Are you already feeling a little tired of wall-to-wall election coverage? Since many of us are attached at the hip (literally!) to our smartphones, it can be hard to get away from the news.
We’ve solved the problem for you, with a list of places that don’t just tempt you to turn off your phone – they force you to!
The Virginia Creeper Trail
Even though it’s an easy, mostly downhill ride on this famous trail, texting and biking is still a bad idea. Plus, large sections of the trail within Jefferson National Forest have no cell reception. Keep your phone with you for taking pictures of the gorgeous mountains and trestle bridges, but wait to update your Instagram feed until you get back to town. #latergram #creepertrail Find out more>
Escape into the world of imagination with a play or musical at Barter Theatre. Best of all, the use of cellphones or other electronic devices is not allowed during the show. So pay attention to the pre-show announcement, and turn it to airplane mode, unwrap your candy, and enjoy two hours of news-free entertainment. Find out more>
Adventure Mendota Kayaking
Located just outside of Abingdon on the North Fork of the Holston River, this outfitter’s slogan is “Get off the grid and into the river!” You’ll be out of cell range for most of your trip, while you lazily paddle down the river (this section is generally rated Class 1 or Class 2, great for beginners and families). Find out more >
The Spa at The Martha
The Martha Washington Inn & Spa actually has excellent cell reception, and free wi-fi for guests. But you won’t want to use it when you sign up for a day of pampering at the spa. This grand old hotel in downtown Abingdon offers massage, facials, mani/pedis, body treatments, a heated salt-water pool and outdoor hot tub and fire pit. Put that phone on silent, slip on a robe and bliss out.