Built in 1895, Spicer Castle Inn is an escapist's paradise, offering picturesque fishing and golf on nearby Green Lake, romantic furnishings, and hearty, homemade cuisine. Rest your weary spinal cord in one of 10 distinctive guest rooms — choose from Amy's, Russel's, Ruth's, Frances', Mary's, Emily's, Allen's, Paul's, Curry's or Christopher's rooms. These accommodations boast lake or garden views and charming amenities, such as claw-foot or whirlpool tubs, queen-sized beds, and a gas fireplace in most rooms ($116 to $167 a night). Three elegant dining rooms provide noshers with panoramic views of Green Lake or its surrounding pastures as Spicer Inn’s expert chefs dish up nourishing, hearty breakfasts, à la carte dinner entrees, and all-you-can-eat specials. A bottle of wine is included in today's Groupon if you choose to eat at the Inn’s restaurant ($25). Aspiring Clouseaus can opt for the Murder Mystery dinner, where guests savor a five-course meal and a free bottle of wine, riotously point fingers at each other, and go home slightly more suspicious of whistling suits of armor.
In celebration of its hearty, handcrafted wines, Glacial Ridge Winery hosts the Annual Grape Stomp amid the five acre apple orchard on its grounds. Duos can flash VIP sipping passports valid for express check-in to receive a pair of personal wine glasses, and saunter up to tasting stations throughout the grounds, where they may each sample 12 of the winery's specialty flavors, including the denim-overalls varietal. Crafted on-site, these wines range from the complex and smoky Green Lake Girl cabernet and the Sippin' From a Slipper white wine—a silver medal winner at the 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition—to the sweet Jimmy Appleseed apple wine, which is concocted from a blend of five apples plucked from the on-site apple orchard. In addition to the tasting, the Grape Stomp hosts live music and a grape-stomping contest in which participants team up to plod through buckets of future wine.
Located just southwest of Green Lake, Big Kahuna Fun Park enchants guests with indoor and outdoor attractions including an outdoor miniature-golf course, where balls somersault down steep, faux-grass corridors packed with tricky breaks. Kids and adults can satisfy needs for speed at the go-kart track, and a slower-paced power-wheels course lets younger drivers prepare for the grown-up traffic jams looming in their futures. Guests can splash away the summer heat by ramming their inner tubes into other circular vessels at the bumper-tubes pool or take refuge from the sun in the park's indoor arcade, which also houses a Subway sandwich shop.