Friday Cabins #53: A Visit Upstate to Offsite Camp's New Cabin
A look into a future weekend away
Happy Friday! The sun is shining, it’s weirdly 53 degrees, and the weekend lies ahead! This means it’s time for your weekly dose of Friday Cabins. For those who have been with us, you know we bring you a little splash of cabin inspo from here, there, and everywhere to take into your weekend, every Friday.
Today, the walls are coming down (scary!) and I’ll be actually be sharing a firsthand account of my recent visit to the new Offsite Camp in Wassaic, New York—a visit punctuated with nature walks, making new dog friends, and testing out VSSL’s coffee grinder (verdict: I want one).
Read below for a quick summary or check out the whole piece on Field Mag dot com. Then book your own stay!
Similar to the recently opened Find Sanctuary in Big Bear, CA, start-up Offsite Camp plans to provide sleeping and working cabins for remote workers looking to escape the office for some inspiration. Lucky for us East-coasters, their first prototype cabin is located almost exactly a two-hour drive north of New York City, in the Catskills. And it’s now open to the public for a limited time (for $204 a night).
On a cold, muddy, weekend in January, I drove up for a two-night stay, prepared with a small amount of Trader Joe’s groceries, my laptop, and my desktop monitor, which I had serendipitously grabbed for other reasons.
The cabin in its current state comes equipped with an at-home office area—a simple but effective standing desk (heaven), a lamp, a notepad and paper, and a hidden whiteboard for note taking and/or doodling. There is also a convenient number of electrical outlets, a detail that so often gets overlooked. So yes. I did set up my monitor and the whole setup worked great, thanks to the wifi, which is provided by Space X’s Starlink technology—which at first I mistook for a mini solar panel, but in the ground?
Now in the terms of the amount of work I actually did is a detail I will not be sharing, but I will tell you, it’s also a great way to watch a movie. But for those of you on deadline, or just seeking a quiet place to work, it’s ideal. Apparently, a previous guest even set up a printer and knocked out her taxes. Genius.
I found that in general, the Offsite cabin had the just right amount of supplies. Sometimes, a stay somewhere will leave you searching for a particular tool, or there might be a lot of doo-hickeys you literally don’t touch once. But, I love to cook, and while preparing meals there I was grabbing utensils like I had lived there for a year. The equipment might not be particularly flashy, but it’s of top quality, and thoughtfully curated. Which to me corresponds with nature-loving philosophies.
I did also leave the cabin and explored the nearby town of Millerton, which hosts an enormous Westerlind store, a Harney and Sons outpost for the tea-lovers amount us, and a host of other vintage, coffee, and book shops and a small movie theater. The whole thing felt very NYC, but in nature, which I suppose is most of the Catskills. There was also a trailhead to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail right there in town.
Offsite Camp hopes to expand into full glamping sites, similar to Getaway, in the near future, but as a genuine tip, if you’re interested in a visit, go now in this early iteration. There may be a few kinks being worked out, but it felt like staying at a friend’s, and the property itself is something to explore and learn about.
It spoke to something Lindsey Bro, of @cabinlove, mentioned when briefly discussing prefab cabins that I often think about. A lot of magic that comes with staying at a cabin often comes from its patina, or quite literally its age. With prefab, you might be staying in something that’s 5 years old, tops, and it was designed and manufactured to be mass-produced. Sometimes, that means it feels sterile, and it lacks the character I assume a lot of cabin lovers look for. I know I do. But in this particular case, the little details, like even being visited by the neighboring dogs in the mornings, really made it feel homey and comfortable. I’m just not sure how you scale that feeling up.
Byeeee! Have a good weekend :)