Getaway understands how crazy life is and why it’s so important to take time to recharge, which is why they’ve created pretty amazing places to do so, including their newest outpost near Greenville, SC. A Getaway house is a tiny house stocked with everything you need to really unwind, relax, and enjoy nature. We checked it out and have all the details on how to getaway from it all for the ultimate time to rest and relax.
Thank you to Getaway, who provided accommodations so we could do this review. All opinions are those of the author.
Life is hectic, busy, and stressful and I think we all savor moments when we can get away from the everyday grind and connect with those we love. I do this through nature – hiking, camping, paddleboarding, biking. It’s definitely my happy place, as it is for many of us. Getaway, a company that also savors connecting with loved ones out in nature, really gets this and has created more than a dozen outposts around the country with tiny cabins where you can rest, relax, and recharge with no agenda. In a Getaway house, there is nothing distracting you, other than getting a campfire started to roast marshmallows.
The closest, and newest, outpost is near Greenville, SC at Lake Hartwell. I spent a weekend there with my two daughters and it was truly incredible. I’ll tell you why right here as well as things to do in the area if you want to get out and enjoy nature, go shopping, eat some tasty food, or just relax.
Getaway started in 2015 when Jon Staff, after leaving his stressful job in a startup and taking to the van life, figured out how essential immersing himself in nature was to his overall health. He wanted to create that same experience for as many people as possible so he founded Getaway, a company that currently has more than 20 outposts nationwide, which consist of tiny cabins meant for either two or four people and include everything you need to get away from the everyday life and reconnect with loved ones or just take some time for yourself.
The outpost in Greenville is one of their newest locations. The outpost is located less than an hour away at Lake Hartwell and consists of 40 cabins on 54 very private acres.
Cabins either have a queen bed or queen bunk beds and are tiny, between 140-200 square feet, but have everything you need to enjoy time away from home. Cabins are pet-friendly.
Also, Getaway has a loyalty program where you stay seven nights (they don’t need to be consecutive), and you get the next night free. This could really prove useful if you travel around and look for the nearest Getaway outpost during your trip.
Getaway House: The Tiny Cabins
I just love tiny homes and the feel of having everything you need in a small, but well-thought-out space. That’s exactly what our Getaway cabin felt like.
Our cabin had two queen bunk beds, a two-burner stove, full bathroom, table with chairs, radio, pots and pans, knives, tea kettle, aluminum foil for outdoor cooking, cups, mugs, towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Outside there were four Adirondack chairs around a fire pit, a picnic table, and a provisions box with firewood ($8/bundle) and fire starters ($2) for purchase. Inside, you could also purchase for a small fee ($2) coffee, tea, and insect wipes.
I had seen photos of these cabins before I went but going there and seeing it in person was a million times better. The beds are next to a giant window that looks out into the old-growth forest so it’s like tent camping but way better and more comfortable. I love tent camping but staying at this Getaway cabin may edge it out. Plus, the hot shower and lack of bugs were fantastic.
The Thoughtful Touches
Every communication you get from Getaway aims to make your trip as seamless as possible, from booking to check-in to staying there. The email I got the day before said something like, “let this be the last email you’ll read for the next few days.” I love it. They really do try to help you in every conceivable way to truly get away for rest and relaxation.
The cabin also has a cellphone box where you can store your phone so as to not be tempted to be distracted by it. There is no wif-fi. There are books on outdoor adventures, a deck of cards, games, and printouts with questions about your goals for the time away and how to be intentional about making the most of your stay.
It was obvious that Getaway is absolutely intent on making your stay as peaceful and relaxing as possible. The customer service was great in our experience as well. I had an issue trying to get our code to work at check-in and Getaway immediately helped me out via text message.
While there are 40 cabins at this location, they are spread out so you’re not close to anyone. We visited when the leaves were all off the trees and we still couldn’t get a close look at any of our neighbors. From spring through fall, it will be even more private when the trees are fuller.
Making the Most of Your Stay
On their website, Getaway has a list of things to do in the area like hiking trails and places to eat as well as where the nearest grocery store is so you can plan to get what you need before you come.
