Getaway House DC Review: Glamping in a Tiny House Cabin (and why we loved it)!
I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of camping. We did take a family whitewater rafting trip this summer in Northern California that required two nights of camping and it didn’t kill me, so when the Getaway House reached out to come stay with them, I knew it was the perfect mix of glamping and experiencing the great outdoors. We had so much fun and my son is begging to return! I’ll share a full review of the tiny house rental at the Getaway House DC location.
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Fun Facts about Getaway DC Tiny Cabins
Getaway Tiny House Cabin:
The bedroom either features one queen size bed in front of a large window looking into the woods or a set of queen beds arranged in a bunk bed style without the feeling of claustrophobia on the bottom. Soft linens, plenty of pillows and outlets with USB or traditional outlets for your electronics. They also provide a USB charging lantern, a nice touch.
I suggest bringing some items to cook while you are staying at the cabin. I pre-prepared the food in order to fit everything in the mini fridge and to limit the amount of preparation needed. We made burgers (vegetarian), roasted vegetables, veggie sausages, macaroni and cheese, scrambled eggs with avocado toast and popcorn over the fire.
Privacy and Security:
The tiny cabin includes a radio, some interesting books to read (cabin porn anyone?), a box to place your cell phones for safe keeping (need a detox from email and social media?) as well as a usb charging lantern.
Forget to bring your coffee? Enjoying a nice evening and don’t want to venture out for dinner? The Getaway House has you covered! There is a small drawer full of items such as coffee, pasta sauce, pasta, snacks and more for a small fee. You’ll be charged at the end of your stay for the items that you choose to use.
Bringing your electric car? They have plugs available for use.
Can I bring my dog?
Items to Note:
There are a few things to note about the tiny cabins.
- No Mirrors: That’s right! You won’t be able to look at yourself. 🙂 It’s a part of the whole relaxation and not worrying about what you look like. However, if you wear contacts or want to apply some makeup, it might be something to note. After our rafting trip this past summer, I added this packable mirror to my travel gear.
- No WiFi: Sorry, the computer work will have to wait. There aren’t any TV’s either. I promise you won’t miss either of those items. You’ll be having to much fun reading a good book, playing games (a few included with your stay) and playing with the kids.
- No Ice: Not a deal breaker, but the freezer wasn’t really cold either, so the ice packs weren’t frozen when we had to pack up and leave. I’d recommend bringing some ice for drinks in a small cooler.
- No Grilling Utensils: We cooked the majority of our meals by the campfire and had arrived prepared with items to cook with. However, we didn’t see any grilling utensils and carefully used the wooden spoons included in the cabin. Something to note depending on how to plan to cook.
- No Microwave or Toaster: We made popcorn over the open fire, grilled our toast in a pan on the stove and used the kettle to warm up some milk for hot chocolate, but it’s worth noting.
- Child Safety: The four person cabin has a ladder to the top bunk and there is enough separation between the window and the mattress for a small child to fall through to the platform below. We stuffed a pillow under the mattress pad and created a barrier. You could also have the kids sleep on the bottom bunk if that was a concern. There are also many steps and ledges, even my four year old took a spill off the edge of the dining bench while playing with his toys. He was fine, but something to note when traveling with small children that you’ll have to keep an extra eye on them.
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Suggested Items to Bring:
You will want to pack light because the cabins are limited in storage space and no one needs a bunch of clutter on a peaceful getaway into nature! I’ve included the essentials (although you could roast s’mores on a stick). Click on the items to see our personal recommendations for items to purchase.
Things to do in the local area:
Located 30 minutes from the cabin is a large resort with many amenities. We’ve stayed on the property before and have personally taken part in many of their activities. Massanutten features a large indoor and outdoor water park, arcade, ropes course, zip line, summer tubing, bounce house, pony rides, golf course and much more!
Shenandoah National Park
No visit to the area is complete without a visit to Shenandoah National Park. The Swift Run Gap entrance is located 15 minutes away from the Getaway House tiny cabins. Entrance fees to the park do apply, but you can easily spend the majority of your day exploring the multiple visitor centers, scenic pullovers and hikes. One of our favorites that is located close to the entrance is South Run River Falls Trail.
Visiting the tiny cabins with kids? Check out this list of the best things to do in Shenandoah.
Monticello and Charlottesville
Located 45 minutes from the Getaway House is the town of Charlottesville and the historic home of President Jefferson’s Monticello. Spend the morning wandering around the mansion, slave plantation and museums at Monticello. Then head over to Michie Tavern ca. 1784 for a historic southern meal served in an old tavern. Enjoy an afternoon stroll in downtown Charlottesville. Be sure to visit the Charlottesville Downtown Visitors Center.
Wineries and Vineyards
Virginia is quickly becoming a hot spot for wineries. The Shenandoah valley is no exception. Here are a few recommendations for wineries to visit in the area.
Early Mountain Vineyards: Open 11am -6 pm (closed Tuesday), $14 tasting fee (6 wines), $20 (9 wines). Food Offered. Check their website for more information.
Barboursville Vineyards: Open 10am-5pm most days, $10 tasting fee (17 wines). Guided tours on weekends. Food offered. Check their website for more information.
Burnley Vineyards: Oepn 11 am – 5 pm (Friday-Monday, Thursday March-December), $4 tasting fee (14 wines). Check their website for more information.
We had such a great time at the Getaway House DC and hope to make a return visit.
I can’t wait to hear about your plans to stay at the Getaway House near DC! Leave me a comment or connect with me on social media.
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