Between noisy hotels and constant access to wi-fi, finding a true getaway can be nearly impossible. That’s exactly why a year ago two former Harvard classmates built three 160-square-foot homes on trailers, drove them to the outskirts of Boston, and rented them out to overworked city folks starting at $99 a night. Now they’re making them available to New Yorkers.
Starting in June, guests can book one of three tiny houses for a mini (seriously) vacation about two hours outside of NYC. There’s a catch: you don’t find out the exact location until the day before.
“Our vision was always that this was wellness experience not a hospitality experience,” Chief Executive Officer Jon Staff, who launched Getaway with his friend Pete Davis, tells Travel + Leisure. “That’s part of the reason we don't tell people where they are before they go. It's about being on this land and not looking at your phone. We've been pleased to find that it's connecting with people.”
“It turns out people want to get away all the time,” adds Staff. “We love technology. We love the city. But, it's changed a lot since work has become a 24/7 thing and technology has permeated our life completely and we need to balance that out.”
After their Massachusetts success, the company decided to bring their idea to New York. “New York City is a particularly stressful, high pressure, and just stressed-out place, so we wanted to help people disconnect,” he notes. “We want you to build a campfire and look at the stars. We want to help people disconnect and recharge to create that wellness experience.”
Bookings became available today and the first overnights will begin in June and continue for the foreseeable future. “This is something you can do several times a year and make it part of your routine,” says Staff. “People need to disconnect, recharge and find balance. That’s our goal.”