Close your laptop. Turn off the TV. And now, perhaps the hardest of all, step away from your phone. In this day and age, many of us struggle to set boundaries with technology. The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project reveals that, as of 2012, “67 percent of cell owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating.” What’s more, “44 percent of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didn’t miss any calls, text messages or other updates during the night.”
Suffice it to say that most of us could use a break from the screens. This summer, take advantage of the “Power Down” package at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens, just outside of Atlanta. This digital detox offers you the chance to stash your electronic devices and, instead, reconnect with nature through a wide variety of unplugged activities. Activity options include watching hundreds of butterflies flutter through the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, perusing the vegetable gardens, or strolling through the art and colorful blooms in the Sibley Horticultural Center.
The highlight of the package is an old-fashioned picnic for two including delicious fare like black-eyed pea hummus and sanwiches with sweet tea marinated chicken. The picnic is packed with a keepsake blanket, and you can enjoy your meal in the gardens. You’ll be surprised how much you enjoy connecting with your partner face-to-face rather than through Facebook. Perhaps when you return, you will notice more opportunities to ditch your devices and prioritize real-life fun. Package rates start at $199 per night and are available now through August.
Details: 5887 GA Highway 354, Pine Mountain, GA, (706) 489-3300, www.callawaylodgeandspa.com