If you've ever been curious about off-grid living, and you're equally in desperate need of a weekend retreat, then you're in luck. Those situated close to New York and Boston can now find temporary respite in a tiny home thanks to the Harvard student startup Getaway. The Airbnb-style mobile cabins begin at just $99 per night for 160-200 square-feet of supreme wilderness bliss. We recently took one for a "test drive" to experience tiny living for ourselves - take a look after the jump.
For our first Getaway excursion we spent a night in the Maisie, a 160-square-foot mobile cabin built for two to three dwellers. Prior to our visit were told that the cabin would be in the general vicinity of New York’s Catskills, but were purposefully not given the exact address until the day of our arrival for extra adventurous appeal. The cabin was easily discoverable by GPS and we shared a campsite with two other Getaway cabins, though each was set apart with enough room to still feel quite secluded.
We were immediately impressed by the cabin’s minimalist and functional design. Its light timber interior was complimented by cozy bean bag chairs, a bed with fresh white linens, a fully stocked kitchen, ample lighting, and large tree-filled windows. We were especially surprised by the fact that the kitchen was filled with all the sundries one might need; pots, pans, cooking utensils, a hot plate, olive oil, a provisions box with snacks for purchase, and a delightful assortment of books and games. We made dinner on a pint-sized grill by the campfire, basked under a starry sky, and finished the night with a rousing game of Shut the Box. It was everything we’d hope it would be – a comfortable and magical summer night’s escape.
A Getaway experience is one level above glamping with a hot shower, electric toilet and a mini fridge. While these luxurious amenities are available, guests should remain mindful of their water and electric usage and note to conserve flushes of the electric toilet — 15 flushes were allotted. As in any tent or house, you’ll also want to keep the doors and windows closed and the bugs out (even so, we did wake up with a few bites).
So, would we stay in a Getaway cabin again? We’re still big fans of the old fashioned tent, but having a little taste of off-grid living made us feel right at home. If you’ve ever wanted to live in a tiny home, this is a great way to test it out without taking the plunge. Getaway currently offers four different-sized models in New York and three in Boston.
Images by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat and by Getaway