Published March 2020
With most Americans interacting with media for an average of 11 hours per day, the occasional digital detox is more essential than ever before. And, what better time than on vacation to disconnect from technology and focus on making memories with loved ones?
We got inspired by the National Day of Unplugging, which takes place each March. While the holiday is just one day long, its message is worth keeping in mind all year—it’s an excuse for anyone who feels overwhelmed by constant connectivity to drop their devices and go analog.
And, we have it on good authority that tech-less travel is trending. Our recent report on spring break travel trends found that 50% of travelers are going phone-free for at least a portion of their trips. Further, 85% of respondents plan to visit a hidden gem destination in the near future, and 42% are specifically looking to get off the beaten path. So, we curated a list of dreamy hideaways where you can go device-free and make the most of your well-earned time off.
A Scandinavian-inspired retreat, this secluded two-bedroom home sits among 24 acres of protected wilderness in Oregon’s Bull Run reserve. Access to the outdoors is easy no matter the season—it’s a perfect home base for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter, or hiking and mushroom hunting in the summer and fall. And, with a full kitchen featuring a fitting Viking professional gas range, along with a state-of-the-art grill, the Swedish Stuga is tailor-made for a romantic dinner in the wilderness.
Finca Bellavista is a sustainable treehouse community nestled among 600 acres of Costa Rican rainforest, and El Castillo Mastate is an undeniable gem. A 30-minute hike from the Finca Bellavista basecamp, this luxury treehouse is about as secluded and disconnected as you could get. This getaway is perfect for Darwin fanatics, surrounded by unique birds and other wildlife to watch, with quick access to boat tours from nearby beaches.
This architectural beauty along the Northern California coastline is a haven for peace and tranquility, with no neighbors in sight. The two-bedroom Sea Ranch home comes fully stocked with a private hot tub and patio, and it sits within earshot of the ocean. A stay here will pique the interest of any architecture junkie, too—it’s a mid-century gem designed by renowned architect Joseph Esherick and built in 1968. Each nook in the home beckons you to indulge in a cup of tea and a gripping novel. The MiniMod is typically in high demand, so you'll have to book ahead to score a getaway here.
Montana’s Flathead Lake is one of those destinations that will instantly transport you to a state of inner relaxation. With nearby ski access in the winter, and endless swimming in the warm months, this cabin is perfect for fitness seekers looking to unplug. The rustic decor with views of expansive wilderness brings guests to simpler times.
This home in the mountains of North Georgia offers a compelling argument to drop the phones and reconnect with loved ones. With a private hot tub and nearby access to trout fishing on the Toccoa River, PineHome Cabin offers fantastic opportunities for relaxation in nature. Plus, you can take time to appreciate the surrounding woods from your vantage point on one of the home’s multiple decks.
Tucked away high in the mountains, Eagle's View Lodge offers unparalleled views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Walls of windows offer breathtaking panoramic mountain vistas that embrace you from the moment you walk through the front door. Soak in the hot tub and drink in that crisp mountain air as you leave the stress of the real world behind.