Unplugged: Top Off-the-Grid Destinations To Disconnect

Unplugged: Top Off-the-Grid Destinations To Disconnect

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These fabulous destinations offer the chance for a digital detox by unplugging and giving the brain a chance to slow down, reconnect with nature and enjoy each and every moment for what it is.

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    Here, you can spend your days hiking the surrounding Himalayan peaks that tower to over 22,000 feet, instead of surfing the web. Or, you can always meditate in a 7th century Buddhist monastery, go whitewater rafting, fish your trout, play a round of golf or practice your archery skills or just indulge in the many treatments in the spa, like the Hot Oil Head Massage, based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda.
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    Nourish your body with vegetarian cuisine and free your mind with daily well-being programs, like meditative guided hikes trails with the names “The Gorge,” “Spotted Owl,” “Emerald Forest,” and “Inner Path,” leading to ancient forest cathedrals, past river cascades, and gorgeous mountain vistas. This holistic hot spring resort in Oregon’s Willamette National Forest is one of the most relaxing places to go off the grid.
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    There is no electricity whatsoever, and nothing you’d find here that would need plugging in anyway. The eco-bungalows were designed to stay cool with Indian Ocean breezes, collect rainwater on roof expanses and store up solar energy to heat showers and power reading lights. While they’re extremely basic, you will have the ocean at your doorstep, and endless opportunities for hiking and snorkeling.
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    Take the 15-minute ferry ride down the Hampton River to this private barrier island, where you’ll land at the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island. The 10,000 intrusion-free acres of pristine natural beauty including maritime forests and marshlands offer a secluded, worlds away appeal that can only be enjoyed by up to 32 overnight guests at any one time.
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    The intersection where the river and coast ecosystems meet is also ideal for paddling around in a kayak, and during seal pupping season, the seals might just swim along next to you. Enjoy picnics with the dunes and pounding surf at Goat Rock beach, or take a short drive south to sip pinot noir at the Fort Ross Vineyard Tasting Room.
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    This luxurious yet rustic hotel offers a “Check-In to Check-Out” package that includes two nights in a television-free room or cabin – each one is spacious and features polished wood furnishings, hand-built beds, stone fireplaces and Adirondack-style design elements. You’ll leave your phone, laptop and other electronic gadgets at the front desk when you arrive, watching the crackling fire, playing a board game or just spending some fabulous alone time with the one you’re with.
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    The lack of televisions and electronic connection to the outside world encourages guests to tune in to the wild Patagonian landscape, looming glaciers and unobstructed views of the sky. Nature and isolation serve as the main lures, as well as the option to go on horseback and bicycle excursions, bird watching expeditions and guided or unguided hikes. You’ll get plenty of leisure time to chat, read or do nothing at all if you prefer.
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    Made up of just 16 eco-friendly bungalows nestled within the rainforest of Osa Peninsula, a haven of eco-tourism and sustainability, this delightful resort more than makes up for its lack of Internet and phone access with the sounds of the rainforest—the crickets, cicadas and kinkajous. You’ll have a front row seat to the verdant flora that surrounds the property, and your most difficult decision will be whether to get a spa treatment, enjoy a dip in the pool or a luxurious nap in a hammock.
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    You’ll arrive here by boat or seaplane and spend your days napping in a hammock, strolling the white-sand beach, dining on succulent seafood, and totally forgetting the fact that there are no TVs or telephones to interrupt the romantic mood. Sometimes called a “real-life Gilligan’s island,” the only traffic to be found here is iguanas walking along the crushed-shell path.
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    This region on the central coast of California has inspired many creative types with its rugged mountains, old-growth redwoods and pine forests that extend to the edge of picture-perfect beaches. And, if you want to experience true solitude among this breathtaking scenery, New Camaldoli Hermitage, a working Benedictine monastery, offers the perfect place to stay. Guests are invited, but not required, to attend daily prayers.
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    Instead of surfing the web, you can surf San Agustinillo’s waves, swim with the protected sea turtles, hike in the Oaxaca rainforest and indulge in a heavenly aromatherapy massage. Let the sounds of the waves gently crashing just outside your door lull you to sleep at night, for an especially peaceful rest.
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    It’s ideal for those who enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing and rowing as well as snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing in the winter – with the breathtaking scenery providing a backdrop that helps you forget about your smart phone. The lack of cell reception will ensure that you really do get to block the outside world completely from your mind and unwind in a beautiful environment.
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