Campfire Cooking

Campfire Cooking: Appetite for Apples

Fall is the perfect season to go apple-picking on the way to your escape.

Our favorite part: you get to take your pickings back to your cabin and make some tasty treats. Cook any or all of these three recipes that bring the oh-so-good tastes of apple crumble, hot apple cider, and tasty apple pancakes to your Getaway.

Warm Apple Cobbler Packet

Every Getaway cabin has a fire pit with grilling grate, and tin foil so you can cook without having to bring any extra supplies. For this recipe, all you’ll need are your freshly picked apples, a little brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Bonus points if you’d like to add any nuts or nutmeg to your meal.

  • Slice apples thinly.
  • Grab a long sheet of foil (roughly from your fingers to your elbow).
  • Place the apples in the foil, with a spoonful of butter, a sprinkling of cinnamon, and a healthy serving of sugar. Lastly, sprinkle the nuts on top if you’d like them.
  • Wrap packet securely, but leave a little room for it to puff up over the campfire.
  • Light your campfire and place your packet on the grilling grate. Cook for 5-15 minutes, depending on the intensity of your flame.
  • Remove from heat, unpack, and eat.

If you’d like to add a crumble to the top, you can use the same recipe, but mix together brown sugar, a touch of flower, some rolled oats, and baking powder, and place it over your apples to give it a little crisp as it cooks. Top with whipped cream, if desired. You can also take one of those delicious, warm, soft apples and add it to your s’more for texture and flavor.

hot apple cider

Hot Apple Cider

You’ll need apple juice, a fresh apple, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and a fire-safe pot for this tasty mixture. If you’d like to add a little something extra for the 21+ crowd, throw a splash of bourbon into your cup.

  • Pour a few cups of apple juice into your pot.
  • Add in cinnamon and cloves to taste.
  • Cook over the open flame, or on your stove inside your cabin for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and enjoy.

Apple Pancakes

You’ll need a cast iron griddle or skillet, and your favorite pancake mix, plus a few apples and cinnamon. You can also make your own pancake mix with a couple of cups of all-purpose flour, a heap of sugar, salt (which we have in your cabin), a sprinkle of baking soda and baking powder, buttermilk, eggs, and butter – plus maple syrup to pour on top.

  • Prepare your fire first and make sure your cast iron is hot and prepped (either with butter or with oil).
  • Thinly slice 1-2 apples. Combine in a bowl with a touch of sugar, cinnamon, and butter.
  • Combine the rest of your ingredients and add the apple mixture last.
  • Scoop out ladle of batter and place on your hot pan. When it starts bubbling, it’s time to flip to the other side.
  • Flip to your pancake is ready. Top with maple syrup and dig in.

If you’re looking for tips on where to go apple picking, be sure to check out our guide here and be sure to book your fall escape to nature.

Campfire Cooking

Campfire Cooking: Three Courses of Georgia Peaches

Photographer and food blogger Katherine D’Costa spent her recent Artist Fellowship cooking up a storm at Getaway Chattahoochee. Katherine and her husband, a chef and recipe developer, came up with a three-course summer meal, all featuring Georgia peaches.

Now they’re sharing their recipes for poached peaches and corn salsa, bourbon barbecue pork chops with grilled peaches, and grilled peaches and pineapples.

Poached Peaches and Corn Salsa

What you’ll need:

  • 2 ears fresh corn (shucked)
  • 8 grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (finely-chopped)
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 tsp kosher slat
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp red tomato (finely diced)
  • 1 poached peach

What to do:

  1. To poach the peach, grill the peach until it’s marked and slightly smoked.
  2. Remove kernels from corncob.
  3. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  4. Serve immediately.

Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop with Bourbon BBQ Sauce and Grilled Georgia Peaches

What you’ll need:
For Pork:

  • Medium to thick bone-in pork chops

For Sauce

  • 2 cups Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp & 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup & 4 tbsp bourbon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 peaches

What to do:

  1. Grill the pork chops to medium temperature.
  2. Heat soy sauce, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar until the sugar is melted.
  3. Add this mix into a blender, along with ketchup, pepper, salt, 1 cup bourbon, ginger, garlic, cilantro, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Mix in blender until fully incorporated.
  5. Grill peaches until marked and mildly smoked (the color will darken a bit).
  6. Add butter, peaches, 4 tbsp bourbon, and 1 tsp salt into a sauté pan and heat until peaches are fully tender.
  7. Chop peaches and add to blender mix.
  8. Spoon sauce over pork to taste.
  9. Add cilantro to garnish.

