If you're reading this article, you're logging in screen time. While it's important to stay connected to the world at large, it's also equally important to schedule out time where you completely disconnect from all your gadgets (phone, desktop, laptop, tablet, tv and pretty much anything that has a screen).
When you think of going somewhere remote, you may immediately think of rural land in a far off country. There are always easier options. If you live on the west coast, here are four amazing spots between Los Angeles and San Francisco that will inspire you to have a technology detox. (Note: This list is based on research for a personal trip; I do not have business relationships with these hotels.)
Post Ranch Inn
This beautiful inn features rooms by categories that include: cliff, pacific, ocean, coast, peak, tree, mountain, butterfly, and private houses. Nestled off of Highway One in Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn provides stunning views of the ocean, mountainside with accommodations that deserve a spread in the Architectural Digest. They also offer a coastal helicopter tour.
Ventana Inn and Spa, Big Sur
From cottage houses, villas to glamping, this hideaway offers a magical array of ways to experience solitary reflection, activities and a bit of social interaction. Ventana Inn reopens Fall of 2017 and is already booked solid for the first three weeks in October. As though being in nature isn't relaxing enough, Ventana Inn also has a luxurious spa with body treatments, massage and, even, energy work.
Carmel Valley Ranch
If you're the type that wants to hideout in nature, yet still have a ton of active options and perhaps bring along the family, Carmel Valley Ranch, might be for you. With 500 acres of land, Carmel Valley Ranch offers a stunning 18-hole, par 70 golf course amongst friendly wildlife. One more perk to this resort: they allow pets. Bring your furry friend along and make it a family technology detox trip.
Belmond El Encanto
Nestled in the hillside of Santa Barbara, the Belmond El Encanto offers bungalows and exquisite service. Schedule a sailing lesson, a hike, wine tasting, or visit the Santa Barbara Bowl just minutes away from the resort. If you're looking for a more stimulating experience while staying disconnected from screen time, this resort offers up an active lifestyle, music and art to get all your senses going.
Whether you choose to visit one of these magical properties, or find a camp ground a few hours outside of your hometown, planning ahead for a technology detox every so often will do wonders to your body, mind and soul.