We just returned from 5 wonderful days with our family in Sea Ranch (about 3 hours North of San Francisco). What a fabulous place! Serene & rugged coastline, private beach coves and cypress tree laden trails. Here's the clincher - no cell service and not one of us brought our lap tops (eeeek!). However, being without those modern amenities, here's what I found; A) taking a walk along the ocean is more fun than checking email, B) coloring with my daughter is better than texting friends or checking voice mail, and C) playing Pictionary by a crackling fire is a great way to spend an evening.