Local Guides | Midwest | Minneapolis

Explore Getaway Kettle River

Located in Willow River, MN, on the road to Duluth, Getaway Kettle River is nestled in a bustling town with plenty of spots to explore. Here are a few of the spots we’d recommend you check out while you’re on your Getaway.

Walks in the Woods

Wolf Creek Falls Trail
Distance: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: easy
Dogs allowed

This out-and-back trail is an easy hike featuring a waterfall, great for families and warm summer days.

Kettle River: Banning State Park to Old Dam Site
Distance: 4.1 mi
Difficulty: easy
Dogs allowed

This trail loops around along one side of Kettle River through Banning State Park, and features some interesting rock formations, the river, and a waterfall. Make sure to stop at Toby’s gas station by Banning State Park for a giant custard donut on your way back.

Trillium Trail to Quarry Loop Trail
Distance: 2.7 mi
Difficulty: easy
Dogs allowed

This is the perfect trail to explore the Quarry; take your time to enjoy the area and take in the scenic views.

Sustenance and Snacks

Denham Run
~17 minutes from Outpost
Known locally as hands-down the best restaurant in town, if you’re looking for dinner away from your cabin, Denham Run is the spot to check out.

Peggy Sue’s Café
~6 minutes from Outpost
Located in an historical building, built in 1895, Peggy Sue’s Café is the perfect spot for some diner food and a chance to meet some locals and learn more about the history of Willow River, MN.

KJ’s Market
~21 minutes from Outpost
Stop by KJ Market on your way to the Outpost to stock up on your favorite ingredients for your campfire recipes.

Endzone Bar and Grill
~5 minutes from Outpost
This bar and grill is located off the historic Highway 61 on the shores of the Kettle River, with all your favorite pub food.

Things to Do Around the Outpost

Robinson Park
~ 20 minutes from Outpost
This park is one of our favorite spots near the Outpost with options to explore and get into nature all year. There are hiking trails to take you to waterfalls or to the shores of Kettle River, access to the whitewater paddling in Banning State Park, and Ice-Climbing and Bouldering parks. There are events at this park year round, so be sure to check out their website before you go to see what seasonal festivities you might find.

Moose Lake Brewing Co
~18 minutes from Outpost
Located on the shores of Moose Lake, Moose Lake Brewing Co is one of our favorite spots for a handcrafted brew. They even have self-guided tours for you to explore their brewing history and learn more about how they make their beer.

Three Twenty Brewing Co
~40 minutes from Outpost
Three Twenty Brewing Co is a great spot to enjoy an afternoon tasting local brews and playing cribbage with those who matter most.

Peaceful Pines Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard
~40 minutes from outpost
For the perfect fall escape, head to Peaceful Pines Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard to enjoy your favorite fall apple treats while grabbing a pumpkin to carve on your Getaway or bring home to put on your porch.

Ready to escape the city and head into nature? Book your Getaway today.

Features | Guest Stories

Featured Guest: A Romantic Escape to Getaway Blake Brook

Earlier this year, we hosted Aline Mac and her fiance, Shaun at Getaway Blake Brook outside of Boston, so they could spend some time reconnecting in nature.

We are from Natick, MA and are mostly in the city. We don’t have a ton of nature around us and we both work a lot so there is nothing more relaxing than to surround ourselves in nature. The silence of the woods helps us clear our minds and makes us feel reinvigorated to get back to our busy lives.

My favorite moments of our Getaway were spent enjoying each other’s company while cooking, reading, and cozying up around the fire.

My husband is a Realtor and is normally glued to his phone. So the first hour was stressful for him but by the end he felt so relaxed that he almost forgot he had a phone… haha but seriously it’s incredibly liberating and we loved it!

We realized even more how moments together away from technology are important. The time we spent in the Getaway made us realize that we want to take that back home and have at least one meal together without cellphones. The single moment that stood out to me was waking up in the morning with all the sun beams shining down through the trees while cuddled up in a warm bed. SO COZY!

Everyone is living busy lives and most couples like us relax at night with their faces buried in a phone. I think quality conversations are becoming more rare. It was so nice to just chat, tell stories, laugh and learn more about each other. No matter how long you’ve been together there’s always more to learn!

