Magazine article Sunset

Ready to Go off the Grid?

Magazine article Sunset

Ready to Go off the Grid?

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9 more spots where the world slips away


Near Willcox, AZ Twelve casitas dot Sunglow Ranch, go miles southeast of Tucson in the Chiricahua Mountains. When you're not horseback riding or canoeing, dip into the hot tub, try the Southwest-inspired bistro, or hang with the resident astronomer. WHAT YOU WON'T FIND: Paved roads, light pollution competing with the stars, prom $279; 2-night weekend min.;

Sunshine Coast, B.C. it's a journey to Sakinaw Lake Lodge (a ferry from Vancouver, a drive, then a small-boat ride), but once you're there, you're a world away. The three-room lodge blends seamlessly into the forest, with an outdoor firepit, hot tub, and indoor firesides for relaxing. Adventure seekers will love the canoeing and forest hiking, what you won't find: Roads, cars, or ferries arriving with tourists, from $236 US.; 2-night min.; sakinaw

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA Eighty miles from San Diego, tucked among ocotillo and barrel cactus, is the pueblo-style Borrego Valley Inn, where there are two pools, and many of the 15 rooms have private patios for night-sky viewing, in-room fireplaces, and kitchenettes. WHAT YOU WON'T FIND: Anything open after 9, more than a streetlight or two - this is a designated Dark Sky community. Trom $20s; 2-night min.; borrego

Near St. George, UT The eight adobe-style units at the new Crescent Moon Inn, 125 miles from Vegas in Kayenta, look out over a red rock paradise. More than 80 percent of the area borders wilderness preserve, so expect wildlife sightings along with horseback and mountain biking, sweeping sunsets, and works by local artists in each room. WHAT YOU won't find: Signs directing tourists (and that includes at trailheads). $175; the


Mendocino Coast, CA In the last town before Highway 1 turns inland at the Lost Coast, you'll find the six-room Westport Hotel, an elegant outpost at the edge of the earth. Set on a cliff, the inn offers little to do but sit on the porch and stare out at the Pacific, steam up in the indoor sauna, or kick back at the hotel's Old Abalone Pub. WHAT YOU WON'T FIND: Nightlife, any noise aside from ocean waves, from $140; westport

Port Orford, OR A nearly fivehour drive from Portland, WildSpring Guest Habitat isn't quite at the back of beyond, but it's close. Only the hilltop breakfast room and hot tub overlook the Pacific, but the five cozy-butnot-cutesy cabins, shaded by Douglas firs, compensate with more introspective virtues like heated floors and walk-in showers. …

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