This past weekend my partner and I took a little trip to spend some time just the two of us – at a cabin off the grid. It was actually my anniversary present to him, even though that was six months ago.
So we headed out to Ottawa Valley for a weekend totally disconnected from everything. The cabin where we were going had no running water, no electricity, no wifi and no heat. The last one was going to be a little tough considering it’s still pretty wintery here… and even more so where we were going.
You’ll see in the pictures but there was snow everywhere. We were staying at the Mariposa Farm in Plantagenet, Ontario. I’ve linked the Airbnb listing in case you also want to go and have a romantic off the grid weekend.
So we arrived at this little farm, parked our car, and then headed up to the farm. There was cows and ducks and chickens. After we hung out with the animals a little we headed up a trail, it’s about 800m, up a hill to our cabin. There was already a fire going in the wood burning stove when we arrived.
The inside was a beautiful wood cabin, with a loft for the bed. We stayed from around 3pm on the Saturday and left at 11am on the Sunday. There’s a wood burning stove that we kept going all day and into the evening and then when we went to sleep (my partner tried to trick me into going to sleep at 9:30pm because it was dark and I lost track of time).
Unfortunately when we fell asleep the fire went out and I think we nearly died from cold (okay just a little dramatic). We spent the afternoon reading and playing games and the evening enjoying some wine and talking.
Some logistics: you need to bring all of your food (we were only there a short time so we just packed some snacks and sandwiches), and no there’s no indoor bathroom but it’s the nicest outhouse I’ve ever seen.
The final hike
We went on a little hike in the morning to see the other cabin near by and enjoy the deep snow. Also maybe it was just so we could warm up a little by moving around.
It was so nice to spend a weekend just the two of us without any distractions or other technology. Especially because we’re in a long distance relationship getting the chance to just hang out and be with each other without TV or anyone else around. It was a nice treat and we’ll definitely be doing something similar, and maybe even heading back there soon.
If you’re going to do something like this definitely make sure you’re going with someone whose company you enjoy and want to talk to lots. We turned our phones off but I’d recommend bringing extra chargers otherwise they won’t survive the cold. And definitely bring lots and lots of layers and warm clothes.
After we took these pictures I put on a much more ridiculous looking outfit but it was a lot warmer.
Have you ever gone off the grid for a weekend? Do you have any tips? Or suggestions for where we should go on our next adventure? We’re trying to explore a lot of Canada this year.