Get Away From The City and Disconnect...
Whether you want to test out a tiny house or you're just looking for a quick and affordable escape from the city, look no further than the Getaway.
In searching for not just QPOC- safe spaces to travel abroad but somewhere to run away to for the weekend, I stumbled upon the Getaway (NY location). It was off in the woods, away from the city, and only a 2-hour drive outside of NYC; perfect.
After combing thru their site, I still found myself asking a lot of questions (some that you may have also asked)...Will there be hot water? Will there be a shower in the house? Will it really be enough food? Is it a real toilet on site? Will it be enough space for two of us? Will my phone have service just in case? ...the list went on. The staff was very quick with responding to Direct Messages on Instagram as well as responding to emails. But after a while, I felt as if I was getting a bit annoying, so I decided to just go with the flow and see what happened.
A few days before your reservation, they send the exact location and a quick guidebook. In all honesty, I didn't fully read it. But it basically gives you a list of house rules/guidelines... make sure to put out your fire, don't make too much noise after a certain hour, don't take long showers... etc. On the day of, they let you know the name of the house you will be staying in, along with an access code for the door.
Accompanied by my friend Angie, we drove 2 hours from the city, and decided to make a pit stop beforehand to Kaaterskill Falls (roughly 15-20 mins away).
When we finally arrived at the house, immediately felt at peace.
There was a hammock, a big bed, double burners to cook on, a shower, an electric toilet, and my favorite part -- a HUGE window (along with other small windows all around). We ended up walking with our own food to cook (way too much), activities, and a list of things to do nearby just in case we got cabin fever. There was a mini pantry, a fridge, pots/pans, utensils, and a phone. They also provide you with a number that you can text in the event you need anything.
Yes, there's hot water, but it's limited. They tell you not to take super long showers to conserve the water. You are given enough water for your stay but it can run out and you'd have to call the site manager to refill the tank. This made me nervous constantly thinking I was overusing water and fearing that it would run out in the middle of the night while showering or brushing my teeth. Luckily, we didnt run out of water until the last day when we were cleaning and washing dishes before checking out.
Though the house is stocked with pasta and other snacks, we still walked with food. We packed wayyyyyy too much food but I had prepped most of my food before hand so it was easy to make meals relatively quickly with most of the work out of the way. The burners take a while to get hot but they get the job done. Angie was in charge of the snacks and she too overdid it but it was nice to have options.
There was a shower (compact), and an electric toilet. Electric toilets are pretty ineresting, it doesnt have any water, and it has a space bag in it. When you "flush," the space bag twists and fills with air and sucks back down to compress the bag. It's almost like a diaper genie. The downside is, it fills pretty quickly and you have to ask to get the bag replaced. And oddly, it flushed on it's own a few times...maybe a ghost? The manager was easy to contact to change the bag in the mornings. But I'd advise getting the bag changed in the evenings before the manager leaves for the night.
We had reception (tmobile and verizon), but there was also an emergency phone in the house to call if you need assistance with anything.
There were a few outlets around the house but they warn you not to use too much electricity. Unfortunately, we used too much at once and blew the circuit--twice. The first time it happened, we panicked a bit but I was able to text the provided number and was guided to a circuit breaker right outside the house.
The house has controlled heat and an additional space heater. The only downside is that it takes a while to heat up the space and you can't have the space heater running and cook at the same time (this is how we blew the circuit the first time).
Most of the time was spent enjoying the quiet of the woods, attempting a 1000-piece puzzle, listening to music, cooking, coloring, and sitting by the fire attempting to make s'mores. We also crafted bracelets, played cards and Jenga. We only ventured out after the stay. We never left the campgrounds til it was time to checkout.
Firestarters are available and they work like a charm...except when the wind is blowing really hard and it's snowing, and you're getting frustrated, then it takes a bit longer. Nonetheless, we made successful fires and slightly successful s'mores (after a few failed attempts).
All in all, it was a great and peaceful experience. It was nice to venture out of the city for a few days and have peace and quiet in a safe space. The house never felt too small, and we never felt alone (knowing the site manager was on the campgrounds). It was easy connect with staff when necessary and easy to disconnect from the world and enjoy the time.