Assuming they're making a profit, a company called Getaway has a brilliant business to be running during a pandemic.
A lot of people living in cities will fantasize about living out in the country. And the financial lure of doing this in an affordable tiny house is strong. But what would it really be like? Here's a way to find out.
What Getaway has done is set up a series of tiny houses, out in nature, near major cities: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, San Antonio and Washington, DC.
They've then stocked these with everything you'd need for basic comfort: Queen-sized beds, A/C and heat, running and potable water, private in-house bathrooms with actual toilets and hot showers, a mini-fridge, a stove, pots and pans, dishes, cutlery.
Outside you've got a firepit, grilling utensils and a picnic table.
Firewood and basic provisions like coffee and tea are provided, but these are done on a hotel minibar model--where they stock it, and charge you for what you take. Additionally, basic foodstuffs like pasta, oatmeal and soup can be purchased as a kit.
Notably absent from the provided list: Internet service and a TV.
"There is no WiFi," says the FAQ, "and never will be."
Cell service is also spotty, they say, and depending on the region may not be available at all.
While Getaway doesn't refer to their structures as tiny houses, that is in effect what they are: 140- to 200-square-foot buildings with everything inside. One downside is that while the structures are standalone getaways, the sites aren't; other Getaway tiny houses are 50 to 150 feet away, and they don't say how many are on each site.
Prices vary by location. Out of curiosity I checked the prices for the outside-of-NYC location, and they ranged from $180 to $370 per night with two adults, one bed.