Need a digital detox? Book a yurt at this off-the-grid getaway overlooking Big Bend

The Local Chapter
The Local Chapter (The Local Chapter)

2020 feels cursed. It’s clobbered us with one catastrophe after another (e.g., the worst pandemic in a century, economic collapse, social unrest and a bitter election.) Chances are, your phone’s been buzzing with breaking news nearly every day, if not every other hour, of this never-ending year.

And even if you’ve only occasionally peeked at the news, the stress of so many alerts and updates may have left you burnt out.

An escape from the hubbub of 2020 could probably do you some good. Short of time travel, you’re best bet at an escape is traveling so far from civilization (and its cell service) your phone, and the world events it won’t stop chiming on and on about, cease to pester you.

Enter The Local Chapter, an isolated oasis in West Texas where guests can set down their screens (unsurprisingly, cell service is less than stellar out in the middle of nowhere), stretch their legs, breathe in the fresh air and rejuvenate in the natural world. The scenic campground consist of five luxe yurts perched on a 392-acre mesa overlooking Big Bend National Park.

Each 573-square-foot yurt boasts a king bed, indoor fireplace, large bathroom with oversized shower, dining table telescope, mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker, private deck, fire pit and a telescope for stargazing.

On the vacation rental’s Airbnb page, dozens of comments from former guests praise the Insta-worthy accommodations.

“Wow, what an amazing place,” wrote David, who stayed in September 2020. “The views are incredible by day and by night, but the yurt is equally beautiful so it’s hard to choose between inside and out. This is everything it appears to be. We didn’t want to leave.”

Another lodger was equally amazed by the site’s unobstructed, 360-degree views of Big Bend National Park.

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