The term ‘wide open spaces’ has never been more pertinent when it comes to planning a stateside getaway amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s vitally important to be courteous of others when planning a domestic getaway—just because a state or small town on your radar has low cases of COVID-19 does not automatically make them somewhere you should visit.
Think of it this way: if you’re driving to a virus-free town from a big city where COVID-19 is still on the rise, there’s no way you can guarantee that you don’t currently have the virus (you can make others sick even if you are asymptomatic!). The last thing you’d want to do is unknowingly spread COVID-19 to a town that doesn’t have the resources or facilities to properly take care of their residents if they have an unnecessary spike in cases because of your family vacation.
So, with that in mind, if you’re itching to have a change of scenery, consider somewhere with wide open spaces, like a cottage or cabin, where you can easily spend your vacation self-isolating with your friends or family without coming in contact with others. Here, we’ve rounded up some great vacation options that are relatively low-risk yet just as relaxing and memorable as international travel.
Just minutes from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Grand Teton Tiny House Retreats are all about the classic appeal of rustic cottages. Offering 25 pint-sized, yet luxuriously outfitted tiny house rental units, the resort is located a stone’s throw from Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole ski slopes.
The Vintages Trailer Resort in Dundee, Oregon consists of 35 refurbished and beautifully decorated retro trailers, each of which are fitted with a propane grill and all the tableware and utensils one could possibly desire, allowing you to enjoy home cooked meals rather than going to restaurants. The trailer formation also makes social distancing super easy, with contact-free check in processes, no shared hallways or elevators, and a minimum of 18 feet between each trailer.
Tucked into the Sherwood forest and within minutes of several Tualatin Valley wineries, this unique micro-resort features a collection of tiny homes all arranged on a charming former Christmas tree farm. Every tiny house includes everything you could possibly need for a relaxing escape. The best part? Guests can check themselves in with a keypad and each house “rests” for at least 72 hours after check out, after which each unit is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
Featuring private entrances, modern bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchenettes (with outdoor barbecues), the waterfront cabins of Angels Rest Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska currently encourage longer, isolation-friendly stays by offering weekly rates with reduced daily rates the longer the stay. The water-view rooms offer self-check-in and out and housekeepers no longer enter occupied units—instead, guests can call or text their needs and an exchange will be arranged on the front porch. After two weeks of self-isolation, regular housekeeping services will be offered.
Made for those looking for a socially distanced adventure, the Redwoods Treehouses in Sonoma County, California offers off-the-grid experiences high up in the redwood tree canopies of Sonoma County. Guests will have access to expansive first hikes, skywalks, and ziplines for ascent and descent from the treehouses.
Located in the heart of Amish country, halfway between Cleveland and Columbus (but also a reasonable driving distance from several major cities like Dayton, Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis), The Mohicans Treehouse Resort is outfitted with nine state-of-the-art treehouses and four lavish ground cabins on over 77 screws of natural landscape and rolling hills.
The open-air property has no lobbies or common areas. The team at Mohicans Treehouse Resort have also amped up their standards for sanitation, which meet all CDC and WHO cleaning protocols.