015.

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“The concept came from the desire Jon had to disconnect from his day-to-day life and recharge,” the Getaway team explains. “He wanted to create a space in nature where people could escape to nature to reflect, recharge, and unplug.”

After launching the first Getaway as a pilot program with three tiny cabins outside of Boston, the brand has since expanded to include more than a dozen locations spanning from New Hampshire and New York to California, Georgia, North Carolina, and Washington, to name a few spots.

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In the Hudson Valley, Getaway is an ideal retreat in any time of the year.

“Our design focuses on creating a place that enables our guest to escape to nature as effortlessly as possible an unlock a deep and memorable experience within,” the Getaway team notes.

Sounds like just the thing? Cabins start at $169/night, with rates varying by location, seasonality, and availability. To learn more and view upcoming dates, visit Getaway’s website.

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