In today’s world, it seems almost impossible to find a way to disconnect from technology. Eyes are glued to phones, television screens, or tablets, and you just can’t seem to get away from those pesky work emails that pop up on your phone during the weekend. Technology is such an integral part of our lives that it’s hard to imagine going a weekend without it—but contrary to popular belief, it can be done.

One of the best ways to disconnect from your phone or television is by getting far away from cell or internet service. Plan a weekend getaway to a destination that helps you reconnect as a family. Vacation cabin rentals in northern Minnesota are the perfect option. You can enjoy a technology-free weekend any time of year. Plus, with all of the fun activities, you won’t even miss staring at your screens.

Technology-Free Activities

After you’ve secured your cabin rental in Minnesota, it’s time to think about what sort of activities you can do as a family that will make you want to leave your phones behind. With indoor and outdoor activities, you’ll be able to find something to do for any occasion—rain or shine.

Water Activities

In the summer, what better way to spend your days at the cabin than on the lake? There are so many fun things to do on the water. Take your boat out and grab some water skis, or if you don’t have a boat you can rent one. Pelican Lake is known for some incredible fishing, too, so don’t forget to bring your fishing poles. You can catch bass, bluegill, or northern pike—but just remember to keep in mind the slot limits in order to help preserve the lake.

Swimming on the beach is another great activity for the family. Build sand castles, have a swimming race, or just relax in the sun. If you’re looking for an activity to get you moving, water volleyball will do just the trick. Grab your family and split into teams for some fun, healthy competition. With even more options like stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, or canoes, you’ll be sure to find something for every family member to enjoy while on the water.

Bond with Food

When you’re staying in a cabin that isn’t very close to a lot of restaurants, you’ll be spending a lot of time cooking in your kitchen or firing up that grill. When you cook together as a family, you not only create yummy food but memories that will last a lifetime. Head to the grocery store and make a plan to cook some of your favorite meals. You can also put together a beachside campfire and end the day with delicious s’mores while watching the sunset.

Take a Hike

Spending time outdoors is a great way to disconnect from technology. With various trails near Pelican Lake, you’re bound to find something engaging for each family member. Enjoy the fresh outdoors and beauty of nature without the distraction of your phone. Even take a quick trip to Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary to get a glimpse of the bears.

Game Night

If there are days where the weather doesn’t permit outdoor activity, take the fun inside. If you’re vacationing in the winter, it might get too cold or snowy to go for a hike outside. Bring some of your favorite board games during this season, such as a puzzle or Monopoly—or head to the lodge to have a competitive game night with your family.


On warm summer nights, head outside when the stars begin to shine or bundle up during the winter! See if you can find some shooting stars or count all of the constellations you can observe. You definitely won’t want to bring your phone for this activity since the light can be distracting when it’s dark out. You can even enjoy viewing the colorful northern lights in the fall and winter months.

Disconnect Together at Birch Forest Lodge

If you’re looking for the perfect weekend getaway sans technology, look no further. You can enjoy plenty of phone-free activities year-round that are fun for the whole family at Birch Forest Lodge. Take advantage of one of our twelve exceptionally clean Minnesota cabin rentals that are nestled on over a thousand feet of amazing lakeshore. Head out to fish, stargaze, or enjoy a family game night away from all other distractions. Contact us today to reserve your cabin and start making some of your favorite memories!