A one-room, off-grid Scandinavian cabin. A mushroom house fit for a bookish hobbit. A posh spa retreat within an 80-acre pine forest. Each of us editors hit the road in very on-brand ways, heading to lodging destinations with one goal in particular: ditching our digital devices. It proves difficult, if not impossible, to check email from the inside of a sauna with no Wi-Fi, or when you’re cradling a book in one hand and petting a bookshop dog named Tater Tot with the other. You might be tempted to Instagram every second from inside The Naniboujou Lodge & Restaurant — and we’ll allow a photo or two — but after that, it’s time to put the phone away and enjoy a tea time straight out of a Wes Anderson movie. We break down three trips that took us away from our screens, plus 23 other destinations and activities for a Midwestern getaway filled with authentic experiences that don’t require two-factor authentication.


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Senior Editor

Maggie Ginsberg is a senior editor at Madison Magazine. Her long-form features have garnered numerous honors since 2006 including from the National City Regional Magazine Association, the Milwaukee Press Club and the American Society of Journalist and Authors. In addition to helping edit the work of Madison Magazine's contributing writers, freelancers and essayists, she writes features and the monthly Looking Back historical photo department page. Online, Maggie conducts monthly author Q&As and covers the local literary scene with her Sunday Reads monthly e-newsletter. Her own debut novel, "Still True," was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in September 2022 and was the honorable mention selection for the 2022 Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award, as well as a 2023 Midwest Book Award honoree. 

You can also find her on Instagram.

Associate Editor

Emma Waldinger (she/her) is an associate editor at Madison Magazine. She started her role in September 2022. Along with managing web and social media content, Emma writes and oversees food and dining coverage for Madison Magazine, including a monthly print column called “Back of House” and the digital BITE newsletter.

Emma graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2020 with degrees in English (creative writing) and Environmental Studies and a certificate in Food Systems. At UW-Madison, she spent a year each leading art and design direction for Alt Magazine and the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Art Committee. Her first published writing was featured in Edible Madison magazine where she also filled in as guest editor for their Spring 2022 issue.

Emma’s life-long experiences with food and gardening have been the catalyst for her fascination with the intersections between art, ecology, agriculture, and good food. She lives on Madison’s near west side with her two cats, Sybil and Elio, and spends her time reading memoirs, baking elaborate cakes, and stewarding her little garden plot at Eagle Heights Community Garden.

Instagram: @emmawaldinger