My boyfriend, Harrison, and I recently took a trip to Kettle River, MN to stay at a Getaway House. This trip was very needed as I had just left my first big-girl job after working there for 2 years. I’m starting a new position soon, but decided to take a week off in between to just catch my breath and reset.
Harrison had been trying to get me to go camping for YEARS. But it wasn’t until he proposed renting a cabin via Getaway House that I finally entertained the idea. I had been seeing their ads on Instagram for quite some time and was intrigued by the picturesque cabin, nature scapes, and cute photo shoots that everyone seems to do when they visit. So I agreed to go and Harrison was kind enough to do all of the planning and cooking.
We decided to stay at the cabin for 3 days and 2 nights, just enough time to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. On the day of, Harrison and I packed up our car with 3 days worth of food, some comfy clothes, and lots of sunscreen and bug spray and began our 2-hour drive from Minneapolis to Kettle River. Check-in at the cabin starts at 3 pm, Getaway will text you the passcode for your cabin 30 minutes before you arrive, which made the process super simple and streamlined. On our way, we made a pitstop for some gas, delicious pastries, and ice cream at Tobie’s. I highly recommend stopping here if you plan to stay at Getaway House in MN (they have locations across the US). If you forget anything such as toiletries or towels, there’s also a Family Dollar and Dollar General minutes away from Tobie’s.
When we arrived at our Getaway House, I was relieved to see that there were other cabins near ours (it felt like a safe neighborhood) but they were spaced enough that we still had privacy. Our little Getaway cabin was adorable. Each one comes with its own kitchenette, bathroom with a standing shower, mini dining table and chairs, and of course, a big bed with a beautiful view of the outdoors. I loved that Getaway included books, a Bluetooth radio, color activity book, and a deck of playing cards for us to enjoy during our stay. On the outside of the cabin, there was a picnic table, two lawn chairs, and a fire pit for outdoor cooking and bonfires.
There’s no WiFi and cellular service is sporadic, so Harrison and I spent the weekend enjoying the outdoors and cozying up in our little cabin. We even went to Banning State Park to go on a hike (there’s free admission but you’ll have to pay a small fee for all-day parking). I’m so glad that Harrison challenged me to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. He’s always pushing me to be better and to have fun and I’m so grateful we get to add Getaway House to our list of favorite places we’ve traveled to.