Tiny cabins become hot property in pandemic

tiny cabins become hot property in pandemic

(CNN) — No Wi-Fi and spotty cell service hold a certain allure after 13 months of Zoom calls.

That lack of connectivity is a key selling point for Getaway, a mini-vacation concept that has grown in the past six years from a few tiny rental cabins outside of Boston to 581 custom-built cabins sprinkled across 15 locations in the United States.

Fifty of those very petite cabins — only 140 to 200 square feet — will welcome guests for the first time on Thursday at Getaway Dale Hollow, located on 415 acres about two hours northeast of Nashville, Tennessee.

That driving time — two hours or less from a large metro area — is a feature of all Getaway locations, or “outposts” as the company calls them. This summer, a new outpost is set to open about an hour north of Seattle.

Getaway has had a very busy pandemic year, with a 150% year-over-year increase in bookings since March of 2020. Last April, a month after the US locked down, bookings were up by at least 250%, according to Jon Staff, Getaway’s founder and CEO.

And over the past year, Getaway’s cabins have been nearly 100% occupied. US hotels, by comparison, saw their highest occupancy levels of the pandemic — about 60% — in early April…

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