Taking a trip to the pub is the best way to catch up on neighborhood gossip--even better than tapping neighbors' phone lines or getting into their homes under the guise of a phone-tapping-removal specialist. Get in the know with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $25 for two admissions to the Great Northern Virginia Pubs & Puzzles Race in Arlington, Virginia, on Saturday, July 13 (a $50 value)
- $50 for four admissions to the Great Northern Virginia Pubs & Puzzles Race in Arlington, Virginia, on Saturday, July 13 (a $100 value)
A beer-fueled version of The Da Vinci Code, the Great Northern Virginia Pubs & Puzzles Race lures participants on a quest to solve brain-teasing puzzles while enjoying libations at local pubs. Within an allotted time, teams attempt to solve the most puzzles and score the most points at each pub, all of which are within walking distance of one another. First, second, and third place vie for championship status in the grand finale, as well as a handful of cheesy prizes. The race begins at 2 p.m.
Josh knew the first treasure hunt he set up was a success when he saw the happy look in his three younger brothers' eyes as they uncovered the final treasure chest. Based on Josh's clues, the younger Schwabs had just gleefully trekked across Warrenton, Virginia, and into the Shenandoah Mountains in search of their goal. But the event was more than just a fun way to spend the day: it also gave them inspiration at a time when the future felt grim, as their mother was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Although that has since become a fond memory of a good day, it's also warmly remembered by the family as the catalyst that led Josh to establish Ravenchase Adventures, where he now sets up just such engaging hunts for the public.
Now Ravenchase is an event company that offers pre-set and custom treasure hunts and adventure races. As the company has grown, Josh's team has even set up events for a variety of well-known clients, from DreamWorks Studios to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. But regardless of who participates, he and his dedicated staff ensure each two- to three-hour adventure is filled with brainteasers, mysterious clues, and baffling ciphers. Each solved clue leads the groups across town with treasure maps. Fun prizes await at their final destination. In an effort to give back to the community, the company also set up the nonprofit Ravenchase Foundation, which supports organizations that inspire and teach tolerance for history, logic, and the arts.