Coaxing Parents to Unplug on Vacation

"It's amazing," agrees Robichaux, who pens the award-winning blog A Little Pregnant. "People walk on to the property and buy into this culture. It's like there is a collective agreement among guests to be discreet about what you need to do," she says. After breakfast on a typical morning, for example, you might spy a guest or two working on laptops in the lounge. "But nobody spends time there," Robichaux says. "People check their e-mail, fold up their laptops, and go."

"There's a magic that happens here when you turn off all the distractions and connect with the outdoors," says Quintin Tyler, Pixley's nephew and one of many third-generation Tylers working at the resort. "We had a guest who woke his son up at 4 a.m. and brought him outside just look at the stars. They can't do that at their home in Brooklyn, and his son had never seen a sky full of stars before."

Could unplugging on vacation even be a smart career move? "We all get burnt out," says Dulitsky. "I definitely think I do my business a service when I disconnect from time to time. It's so important for creativity. And it's the only way I can come back refreshed with new ideas and new focus," she says.

Vacationing Without the Cell Phone

The most compelling evidence that the Tyler Place is on to something is that a staggering 90 percent of guests are repeat visitors. Later this month, Dulitsky and her family will become part of that majority. "I'll actively seek this kind of unplugged vacation at least once a year," she says. "It's just so hard to find other places like this."

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