Grilled Peaches and Pineapples

What you’ll need:

  • 2 peaches
  • 1 pineapple
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp salt

What to do:

  1. Grill 2 peaches and pineapple slices until tender.
  2. Heat all other ingredients until melted.
  3. Add peaches and pineapples until fully coated.
  4. Chop and serve.

Ready to create a recipe of your own? Book your escape now. Find more delicious recipes from Katherine here.

Campfire Cooking

Campfire Cooking: Beef Smoked Sausage and Veggies

Disconnection can mean something different for everyone. Whether it’s reading in bed, walking outside, or – for Getaway guest Renee Searcy, a personal chef and food stylist – cooking.

Renee loves experimenting with new recipes, so it’s natural that when she booked her escape to Getaway Chattahoochee, she had plans for what to cook over the campfire. Enjoy this delicious recipe, ready for your next campfire cooking session.

Beef Smoked Sausage and Veggies (serves 2)

What you’ll need:

  • 8 oz beef smoked sausage, sliced on the bias
  • 1 medium potato, cut into a small dice
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small sweet or vidalia onion, sliced
  • Roasted tomatoes in oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp oil of choice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

  1. Heat a large cast iron skillet on a grate over hot coals or on the grill. You can also cook on the stovetop on medium-high heat.
  2. Melt the butter and oil together.
  3. Add the potatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the sausage, peppers, and onions. Cook until the veggies are starting to get tender (about 3-4 minutes).
  5. Add tomatoes and some of the oil from the container. Let cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy.

For more recipes from Renee, you can visit her website. To make your next favorite recipe over the campfire, make your escape here.

Campfire Cooking

Campfire Recipes: Cambodian Street Wings

Disconnecting and recharging can mean different things for different people. For chef and blogger Jacob Trinh for instance, it means concocting new recipes. As part of our Artist Fellowship Program, Jacob escaped to Getaway Boston, where he had the space to think about his culinary creations.

Jacob was kind enough to share his recipe for the Cambodian street wings he made right at his own campfire at Getaway Boston. Jacob says these wings take him back to his childhood when he would wander around a Cambodian open air market in Philadelphia.

Pro-tip: Jacob recommends that these wings are cooked over charcoal. However, if that’s not possible, a gas grill or a grill grate on top of a two-burner will suffice.

Cambodian Street Wings (4 servings)

Barbecuing Street Wings

What you’ll need:

  • 2 lbs chicken wings
  • Wooden skewers


  • 2 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp lemongrass (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp oil

Glaze (optional):

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp annatto seeds (grounded)

What to do:

Remember to preheat the grill either during or after marinating. For a gas or charcoal grill, heat to medium-high heat, with one side at high heat above 400 degrees, and the other side can be left warm. For a grill grate over two burners, heat the grate to medium-high heat. If the wings are larger, you can preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  • Put all marinade ingredients into a bowl and mix until it’s a loose paste.
  • Soak chicken wings in marinade for at least 1 hour. The longer the chicken sits, the more flavor it will soak up.

Marinating Chicken

  • Soak wooden skewers in hot water for 30 minutes so they do not char or fall off.
  • Place skewers into wings.
  • Place wings onto grill and cook 3-5 minutes on each side.
  • Either place the wings on warm side of grill or pop into oven if chicken isn’t fully cooked yet.
  • Make it pretty- throw on some scallions or add a side of pickled carrots and daikon.
  • Enjoy!

Cambodian Street Wings

To follow along with more of Jacob’s cooking, follow his blog or Instagram.

Campfire Cooking

Three Easy Recipes for Your Getaway

We believe your Getaway should be about relaxing, not about stressing over meal planning. That’s why we’ve put together three easy recipes you can create in our cabins.

Don’t worry about bringing cooking tools. Our cabins are stocked with everything you might need, including a pot, pan, cutting board, and knives. You just need to bring the ingredients.

