Many thanks to Getaway Portland for hosting my stay. As always, all opinions are my own.
No wifi. No cell service. The great outdoors. How does that sound to you?
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to escape to Getaway’s Portland Outpost. Living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest has made this former New Yorker love the outdoors more with each passing year, and this weekend escape to Getaway couldn’t have come at a better time as December is always a busy time. My friend Kara and I made a relaxing girls trips out of it.
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Getaway’s cabins are basically thoughtfully designed tiny houses built on trailers and includes a picnic table, fire pit, grilling grate, and chairs nearby. Inside, the large window with a view of the wilderness is the focal point. My cabin, Marvin, was just one of many scattered across 80-acres of campground in Mt. Adams, Washington, about a 2-hour drive from Portland. Each cabin is equipped with a bathroom with a shower stall (yay, hot water!) and a kitchen with a two-burner stove, sink, pots and pans, and mini fridge. The cabins are fully heated, so you can enjoy Getaway even during the winter months. It snowed the day before our visit, so there was a lovely winter wonderland vibe going on.
There’s a little mystery to Getaway as you don’t receive the exact Outpost address until the week of your visit, and you don’t receive your cabin and code until the morning of. You will lose cell service, so I recommend downloading maps before you start driving towards Mt. Adams.
What To Pack
Since we were driving, we brought whatever would make our time at Getaway most comfortable and enjoyable. I packed my favorite beanies, thermal PJs, and cozy cat socks for hanging out in the cabin. For exploring the outdoors, I’m glad I bundled up in a fuzzy sweater, my Vaute coat, knit beanie, and Thursday boots. When packing toiletries, I stuck to the essentials.
Even though Getaway has basic provisions (dry pasta, pasta sauce, coffee etc) available for purchase, we decided to plan, prep, and pack our meals ahead of time. Upon checking in at our cabin, I assembled a cheeseboard with my homemade vegan cheese, apples, crackers, walnuts, and olives. For dinner, I reheated spaghetti with Beyond bolognese sauce for an easy, but hearty meal. For breakfast, we enjoyed a veganized version of the classic English breakfast, complete with Just Egg, baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, and Gardein sausage patties. I also packed us roasted brussels sprouts, kale, and quinoa salad for lunch the next day. We went overboard with packing food, but I say it’s better to have extras when you’re on a outdoorsy adventure. ;)
Things To Do
The whole point of Getaway is to disconnect to reconnect, whether it’s with yourself, a friend, or a partner. To honor the spirit of Getaway, I say to arrive with ideas, but go with the flow. I recommend packing a sketchbook for journaling or drawing. Kara loaded her phone with podcast episodes for us to listen to, but if you prefer to be phoneless while you’re at Getaway, there’s a wooden cellphone lockbox.
We went on a leisurely walk on the nature path on Getaway’s campgrounds, and we also attempted to visit the Guler Ice Caves, but the conditions of the road weren’t ideal. I also have a feeling that we did not have sufficient snow gear for the caves. Maybe next time. We also stopped at Dog Creek Falls on our way back to Portland for a peek at the little waterfall. There are plenty of other hiking trails and outdoor activities listed on Getaway’s website, and I’d love to explore more in warmer weather.
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Note: This post is in partnership with Getaway. I received a complimentary overnight stay at Getaway’s Portland Outpost. This was not in exchange for a positive review and all opinions expressed here are my own. This post does include affiliate links, which helps generate a commission if you click and purchase. A special thank you to Kara Stokes for all her help with photography.