Brooklyn-based company looks to create 65-unit ‘tiny cabin’ rental outpost at Burrillville Scout camp


BURRILLVILLE – A business that markets tiny cabins where visiting urban dwellers can unplug and reconnect with nature has set its sights on Burrillville, with hopes to build a 65-unit campground on a property currently owned by the Rhode Island Boy Scouts.

Brooklyn-based Getaway has submitted a preliminary proposal that envisions three lots within the Buck Hill Scout Reservation totaling around 180 acres as the location for their latest commercial outpost. With a current list of some 30 destinations across the country, Getaway promotes its properties as, “a way to create distance from the relentless demands of work, schedules, and technology.”

A startup launched by Minnesota native Jon Staff in 2015, the business offers short-term stays in small trailers stocked with necessities, featuring a basic kitchen, bathroom and bed. Getaway’s 140-200 square-foot, “cabins,” come with heat and air conditioning, and are stocked with linens, pots and pans, and other cooking essentials, offering busy travelers an easy way to slow down and enjoy nature.

Campsites feature individual fire pits with a picnic table and chairs, and guests can purchase extras such as firewood, at $8 a bundle, or baskets filled with snacks for their stay.

“We believe in making space for more free time,” notes the Getaway website. “Just two hours outside major cities, Getaway’s cozy cabins provide restorative stays in nature where you can take a break from work, wifi, and routines, and enjoy the company of those who matter most.”

According to the website, a three night stay at one of the outposts costs $450. Getaway currently has two such outposts in Massachusetts, and the Burrillville site could mark the business’s first expansion into Rhode Island.

A concept plan designed by Langan Engineering & Environmental Services of Boston, Mass. for the “Getaway Cub World,” project envisions access to a Burrillville outpost via the existing entrance on Buck Hill Road. The company also hopes to reuse existing structures at the Boy Scout camp, as well as cell towers and septic, according to the early plan.

The campground currently on the property, known as Cub World, was opened in 1997, and offers overnight stays to young Scouts and their caregivers, with space for up to 48 campers. The Feinstein Youth Camp, named after Rhode Island philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein, is one of two scouting camps in the larger 1,600 acre reservation.

Situated by Cedar Swamp Pond and Wakefield Pond, the potential Getaway site sits adjacent to the state-run Buck Hill Management Area. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Fish & Wildlife oversees that property, which is home to many animal and plant species currently on the state-endangered, threatened, and special concern list.

The Burrillville Planning Board is scheduled to hold a master plan review and public informational meeting on Getaway’s proposal on Monday, Feb. 6.

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  1. What a great way to use what’s already existing and improving it while also improving the land that has gone unused for so many years. It used to be such a fun area to visit. Now it will be again.

  2. Sounds lovely for a visit but haven’t we taken enough land from wildlife ~ in numbers it sounds like a lot of acres to share but it really isn’t.

  3. Fantastic idea, enjoying our beautiful outdoors while inhaling the fresh air during any season, or enjoying the view through a unique plate glass window in the safety and warmth of your own hideaway during the cooler months. Tiny houses LONG OVERDUE for the area.


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