Life and living: Unique family retreats

In a time where we find ourselves distracted by constant beeps, boops and buzzes from the devices glued to our hands, it’s become more challenging for families to truly connect and spend quality time with each other. That’s why we’ve gathered information about six unique retreats in the United States where families can finally unplug—and get reconnected.

Raft down the Green River | Utah

Set amidst the stunning red rock canyons of Utah, the Green River offers an unforgettable adventure for the entire family. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a first-time rafter, this river offers multiple rapid types to provide just the right amount of excitement and togetherness a family needs. Enjoy gorgeous hikes and beachside campsites—all without cell service.

Drop anchor in a houseboat | Virginia

Spend time away from home on your very own houseboat, floating on more than 20,000 acres of the pristine waters of Smith Mountain Lake. Putter around the lake during the day, rent wave runners or beach your houseboat and mosey on up to town. Stop by the local arcade, take a sightseeing tour on a seaplane or gather the kids for a fun game of mini-golf.

Camp in a yurt | Oregon

If you’re looking to keep things simple and cozy, consider renting a yurt (or cabin) on the Oregon coast. Campgrounds are open year-round, and you can choose from a selection of rustic dwellings (i.e., the bare minimum and shared bathrooms) or go a little more bougie with deluxe offerings that include private bathrooms and a kitchenette. Bring books, cards or board games to pass the time in these cozy quarters.

Saddle up at a dude ranch | Colorado

Say goodbye to Wi-Fi and say hello to seasonal activities like horseback riding, s’mores by the campfire, skiing, tubing or sleigh rides. The Vista Verde Guest Ranch offers many activities all throughout the year with luxury amenities at its all-inclusive resort. Take in the gorgeous mountain views and enjoy meals prepared by talented chefs, all while spending time with your loved ones.

Paddle a canoe | Minnesota

Make your way through the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota, leaving all your cares (and cell connection) behind. Take part in a guided tour as you swim, fish, canoe, camp and explore the natural beauty of the Northwoods. Grill the catch of the day right on the shoreline and watch in awe as wildlife makes its appearance known. You never know; you may be a-moose-d by what you see.

Experience a farmstead | New York

Spend a few days living the unplugged life at the Stony Creek Farmstead. Start your early morning by collecting eggs for breakfast and enjoying them on the cookstove in your very own off-the-grid tent. Enjoy the simplicities of farm life without electricity and Wi-Fi. Take part in guided farm tours, go berry picking, kayak down the Delaware or traverse into town to sample from local breweries and cider makers.

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