Tiny cabins and prefab homes get a lot of fanfare. And for good reason. But one can only drool over images of perfectly minimal structures set among perfectly rugged landscapes in far flung destinations for so long. Not everyone can own a private cabin in the woods. Though you can now rent one, thanks to micro cabin rental upstart Getaway.
Here’s the catch, you have to live within reach of one of Getaway’s host cities. Good news is, thanks to recent infusion of VC cashola, Getaway’s total cabins now number 279(!), and touch pretty much every corner of the country with even more on the way soon. Current host cities include Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh/Cleveland, Washington DC, and Portland.
Chances are you’ve heard of Getaway by now—the micro cabin rental company launched by Harvard Business school graduate and alternative housing enthusiast Jon Staff in 2015 has been featured everywhere from Dwell and Business Insider to television’s Shark Tank (seriously). With this in mind, we’re focusing on the newest addition to the Getaway lineup, Portland, AKA Mount Adams.
If there ever was an audience eager to escape to the forest for analog weekend of sustainable living, it’d be Portland. So the announcement makes perfect sense. Located just 45 minutes east, up the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, on the Washington side of the river near the base of a volcano (Mount Adams, Washington’s second highest peak), the 80-acre property features 32 two-person cabins and eight four-person cabins among ponderosa pine trees and huckleberry bushes.
As one might expect from a minimalist micro cabin, there isn’t much on offer in terms of interior amenities—a barebones kitchen, composting toilet, and queen-size bed take up most of the 136-200 square-foot space. A signature “big window” welcomes natural light and blurs the line between indoor and out, encouraging visitors to make the most of their time in the great outdoors.