Tiny House Camping: Try Out Living Small on a Tiny Camping Trip

The tiny camper company Getaway allows you to try out what it would be like to live tiny while experiencing the great outdoors in the coziest of settings. My family and I gave the Getaway experience a whirl and here's what we thought.

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February 03, 2020

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Photo By: Getaway/All Rights Reserved to Michelle Watt

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Photo By: Getaway

Photo By: Getaway/All Rights Reserved to Michelle Watt

Photo By: Getaway

Photo By: Getaway

Photo By: Getaway

Photo By: Getaway

Photo By: Getaway

Photo By: Getaway

A Tiny Home Away From Home

Love the great outdoors but not completely sure roughing it in a tent is your jam? Or maybe you're just interested in seeing if the tiny house phenomenon is for you? Perhaps you are just a design fan looking for a fun getaway close to home? Whatever your reason, the new tiny home camping company Getaway provides a great opportunity to escape the city and stay in a super-cozy and high-design tiny camper in the woods. Getaway currently has eight outposts across the country, from East Coast to West and provides a great chance for city folk to enjoy some off-the-grid time without lugging an enormous amount of gear out into the wild. I personally love nature but don't relish roughing it, so spending a weekend in the Georgia Getaway cabin with my husband, son and our pug Oskar was an incredibly relaxing, restful and fun adventure I have been recommending to all of my Atlanta friends who will listen.

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Our Pal Walter

Each Getaway cabin sports a fun old-school name. We had Walter — who I later learned was named after a real-life American war hero — and he was delightful and hospitable. There's outdoor lighting if an evening around the fire pit roasting s'mores is in your plans. Books are also provided in the cabins if you want to kick back and cozy up with a good read. There are currently Getaway escapes located outside Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Cleveland/Pittsburgh and Washington DC.

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Leave the Cooking to Us

Not only does each Getaway camper come equipped with a mini-kitchen including sink, fridge, stovetop and cooking utensils, pots and pans, a decent selection of items like pasta and oatmeal will keep you and your crew from getting hangry if you forgot your vittles. The cabin also comes with linens, towels, shampoo and soap and even dog bowls for your furry buddies.

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Out and About

A fire pit, Adirondack chairs, firewood (provided for a small fee) and a picnic table offer plenty of enticement to get outside for a meal, a chat around the fire or some game time with friends.

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Sleeping In

The beds are cozy, and the coffee or tea (enjoyed in cute tin cups) is just an arm's length away. I dare you not to sleep in or at the very least linger in bed.

Alone Time

Part of the Getaway ethos is to unplug and spend time with family or friends, or just unwind with a great book, a puzzle or other enriching activity. Time away from devices, laptops, phones and DVD players means you reconnect not just with nature, but with yourself. The small size of the Getaway campers, at just 140-200 square feet means you will also get very up close and personal with your traveling companions, which is a great way to reconnect with the important people in your life.

Hide Your Device

Part of the tiny home camping experience is spending alone time or time with friends and family. A handy wooden box where everyone can hide their devices is a way to get started on your unplugged odyssey.

Perfect View

Even inside the cabin, huge windows provide a gorgeous view of the outdoors.

Packing List

Though Getaway cabins are outfitted with snacks and enough food to tide you over, books and some fun activities, what you bring is up to you. Take time to work on a favorite hobby, read or just enjoy the great outdoors with time spent around the fire pit provided right outside your tiny cabin door. Even firewood is provided. And pets are welcome for a small cleaning fee.

Light the Way

Clever lanterns that can also charge your devices (should you choose to use them) provide ambient light inside and outside the cabins.

Plenty of Lounging Space

Yes, the Getaway campers are small. But they boast comfy queen-size beds for two or — in cabins for four — a queen size bed below and a loft with queen-size bed above. Linens are provided and there is heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. A small but hyper-functional bathroom with a shower means you have all the amenities you should need to spend a weekend or longer in just-like-home-but-tinier comfort.

Room With a View

Even when you're inside the tiny cabin, the sight lines are pretty spectacular. Future tiny home builders and residents take note: Big windows make the space feel less constrictive.

A Neighborhood Feel

If the idea of being all alone in the woods makes you feel slightly anxious, the great thing about this particular getaway is the fact that other cabins are located close enough (but not too close, so you still feel a sense of privacy and escape) to make people who watch too many horror films not feel isolated.

BOOK NOW: Getaway, $199/per night

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