I Sort Of Went Glamping with Getaway House (And I Loved It)

Washington D.C. blogger Alicia Tenise reviews the Getaway House in Standardsville Virginia
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Listen: I’ve never been the biggest fan of camping.

Ultimately, I think my problems stem from when I was a Girl Scout back in the day. When I was in elementary school, I found out that I was sick enough to get my spleen removed (that’s another story for another day). However, for the longest time, I wasn’t aware that I was that sick, and I went on camping trips left and right as a Girl Scout and had to leave almost all of them early because my immune system couldn’t handle it at the time.

Fast forward to 2017. Yup, I’m still a little scarred from my experiences back in 1998. However, I’m a relatively healthy adult. When Getaway House invited me to try out their new space in D.C., I figured I’d finally try out “camping” yet again.
 
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What Is It?

Getaway House is incredible because it’s a small house/tiny cabin in the woods that’s around 1-1.5 hours outside of a major city. They have them in NYC and Boston, and they recently expanded to D.C. The whole gist of it? Unplug, destress, and enjoy a serene environment. As someone who does social media for their job, the idea of disconnecting made me pretty nervous. However, I ended up loving it — my boyfriend and I played board games, I caught up on some books, and we even managed to make some s’mores on their outdoor grill. 

I Sort Of Went Glamping with Getaway House (And I Loved It) by Philadelphia travel blogger Alicia Tenise
I Sort Of Went Glamping with Getaway House (And I Loved It) by Philadelphia travel blogger Alicia Tenise
How to Get There

The D.C. Getaway House is about a 1.5-hour drive from the District in the Shenandoah Park in Virginia. It was super easy to drive down I-66/Route 29 to get there. However, you also have the option to take Amtrak to Charlottesville, and then take the Greene County Transit to get you the rest of the way. Getaway House will reveal the exact address of your house plus a keycode to get inside a few days before your stay is scheduled to begin.

I Sort Of Went Glamping with Getaway House (And I Loved It) by Philadelphia travel blogger Alicia Tenise

I Sort Of Went Glamping with Getaway House (And I Loved It) by Philadelphia travel blogger Alicia Tenise
I Sort Of Went Glamping with Getaway House (And I Loved It) by Philadelphia travel blogger Alicia Tenise
The House

The cabin is amazing because it really has everything you need. It has a generator, so you’ve got electricity, running water, a stovetop, mini fridge, and a shower/toilet. You can also adjust the temperature in the cabin as well: it was a little on the chilly side when we visited, so we cranked up the heat at night. There’s also a grill and Adirondack chairs in the front of the cabin if you want to make dinner outside. It’s a great way to enjoy nature, but not have to “rough it.”

I would recommend packing food to bring with you, but just in case you need anything, you do have the option to purchase a variety of snacks that are available in your cabin!

Full disclaimer: there are no mirrors in the house. I ended up not putting on makeup or contacts because of this, but it was super relaxing!

I Sort Of Went Glamping with Getaway House (And I Loved It) by Philadelphia travel blogger Alicia Tenise

Getaway House: Why It’s Worth It

Have you ever sat with a loved one in the same room and stared at your phone rather than having a conversation with them? Yup, guilty. The Getaway House is equipped with a cell phone lockbox, which is totally optional, but we decided to use it for parts of our stay so we could reconnect with one another. Also, the idea of not bringing my laptop and not checking any work email for 2 days seemed crazy at first, but this workaholic very much so needed it!

I also fell back in love with nature. Yes, I’m still low key traumatized by my camping experiences as a child with getting sick and all, but this was an awesome way for me to explore the Shenandoah National Park without getting super sick.

I Sort Of Went Glamping with Getaway House (And I Loved It) by Philadelphia travel blogger Alicia Tenise

Don’t Worry, It’s Near Civilization

Just in case you need a slight break from nature…the D.C. Getaway House is only a 12-minute drive from Early Mountain Vineyards. We popped over to that winery for lunch one day while we were visiting!

Photos by Tom McGovern

10 Comments

  1. Dana Mannarino wrote:

    How freakin’ awesome is this?! I had no idea they had a location in New York. Definitely need to look into this!

    Pink Champagne Problems

    Posted 11.7.17
  2. Chelsea W wrote:

    How neat! My family has an RV, and I would say it’s a mix between “camping” and “glamping”–if you get what I mean. We aren’t sleeping on the ground like in a tent, but we can still make a bonfire if we please. We unplug from most things as we possibly can, but we know we can still have electricity and a toilet and things like that close at hand. I think it’s become a wonderful way for our family to bond. Although I have had a bad experience quite like yourself (we think camping is how I picked up my Lyme disease), I have tried not to let that interfere with going on trips now. Your pictures are beautiful too by the way! They look so cozy.

    Posted 11.7.17
  3. Lauren Elyce wrote:

    this looks like SO much fun!

    xx,
    Lauren
    Lauren Elyce

    Posted 11.7.17
  4. Rachel wrote:

    How freakin’ cute is this space!? I absolutely need to look into this for my next camping trip.

    Rachel / http://www.helloher.co

    Posted 11.7.17
  5. Lizbeth L wrote:

    OMG! This is such a cute space!!! I love it so much. I am always so willing to do something outdoors! I will definitely have to check this place out! Beautiful pictures! 🙂

    Posted 11.7.17
  6. Jenny wrote:

    Wow, this place is so cool! I’m more of a glamping girl myself so this is more my speed.

    Posted 11.7.17
  7. Lauren wrote:

    This looks like so much fun. I just went camping for the first time last month and it was fun, but I know I would have had a better time in a cabin 😉 Probably because I kept worrying that a bear would tear through my tent!

    Posted 11.7.17
  8. Cecil wrote:

    I have never been or wanted to go camping, but this does sound and look like an amazing get away. I think I could handle this for a night or two.

    Posted 11.7.17
  9. Shannon Paige wrote:

    How cute- I would definitely stay there! I love tiny houses! We have a “tiny house resort” near me in our small little town!

    https://thegoodthingscomin.wordpress.com/

    Posted 11.8.17
  10. L wrote:

    Looks like such a blast!

    Posted 11.8.17

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