As Texans venture out for vacation during the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns are arising over the safety of hotels and even Airbnb locales. Now, a Brooklyn, New York-based company is offering Texans a new socially distanced travel option with a chance to unplug.
Getaway, which offers a nationwide chain of tiny cabin resorts called Outposts, has unveiled its largest site to date. Nestled in Navasota — about 115 miles east of Austin — the new 142-acre Outpost boasts 34 two-person cabins featuring a queen bed, and 12 four-person cabins with queen bunks. Rents start at $99 per night.
The cabins are meant to be diminutive at some 200 square feet, but are meant to create a “mindful escape” within and in the wooded acreage. Techies take note: no WiFi is available at the Outpost and a lockboxes are available to store electronic devices. A few of the amenities include: a private bathroom, sink, two-burner stove, drinking water, and cooking tools.
So, why choose a tiny cabin with no plug-in play over a lavish hotel? Getaway pitches the following reasons to go cozy:
- Guests travel to Getaway is via car, not plane — all Outposts are located less than a two-hour drive from major cities.
- Getaway cabins are naturally socially distant — they are secluded, private and located between 40 to 200 feet from other cabins.
- There’s contact-free check-in and check-out and no communal spaces for guests to gather.
- Outposts are operating at reduced capacity (50 percent) so there are less guests at an Outpost at any given time.
- Getaway has intensified routine cleaning procedures to ensure cabins are more deeply disinfected.
- Getaway is designed to encourage people to reflect quietly, and to themselves or with their immediate friends or family.
“Getaway was created with a sense of purposeful isolation in mind. Our cabins are located among the peace, solitude and tranquility of nature, providing a much-needed emotional and spiritual break during times like these,” said Jon Staff, CEO and founder of Getaway, in a statement. “Getaway is a viable option for those looking to spend a few days in nature, and we want to be a resource to people who need time away.”
The Navasota site makes the 11th Getaway Outpost in the nation. Around the country, the chain also has sites in Boston; Cleveland; Pittsburgh; Los Angeles; New York; Portland, Oregon; and Washington, D.C.