Rustic cabins scattered around a lake. Group activities ranging from salsa lessons to volleyball. If this sounds like scenes from Dirty Dancing, that’s exactly what my first impression was when I got to Connecticut’s on Friday.
After years of seeing Club Getaway’s many ads in publications like Time Out and AM New York, I was curious to find out if it really is like summer camp for adults. In a word – absolutely.
Located about two hours from NYC, Club Getaway is an ideal weekend destination. My good friend Bobbi and I opted to drive instead of taking the complimentary bus for guests. We arrived to a warm welcome from staffers inside a tent festively decorated in celebration of the Olympics. After checking out our basic but clean accommodations – bunk beds, bathroom and little else – we headed over to one of the main lodges for dinner.
Joining us at our table were two couples, a single guy and another single gal – a good representative sample of the crowd at Club Getaway. Though the girl-guy ratio (174 to 97) was as lopsided as it is here in NYC, it didn’t seem that way. Everyone was friendly, and the full schedule of activities made it easy to break the ice, especially with so many returning guests. About half the people Bobbi and I met were on their second or third visit, and most of the staffers started out as guests too.
Two guys from New Jersey introduced themselves as we all made our way over to the boathouse for a lively party that kicked off with line dancing and a staffer announcing from the stage —
“It’s time to get drunk and make some bad decisions!”
Bobbi and I opted instead to head outside, where plenty of people were mingling while some took part in an impromptu volleyball game.
As we made small talk with a few guys who joined us on the sidelines, I couldn’t help thinking how the metro NYC singles scene could use a lot more of this laidback, approachable vibe.
Up next…an action-packed day despite Mother Nature’s interference, and an unexpected lesson about dating doldrums from the opposite sex.