Ready for your own romantic escape? Book your Getaway today.

Local Guides

Our Favorite Hikes Near Each of Our Outposts

In honor of National Hiking Day, November 17th, we’ve pulled together a list featuring our favorite hike near each of our Outposts, so you don’t miss the most beautiful trails near your cabin on your next escape to nature.

Getaway Asheboro

Purgatory Mountain Trailhead
~8 minutes from the Outpost
Hike Distance: 1.8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

This scenic hike to the top of Purgatory Mountain is a great way to top off a day spent at The North Carolina Zoo, as the trail begins on their property. Uphill but not strenuous, it’s good for kids, dog-friendly, and meticulously maintained and marked for navigational ease.

Getaway Barber Creek

Reeds Lake Trail
Distance: 4.2 miles
Difficulty: easy
Dogs allowed

This paved trail through the woods circles the beautiful Reeds Lake, and makes for the perfect afternoon hike with with your friends and family.

Getaway Beaver Creek

Mineral Springs Loop Trail
Hike Duration: 1.3 miles
Difficulty: Easy
This easy loop on the Pennsylvania side of the border features a waterfall and is recommended for families with young kids.

Getaway Big Bear

Arrowhead Pinnacles Trail
Distance: 4.6 miles
Difficulty: Hard
Dogs allowed on-leash
Arrowhead Pinacles Trail is a steep, difficult trail that will keep you puffing. Enjoy the boulders and panoramic views throughout, especially the 360-degree lookout from the top. There’s not much shade, so get hiking later in the afternoon or in the early morning to avoid the heat.

Getaway Brazos Valley

Washington on the Brazos Area Trails
~30 minutes from the Outpost
Hike Distance: 2.7 miles 
Difficulty: Easy

Featuring beautiful views of the Brazos River, a healthy population of local birds, and trailside swaths of wildflowers, this is a dog and kid friendly hike that’s good for all skill levels. As a state historical site, it’s also home to the Barrington Living History Farm and the Star of the Republic Museum. 

Getaway Chattahoochee

Toccoa Swinging Bridge Trail
~30 minutes from the Outpost
Hike Distance: 0.8 miles
Difficulty: Easy

The Toccoa Swinging Bridge trail is in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The trail is just over 5 miles from the Outpost. The coolest thing about it is the bridge itself—it’s the longest suspension bridge east of the Mississippi, and goes directly over the Toccoa river. The swinging bridge is a great destination for trout fishing (particularly in the spring during spawning season) due to its proximity to the Rock Creek Fish Hatchery, which is also open to visitors. Small creeks, mini waterfalls, and a thick grove of Mountain Laurel trees can be found on the opposite side of the bridge. 

Getaway Dale Hollow

Winding Stairs Loop
Distance: 1.6 mi
Difficulty: easy
Dogs allowed

The Winding Stairs Loop trail is located near Lafayette, TN. This loop is perfect for families or anyone looking for an easy and quick hike with some beautiful waterfall and creek views. There are also many other trails to explore in Winding Stairs Park.

Getaway Eastern Catskills

Kaaterskill Falls
Distance: 2.5 miles, about 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Dogs allowed

This hike is short, though it is also steep and can get rocky. But all the effort is totally worth it when you reach the gorgeous waterfall.

Getaway Hill Country

Blue Hole Park Trail Loop
Hike distance: 1.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy

This trail is a great loop for families right near the swimming area in Blue Hole Regional Park. With the smell of cedar, oak and cypress trees, clear blue water, and mulched trails that are mostly flat, this is the perfect afternoon hike to catch up with family and friends. If you want to indulge in the swimming hole, be sure to call ahead and make reservations.

Getaway Homochitto

Clark Creek Primitive Trail
Distance: 4.3 miles
Difficulty: moderate
Dogs allowed

This is the perfect hike for a warm afternoon, as this loop trail follows Clark Creek to a beautiful waterfall.

