I am so excited to share about my experience with Getaway House with you guys! First of all, let’s be honest – I am not the most outdoorsy person. I like being outside, doing some hiking and occasionally camping, but I’d take a beach over the middle of the woods any day – at least that’s what I thought until I went to Getaway house. This was honestly the best thing I could have done for myself with the amount of anxiety I have been feeling lately. We all know that disconnecting from our phones and spending time in nature is crucial for our health, however we don’t take the time to do it nearly enough.
For those not familiar, Getaway house is a tiny house in the middle of the woods. They have locations around the U.S., but the one I went to was about 2 hours outside of Washington, D.C. in Stanardsville, VA.
I’ve seen pictures of Getaway in the past, but the pictures do not do these little houses justice. They are so stinking cute. Also, the vibe of a place is something you have to experience and the calmness here is something that is hard to recreate in everyday life, especially if you’re like me and live in the middle of a bustling city.
We booked a two night stay here and arrived Friday morning. Since we arrived before check-in, we decided to check out all Standardsville, VA had to offer, which is basically nothing haha. We ate at a little place called Lafayette Inn and to be honest, it was very underwhelming and extremely creepy. It’s a very old historic Inn with a really weird vibe. If historic is your thing, maybe you’d like it, but Dana and I agreed we wouldn’t be returning. Also, the food was average.
Once we checked in, we decided to turn our phones on airplane mode for the remainder of the weekend. AHH! I was so worried about disconnecting, but honestly it was one of my favorite parts of the trip. They even give you a little cell phone box so you can store it away for the weekend.
We took chilling very seriously and spent the first part of our trip hanging out in the cabin. We brainstormed some ideas for our upcoming trip to Bali, brainstormed a lot of creative content and even started a new instagram, thetravelingnutritionists where we are going to document our future travel adventures! The amount of creativity you have when you’re hanging out in a little cabin without any distractions is unreal.
Once we hung out for a while, we decided that we wanted to explore the area a little more. When people told me about Getaway house in the past, they never mentioned that there was a lot to do around the area so I was excited to learn that there were hikes and wineries around the area! Here’s what we explored!
The first night we decided to check out the Glass House Winery since it was open later than the rest. The inside was so cute! It is covered in plants and you feel like you’re in the middle of a green house. The food truck outside had plenty of GF options and the nachos were so delicious! We did the wine tasting and loved the white options so much that we decided to buy a couple of bottles for later.
Once we were done with dinner and the wineries, we went back and built a fire. Er, we tried to build a fire but because our firewood had gotten wet, it wasn’t catching. We were able to gather enough stuff in the woods to make a small fire and make some yummy smore’s! As you probably know, I am gluten-free and like to eat less processed food, so we used these graham crackers and this chocolate. I couldn’t find the Marshmallows we used, but they were ones we found at Whole Foods without corn syrup. In the future, I would probably make and bring my own since I don’t love any that are on the market right now.
Saturday morning we decided to go on a hike in Shenandoah National Park, about a 20 min drive from the cabin. Just FYI for my military friends – national park entrance fees are waived for you! The hike was pretty easy, about 1.5 miles each way, but the views at the top are beautiful! It was fairly empty as well.
After hiking, we headed to Early Mountain Winery which received rave reviews and I totally see why. It’s absolutely beautiful. We did their wine tasting, then had dinner on the patio. The wine was great, although I preferred the white wine from the Glass House, the food here was so delicious. I also ordered a cider with dinner that was really tasty! I would highly recommend this winery for a fun place to eat and drink on your trip!
We weren’t able to cook meals on the fire like we originally planned because our fire wood somehow got wet, but there is a 2 burner stove that we were able to use for the meals we ate there. I was really glad we brought easy meals to cook because neither one of us were in the mood to cook elaborate meals and there was limited space, but it was the perfect setup for simple meals! I used my new Yeti cooler to bring all of the food up (~3 hour drive from my house with the top down on my convertible, plus 2+ hours in the car while we were exploring) and the food stayed ice cold. Definitely understand the hype around Yeti now.
On Sunday we drove about an hour to the Blue Ridge Kombucha tap room where we tried all of their traditional & seasonal flavors (we <3 Blue Ridge Buch) and then had lunch on a farm before turning our phones off airplane mode and returning to reality.
There are so many things I took away from this trip to implement into my daily life, but since this blog is already getting long, I am going to save those for another post!
If you’ve been thinking about going to Getaway, I would highly recommend it. It’s the perfect retreat for those looking to escape the day to day grind and connect with friends, significant others, and nature. It’s also a great place to spark some creativity. Giveaway was nice enough to give me a code for you guys – you can use KATE25 for $25 off your stay. This isn’t an affiliate code, simply a discount for you to enjoy!
When’s the last time you really took to disconnect? Let me know in the comments!