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Introducing Your Next Tiny-House Fantasy

The only commitment required on your part: a reservation

Get small: Getaway's pint-size cabins are cozy but come fully equipped. (Courtesy of Getaway)

The only commitment required on your part: a reservation

Who hasn’t toyed with the idea of radically downsizing to a picturesque cabin, complete with blond-wood floors, stainless-steel appliances, and assorted design magazines? Usually, the daydream ends when you remember that you need a place to put your books and skis and children. 

That’s where Getaway, founded out of Harvard’s entrepreneurship lab, comes in. It’ll let you live the tiny-house fantasy with less commitment: $99 gets you a night in an Instagram-worthy, 160-square-foot retreat tucked into the woods. 

The catch: you don’t know where you’re going until the day before, only that it will be a secluded location within a two-hour drive of Boston. (Plans for New York City and San Francisco are in the works.) Part of the reason for secrecy is to prevent you from stressing over your trip. 

Getaway doesn’t even want you to have to shop: they’ll stash ingredients for meals for an extra fee. Book a spontaneous night or two, then return refreshed to your regular-size life.

From Outside Magazine, March 2016
Filed To: Lodging / Design and Tech / Travel
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San Marcos, Texas

Billed as the world’s toughest canoe race, the Texas Water Safari, held each June, is a four-day, 260-mile jaunt from the headwaters of the San Marcos River northeast of San Antonio to the small shrimping town of Seadrift on the Gulf Coast. There’s no prize money—just bragging rights for the winner. Any boat without a motor is allowed, and you’ll have to carry your own equipment and overnight gear. Food and water are provided at aid stations along the way. Entry fees start at $175 and increase as race day approaches.

The Ring

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(Courtesy Quatro Hubbard)

Strasburg, Virginia

The Ring is a 71-mile trail running race in early September along the entire length of Virginia’s rough and rocky Massanutten Trail loop. To qualify, you need to have run a 50- or 100-mile race before the event and win a spot through the lottery system. Entry is free. Complete the run and you’ll become part of the tight-knit Fellowship of the Ring and be eligible for the Reverse Ring, which entails running the trail backwards in the middle of winter.

Plaza2Peak

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(David Silver)

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Each spring, competitors gather in Santa Fe’s historic plaza with a simple goal: be the first to reach 12,308-foot Deception Peak, 17 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation gain away. Competitors run or bike the first 15 miles to the local ski area before transitioning to their waiting ski-touring setups for the final push to the top. Time stops only when they’ve skied back down to the tailgate in the resort’s parking lot, which is funded by the modest entry fee of around $25. To add to the sufferfest, some participants sign up for the Expedition category, in which they strap their skis, skins, boots, and poles to their bikes for the long ride up. Start dates vary depending on snow conditions, but look for the event page to be posted on Facebook in late March or early April.

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