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What To Do On Your Cold Weather Getaway

We might be in the middle of winter, but don’t let the chilly air keep you from enjoying your Getaway. It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up in a cabin or bundle up and appreciate the natural beauty around you.

We’ve thought of some fun activities, both indoor and outdoor, to keep you occupied during your cold weather escape.

Learn A New Card Game

Playing Cards

Ditch your solitaire app and get back to the real thing. Cards are provided in our cabins, so you don’t need to bring anything. If you’re interested in mixing it up, learn a new card game. You can try some of these classics from Bicycle or get creative and make up your own.

Do a Puzzle

Bring a puzzle and bond with your loved ones by doing it together. Puzzles are the perfect indoor activity and are great whether you want a solo escape or to bring people together.

Try a New Recipe

Winter getaway

Our busy lives can make it hard to carve out time to cook. Use your time at our cabins to experiment with ingredients and try out new things. Our cabins come with cooking utensils, so all you need are ingredients. We recommend trying out these easy meals or these campfire cocktails.

Lose Yourself in a Book

Cabin books

Disconnect and dive into all the non-required reading you’ve always wanted to tackle. Use our cozy cabins to get back into the reading habit. Bring some books of your own, or choose from the ones we already have waiting for you.

Sketch or Journal

Getaway House Sketch

Take advantage of the quiet and let your creative side come out. Express your thoughts through journaling or create all those sketches you’ve been dreaming about making. It will help relax you from the stresses of everyday life and will give you a way to remember your Getaway.

Bundle Up and Head Outside

Snowy hike

It might be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore. Bundle up and play in the snow or get out and take a cold-weather hike. Go on an impromptu adventure and breathe some fresh air. Don’t forget your layers, though! We even made a winter packing list so you don’t forget anything.

Cold or not, we believe any day is a good day to disconnect and relax. Don’t forget to make time for yourself and give yourself the break you deserve.

For Your Free Time

Getaway for your Everyday

Here at Getaway, we believe in the importance of building balance into our daily lives. To disconnect from the technological world and reconnect with the natural world, not just when you visit our cabins, but in your every day. 

Creating this balance not only provides you with quiet, unstructured time to recharge; it allows you to better focus when you are engaged with work, technology, and the hustle and bustle of city living.

To get you in that balanced mindset, we have some tips to bring the healthy benefits of Getaway back into your everyday life.

Put your phone on Do Not Disturb

Work is stressful; but when the day is done, allow yourself some time to recharge. Start building a strong work-life balance by putting your phone on Do Not Disturb mode when you leave the office. This lets you destress and allows your mind to wander away from those projects and assignments, so you can focus on the other important parts of your life – like your loved ones or your favorite hobbies.

Take a break and get some fresh air

Intention setting at Getaway

Schedule time into your workday to step outside. Nature is an important part of our lives and taking a constructive break will help you refocus once you return to work. Take a walk through a nearby park or take 15 minutes to just sit outside in the fresh air. Let the outdoors re-energize you before you take on the rest of the work day.

Introduce hands-on and analog activities into your free time

Experience Gift

Every Getaway cabin comes equipped with a booklet of conversation starters and fun activities. Whether you want to start a fulfilling conversation with your partner or engage your brain in a puzzle, we love finding joy in those analog moments. While our cabins create our favorite scene for this, there’s a lot you can do right at home. Ask your partner or friends a thought provoking question, meditate for a few minutes (or more), do a puzzle. Sometimes the best activity is letting yourself do nothing.

Artist Fellowship | Features

Getaway Artist Fellow Profile: Anna Tullis

Anna Tullis has been all around the US. Born in Colorado, she moved to Kansas City to work for a non-profit before relocating to Los Angeles to attend college. These days, she finds herself in New York City, recently having completed a graduate degree at The Juilliard School of Drama.

As an actor, writer, and photographer, Anna enjoys crafting anecdotes about the people, passersby, and surroundings she observes. Informed by her photography, these ideas morph into short stories, vignettes, and poems that feed her expression on the stage and screen.

Anna Tullis Cabin Exterior

After four rigorous years of graduate school, she is mindful to allot time to escape it all. To get away from the bustle of New York City, Anna enjoys traveling upstate, visiting her home in Colorado, people watching in Washington Square Park, or sitting at home in her room and rediscovering serenity.

Anna Tullis Trees

As an Artist Fellow, Anna integrated the solitude and peacefulness of our New York Outpost with its opposite: the constant, taxing presence and pressure of the crowds in New York City. One of her goals was to find inspiration and quiet in nature, to be still, listen, observe, and nurture her innermost self and refuel.

She produced a series of photos and written pieces formatted on her typewriter, capturing nature’s expressiveness through the stillness, aromas, animals, and colors of the Catskills and her tiny cabin in late fall. Enjoy one of her ethereal creations here.

Anna Tullis Poetry

For Your Free Time

Holiday Survival Guide

If you’re simultaneously excited and stressed for the holidays, we’ve got you. Here is our Holiday Survival Guide to spare yourself the seasonal hassles.

From now through November 24th, give a Getaway gift card and save on your next escape. Gift $100 (or more), get $25 toward your next Getaway. Gift $300 (or more), get $100 toward your next Getaway. Your credit will be added as a promo code in your account.

Holiday Survival Guide Tip 1: If you’re on a tighter budget, send personalized cards.

The messages inside store-bought cards can seem canned, and with just some markers and nice paper, you have complete control over what you’d like to say to a special someone. Not only will it save you a few bucks, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a recipient who wouldn’t appreciate the extra layer of personal attention and care.

Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Survival Guide Tip 2: Don’t stop at New Years Eve.

After January 1, the subsequent months tend to be a anticlimax. Instead of crawling towards spring, extend your holiday season and schedule get-togethers well into the new year to keep your spirits up and to revel in the luxury of planning ahead.

Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Survival Guide Tip 3: Plan your gifts early.

Skip the pre-holiday store crowds and congestion and instead gift an experience instead of something boxed and wrapped. Think about what’s memorable to your recipient, or something you would like to do together, from a weekend away, a walk in the woods, or a special home-cooked meal.

Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Survival Guide Tip 4: Be mindful when planning your holiday schedule.

From holiday parties, parades, shopping, and traveling, this season is a busy one. Be mindful of quality over quantity and select the events that are meaningful rather than rushing from place to place. 

Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Survival Guide Tip 5: Pencil in some time for yourself.

The holiday rush is spent searching for the perfect presents for friends and family or preparing for meals and events. Amidst it all, make sure to schedule time for self-care: squeeze in a gym visit, sip on tea, or make a cozy fire and read.

Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Survival Guide Tip 5: Give yourself a light at the end of the tunnel.

Plan an escape for when the holidays are over. Take some quiet time for yourself when the season dies down. That might just be when you’re most in need of some you time.

Holiday Survival Guide

Features | Reflections

November Reflections

November always feels like a signal change. It’s when the seasons shift and here in the northeast, it starts to get properly cold. It’s as if fall is telling us the year is almost over — ”wrap up what you need to do before you’re hit with the blistering winter.”

More than that, it’s a month of gratitude. While I think it’s important to reflect and express gratitude throughout the year, it’s helpful to have an explicit holiday that reminds us all to say thanks. This year, there’s a lot to be grateful for.

The Getaway Team got together to celebrate all we’re thankful for. We traveled to our DC Outpost, disconnected from our devices and work, and celebrated with each other. We even had a Team Thanksgiving feast, dividing into teams, each responsible for cooking a different course over the campfire. I continue to be incredibly grateful for the dedicated people in the field and at our headquarters that make Getaway everything that it is. You can watch a snippet of our Team Thanksgiving above.

reflections

I am also grateful for our incredible guests across New York, DC, and Boston, who have embraced the intention of creating more balance for themselves. Whether it’s perusing through the #getawayoften mentions on Instagram or through direct feedback shared with me, our guests provide us with a sense of purpose day in and day out. I’m unsure if words do justice to the amount of gratitude that I – and our team – have for our guests, so we’ll reserve that energy and put it towards continuing to deliver an exceptional Getaway experience.

This month, we announced a brand new Outpost outside of Los Angeles, a project over a year in the making, and our first Outpost on the west coast. We’re excited and grateful to be able to serve our Angeleno friends in need of mindful escapes in 2019.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have feedback or ideas.

Be well,
Jon, CEO + Founder

Local Guides

Wifi Free Places To Unplug in NYC

It’s hard to find time to sneak out of the city for a weekend getaway. But even when you can’t escape the city, there are still some places where you can bypass wifi and make a quick escape from the bustle and grind.

Here are some of our favorite wifi free places to hang in New York City:

MCNALLY JACKSON SOHO, 52 Prince Street, New York NY
Open Monday -Saturday, 10 AM – 10 PM; Sun. 10 AM – 9 PM

Tucked away in SoHo, this local bookstore provides hours of inspirational wandering with well-curated titles and a tiny cafe to boot. We recommend snagging a seat early on the weekends, and while the fold-down single seat tables are small they provide space for everything you need and nothing you don’t. McNally Jackson is legendary for its selection and its staunch wifi-free policy.

 

JEFFERSON MARKET GARDEN, 14 Greenwich Avenue, New York NY
Open April through October, Tuesday – Sunday, 9 AM to Dusk

Just south of the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library, this small private garden is the perfect place to be transported to another world. With its winding paths and diversity of local flora, the park is an oasis in the heart of the Village. Come here and reap the benefits of nature in New York City.

 

CLOCKWORK BAR, 21 Essex Street, New York NY
Open Monday – Sunday, 11 AM – 4  AM

When work’s around the corner but you want to feel a thousand miles away, duck into Clockwork, a grungy dive on the border of the Lower East Side and Chinatown. Follow the narrow bar to the back and enjoy all day drink specials in a graffiti-covered back room that can make it feel like midnight at any time of day.  

 

CAFÉ GRUMPY PARK CHELSEA, 224 West 20th Street, New York NY
Open Monday –Friday., 7 AM – 8 PM; Saturday, 7:30 AM – 8 PM; Sunday, 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM

In keeping with its curmudgeonly name, this specialty coffee chain has rejected wifi and has a strict no laptop policy at the majority of locations, including Park Slope, Lower East Side, Fashion District, Grand Central Terminal, and Nolita. But by far the prettiest places for a breather is its tree-lined Chelsea location, where you can relax on a cute patio.

 

NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT MUSEUM, 99 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn NY
Open Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM; Saturday + Sunday, 11 AM – 5 PM

While most of the city’s museums have given in to the wifi trend, not this underground homage to the world ’s largest rapid transit system, which is housed in a decommissioned subway station. Extra points for lacking consistent cell service, meaning you can explore the city’s old subway cars truly free from interruption.  

In need of a more definite escape? Check out our NYC Outpost, featuring wifi free cabins just two hours outside of the city.