Living Off The Grid
Living off the grid can be appealing to those who don’t want to deal with the frustrations of life. Having to keep up with bills, responsibilities, and obligations can make people want to run away.
While it might be appealing to leave everything behind, you’d have to give up a lot of the creature comforts that are a big part of your life now to go off the grid entirely. You’ll have to figure out how to get accommodations like air conditioning, power, and potentially indoor plumbing.
If you’re not ready to go completely off the grid, you can get a taste by visiting any of these beautiful vacation spots.
Adventures on the Gorge, West Virginia
Adrenaline junkies can go off the grid too by taking some Adventures on the Gorge. Stay in an outback cabin with room enough for six people in a one-bedroom cabin.
This rural location makes it hard to stay connected to the internet, as it is far away from most civilization. Get your heart racing by going kayaking, rock climbing, or whitewater rafting.
Check out the wild cave tour, which takes you 120 feet underground. You can even adventure into the twilight hours and take advantage of on-site camping if you don’t feel like staying in a cabin.
Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon
Nourish your body and soul at Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat. The retreat’s well-being program is specifically designed to help people reconnect with their mind and replenish their sense of inner peace.
Explore guided meditation trails like the “Spotted Owl” or the “Inner Path” in the gorgeous Willamette National Forest. Short getaways provide plenty of opportunity for massage, yoga, and natural hot springs.
Cell phones and internet capable devices are strictly prohibited. Organic vegetarian food is served in all of the dining facilities
If you’re ready to take the plunge into living off the grid permanently, you can seek to become a member of the worker-owned retreat by working for the good of the group for a year.
Cibolo Creek Ranch
Cibolo Creek Ranch is a great way to get some privacy while learning about some centuries-old history of the Lone Star State. Stay in 19th-century forts, complete with original hacienda architecture. These forts will transport you back to a time where technology didn’t rule your every waking moment.
Enjoy guided mountain tours, and ATV rides across 30,000 acres of West Texas. Hike to your heart’s content among 200 miles of trails and check out the local wildlife while you’re at it.
Emerald Lake Lodge, Canada
Located in the midst of the Canadian Rockies is Emerald Lake Lodge.The water makes for a great afternoon of fishing or rowing across the verdant lake. This 13-acre resort features 24 cabin style abodes, and has plenty of room for hiking and mountain biking in the summer and snowshoeing and skiing in the winter.
No cell reception means you’ll get a break from the outside world, whether you want it or not. With the breathtaking views of the Yoho National Park, you’ll be too awestruck to want anything but to sit and take in the beautiful outdoor environment.
Lake Placid Lodge, New York
For those on the east coast, Lake Placid Lodge offers a two-night package in a TV-free cabin. Each one offers plenty of space filled with Adirondack-style furnishings made of polished wood, as well as beds built by hand and stone fireplaces.
Your phone, laptop, tablet, and other electronic devices will stay at the front desk, leaving you no chance to sneak a peek into the digital world. Instead, bask in front of the roaring fireplace and cuddle with your loved one.
Leanto is located on Orcas Island in Moran State Park, literally disconnected from the US mainland. Camp in glamour in canvas wall tents complete with real beds and furnishings.
30 miles of hiking trails and five freshwater lakes are right next door. Complete with sunrise yoga classes on top of the mountain, you can be refreshed daily isolated in the wilderness of the San Juan Islands.
Relax from a day of sea kayaking at the on-site resort and spa and take advantage of the indoor saltwater pool or the healing stones to heal your body.
McLean’s Tsylos Park Lodge, British Columbia, Canada
McLean’s Tsylos Park Lodge is situated next to the Chilko River and the Coast Mountains. Reconnect with your loved ones away from constant notifications as you soak in the splendor of Mother Nature.
Enjoy meals prepared by the lodges in-house chef served family style. Watch your meals being cooked in the open kitchen as you prepare for the day's adventures. This Canadian adventure vacation gives you the opportunity to go fly fishing, horseback riding, or even view grizzly bears in the wilderness.
New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur, California
You don’t have to travel far to unplug from abundant technology. Big Sur sits between San Francisco and Los Angeles. One of the few working Benedictine monasteries in the US, New Camaldoli Hermitage offers complete solitude amongst gorgeous scenery.
Right on California’s central coast, you can lose yourself in the redwood-filled rugged mountains. These forests go right up to picture-perfect beaches, giving you the best of both landscapes.
Spider Lake Lodge, Wisconsin
Spider Lake Lodge Bed and Breakfast was specifically designed as a romantic getaway. Check yourself in and reconnect with your loved one. The lodge doesn’t have any maid service, room service, or maid service. This secluded area is a great way to disconnect from all the hubbub of modern life and stay in a place that still features much of its original architecture.
Each room in the lodge comes with a distinct log cabin design. Look out upon the lake as you spend some quality time with just your love, away from texts and annoying notifications.
State Game Lodge, South Dakota
The State Game Lodge is a stately residence situated in a sloping mountain valley. Built in 1920, this lodge offers traditional rooms.
Go on a Buffalo Safari, or experience an authentic western wagon cookout, complete with a hayride. You’ll be staying just an hour away from Badlands National Park and will have plenty of time to stand in awe of the local fauna.
Custer Resort features many attractions, such as the Wildlife Loop and the buffalo roundup. You won’t miss your Wi-Fi as you’ll be too busy taking in the wildlife around you.
The Graceland Inn, West Virginia
The Graceland Inn is a Victorian era mansion that still has many of the original features it was built within 1893. Located on the cusp of the Monongahela National Forest, the estate gives you easy access to some of the greatest outdoor activities on the east coast.
Stay present as you climb the Seneca Rocks. The reward for climbing all the way up is a peak the width of a sidewalk, complete with a gorgeous view.
The Vintages, Oregon
Nothing says living off the grid like staying in an RV. The Vintages lets you stay in one of 31 refurbished vintage trailers. This one of a kind resort is in the heart of wine country, sprawling across 14 acres of Willamette Valley.
Each trailer is custom made to compliment your wine tasting experience. Trailers also come with propane grills and tableware if you want to put your cooking skills to the test. Explore wine country on your cruiser bike and enjoy your stay away from civilization.
Ultima Thule Lodge, Alaska
Gorgeous multi-floored lodges dot the peaks of the Alaskan Wrangell Mountains and make up this secluded location. The Ultima Thule Lodge is a popular destination for those who seek asylum from the noise and bustle of a technology-obsessed society.
Rest inside by the glowing fireplace as you recover from a day of exploring the terrain of the nearby 13 million-acre Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
The only way you can get here is by bush plane, as it is 100 miles away from the nearest road.
Woolverton Inn, New Jersey
Two hours away from Manhattan and Philadelphia, the Wolverton Inn sits on 300 acres of farmland. Leave your worries (and phones) behind as you visit this secluded 1792 stone manor.
This old-fashioned bed and breakfast come with a gourmet country style breakfast you can enjoy on the large front porch.
Four wooly sheep live on the premises and are happy to welcome you to the property.
You can choose to stay in the cottages or the main location. Cottage packages come with fresh flowers, a three-course breakfast, afternoon refreshments, and featherbeds.
You don’t need to connect to the internet to have a good time. If you’re in need of some time off the grid, check out any of these beautiful secluded vacation spots.