Screen Escape Vacations

What was once a techie’s nightmare—no wifi or data—is now sweet rapture for those bogged down by devices. (Also known as: everyone.) Digital detoxes, or retreats from technology, have risen swiftly from quirky to downright essential. They’re brilliant in rehydrating relationships between families, couples, friends or even with oneself. Screen escape vacations cut out the incessant distractions faced by too much screen time. And being “off the grid” does not necessarily mean living like a shaggy Tom Hanks in Castaway. There are wonderful local havens right here in California for a proper tech unplugging. Here, five Golden State getaways to help disconnect from technology and reconnect with what (and who) is most important.

1. TREEBONES RESORT

BIG SUR71895 Highway One
Big Sur, CA 93920
treebonesresort.com
877.424.4787

A digital detox isn’t all about self denial. From massages, to a hot tub, to eco adventures, to glamping in a yurt, you may more or less forget your phone exists before the trip is over. More daring couples might choose to stay in the Twig Hut—a hand-woven, two-story hut with spectacular ocean views and fresh exposure to the great outdoors.

WIFI Spotty; be prepared to unplug “as much as possible”
TV Ha, no; the “room” is a yurt
CELL SERVICE No, but public phones available
BEST FOR Couples, quiet families, friends

2. RIVER’S END RESTAURANT & INN, JENNER

11048 Highway One
Jenner, CA 95450
ilovesunsets.com
707.865.2484 ext. 111

The outdated “click on image to enter” website may tell you everything you need to know about how not connected this lovely NorCal getaway is. Welcoming guests since 1927, the River’s End overlooks the Russian River and offers a luscious escape of wine tasting, kayaking, nature reserves and spas.

WIFI No
TV No
CELL SERVICE No
BEST FOR Couples

3. THE GOLDEN DOOR, SAN MARCOS

777 Deer Springs Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
goldendoor.com
760.744.5777

If you were wondering: Yes. There is actually a golden door. It is handmade and glittered with gems and only the beginning of the glory which lies behind it. Such as a four-to-one staff/guest ratio, which means any need will be tended to without delay as you explore the property’s 600 acres of lush nature. There are absolutely too many amenities to list, but they do include daily in-room massages and personalized nutrition classes.

WIFI No
TV No
CELL SERVICE No
BEST FOR Solo travelers

4. SEQUOIA HIGH SIERRA CAMP, SEQUOIA NATIONAL MONUMENT

65745 Big Meadow Road
Giant Sequoia National Monument, CA 93633
sequoiahighsierracamp.com
866.654.2877

Leave all material possessions behind (half kidding—there is a one mile walk from your car) as you enter the restorative resort set amidst the rugged backdrop of Sequoia National Park. A hiker’s paradise with a glamper’s amenities, you’ll be quickly swept away by the beauty (and quietude!) surrounding this camp. The perfect screen escape vacation, for sure.

WIFI No
TV No
CELL SERVICE No
BEST FOR Couples, families, friends

5. CULTUS CAMP, PIONEERTOWN

(Exact location disclosed upon booking.)
Pioneertown, CA 92268
cultuscamp.com

The point here is to not post on Instagram. But oh, will it be tempting. This SoCal glamping tent, dubbed the Mojave Desert’s most exclusive Airbnb by Travel + Leisure, is an off-grid retreat in the Joshua Tree forest advertised for its zero light pollution and deafening silence.

WIFI No
TV No
CELL SERVICE No
BEST FOR Couples

 

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