If this sounds like a hassle, then bring nothing at all. In the spirit of giving you everything you need and nothing you don’t, our cabins come with several provisions for purchase, including pasta, sauce, jerky, and more. But if cooking a meal solo or with loved ones sounds appealing, here are a few quick recipes so you can pick up the ingredients before your Getaway.

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas (Makes 2)

What you’ll need:

8 oz chicken, grilled and sliced

4 tortillas

1 cup shredded cheese

1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped

1/2 cup bell peppers, chopped

1 jar salsa

What to do:

  1. Place one tortilla in skillet and spread salsa on top.
  2. Layer chicken, mushrooms, and peppers on top of salsa.
  3. Sprinkle cheese on top and cover with second tortilla.
  4. Press quesadilla down with spatula or spoon.
  5. Flip quesadilla and cook until cheese is melted.
  6. Enjoy!

One Skillet Veggie Chili (Serves 4)

Campfire onion saute

What you’ll need:

Olive oil (free in cabin)

1 onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp oregano

2 pinches salt (free in cabin)

1 can diced tomatoes

1 cup corn

1 can black beans, drained

What to do: 

  1. Heat skillet and add olive oil.
  2. Add peppers and onions. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add garlic, chili powder, and oregano. Stir in.
  4. Add beans, tomatoes, corn, and a two large pinches of salt. Let simmer for about 20 minutes or until tomatoes break down.
  5. Season to taste and serve!

Easy Pasta Salad (Serves 4)

Preparing ingredients

What you’ll need:

1 package pasta (purchase in cabin or bring your own)

1 bottle Italian salad dressing

1 cucumber, chopped

3 tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

What to do:

  1. Bring pot of water to boil.
  2. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain.
  3. In mixing bowl, combine pasta, salad dressing, cucumber, and tomatoes.
  4. Mix in cheese.
  5. Enjoy!

Looking for some cocktails or mocktails to add to your meal? Check out our campfire cocktail favorites here.

Campfire Cooking

Campfire Cocktails with Maggie Mae Dale

Ask Getaway friend, bartendress, and The Spritz Co.’s founder, Maggie Mae Dale, about her favorite campfire memory and she’ll tell you about her days at summer camp as a teenager, when she prepped food over an open fire and roughed it with her cohort. “Laughing with my friends and catching fireflies on that trip is something I’ll never forget.”

Raised in Minnesota and based in Williamsburg, Maggie now crafts spectacular cocktails. When she’s not bartending, you can find her unwinding with “records, rye whiskey, and being a little witchy.”

Armed with her mantra, “Spritz all day, party all night,” Maggie has designed three cocktails to warm up your getaway this holiday season. 

Campfire Cocktails: Fireside Negroni

For this version of the negroni, vermouth is swapped for bergamot and cinnamon tea, bittersweet aperol, and gin. Yields three cups of tea. Maggie’s special note: My wish is that you enjoy your own taste of “aperitea-vi” as you getaway!

campfire cocktails

What you’ll need:

4 cinnamon sticks
½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
2 bergamont tea bags (lady grey tea)
¼ cup turbinado sugar (raw cane sugar)
1 orange peel (with as little pith as possible)
4 cups of water
1 oz. aperol
1 oz. gin
Cinnamon sticks and orange wedge for garnish

To mix:

  1. To brew the tea, fill stove pot with cinnamon sticks, sugar, orange peel, orange juice, and water and bring to a boil.
  2. Once water is at boiling temperature, add two bags of earl grey tea and let steep for five minutes on a low simmer. Double strain tea into teapot or serving container.
  3. Add one part (1 oz.) aperol, one (1 oz.) gin, and four (4 oz.) parts orange tean in a cup. Stir. Toss in a slice of orange and cinnamon stick for garnish.
  4. Sip by a cozy fire.

Campfire Cocktails: Midnight Hot Cocoa

As a young camper, Maggie and her friends would sneak off to a hidden beach at night, build a campfire, and make “Midnight Cocoa” with melted chocolate and marshmallows. This recipe includes cayenne for a rich and spicy twist on the classic. Yields two servings. Non-alcoholic.

campfire cocktails

What you’ll need:

2 ½ cups macadamia milk
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
6 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate
¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper
Toasted marshmallow and Maldon salt for a garnish

To mix:

  1. Bring macadamia milk and cinnamon to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally and ensuring milk doesn’t boil (around 10 minutes).
  2. In a double broiler, melt semi-sweet chocolate bars on low heat to avoid burning. To save time, substitute cocoa powder for melted chocolate.
  3. Whisk in chocolate, vanilla, and cayenne. Cook on low heat, whisking frequently, until mixture is smooth and creamy and chocolate is melted (about five minutes).