Getaway Machimoodus

Bear Hill Loop
Distance: 5.5 mi
Difficulty: moderate
Dogs allowed

This beautiful loop trail gets you right into the dense forest that’s native to this region, and features groves of mount laurel, Connecticut’s state flower.

Getaway Mount Adams

Guler Ice Cave Hike
Hike distance: 2.2 miles
Difficulty: Easy

This walk to the most visited cave features beautiful underground ice formations and tubes that are results of lava flows. Remember to bring snow gear though in the winter months, cave temperatures can drop pretty low.

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Getaway Piney Woods

Wolfpen Hike and Bike Trail
Hike Duration: 4.1 miles
Difficulty: Easy

This loop trail, which features a lake, is a great choice for all skill levels for hiking, walking, or trail running.

Getaway Shenandoah

White Oak Canyon Trail
Distance: 9.5 miles, about 4-5 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Dogs allowed on-leash
If you’re in search of waterfalls, head out on White Oak Canyon Trail. It can be a strenuous hike, but you can also adjust your mileage and make it shorter by skipping some of the sections.

Getaway Skagit Valley

Little Mountain Park Loop
Distance: 4.8 mi
Difficulty: medium
Dogs allowed

This loop trail through the forest in Little Mountain Park starts at the top of Little Mountain, and features viewpoints of Mount Baker, the Skagit Valley, the San Juan Islands, Olympic Mountains and even tulip fields.

Getaway Western Catskills

The Shavertown Trail
Distance: 2.9 miles
Difficulty: easy
Dogs allowed

A crisp 3 mile round-trip, Shavertown’s modest incline is worth the ascent. The lookout point at top has intimate views of the Pepacton Reservoir as well as the mountains that surround it. 

Ready for your next escape to nature? Book your Getaway today.

Boston | Local Guides | New York City

Explore Getaway Machimoodus

Located in Moodus, CT, Getaway Machimoodus is nestled in a bustling town with plenty of spots to explore. Here are a few of the spots we’d recommend you check out while you’re on your Getaway.

Walks in the Woods

Machimoodus State Park Trail
Distance: 2.0 miles
Difficulty: moderate
Dogs allowed

This 2 mile loop trail in Machimoodus State Park is the perfect spot for a beautiful walk along Salmon River.

Bear Hill Loop
Distance: 5.5 mi
Difficulty: moderate
Dogs allowed

This beautiful loop trail gets you right into the dense forest that’s native to this region, and features groves of mount laurel, Connecticut’s state flower.

Salmon River Trail Loop from Comstock Bridge
Distance: 6.5 mi
Difficulty: moderate
Dogs allowed

This loop trail features beautiful views of Salmon River with many spots perfect for an afternoon picnic, and it features one of the last remaining covered bridges in Conneticut.

Sustenance and Snacks

Tavern on the Hill
~4 minutes from Outpost
For classic bbq dishes, Tavern on the Hill is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty meal and meet some locals.

Hometown Market
~4 minutes from Outpost
To stock up on all the ingredients you might need for your favorite campfire recipes, Hometown Market has got you covered.

Hillside Sweet Shoppe
~6 minutes from Outpost
For those with a sweet tooth, Hillside Sweet Shoppe has homemade ice cream, homemade hot fudge, candy, and more.

Things to Do Around the Outpost

Château Le Gari
~17 minutes from Outpost
This winery uses both Old World and Modern wine making methods to craft amazing local wines for you to try.

East Haddam Dog Park
~8 minutes from Outpost
To allow your pup to reconnect to nature, an afternoon spent at East Haddam Dog Park—off the leash—will allow them to run free.

Then Again Antiques
~6 minutes from Outpost
To find a souvenir to bring a bit of Moodus, CT home with you, make a stop at Then Again Antiques to find some new treasures.

Ray of Light Farm
~14 minutes from outpost
Visit Ray of Light Farm and their animals for free. Check the website for programs or just show up and walk around the property. They are an animal rescue and sanctuary that is open 10-4 Thursday through Monday. While you’re there, check out the Save-A-Buck Tack Shop for gifts, gear or candy.  

