One of the biggest challenges parents face today, no matter what grades their kids are in, is getting their brood off screens. We want our children to bond and engage with their siblings and grandparents, friends, and the world around without constantly having to be plugged into digital devices.
Consider taking your family, dogs included, on a woodsy retreat. The grandparents can rent a tiny home near yours and you can make a whole haven out of the experience. A weekend vacay with Getaway, a collection of tiny homes located in beautiful destinations across the country, will provide the perfect setting to connect with your multigenerational family in a real way, without video games, laptops, iPads, or other modern distractions.
No matter where you’re located, you can take a laid-back road trip and reach one of Getaway’s locales. For the most part, Getaway’s tiny homes are located within two or three hours from many major cities: Los Angeles, Portland, or Seattle on the west coast; Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston in the southwest; Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Pittsburg, and Cleveland in the Midwest; Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Nashville, and New Orleans in the southeast; and Boston, New York, and Washington D.C. in the northeast. Fresh outposts are seemingly built on the regular (the newest additions include Kettle River, Machimoodus, Homochitto, and Dale Hollow).
All you must do is choose which location you want to adventure in, pick your dates, and choose a cabin size with one queen bed or bunk beds. Your minimalist cabin will have everything you need, including private bathrooms with hot showers, and a kitchenette with a stove, fridge, dishes, cookware, and coffee.
Getaway encourages guests to disconnect to reconnect by putting their devices in a cellphone lockbox. (It’s not as hard to part with our devices as it may seem.) Bring along board games, that novel you’ve been meaning to finish, or practice writing in your journal instead. Practice yoga in front of your lodgings, while fresh air floats across your body. Dress appropriately, explore the grounds—yes, even in the winter months, and seek out a nearby hiking trail. Each cabin is equipped with an open-air fire pit for campfire cooking or roasting marshmallows.
You can feel good about extended overnights with Getaway as well. Reserve seven nights, for example, and your eighth night will be free. Other ways to save money on your stays include discounts for guest referrals, students, healthcare workers, military, veterans, or first responders. Also, for each trip booked, a donation is made to One Tree Planted, an organization that works diligently to plant trees around the globe.
If you visit the Getaway website, you can read The Getaway Journal, short musings on nature and the outdoors, wholistic self-care, and good times spent outside around a campfire or on a trail. Also, special insights may be gleamed. For example, all the cabins are named after the grandparents of Getaway’s team members and guests.
Bring your kids, and your furry pets, and revel in a day or two spent in nature’s embrace, away from the interferences and patterns of normal everyday life at home. Connect with your littles, while you still can, and have a family adventure that you’ll reminisce about for years to come. A vacation with Getaway is a chance to slow down, remember what you’re grateful for, and unite with the natural environment all around.
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