10 Relaxing Getaways That Are Perfect For A Digital Detox

While everyone outside of the Bay is still lamenting the fact that beach season is over, we are just getting started around here. Our notoriously belated summer has finally hit, and in an effort to loosen up the death grip we've had on our iPhone 6 and actually enjoy the rays, we've decided it's time to take a relaxing getaway.
And, you should, too. To make things easier, we went ahead and rounded up 10 must-book Bay Area trips for you. Whether a secluded ranch in Bolinas is your speed or a zen getaway complete with meditation and the rolling Ventana Wilderness is what you’re craving, we’ve got it all. No cell phone service? Yoga? Bird watching? Sounds like the makings of the perfect digital detox. Time to pack those bags.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tassajara.
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
Located in Carmel Valley, a stone's throw from Big Sur, this property is the oldest Japanese Buddhist Soto Zen monastery in the U.S. and the first established outside of Asia. Impressive! Guests enjoy veggie meals, meditation, Japanese-style hot baths, and yoga. Basically, it's a weekend full of extreme zenning out. And, with zero cell reception, you can bet you'll return to the city stress-free. Om.
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Photo: Courtesy of Auberge du Soleil.
Auberge du Soleil
Tucked away in a remote part of wine country, Auberge du Soleil is NorCal luxury at its finest. Minimal cell service, sprawling grounds, modern rooms, and a view that could rival Machu Picchu's are all you need to unwind. Stroll around the grounds and you'll find a spacious pool area, Michelin-star restaurant, spa, and more. We could hole up here forever.
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Big Sur Estate
There's no shortage of fabulous lodging in Big Sur — we're looking at you, Post Ranch Inn. But, if you ask us, the way to go is this rental house. Not only is it perched smack-dab on the coastline, overlooking the ocean, it features three bedrooms, two baths, and a fire pit. In other words, it has weekend group getaway written all over it. The modern amenities mixed with the rustic, natural elements of the Ventana Wilderness make it an A+ choice for an inspiring excursion. Sean Parker, eat your heart out.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bodega Bay Lodge.
Bodgea Bay Lodge
Bodega Bay Lodge is nestled in the heart of the coastal city best known as the filming location for Alfred Hitchcock's Birds, and it is a seascape dream IRL. Cruise around to the beach on hotel-provided Electra bikes and pop a picnic of Northern California cheeses and organic bites wherever your heart desires. The grounds also overlook a marsh that is prime for spotting California's flora and fauna. If you want an easy respite with a healthy dose of nature and luxury, this is it.
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A Magnificent Piece Of Paradise in Bolinas
Those who know the Marin-county town of Bolinas are well aware the hush-hush spot is the epitome of a digital detox. Not only is it so off the grid that there’s no sign to enter the city (locals are notorious for removing it), but with only one restaurant, one bar, and a limited amount of other offerings, it's the quintessential quiet escape. This modern cottage in Bolinas offers views of the lagoon, an airy kitchen, large windows, a muted-toned color palette, and is on 3.52 acres of land. Sign us up!
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Hyatt Regency Tahoe
If you find nothing more relaxing than keeping busy, this is the spot for you. Not only will you find an array of natural services at the Stillwater Spa (which features two couples' "sanctuaries"), there are also a ton of activities you can do during your stay, from kayaking and hiking to standup paddle boarding and mountain biking. The killer views of the Big Blue are just an added bonus.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Carneros Inn.
The Carneros Inn
If you want an elevated wine country experience that still has down-to-earth touches, The Carneros Inn is where you need to look. The property features mini cottages that feel like a home away from home and offer nice elements like luxurious sheets and heated floors without a hint of pretentiousness. But, the POOL is where you'll find your inner zen — overlooking vino country, it is unlike anything we've ever seen. Toss back a cocktail, and forget about every worry in the world.
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Photo: Courtesy of Cavallo Point.
Cavallo Point
Want to zen out sans a two-hour drive? Hop in the car for a quick jaunt across the bridge to the historic eco-friendly Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito. Set on Fort Baker, the quiet grounds highlight Nor Cal's beauty and feature front-running views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Cooking classes, yoga, a meditation pool — all the essentials for a weekend escape.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sea Ranch.
Sea Ranch Lodge
The storied Sea Ranch is a serene 10-mile stretch of architectural eye-candy and rocky, sparse beaches in Northern Sonoma county. While the area is peppered with houses by esteemed architects, Sea Ranch Lodge is the community's mainstay and hotel for anyone who truly wants a reflective, meditative weekend. The views, the sounds, the solitude — you can't not want to escape to this place.
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Photo: Courtesy of Solage.
Solage
This eco-friendly resort is ideal for those who want a getaway but aren't quite ready for an off-the-grid experience. You'd be hard-pressed not to find a flurry of eager vacationers wanting to kick it poolside, at the renowned spa, or with a fork and knife in hand at the tasty SolBar. It's kind of the place to see and be seen in Calistoga, but still manages to maintain a serene vibe.
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