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About a month or so ago my husband had begun to be in his feelings. It’s rare, but there are times when he finds himself in a stressful state and it begins to manifest itself physically (i.e. extreme back pain, restlessness, etc.). Finally, I asked him what was up and that’s when we had a long conversation about stress and how it had just crept up on him. Much of what he was feeling has been what I call ‘transitional stress.’ It comes whenever there’s been an upset in our daily lives – you know, like our move from California to Texas. It was a big decision and one we discussed, thought, and prayed about A LOT leading up to pulling the proverbial trigger. Even though it was what was best for our growing family, it still carried a lot of emotional weight neither of us really considered.
With that being said, I told him that our time here in Texas is similar to that of when he would PCS (permanent change of station for non-military friends out there). You see, when he was in the Air Force he would have to PCS which would uproot him every 2 years or so to a new city. He would experience this same kind of stress but eventually he’d find his groove and everything would settle out. Same for this situation. My mindset, and one I wanted him to try and adopt, has been to navigate the stress but make the most of our time here.
Easier said than done, I know…
But that’s when I took what we talked about and thought of ways we could do the things that made him happy – even in a Covid world. Travel has always been something he loves and with a year where all travel was put on hold, it had him feeling suffocated. So, thanks to Instagram I found Getaway.
What is Getaway?
Getaway is exactly what it sounds like – a getaway for the everyday person looking to unplug and reset. They own outposts all over the country and provide tiny cabins in the middle of nature – complete with an outdoor fire pit for enjoying and cooking, running water, a shower, toilet, kitchenette, and comfy beds. They even provide basic cooking, eating and drinking utensils! I love that the intention behind Getaway isn’t so much to “rough it” but to have a comfortable stay away from the daily grind – and for us, it accomplished that.
Depending on when you’d like to stay (weekend vs weeknight) and how long you’d like to stay (overnight vs multiple nights) you could book a cabin for as low as $99 and as much as $269 a night. Weekends and longer stays are more expensive, but Getaway offers a variety of packages for consecutive night stays to save you a few bucks. Also, Getaway is dog-friendly and there’s just an upfront $40 dog fee that’s included in your reservation. This go-around we decided to keep our Murphy home but now that we’ve experienced it once we feel confident to bring him along next time.
For us, we just wanted an overnight stay and chose a Thursday since my husband has every other Friday off from work. Booking our outpost on a weeknight saved us a few and total our booking came to about $135 with our 15% off veteran discount (see bottom for more info). I haven’t really noticed any “peak season” prices as it’s pretty much the same depending on your location and when and how long you want to stay. I love that remains an affordable option for us and something we definitely plan to do again!
Our Tiny Cabin
Our cabin was named Ruby – all of the cabins are named after staff and their loved ones – and was nestled between the trees outlooking a grassy field. We even caught glimpses of a pack of deer grazing! You do have other Getaway-ers nearby but there’s definitely enough space between campsites to feel as though you have your own space and privacy. Outside there’s a table as well as Adirondack chairs and a fire pit fitted with a grate for grilling. They have provisions as well as camp fire needs (i.e. wood and kindling) for purchase, but we opted to bring our own.
I was eager to get inside the cabin to check things out and get the kids’ things settled. I have never been in a tiny home or cabin so I was curious to see the space. It is the cutest accommodation ever! Exactly all we needed – even as a family of four – with two bunked queen beds, a kitchenette, a dining space, and bathroom complete with shower and flushing toilet. What makes this tiny cabin even better is the large window on the back which makes resting in bed (no matter if you’re on the top or bottom) that much more enjoyable. Reservations of 2 or more people automatically get bumped to a bunked cabin with 2 queen beds – for us it totally worked.
We situated Greyson up top and he loved having his own little space up there. The mattress is a touch more firm than the bottom bunk, but that’s due to keeping the weight limited I’d imagine. It was still comfortable and Greyson had no problems sleeping! We did have to have him practice a bit with the stairs since they’re a little steep, but overall a great fit for our five year old.