There is also a section on campfire recipes, which I most certainly checked out before we came. I ended up choosing two of the recipes on the site for inspiration for what I cooked there: campfire pizza and campfire nachos. The pizza was not as successful as the nachos but hey, I made up for it by letting my kids have an extra s’more after dinner. I love campfire cooking even though I’m much better in an actual kitchen. But I really appreciated that Getaway’s website has so much information and helpful tips that I really didn’t need to go anywhere else.
Things to do Near the Getaway Houses at Lake Hartwell
Getaway’s Greenville location is so ideal. It’s in Oconee County, which has more than 200 waterfalls and miles and miles of hiking trails. Getting outside in nature is so easy here. The historic town of Seneca, SC is only 15 minutes away so you can go shopping and eat there if you like. There are several farms nearby as well. Here are a few things to do while you stay at Getaway.
If you stay in the fall or winter, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for farm fun at McLadke Orchard, which is less than five minutes from the outpost. In the fall, they have a pumpkin patch, animals to play with, a hay ride, and apple slingshot. In the winter, they have lots of Christmas activities and events.
Split Creek Farm
Known for its award-winning goat cheese, you can visit the farm for a self-guided tour (check hours before you go), pick up some amazing fudge, and visit with baby goats.
Big Water Marina
During the summer, you and your kids can play on the inflatable aqua course and have dinner at J.R. Cash’s overlooking Lake Hartwell.
South Carolina Botanical Gardens
Stroll through the beautiful gardens for free and enjoy all the pretty flowers and plants.
One of our very favorite fall destinations, Denver Downs, is really close to the Getaway outpost. What a great way to spend the weekend – stay at the outpost and wear your kids and yourself out at Denver Downs during the day!
Go Antique Shopping
We checked out Yesterday’s Treasures Antique Mall in Dillard, GA on Highway 441 and had so much fun, except when I saw Lincoln logs for sale in an antique shop and felt old.
You can go shopping, dine, or just explore Historic Seneca and Ram Cat Alley. The town was founded in 1873 and there are events all the time during the warmer months.
Get Breakfast or Lunch at Dimas Bros. Cafe
We got bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits for breakfast here one morning and it was so delicious. Highly recommend. You can order Dimas Brothers online for quicker pickup.
Waterfall Chasing in Oconee County
There are so many waterfalls within a 40-minute drive of Getaway: Yellow Branch Falls, Riley Moore Falls, Isaqueena Falls (and Stumphouse Tunnel), Chau Ram County Park, Station Cove Falls, King Creek Falls. Pick a few and make a day of it.
Tallulah Gorge is pretty amazing and if you can go, definitely check it out. It’s an hour from Getaway and you can hike down into it via a million steps or even hike the floor of the Gorge if you are lucky enough to snag a free permit. Nearby is Toccoa Falls on the campus of Toccoa Falls College, which is an astounding 186-ft tall free-flowing waterfall.
Hike up a Fire Tower
If you’re super ambitious, you can drive an hour and 15 minutes to the Beegum Gap trailhead and hike 1.6 miles up to the Rabun Bald fire tower for 360-degrees of the mountains. It’s amazing and a great spot for sunrise or sunset – or just go when you want to and enjoy the views. We loved it.
See a Clemson Football Game
I don’t think this would qualify as a relaxing weekend but you can certainly stay here and go see Clemson play during the fall as it’s nearby.
Honest Mom Review: Getaway House
I am always up for anything that will give me the opportunity to make wonderful memories with my kids and Getaway certainly provided that.
We had so much fun making a campfire, roasting s’mores, drinking hot chocolate, playing games, and enjoying the privacy and overall novelty of the tiny cabin. We read books at night, went hiking during the day, and I made breakfast the last morning we were there.
The cabin was really comfortable and had everything we needed to have a fun and relaxing weekend. I was especially happy that it didn’t have a television or great cell service. I sometimes need that extra kick to get me to put down my phone and just focus on the present. My kids loved the AM/FM radio at the cabin, which they had never actually seen before. It was so cute watching them try to manually find the stations on the dial.
I would definitely go back here with my kids but also consider it if I ever got the opportunity to spend a night alone. All the books I could read!
Booking Your Getaway House
Booking online is really easy. Prices depend on time of year and weekend or weeknight request. Cabins start around $103/night. Be sure to follow Getaway via social media and sign up for their newsletter since they run a lot of specials and discounts.
Greenville Getaway Outpost
299 Outpost Road, Seneca, SC [130 Lakeshore Lane, Seneca got me there via my GPS]
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