jsonline: Dave Decker is executive director of the Tri-State Tourism Council, which covers southwest Wisconsin and parts of Iowa and Illinois. He's urged tourism businesses to promote technology-free getaways - in part because it's sometimes hard to get a wireless connection in their neck of the woods. Take a perceived "negative" and turn it into a positive, says Decker, going against the grain of many tourism destinations that tout the fact they have high-speed Internet connections almost everywhere.
I hate cell phones so much and for so many reasons, but seriously, tech free zones?
If you have a bed and breakfast or farm retreat, for example, ask people to leave their electronic gadgets at the door. Put their cellphones in an egg basket and don't give them back until they leave. Don't be militant but have a little fun with it, Decker says.
Go to hell. What kind of loser would buy into this lunacy and sell job:
Technology-free getaways have gained some acceptance. The Irish Hollow Inn, in Galena, Ill., for example offers luxury cabins with fireplaces and spas but no television. "It's a shock at first when people realize there's no TV or telephone, and they have to talk with each other. But we are sold out every weekend," said co-owner Matthew Carroll.
About three hours from New York City, a 100-acre organic farm in the Catskill Mountains offers technology-free vacations where guests stay in tents tucked into a hillside facing a creek. The farm advertises that its accommodations don't have electricity or free Wi-Fi.