(CNN) — No Wi-Fi and spotty cell service maintain a sure attract after 13 months of Zoom calls.
That lack of connectivity is a key promoting level for Getaway, a mini-vacation idea that has grown prior to now six years from a number of tiny cabins exterior of Boston to 581 custom-built cabins sprinkled throughout 15 areas within the United States.
Fifty of these very petite cabins — solely 140 to 200 sq. ft — will welcome friends for the primary time on Thursday at Getaway Dale Hollow, positioned on 415 acres about two hours northeast of Nashville, Tennessee.
Getaway has had a really busy pandemic yr, with a 150% year-over-year enhance in bookings since March of 2020. Last April, a month after the US locked down, bookings have been up by not less than 250%, in line with Jon Staff, Getaway’s founder and CEO.
Getaway has at all times been “totally socially distant” — for causes unrelated to the pandemic, Staff mentioned.
“We created a business that is socially distant for a different reason, which is to give people the time and space to disconnect and recharge,” he mentioned. “But the fact of the matter is, when we picked our heads up from the craziness [of locking down] it was like, ‘oh look, our business is cabins in the woods, 100 to 250 feet apart from any other cabin in the woods, there’s no check-in desk, there’s no bar, there’s no restaurant, there’s no group fire pit.'”
A window onto the woods is every Getaway cabin’s defining characteristic. Some cabins have queen bunks.
Simple and immersive
The cabins — primarily somewhat room on wheels — are designed round an enormous window subsequent to the mattress. The view, often proper into the woods, makes friends really feel virtually as in the event that they’re exterior sleeping among the many timber — from the consolation of both one queen-size mattress or queen bunks outfitted with crisp white linens.
Interiors characteristic pure jap white pine, a built-in desk, a spare however trendy stainless-steel kitchenette and a small rest room with a bathe and bathroom on the far finish. The tiny cabins are geared towards quick stays — often 1 to three days, though as of April 2021, the size of visitor stays is up practically 20% yr over yr.
The kitchen set-up — a sink and mini fridge, two burners, one pot, one pan, plus dishes and flatware — does not lend itself to elaborate meals. An outside fireplace pit for every cabin — full with grilling grate — gives expanded cooking choices, residing house and reference to the outside. Some primary provisions similar to pasta, soup, oatmeal, tea and occasional (single-serve pour over packets to be used with the cabin’s kettle) can be found for buy.
Each cabin contains a kitchenette.
Heat, AC and window shades maintain issues snug. There’s an AM/FM radio — no TV, no Wi-Fi and probably spotty or nonexistent cell service. A landline in every cabin can be utilized for calls to onsite Getaway employees or 911 for emergencies.
Contactless check-in has at all times been normal and eating places, bars, swimming pools and different facilities that friends count on at motels have by no means been a part of the bundle.
So pandemic friends have not felt like they’re lacking out on the traditional Getaway expertise, Staff mentioned.
Staying within the current second
Unlike at motels, the place operators are “agnostic” about how visitor spend their time, Staff mentioned, “we care very much about how you spend your time, and hopefully it’s doing nothing” — or getting again in contact along with your associate or your youngsters, staring into the campfire or mountaineering from trailheads inside simple driving distance of the Getaway outposts.
Getaway cabins have their very own non-public fireplace pits.
Michelle Watt Photography/Courtesy Getaway
Now that vaccination charges have ramped up within the US, many Americans will probably be looking for out a number of the pre-pandemic experiences which have felt too dangerous for a lot of vacationers this previous yr — air journey, amusement parks, eating places and large motels — however Getaway anticipates an ongoing want to attach with nature and disconnect from every little thing else.
“Getaway has always been about disconnecting from technology and disconnecting from being scheduled and disconnecting from commitments that are scheduled at least by the hour and maybe by the 15 minutes,” Staff mentioned.
And as life will get busy once more, breaks from that routine will probably be extra important than ever.