Created by a pair of college friends, Getaway is a company that has locations all over the United States with glamping in tiny-houses outside of major cities. In the South, they have Getaway Shenandoah, outside of Washington DC, and Getaway Chattahoochee, outside of Atlanta.
The “outposts,” as they’re called, are purposefully disconnected without WiFi or cell service and feature lock boxes for cell phones so that visitors can fully commune with nature. All information for your stay is provided in advance emails and texts and entry uses a numerical code sent before check-in.
The 21 onsite tiny houses have everything you need for a comfortable stay and are pet-friendly. Some cabins have bunk beds. Rates vary but are generally around $125 per night. You can book your stay by visiting their website or giving them a call. Getaway also has a frequent-stay program to reward those who “get away” often and an artist residency program.
While it’s officially called Getaway Chattahoochee, as it’s in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest, but I’ll be referring to it as Getaway Atlanta for those who aren’t familiar with the area. You’ll see them called both in other Getaway Atlanta reviews. No matter what you call it, it’s the perfect place for a romantic weekend, a private retreat, or a family trip.
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Getting to Getaway Atlanta
From Atlanta, it takes about two hours to get to Getaway Atlanta. Most people will take 400 north until reaching Dahlonega. From there, you continue down a country road to Suches. The turn for the Outpost is a few streets down on the right.
Across from the now-closed Suches General Store is the sign for Getaway but it’s easy to miss if you’re arriving in the dark. The road continues past some private homes on an unpaved road. It curves to the left and then signs continue to the tiny houses themselves. Guests are provided with a property map in advance to find their individual homes.
What Each Getaway Outpost Includes
All Getaway Atlanta outposts are under 200 square feet in space, named for family members of the Getaway team. Mine was called Casper, like the friendly ghost. Check in is at 3 pm and check out is at 11 am.
Your cabin comes with everything you need, including:
- A comfy queen-sized bed with pillows and blankets
- Bathroom featuring a shower with biodegradable toiletries and towels as well as a toilet
- Kitchenette with a mini-fridge, two cooktops, pots and pans, silverware, cutting board, lighters, plates, bowls, and a kettle
- Snacks for purchase like pasta, soups, and oatmeal, as well as complimentary salt, pepper, and oil (prices listed on the website)
- Radio, books, games
- Firewood for purchase, Adirondack chairs, and a fire pit with a grilling surface
What to Pack
Getaway Atlanta has plenty of things that you need to enjoy your stay, but that’s not all. You do have to bring a few items but limit your belongings as much as you can. Remember, space is tight!
Food and Drink
Pack what you’ll need for at least dinners and possibly breakfasts. I prepped a few things for my trip and ended up cooking sweet potato and black bean tacos for dinner (recipe here) and a fried egg on toast for breakfast. I did set off the smoke detector, so be sure to open the windows. Our friends at 365 Atlanta Family took advantage of the outdoor fire pit to grill steaks. And Getaway has their own collection of campfire recipes.
I brought tea bags and ground coffee with a filter, but there was no pour-over system to actually make the coffee. You can purchase their coffee, which comes with its own pour-over system, or bring a Moka pot, Aeropress, or French press. I also brought a container of wine to enjoy with my dinner.
Each cabin comes with books, a radio, and card games, along with a map detailing nearby trails and activities like sudoku, a word search, and suggested tasks to disconnect. But if that’s not enough for you, you’ll need to bring additional items.
If you’re traveling solo, it might be nice to bring a yoga mat, journal, and a good book. If you’re with a group, games are a fun way to bring everyone together. Bananagrams, Cards Against Humanity, and Ligretto are a few of our favorites.
What you pack in terms of clothing depends entirely on what time of year you’re going, but if it’s during the winter months you’ll certainly want warm clothes for hiking. During my trip, I wore yoga pants with trail runners and a long-sleeved shirt and hat.
Getaway asks that you remove your shoes inside the cabin, so slippers or socks are good to wear around. Cabins are heated, so don’t worry about being cold once inside. A rain jacket might be useful as well.
Bring with you anything you need for the night, including toiletries and medications. Each cabin has shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, and a first aid kit. I also brought a sheet mask to use while relaxing, along with a candle.
When you decide to venture out into the woods, you might want a camera in case you spot wildlife. And speaking of wildlife, be sure to put on bug spray before you go. A water bottle is also a must-have.
If you need essentials for your stay at Getaway Atlanta, pick them up at Van Zandt’s Grill & Grocery in Blue Ridge, which also has a restaurant, Fresh N Low Supermarket, or the Walmart in Dahlonega. If you leave with extra food, Getaway encourages you to donate it to a nearby community foodbank.
What to Do Near Getaway Atlanta
Suches is a remote town in the North Georgia mountains, so keep that in mind before planning your trip. The winding and sometimes unpaved roads are not ideal for driving at night, so plan on at least eating dinner in your “Outpost.” Guests are provided with a map of the closest locations and most are a minimum of 25 minutes away.
Hikes Near Getaway
Getaway Nature Trail: Getaway Atlanta has its own nature trail that runs from Blue Ridge Road, but it’s fairly steep and sort of just ends at the top of the ridge.
Three Forks: Around 45 minutes’ drive from Getaway Atlanta, the Three Forks access point can be reached by a very bumpy unpaved Forest Service road. From here, you can go on the easy 2-mile walk to Long Creek Falls or the strenuous 8.5 mile climb to Springer Mountain. Both traverse part of the Appalachian Trail. There are no facilities and no cell service, so plan ahead.
Jarrard Gap Trail: The trail leaves from near Suches at Lake Winfield Scott and traverses nearly 7 miles to the Appalachian Trail section at Woody Gap.
Amicalola Falls State Park: An hour’s drive from Getaway Atlanta is Georgia’s highest waterfall. It’s also the starting point of the Appalachian Trail. The hike includes a steep climb of stairs, but the view is worth it.
Wineries and Breweries Near Getaway
Wineries: Some of the state’s most beautiful wineries are a short drive away. Montaluce Winery and Wolf Mountain Vineyards are the closest to Getaway Atlanta. A bit further are Paradise Hills and Odom Springs Vineyards in Blairsville as well as the downtown Dahlonega tasting rooms. Tasting Tours runs shuttles to the area’s wineries.
Attractions Near Getaway
Dahlonega is home to the Consolidated Gold Mine and the Crisson Mine, both of which carry on the traditions of the state’s first gold rush. Both offer tours and panning. The Dahlonega Gold Museum also educates visitors on this time period. The North Georgia Zoo and Farm is a family-friendly activity, along with seasonal tubing on the Chattahoochee River.
Ellijay is the place to go in Georgia for apple picking, especially in the fall. Expedition: Bigfoot in Cherry Log is another unique attraction, dedicated to the hunt for the mythical creature. There are also many things to do near Amicalola Falls State Park. The park has the Screaming Eagle zipline, along with hiking trails and canoeing.
Restaurants near Getaway
Drive to one of the nearby communities for breakfast or lunch. Blairsville is around 40 minutes from Getaway Atlanta. The best places to eat are Hole in the Wall, Michaelee’s Italian Life Caffe, and The Aviator Cafe.
Would you stay at Getaway Atlanta?
My overnight stay at Getaway Atlanta was hosted.