When my coworker added a surprise same-day, two-hour Zoom call to my calendar, I screamed.
I really needed a vacation; the quiet and peaceful kind without the crowded inbox or eye strain from screens…
I didn't feel comfortable jetting off to an island, for health and financial reasons, but I wanted to see if there was anything at all in the realm of possibility.
Then, my friend Kate recommended Getaway; clusters of perfect cabins tucked away in the most beautiful places all across the country. They're about two hours outside of most major cities, and outside Nashville, there is the stunning Getaway Dale Hollow near Celina, TN. Getaway cabins offer all of the fun parts of camping but in a much more luxurious setting. Kate said it was one of the most relaxing and beautiful trips she had taken in a long time, and the pictures she sent me were truly stunning.
There happened to be an available cabin for the next weekend, and five minutes later, I booked one for my fiance and me.
Here's how our trip went:
The car was packed, my playlist was perfected, and we were off. I'd printed out a map just in case the WiFi got spotty close to our destination. (Getaway's all about unplugging, so there's no WiFi.)
The quietness was bliss from the minute we stepped out of the car. Check-in is completely contactless, and all the cabins are well spaced out through the site (I'd say a good 100-150 ft between each one). We easily found our cabin and I was surprised that it looked even more picturesque than it did on their website.
The first thing that caught my eye was the huge view-framing window set behind our queen-sized bed with white linens and down pillows. As we brought in our bags and started to settle in, we realized this cozy cabin packs a punch.
There's a kitchenette with plenty of counter space, a two-burner stove, mini-fridge, utensils, dishes, cups, mugs, plus a pot and pan. There's a small table for eating and writing, a Bluetooth speaker and an AC/heater. They really did mean everything you need comes with the cabin!
Waking up without an alarm was amazing. Neither of us wanted to get up; it was the best sleep we had in a longggg time.
After some coffee and sunny side-up eggs with toast for brunch, we got ready for a day of light exploring. The Roaring River Falls Trail is an easy-level, 4-mile walk, so we layered up and headed out.
The views were beautiful and it felt good to breathe in so much fresh, crisp air.
We were exhausted after our day (but, the good kind of tired, not Zoom fatigue!) so we whipped up a quick dinner with ingredients we picked up from Scott's Bestway, about 15 minutes away.
We took long, hot showers and enjoyed the quiet while reading the books we'd been trying to get through for the last few months.
After a much-needed lie-in, we made our way into town to window shop. There was an antique store and a museum and it happened to be absolutely perfect weather.
On the way back, we grabbed some donuts from the local bakery that were INCREDIBLE.
We went for another walk on the local trail. I felt so zen. Nothing to think or worry about, except for when to get the firepit going outside our cabin. (The cabin comes with a bin full of firewood and fire starter kits.)
Our last night consisted of s'mores, a glass or two of wine, and a night of gazing up at the stars. We were so relaxed in the Adirondack chairs beside the fire that we could have stayed there all night just chatting.
We both felt a little sad packing up the car. We waved goodbye as we drove away and I almost thanked the cabin for the peace it had restored in me. A weekend without Instagram and Twitter and email and Zoom was exactly what we needed. Getaway really gives you the best of both worlds-- we were able to immerse ourselves in nature while still enjoying some creature comforts (the bed in our cabin was like a cloud, I haven't slept that well in years!).
Getaway, we will be back, and it might be even sooner than you think!