Boho Farm
~14 minutes from Outpost
This small farm has a little shop where they sell locally made goods, local honey, jams, coffee, teas, home decor and (seasonal) flowers from their garden and more. In November and December their shop and garden is turned into a Christmas wonderland. They make goat milk soaps, soy candles and room sprays that they also sell in the shop. There are also farm animals to visit.

Ready to escape the city and head into nature? Book your Getaway today.

For Your Free Time

Wellness Tip: Find the Constellations

Based on feedback we’ve received from our guests, one of the best parts of a Getaway is the opportunity to stargaze far from city lights. This makes sense as an astonishing 99% of people in the United States and Europe can’t see the Milky Way from where they live due to light pollution.

Few things make us feel awe — that sense of wonder mixed with a touch of both fear and reverence — like being immersed in nature. When we stare out across a vast ocean or canyon, take in the panoramic view from a mountaintop, or gaze up at the stars, we recognize that we’re a very small part of something much greater than ourselves.

This can be an unnerving feeling, but as researchers at the University of California, Irvine, have found, it can also make us better people. Further studies have found that in addition to inspiring awe, stargazing can also reduce stress and increase positivity. Here are some tips to keep in your back pocket on your next Getaway to help you find the constellations. 

Invest in a Red Flashlight

The warm glow of a red flashlight will give you enough light to see without ruining your night vision, unlike the bright glare of a regular blue-white flashlight, which forces your eyes to readjust every time you switch it on and off. 

Bring Binoculars

Especially if you’re just getting started, astronomers advise holding off on investing in a costly, tricky-to-use telescope. Instead, pick up an inexpensive pair of binoculars, which allow syou to see the sky in far greater detail than with the naked eye.

Be Strategic About Timing 

Crisp, cold nights are much better for stargazing than warm, muggy ones, when humidity creates haze in the air. And you’ll see the stars more clearly if you choose a night when the moon is waxing or waning, since a full moon’s brightness can wash out the pinpricks of sunlight.

“Find Your Park After Dark” With the NPS 

The National Park Service’s website provides listings of park-sponsored evening events, activities, and educational programming nationwide, along with listings for observatories and stargazing tips.

Get Help From Apps

With a variety of apps, users can simply point their phone cameras at the sky and instantly identify the stars, constellations, and planets overhead.

Need an escape to nature? Book your Getaway today.

Features | Grandparent Stories

Getaway Grandparents: Meet Walter

Fun fact: every one of our tiny cabins is named for a grandparent – of a staff member, guest, or friend.

There’s something to learn from our grandparents, who taught us the timeless lessons in life, the value of time spent together, and for many of us, the importance of time outdoors.

Today, in honor of Veteran’s Day, meet Walter. Lizzie Sanderson, a guest at Getaway Blake Brook, shared the story of her incredible grandfather with us. His name proudly sits on a tiny cabin nestled in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

In her words:

My grandfather, known to all simply as “Pa”, loved more deeply than anyone I’ve ever met.  To me, he was just Pa. Society saw him differently, though. He was an Army veteran who served his country for decades. Pa was one of the first African-American men to take the role of a commanding officer in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korea Conflict. He held the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in World War II and was a Captain in Korea, and was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded at “Old Baldy” in North Korea.

I don’t have any memories of Pa telling me about his service; growing up, all I knew was that he’d served and then retired in 1964 with the rank of Major.  He had accomplished a profound feat while overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. His career was long, storied, and widely successful. Pa had earned the respect of so many soldiers and inspired the two preceding generations to seriously consider enlisting.  Despite being a hero, Pa spent his time telling me about his family, and the love he had for languages. Pa was proud of his service, but he didn’t take pleasure in knowing he had caused deaths. I think he struggled with it as he grew older and more removed from the battles.

What I think of when I think of Pa, was his undying love for my grandmother, GG. Whilst deployed, Pa and GG corresponded through beautifully written letters. Think Noah in The Notebook, but with the poetic prowess of Dylan Thomas or Walt Whitman. It is nearly impossible to describe the love they shared, but it is felt deeply by the family they left behind. Pa kept everything. He stored laundry detergent bottles and old headphones alongside his meticulously, carefully, protected letters and photographs. He had countless photo albums, all full of images of his family. He had even more binders, organized chronologically, of the letters he and GG exchanged. It is truly remarkable to see his looping cursive as he wrote to celebrate the birth of his children. At his memorial service, I had the opportunity to read a passage from one letter. The sincerity in each word brought the room to tears.

