Our Quick Getaway from NYC
New York City is widely known for its towering skyscrapers, the beautiful parks, the amazing museums, the long avenues where you can shop your heart out, and the quaint little neighborhoods and boroughs to explore. But one thing most people don't realize is that NYC is a great start-off point to explore other areas as well. After being in the city for a few months, Gab and I were itching to go away to unplug and relax. Back home in the Philippines, we could take a weekend off and drive 2 hours to the beach but now that we're here, that's a luxury we can't get a hold of so easily. When you're living in a big city like New York, there's that never ending background noise of the city's bustling life; people in the streets, cars passing by, the ambulance and firetruck sirens that wail loudly all hours of the day -- you get used to it eventually, but it was a constant reminder that we needed to take a break after the exhausting move we made from halfway across the world.
We found Getaway through our friend Kari when she posted about her weekend trip with her friends. I reached out to ask about it, her experiences and how we could get there. She told me it was something they did once in a while and highly recommended it. I jumped on the idea and quickly made arrangements so Gab and I could make our way out of town for a day or two. I was so excited, but a little disappointed that not a lot of online resources could tell me how to get there via public transport because we didn't own a car. Thankfully the Getaway team was helpful in that aspect, and soon we were packing our bags and making our trip to the Getaway cabins in Catskill, New York.
HOW TO GET THERE
The thing with Getaway is that they don't tell you the exact address where they're located until a day or so before your trip. Sounds crazy, right? But, that's what keeps the Getaway cabins a "secret" and deters the public from just showing up unannounced. Getaway is two hours away from New York by car, but if you're taking public transport from NYC, it's best you take the AmTrak to Hudson, New York. When you get off Hudson, you can call Pronto taxi to come pick you up and take you to Catskill where the Getaway cabins are. It's about a 20 minute drive from the train station and your total travel time will be about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The Getaway cabins are spread across a redesign campsite, far enough from each other that you can have privacy but not feel completely isolated from humanity. The cabins come in sizes for couples and a groups of 4, and you can even bring along your beloved dog with you! You can pack light for your trip because the cabins come with some provisions, and if you need some groceries, there's a grocery store about 10 minutes away from the campsite. Oh, and my favorite part? You can build a campfire easily!
Things to do
At the camp grounds, there's little cell service which means you'll get a limited amount of data. This was perfect, as the whole point of the Getaway experience was to disconnect and just enjoy the company of the person/people you're with. Bring along that book you've been wanting to read (I did!), cook your meals on a camp fire, make smores, or put on your hiking shoes and take on the nearby trails that you can access by car. Since we didn't have a car, we decided to just relax by the campfire enjoying nature. I also spent time reading, which I never really get to do when I'm back in the city. But by far my favorite activity was attempting to build a campfire, which is admittedly easy to do because they provided the wood and fire starter but for someone like me who has never had experience in building any sort of fire, it was still quite a bit of challenge and we had fun with it!
We only stayed for two nights, which to most people might be enough especially if you're staying in a cabin with not much else to do but read and enjoy each other's company, but Gab and I absolutely loved being so far away and just spending time together. We wanted to extend another night but unfortunately the reality of life back in NYC was calling us. But best believe we'll be making our way back there again as soon as we're able to get away from the bustling city that is NYC, and stay longer this time.