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These tiny houses could be future of weekend getaways

They’re small, but perfectly formed.

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SOMETIMES HOLIDAYS ARE more trouble than they’re worth. You spend a lot of money, travel far, and leave stressed.

Getaway, a US hospitality startup, shakes up that routine by offering tiny houses for rent. Relaxing in the forest reins in the temptation to take day trips or shop, leaving guests to unwind. It’s like camping, but with the creature comforts of home.

The company maintains three 160-square-foot tiny houses in the Massachusetts woods, which guests can book for $99 (€91) a night. The location of the homes is top secret, but all are within a two-hour drive of Boston.

Tech Insider spoke with Jon Staff, CEO of Getaway and a Harvard Business School student, to see why tiny houses might be the future of tourism.

Getaway, founded by two Harvard graduate students, aims to provide a convenient and affordable way to disconnect from the daily grind.

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“We really want you to do nothing at all,” says Staff.

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“It’s far enough [from the greater Boston area] that you can feel disconnected,” Staff says, “but near enough that you don’t spend all your time getting there.”

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Tiny houses aren’t usually occupied by more than one or two people, but the Ovida has two lofts and a sleeping nook, allowing for a larger group.

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It comes equipped with snacks, classic reads, and board games.

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The Ovida looks a little quirkier than a typical tiny house. Staff explains that it’s designed specifically for short-term guests, as opposed to full-time residents.


Food and provisions are stocked before the guests’ arrival.

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