Black people in the woods on purpose?!?! Doesn't sound like your cup of tea, right? I didn’t think so at first either but it actually was an amazing and safe experience that I recommend to anyone needing a quiet moment away!
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What is it?
The creators of Getaway did it to give people time, space, and permission to be off! The tiny cabins in nature provide a break from the city, technology, and work, so that their guests can recharge and reconnect to who and what matters most.
How It Works:
Currently, Getaway experiences are available in:
Washington, D.C ✅ ✅
My good girlfriend & makeup artist, Lauren and I escaped from Washington, D.C. The outpost (large forest area where the cabins are) is located near the Shenandoah National Park in Stanardsville, VA which was about a 2-hour drive.
We went on a Tuesday for one night and honestly, I recommend booking TWO! By the time we settled in and settled down, we were so relaxed and at peace that we weren’t ready to leave!
At no point did I feel unsafe or in danger! We were more scared of seeing bears than anything else. And yes, this is a possibility but Getaway actually includes some instructions on what to do if you encounter wildlife. After all, you are in THEIR home so that’s a risk. However, we didn’t see any animals. And the good part about going to the woods in the winter is there aren’t many bugs!
After we got our sunset pictures in and cleaned up, we ventured out to get some food. It took us about 20 minutes to drive to a local Mexican restaurant. Because we are still in a pandemic, I really wanted to get some bonfire time before our 10:00 pm curfew. (They ask for fires to be extinguished by that time) We had a drink at the restaurant, ordered food, and got another drink to go. Yes, they gave us MARGARITAS to go! 🍹🍹
We got back and started our bonfire with everything they provided. We are both very girly girls for the most part and we were able to start the bonfire with no trouble! They gave us everything we needed and it was really relaxing and peaceful to roast the complimentary s'mores together!
The SLEEP BABYYYYY!!!! 😴😴😴 We slept like babies!! I got up at 6 A.M. like I always do and went outside to watch the sunrise.
I told myself I was going to send a few emails while I was there but I just couldn’t! I was so at peace that I couldn’t even think of disrupting that with one minute of work!
We got up the next morning and lit one more bonfire before checkout at 11:00 A.M. and I actually was brave and took a shower! I initially decided I was just going to wash up but I took a chance and it was VERY clean! No need for concern at all!
We came back to the city refreshed and wanted to do it again every week if we could!
Don’t wear anything you don’t mind smelling like smoke from the bonfire, especially wigs/weave! I had to immediately wash my wig and clothes when I got home because I smelled like a summer day of barbecue hopping 🍖🍖 and it didn’t just wear off. I wouldn’t bring any clothes that are of high value to this experience. Comfort and something you don’t mind getting dirty works!
Bring some snacks and decide how you’re going to eat ahead of time. We found and called the restaurant before we left DC and planned to eat out but if you want to get the most use of your money, I’d say bring sandwiches or soup you can heat up on the stove and eat at the cabin. You can also bring a pot for the bonfire and cook out there but I’d prefer to do that in the summer.
Make sure you understand the map. We didn’t have any trouble finding our cabin but if you don’t generally know how to use a map, you might be a little confused. There are signs to help but make sure you take a good look before getting on the road.
Bring some house slippers/socks. The ground outside had dirt and clay. To steer away from tracing that into the cabin, make sure you have a spare change of footwear so you can take off your outside shoes upon entering.