We sent our social media manager, Chelsea Wade, for an overnight of glamping at the newest Getaway in Moodus. Here’s what she had to say:
Need to get away, but want to stay local? We’ve got just the summer spot for you.
Tucked amongst the dense trees and winding roads of rural East Haddam is Getaway, a modern spin on the traditional campground in the neighborhood of Machimoodus. Getaway has twenty locations across the country, all within 2 hours of major cities, including locales outside of Boston, NYC, Philly, Nashville, DC, and now (lucky for us) a spot in our neck of the woods.
My husband and I arrived on a late, cloudy Tuesday afternoon to 298 E Haddam Moodus Road. 30 minutes before my check-in, Getaway texted me my cabin name and key code. We made our way through the twisting, unpaved road, passing each of the alphabetized cabins until we arrived at ours: “Norton.” We instantly felt secluded and relaxed, surrounded by nothing but nature, despite nearly 40 other cabins around us. Our neighbors were faintly heard in the distance and vaguely seen through the trees, which was a comforting feature for us.
Your tiny home comes equipped with everything you need for glamping: a mini-fridge, pots and pans, dishes and utensils, basic kitchen necessities like paper towels and dish soap, a lantern, and a private toilet and shower with bath towels and shampoo/conditioner/body wash. The queen bed, situated next to a gigantic window the size of the wall, was firm but comfortable. Outside, you’ll find a picnic table, a pair of Adirondack chairs, a fire pit, and cooking grate for grilling. Add-ons for the stay include a s’mores kit, insect wipes, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, firewood, and firestarters for a small fee of $1-$8, depending on the item. You can order a “sustenance” box before arrival or during your stay, including meals and snacks, for an additional $30 fee.
Floyd, my rescue dog, had a welcome basket of his own, complete with two small towels (for paw cleaning), a water bowl, and a bag of treats. He devoured the entirety of it before we departed the following day. A sweet touch.
We were eager to start a fire and take in the sounds of the woods. Rather than prepping and cooking a meal, we brought takeout for convenience but will plan better for next time. By 8pm, the rain had rolled in, so we made our way inside to play Rummy 500 with the provided deck of cards while listening to music on the Tivola Bluetooth speaker. A quiet, restful evening and just what we needed. Lights out by 10!
We love Getaway as an easy weekend excursion, a quiet respite to recharge, or a fun way to break up the monotony of the week.
Good to know: 3pm check-in, 11am check-out. Dogs are welcome for an additional $40 fee. Up to 4 guests are allowed at each campsite.
You can read more about Getaway stays, what to expect and book your stay here.
298 E Haddam Moodus Road, Moodus