I Survived a Digital Detox in the Catskills

I put my phone in a box and tried to light a campfire instead.


My name is Rosa and I'm an iPhone addict. (Go ahead, play along: "Hiii, Rosa.") It's partially my job's fault—you can find me under "social media editor" on the Marie Claire masthead—and partly because I'm a millennial living in 2017. Everyone's an iPhone addict.

So when my boyfriend suggested we book a Getaway outside New York City where the very purpose of the excursion is to unplug for 24 hours, I was thrilled...and nervous.

Getaway was started by two Harvard grad students who wanted to help stressed-out, overworked people get out of Boston. They tricked out a couple 160-square-foot houses and parked them in undisclosed locations, promising renters an opportunity to "recharge in nature, reconnect with people you love, and rekindle an interest in life unplanned." Now they have a whole slew of tiny houses in the woods, each within a two-hour drive of New York City, Boston, and D.C.

Part of the beauty of Getaway is that while they encourage you to drive to your cabin (the exact coordinates of which won't be revealed until a week before your stay), they do promise that you can get there via public transportation and a few extra steps. I was lucky enough, however, to borrow a GMC 2018 Terrain for the occasion—a SUV that, ironically, has built-in Wi-Fi, a touch-screen that features Apple CarPlay, bluetooth streaming capabilities, loads of USB ports, and an *amazing* sunroof.

You can take the girl out of the city, but you can't take the—yeah, you get it.

So fine, I knew that if the going got really tough, spending the night in the car wouldn't be so bad. So with that, I left my phone charger at home and dramatically announced that I was going off the grid.

The Getaway Experience

The Getaway cabins are the most quintessentially hipster structures ever, but that's part of their charm.

The interior is simple but contains everything you'll need: a comfy bed, a huge window for appreciating nature and all that, a very modest bathroom, a tiny stovetop and sink, plus books and games and a lockbox for your phone.

There's also a grill outside and firewood, as well as a picnic table and Adirondack chairs for lounging. We brought burgers for grilling, a bottle of wine (plus another bottle, shh), and a backgammon board. Heaven.

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