What we Packed
- Olivia’s bassinet stroller attachment to use as her bed for the night (Dock-a-tots will also work well here!)
- Greyson’s iPad with downloaded shows/movies since there’s no signal or wifi
- Snacks for the road and during our stay – we actually didn’t eat all of the snacks we brought!
- Condiments for hot dogs and creamer for my coffee
- Bottled water (the water is potable, though, at our cabin)
- Wine and bourbon for the adults 😉
- Cast iron skillet for cooking breakfast
- I brought my own thermal mug for keeping my wine cold at night and coffee hot in the morning!
- Although I knew Getaway provides instant coffee…well, instant coffee usually sucks so I went ahead and purchased Steeped Coffee and it’s so delicious and better yet – the packaging is entirely compostable!
What was provided
- Cooking utensils like knives, cutting board, spatula, spoons, etc.
- A pot and pan for cooking on the stove top inside the cabin
- A kettle
- Salt/pepper, olive oil
- Eating utensils, plates, bowls, cups…
- Lighters, can/bottle opener
- Toilet paper and paper towels
- Shampoo/conditioner/body wash and towels
- A lantern
- Instant coffee/tea
- An outlet for two traditional plugs as well as USB
Anyone who knows me knows I’m not an outdoorsy person…unless it’s a patio and drinks are being served with live music. This getaway is outdoorsy but with the creature comforts this mama of two wants – like: air conditioning/heating, running water…an actual toilet…you know, the good stuff. My husband is the true minimalist and loved how minimal it actually was…without the feeling of missing anything. Truly, everything they provide is exactly what you’d need for your stay and anything else you can just bring with you.
Cooking outside was a lot of fun! Nothing like an open flame and cooking right on the fire. My husband had researched planned our dinner steaks for the weeks leading up to our trip. Being the foodie and excited to cook over a flame, he bought mesquite wood for our pit, picked up a couple of good cuts of meat, made his dry rub from a Gordon Ramsay recipe, and added a few onions for me and hot dogs for Greyson. We, of course, had our fill of s’mores and roasted marshmallows, too.
The hubs was so excited to cook steak two ways – one with the dry rub and another with a unique process called “caveman steak” which means you cook the steak directly on the coals/wood. I have to say, both steaks turned out amazing and will forever change how we do it from here on out (…goes to order a woodfire grill…). Because the meat took center-stage, I had him grill up some onions for me and I wrapped it all in a tortilla. Super simple but also super delicious!
I originally had a plan for sausage and egg roll-ups with tortillas for breakfast but instead we altered our plan and went with good ‘ole chorizo, egg, and bacon breakfast tacos. Cooking everything with the smoke and heat from the fire is going to be tough to leave because it just made everything taste so good!
Everything was seemingly so simple and that’s the beauty of us getting away. Sure, it was just an overnight stay but in less than 24 hours we spent quality time as a family, our accommodations were clean and comfortable, and it was a quick hour or so to drive to. In the end it served the purpose of recharging us – especially my husband who works so hard – and is an experience that Greysons continues to talk excitedly about.
We definitely look forward to making it out again – perhaps trying to make it once every few months and try and convince friends and family to go with us next time!
Stay with Getaway and get $25!
Once you book with Getaway you’ll instantly receive a sweet referral link – like this one!
When you share it with friends and loved ones and they use it to book their stay, both of you will receive $25 off! Sharing is caring and since all of us deserve a little time away from the everyday, make it easy to say yes with a little discount. In addition, Getaway also provides a military/veteran/first responder discount which we used for our stay. So be sure to use your ID.me credentials to get your 15% off discount!
Getaway offers campsite outposts in a variety of areas around the country and are even adding outposts! So, most likely you have one near you and don’t even know it. It was such an easy drive to get to ours near Austin and the site itself is safe and secure.
And better yet, it proved to be the best way to get out and “travel” even during these Covid times. The cabins are deep cleaned, you have a code which is sent to you the day of your stay to unlock the door so no staff interactions, and all campsites are 50′-150′ away from each other.
So, what are you waiting for?!
Linking up with Andrea.