Pa gave of himself all he could to his family, friends, and neighbors. He was the epitome of a good man and he raised his only son, my father, to be the same. On February 5th, 2017, Pa passed away in the home he had shared with his wife, the home in which he had raised his children. He was memorialized on February 18th, 2017 and celebrated then by his family, friends, and strangers. On January 30th, 2018 (GG’s birthday), Pa and his beloved GG were interred at Arlington National Cemetery. 3 generations of his family attended the ceremony, holding each other as we shook with tears and laid him to rest. He is gone, but his legacy remains ingrained in the hearts of the people whose lives he touched.

Share your grandparent’s story with us and they could have a tiny cabin named after them. Nominate your grandparent here.

For Your Free Time

Wellness Tip: Observe A Digital Sabbath

How are you upgrading your relationship to technology? One habit to consider implementing into your week is the digital sabbath — reserve one full day each week for taking a break from digital technology. Observing a digital sabbath allows you to slow down and enjoy time to rest — and not just rest that’s about recharging for more work later, but rest that reminds us that we are human beings, not human doings. 

Choose One Day a Week to Fully Disconnect 

If you struggle to find one full day to go screen-free, consider rearranging your schedule. Do you have digital obligations that absolutely can’t wait 24 hours? If the answer is yes, ask yourself what makes them so essential and what would happen if you waited a day?

Find a Community

A digital sabbath is easier to observe when you do it with others, especially when you’re first trying it out. Enlist a friend, partner, or family member to go tech-free with you.

Make a List of Tech-Free Activities

Take a walk, cook a meal, work on a craft project, read a print newspaper or magazine, go to the beach, read a book, clean your house, go for a bike ride, take a nap, write postcards — there are limitless possibilities.

Need to plan an unplugged escape to nature? Book your Getaway today.

Local Guides | New Orleans

Explore Getaway Homochitto

Located in Meadville, Mississippi, Getaway Homochitto, is nestled ina bustling town with plenty of spots to explore. Here are a few of the spots we’d recommend you check out while you’re on your Getaway.

Walks in the Woods

Brushy Creek Loop
Distance: 5.5 miles
Difficulty: moderate
Dogs allowed

This loop trail features a river and is the perfect hike for those looking for a good adventure and workout.

Clark Creek Primitive Trail
Distance: 4.3 miles
Difficulty: moderate
Dogs allowed

This is the perfect hike for a warm afternoon, as this loop trail follows Clark Creek to a beautiful waterfall.

Richardson Creek Trail
Distance: 9.7 miles
Difficulty: moderate
Dogs allowed

This loop trail features a river and takes you through the beautiful Homochitto National Forest.

Sustenance and Snacks

Sullivan’s Grocery
~9 minutes from Outpost
For everything you might need for your favorite campfire recipes, be sure to stop at Sullivan’s Grocery on your way to your cabin.

Hilltop Drive In
~9 minutes from Outpost
For some classic burgers and diner food, pull up to Hilltop Drive In for a retro dining experience.

Magnolia Grill
~43 minutes from Outpost
This local favorite is one not to miss. Magnolia Grill was built to look like the saloon that was originally built in the same spot. Enjoy your meal on the shores of the Mississippi River.

Things to Do Around the Outpost

Old South Winery
~37 minutes from Outpost
Old South Winery specializes in fruity, muscadine wine, so this winery is the perfect stop to taste some local flavors.

Lake Okhissa
~12 minutes from Outpost
Spend a warm day cooling off swimming in Lake Okhissa, or try to catch some fish for your campfire dinner.

Meadville City Park
~6 minutes from Outpost
Enjoy an afternoon with your family at Meadville City Park—with trails, playgrounds, and plenty of spots to lay down a picnic blanket, you can get some quality time reconnecting to nature with those who matter most.

Ready to escape the city and head into nature? Book your Getaway today.