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Digital Detox at California Inns

June 2, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA [June 2, 2014]--In an era of addiction to digital devices—texting, checking emails, scrolling Facebook, scanning headlines, etc.—disconnecting from the digital world can provide a much -needed chance to press pause, recharge, and reconnect with the world in more meaningful ways.  In remote and beautiful regions of California, tech-weary travelers can find inns far from cell phone towers where they can relax and restore balance to their lives.

At 7,000 feet in the High Sierra, Sorensen’s Resort ( offers boundless outdoor recreation in a picturesque alpine valley ringed by aspens and mountain peaks without cell service, televisions, or Internet access. The 165-acre, four-season resort south of Lake Tahoe in Hope Valley offers charming cottages and log cabins with fireplaces, a wood-fired sauna, fishing streams, hiking trails, hammocks for unwinding, and wide -open meadows for admiring the blaze of stars at night. After hours, the resort puts a complimentary phone outside the office and cafÉ that guests can use in the event of an emergency, but in every other way, guests can truly unplug and enjoy their vacations.

“Out of the way, but out of this world” is how Bon Appetit once described the High Country Inn ( -Inn) off of Highway 49 in the Tahoe National Forest.  The inn is nestled on two-and-a-half acres along the North Fork of the Yuba River near Lakes Basin Recreation Area and offers stunning views of the Sierra Buttes (from the top of which hikers can see across seven counties). Nearby, there are over 40 lakes and hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, including the legendary Pacific Crest Trail. Back at the inn, there’s an acre of flowering gardens with meandering paths, a private trout pond for fishing, a hammock for lounging by the river’s edge, and in-room Jacuzzi tubs for soaking. But while guests will find WiFi at this remote retreat, there is no cell service and no in-room televisions. The inn is open seasonally from Memorial Day until the third weekend in October.

In the heart of Redwood National Park, along the banks of the Klamath River and just a mile from the ocean, the Historic Requa Inn ( offers an escape to the remote beauty of the redwood coast. There is no cell phone service and no televisions, but they do offer WiFi. But why surf the web when the surf is crashing outside?  The inn is within walking distance of the California Coastal Trail and there are a total of 164 miles of trails crisscrossing the region’s national and state redwood parks, which have been declared both an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. Opportunities also abound for fishing, kayaking, birding, beachcombing, and whale watching.  The inn was built in 1914 and offers spectacular views, well-appointed rooms with antiques and claw-foot bathtubs, an outdoor hot-tub for soaking and delicious breakfasts.

Further south, on a remote stretch of Highway One near the Lost Coast, Howard Creek Ranch ( is a 60-acre oceanfront farm bordered by miles of beach and wilderness.  The ranch only recently began making Internet access available in guest rooms, but otherwise, it is isolated from the outside world. Accommodations include rustic cabins and suites furnished with antiques, fireplaces, comfortable beds and handmade quilts with views of the ocean, mountains, creek or gardens.  The inn features a 75-foot swinging foot bridge over Howard Creek, a hot tub, sauna, massage services, flower gardens, a piano, farm animals and a diverse array of wildlife. Guests can go horseback riding on the beach, explore the redwoods or just relax in scenic splendor.

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Media Contact: Ranee Ruble, or 503-788-3938

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