If you’re looking for a quick escape into nature to decompress, unplug and unwind, look no further than Getaway House Homochitto. Nestled in the Homochitto National Forest in Meadville, Mississippi, this small cottage neighborhood is isolated just two hours from a major city. In this case, New Orleans.
As one of the newest small cabin communities from the Getaway House family, Getaway Homochitto was the perfect retreat for me and my dog, Bruce Wayne, to venture far enough from home to experience the isolation, but close enough to get there in just under three hours by car.
Getaway House’s quarters consist of a number of tiny cabins; some with a single bed that can accommodate two people and others with two bunk beds that can accommodate four people. Each of the 40 Getaway Homochitto cabins is uniquely named after the grandparents of the founders of Getaway House – names ranging from “Abuelo” to “Billie Jean” to “Winston”.
On the day of check-in, guests are emailed the name of the assigned cabin. Coming from Lafayette, our trip was supposed to take about two hours and 40 minutes to get there, but we decided to make a few stops along the way, one being for a hike at Clark Creek Natural Area where we hiked to at the waterfalls. (Bruce Wayne managed to get some of that excited energy out on the trails.)
Once we arrived at Getaway we were not disappointed. The little cabin had everything we needed. It was picturesque with the giant window facing the forest against the bedside. Don’t worry though; the neighbors are far enough away that they can’t see you if you decide to leave your shadow to admire the stars from the bed and the sunrise on your face in the morning.
Each of the smaller cabins is fully equipped with pots and pans, plates and utensils, towels, full bathroom with toilet and shower, mini fridge, air conditioning and heating. For the more spontaneous adventurers, meal kits can be purchased and fitted into cabins, and firewood and starter logs for the hearth are available for purchase locally so you don’t have to worry about bringing anything with you.
I decided to bring steaks to cook on the fire for my first night and fajitas to make on the stove in the cabin the second. The radio inside and ambient lighting made for a perfect evening of solitude before relaxing in the comfy bed, which had quality white linens and a fluffy down alternative duvet – perfect for snuggling up with a good book against the window that spans the entire rear cabin under starlight.
Forgot your book? No worries as an assortment of titles line the cabin shelves. In my cabin I found a variety including “How to relax” and “I know why the caged bird sings”.
Getaway House came up with all the details which made for a nice quick escape. Even Bruce Wayne had food and water bowls, a tether leash, doggie bags and treats waiting for him. Getaway charges a $40 pet fee, which is payable with reservations so staff can attend to your favorite furry friend’s needs.
A map of the surrounding area and points of interest is also included in the “Getaway Guide” in your cabin upon check-in. Bruce Wayne and I are the adventurous type, so we decided to take full advantage of the hiking trails and trails in the area, one of our favorites being the trails around Clear Springs Lake a few miles away in Roxie, Mississippi. .
Along the way to Bushy Creek Loop and the waterfall, I decided to stop on the side of the road and descend near the bridge to the bank of the creek below. Bruce Wayne had fun running around in the clear water and I found a few keepsake stones to add to my collection. The Natchez Trace Scenic Parkway and the Old South Winery of Natchez are approximately 37 minutes’ drive from Getaway Homochitto. Although Bruce Wayne and I didn’t go on our first visit, I left the two on the list for the next one.
However, if venturing far afield isn’t for you, the Nature Trail on the Getaway property is an easy, family-friendly walk for all ages.
On the way back to Lafayette, I stopped in St. Francisville to see The Myrtles Plantation. Although Bruce Wayne was with me and we couldn’t go inside on this visit, we were welcomed into the gift shop and strolled through the beautiful grounds. I stopped at a few plant stores along my drive back to Lafayette and was able to get a few select plants from a tractor supply store near False River.
I look forward to exploring other Getaway House locations in the future and have definitely recommended Getaway Homochitto to many friends who have already taken me on their own adventures.