Intentional Escape

With its new Southern outpost, Getaway invites Atlantans to unplug and return to nature with modern, tiny cabins tucked away in the woods of Georgia

With multiple locations near major hubs such as Boston, New York and Dallas, Getaway‘s mission is simple: Enable guests to escape the noise of city life and reconnect with nature—all in the comfort of a cozy, intentionally designed cabin tucked away in the woods. 

Getaway’s first Southern location opened in Suches, Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest, (just under two hours outside of Atlanta) earlier this spring, promising Atlantans respite from daily traffic and WiFi-induced stress. 

“Our ethos is ‘everything you need and nothing you don’t,’” says Rachel Mansfield, vice president of marketing at Getaway. “Everything in the house, from the pots and pans to the books, took multiple levels of discussion.”

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Indeed, each custom-designed cabin—none of which have WiFi—is purposefully tailored to be both functional and comfortable. Outside each, a fire pit and picnic table provide space to roast s’mores or kick back and watch the stars. Inside, you’ll find a bathroom, a dining area, and a compact kitchen, which contains a two-burner stove, pots and pans and small refrigerator. A plush bed—outfitted with fresh linens—is tucked next to a large window, which provides immersive views of the outdoors. “It feels like it’s a bigger space because of that big window, but it also gives you a front-row view to nature,” notes Mansfield. 

Additional strategic elements—such as a cut-out underneath the bed for suitcases, and a nook to store hiking boots inside the step up to the bathroom —make use of each cabin’s small footprint. A cell-phone lockbox (not mandatory, but recommended) helps guests resist the urge to check emails or Instagram (latergrams are encouraged), while a miniature library and deck of cards provide options for technology-free activities. For the outdoorsy visitor, Getaway also offers several hiking trails, as well as a list of activities, restaurants and stores nearby. 

“We want you to get there and just completely relax and not worry about a spreadsheet of the restaurants and the hikes and all the things you have to do on vacation,” Mansfield says. “It’s kind of like an anti-vacation. You can just go there and be.”