Lancaster County is one of the nation’s hotspots for people looking to sever their connection to technology during their vacation, writes Kate Morgan for The Washington Post.
Unplugged travel is a rapidly growing trend round the world, with both startups and luxury resorts focusing on “digital detox” packages. Travelers who disconnect are rewarded with a more authentic cultural experience, something of particular importance to millennials.
This experience is the main driver of tourism in Lancaster County, home to the nation’s second-largest Amish population. The Amish are known for rejecting modern conveniences, including cars and electricity.
Thanks to Dave Hanson of Philadelphia, a number of Amish and Mennonite guesthouses and bed-and-breakfasts in Lancaster County now have an Internet presence.
“Since Dave put us on the Web, he’s pretty much tripled our guests,” said Sharon Zimmerman, owner of Iron Stone Acres in rural Narvon.
She said that, while a technology-free vacation can be challenging for children at first, it soon changes.
“The first day, the kids will beg for the phones or the iPad,” she said. “But pretty quickly, they start wanting to be out in the pasture or feeding the calves or playing in the creek instead.”
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