Campfire Cocktails: Sweater Weather

This is a take on an old-fashioned, but orange bitters are replaced with citrus- and cola-notes of Averna Amaro and Brovo Amaro. Clove, cardamon, and cinnamon finish the drink off for a hint sweetness. 

campfire cocktails

What you’ll need:

2 oz. Small batch Bourbon
0.75 Averna Amaro
0.5 Brovo Amaro No. 1
Orange peel and clove

To mix:

  1. Add ingredients to a mixing or pint glass. Add ice. Stir for 20-30 seconds and strain over fresh ice.
  2. Garnish with orange peel and clove.
  3. Wear your favorite sweater and enjoy!

You can follow Maggie and her mixology adventures at The Spritz Co. Make and drink these delicious beverages by the campfire as they were intended when you book your Getaway here.

Campfire Cooking

Campfire Cooking for Thanksgiving

The entire Getaway team spent two nights at our Outpost in Virginia and celebrated Thanksgiving a little early. It’s rare that the team is all together in one place, and we got to know each other a little better while huddling and laughing under the stars. We prepared our own Friendsgiving meal over the campfire. Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

Getaway Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Recipe Main: Steve’s Turkey Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 1 12-lbs. fresh turkey
  • 1 handful of sage
  • 1 handful of rosemary
  • Butter

To prepare:

  1. Prepare a hot coal fire
  2. Stuff the turkey with rosemary and sage
  3. Cover the bird in butter
  4. Truss turkey and mount on spit
  5. Place the spit over fire
  6. Cook for about 4 ½ hours, turning every 15 minutes

Getaway Thanksgiving recipes

Thanksgiving Recipe Sides: Spinach Cheese Artichoke Dip

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (10 oz) package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 (14 oz) can of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

To prepare:

  1. Mix all ingredients and spread in a 10-inch Dutch oven
  2. Cover with lid, place on campfire, and bake until heated through and slightly browned (pro tip: to brown the top, take hot coals and place on lid)
  3. Serve with sliced French baguette and/or crackers

Getaway Thanksgiving recipes

Thanksgiving Recipe Sides: Campfire Dutch Oven Bread

What you’ll need:

  • 3 ¼ cups unbleached bread flour
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups warm water

To prepare:

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix or knead into a soft dough
  2. Place into a greased metal bowl and let rise for about an hour in a warm place
  3. After it’s risen, flatten the dough a bit and form into a ball
  4. Cover the dough with a greased piece of plastic wrap
  5. Preheat the Dutch oven for 30 minutes over coals
  6. Cut slashes into dough ball, coat Dutch oven with ½ tablespoon of olive oil, and place dough in Dutch oven on a piece of parchment paper
  7. Rotate Dutch oven and lid ¼ turn every 15 minutes, adjusting coals
  8. Bread is done when it reaches 200 degrees F

Getaway Thanksgiving recipes

Thanksgiving Recipe Sides: Campfire Stuffing

What you’ll need:

  • ½  lbs. of sweet sausage
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 cup diced celery (about 1 bunch)
  • ½ cup sage, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons thyme, chopped
  • 12 tablespoons butter
  • 14 oz bags of dried bread stuffing
  • 1 ½ cups of chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper

To prepare:

  1. Preheat Dutch oven, then add sweet sausage and mix to cook
  2. Add onion and cook until soft
  3. Add garlic, celery, sage, thyme, and 8 tablespoons of butter
  4. Cook for a few minutes, and then add dried bread stuffing, chicken stock, salt, and pepper. Mix well and top with 4 tablespoons of butter
  5. Cover Dutch oven and keep close to hot coals, turning every 15 minutes to cook evenly
  6. When it’s crispy and crunchy on the top and sides (45 min to an hour), it’s done

