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Weekend Unplugged:
How my family survived a tech-free getaway

Hello my name is Jenn, and my children are addicted to technology.

Okay so it’s not quite that bad but there are days that I feel they could possibly benefit from a 12 step program.

This is when I start to sound just like my own mother….

When we were kids…


Seriously though, we were kicked out of the house after breakfast and returned only when we were hungry. TV had a daily limit and while we had video games (hey! I’m not THAT old), they were reserved for rainy days and sleepovers with our friends.

Now fast forward 20-some-odd years, where my own children are growing up in a completely different world. I work in a digital field so I am tied to my laptop or phone pretty much constantly. I am also the first to admit that my kids are spoiled pretty bad, especially when it comes to technology. They have several video game systems including handheld, they each have an iPad, my oldest has his own TV and computer and they have access to all of it much more than I ever thought I would allow. “When I have kids, I will limit their screen time to…”

Ya, that didn’t really work out.

Lately I’ve been feeling the intense need for us to unplug from the tech and recharge as a family. Doing a completely tech-free getaway would be quite a challenge though. Everywhere now is geared towards tech. “WiFi in every room”, “Big screen TV with 8 billion channels”, even our favorite restaurant has USB charging stations at each booth! Sure, traditional camping was an option but being so early in the season, I wanted to find somewhere that offered the luxuries of a resort (hot showers, comfortable beds, great food and family activities) without the added technology-conveniences that we were needing a break from.

Enter Cedar Grove Lodge

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