This fall, The Digest team set out to explore A Tiny House Resort in South Cairo, NY inside our very own 2020 Chevy Traverse. Along the scenic two-hour drive, we tested out all of the SUV’s latest features while en route to our weekend retreat. Needless to say, this was the perfect time of year to make a little getaway behind the wheel of one of Chevrolet’s premier vehicles. This time, things would be a little less chilly than last year’s winter getaway in the Silverado.
Looking back, the 2020 Chevy Traverse was the perfect vehicle for our weekend escape in Upstate NY. The mid-size SUV features a Traction Mode (standard on all models) that allowed us to make on-the-fly adjustments to the truck’s driving mode depending on the terrain. The High Country trim also adds premium tech, D-optic headlamps, suede microfiber accents and power-fold third row seats (for big teams like ours).
One of the more interesting safety features to note for parents, is the 2020 Chevy Traverse Buckle to Drive feature aimed at keeping teen drivers safe. It’s a known fact that teens are among the lowest rates of seatbelt usage and the brand endeavors to change that. Available in Teen Driver mode, if the seatbelt is not buckled, it is designed to not allow the driver to shift out of park for up to 20 seconds. Furthermore, it will sound an audible alert. This will be standard in every 2020 Chevy Traverse.
“Buckle to Drive is Chevrolet’s latest feature designed to encourage young drivers to develop safe driving habits right from the start,” said Tricia Morrow, Chevrolet Safety Engineer. “Buckle to Drive is embedded in Chevrolet’s Teen Driver system and is aimed at helping remind teens to buckle up every time they get behind the wheel.”
On the road, the Traverse lived up to the words of popular reviewers. The ride was incredibly smooth and the vehicle’s infotainment system is as intuitive as it is innovating. With an AWD/FWD drivetrain, 3.6L V6 and 310-hp, the Traverse featured surprisingly responsive handling for its class. The ride is not springy like similiar mid-size SUVs that often make you feel as though you’re driving a boat. Fit for up to 8 passengers, the 2020 Chevy Traverse starts at around $30,925 MSRP and has a variety of trims. Unlike most vehicles with room for 8, the Traverse still has plenty of cargo space even when using all seating options while comfortably fitting adults.
In South Cairo, nearest NY’s Catskill Mountains, we had our first experience with the tiny house movement at A Tiny House Resort. In recent years, there has been so much traction in the worlds of travel and architecture when it comes to tiny homes. We pulled up to our tiny, wooded abode and immediately enjoyed the sounds of nature. But that’s what’s so interesting about A Tiny House Resort and others like it. Your accommodation is a window to the “simplicity of mindful living.”
The great thing about A Tiny House Resort, other than the short drive from NJ in our Chevy Traverse, is the at-home feel of the property. Run by mother-daughter property managers, Margie and Melissa, everything from the houses to your very own Weber grill feels like home (albeit in the peacefulness of the Catskills). The tiny homes are not without their amenities, though, including Wi-Fi and all other standard comforts you’d expect. Should you choose to visit, you will not be disappointed, regardless of the season.