Getaway Thanksgiving recipes

Thanksgiving Recipe Sides: Truffle Mac ‘N Cheese

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ lbs. shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps sliced ½-inch
  • ½ lbs. cremini  mushrooms, stems removed and caps sliced ½-inch
  • 3 tablespoons cream sherry
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 lbs. pasta
  • 3 oz. white truffle butter
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart whole milk, scalded
  • 12 oz. Gruyere cheese, grated (about 4 cups)
  • 8 oz. extra-sharp cheddar, grated (2 ½ – 3 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 ½ cups fresh white breadcrumbs

To prepare:

  1. Heat butter and olive oil in a large (12-inch) saute pan
  2. Add mushrooms and cook for 3-5 minutes until tender
  3. Add sherry, saute until absorbed, and set aside
  4. Boil large pot of water, add splash of olive oil, pinch of salt, and pasta. Cook for 6-8 minutes until al dente. Drain well
  5. Melt truffle butter in large (4-quart) saucepan and whisk in flour. Cook for 2 minutes over low heat, stirring with whisk
  6. Mix in hot milk and cook for 2 minutes, stirring with wooden spoon until white sauce is creamy
  7. Take off heat and add Gruyere, cheddar, 1 ½ tablespoons of salt, pepper, and nutmeg
  8. Combine pasta, sauce, and mushrooms in large bowl and pour into Dutch oven. Sprinkle breadcrumbs, garlic, and parsley over top
  9. Cover and bake for 35-45 minutes until sauce is bubbly and crumbs are golden brown

Getaway Thanksgiving recipes

Thanksgiving Recipe Sides: Sweet Potato Kebabs with Maple Glaze

What you’ll need:

  • 16 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 8 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper

To prepare:

  1. Slice potatoes into ½-inch thick rounds, tossing the ends
  2. Thread the slices sideways onto metal skewers
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter, then stir in brown sugar until dissolved. Mix in maple syrup and nutmeg, cooking until smooth. Set aside
  4. Lightly brush each sweet potato slice on both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper
  5. Grill potato skewers on campfire for approx. 15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Brush with brown sugar glaze during the last 2 minutes of grilling

Getaway Thanksgiving recipes

Thanksgiving Recipe Dessert: Campfire Skillet Cookie

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk chocolate chunks
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

To prepare:

  1. Add butter to a medium-sized skillet and place on the campfire, stirring butter begins to bubble
  2. Add the sugar and brown sugar, continuing to stir until smooth and glossy
  3. Take your skillet off the campfire and chill for 10-15 minutes, otherwise your eggs will scramble (as we learned the hard way)
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and stir well
  5. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt
  6. Mix in chocolate
  7. Place the lid onto the skillet and put it back onto campfire
  8. Check the cookie as infrequently as possible until the edges are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the center (the inside will still be gooey)
  9. Remove skillet from fire and let cool and set before cutting individual pieces

Getaway Thanksgiving recipes

We squeezed together on picnic tables covered in flowers, pumpkins, and pickles to feast on our dishes, almost all of which, as amateur camping chefs, turned out deliciously. Under the birch trees, we toasted to Getaway and to what we’re thankful for: tiny cabins in the woods, nature, and each other.

Have a simpler holiday. Take a few days with yourself or with loved ones this holiday season in a tiny cabin nestled in nature.

Campfire Cooking

Campfire Brussel Sprouts, the Healthy Campfire Alternative

Comfort campfire cooking can be healthy. Our cabins come supplied with olive oil, salt, and pepper, so just grab some metal skewers and fresh Brussel sprouts to enjoy this quick and easy snack.


  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 tablespoon minced garlic
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cut off the stem end of the Brussels sprouts
  2. Bring a 1/2 inch salted water to boil in a large frying pan or saute pan. Add the brussels sprouts, cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until the sprouts are tender and the water has evaporated – about 5 minutes.
  3. Toss the steamed brussel sprouts with the olive oil, garlic, and salt.
  4. Allow the sprouts to cool for two minutes, then skewer 4 to 5 brussels sprouts onto metal skewers with 1/2 -inch between each sprout.
  5. Place the skewers on to the grill and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Turn the skewers over and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  7. Garnish with salt & pepper, serve and enjoy!
Brussel sprouts over open fire
Photo credit: Evan Deschenes

Ready to try this tasty recipe on your own escape to nature? Book your Getaway today.

Recipe and photos provided by Taste for Travels.