Without vacations to release stress, mankind would craft giant cocoons out of wet leaves or tape over home movies with hours of white noise in pursuit of rest and relaxation. Relieve pent-up tension with today's Groupon: for $186, you get a Lake Geneva midweek golf getaway for two at The Abbey Resort in Fontana (up to a $339 value). Groupon users should make their reservations quickly, because today’s deal is only good for dates before May 25, 2011. This deal does not include taxes or the additional $12-per-night resort fee. The package includes one night's lodging in a deluxe guest room, admission for two to Avani Spa and a 20% discount on spa services, and 18 holes of golf with a shared cart for two people at Abbey Springs Golf Club.
Nestled among 90 acres of manicured lakeside land, The Abbey Resort swaddles guests in luxury with comprehensive hospitality service and a network of nearby attractions. Less than an hour's drive from Milwaukee and the northern suburbs of Chicago, the resort shelters boarders in more than 300 guest rooms, which feature cozy cottage-styled décor and bathrooms finished with marble and stone accents. Each resort or pool-view room boasts either a pillow-top king-size bed or two queen size beds to accommodate any lost rocketeers who fly onto the outdoor balcony or patio. Spacious chambers include amenities such as LCD televisions and high-speed Internet access for high-tech breaks, in case getaways become too rustic. Athletically inclined lodgers flock to the 35,000-square-foot Avani Spa open cardio-fitness workout area, sauna, and steam room. Groupon holders can enjoy 20% off Avani's full menu of spa services to soothe sore muscles and childhood memories of getting imaginary frostbite during intense games of freeze tag. All spa services require advanced registration.
The heavily wooded Abbey Springs Golf Club offers emerald stretches of par-seeking pastures about five minutes away from the resort. The course challenges golfers of every skill level with treacherous water hazards on nine of its holes, small greens that test every approach, and random holes harnessed to the backs of squirrels roaming the tree line. The 17th pin showcases the crown jewel of the course, ending a 320-yard par 4 with an elevated tee box that overlooks Lake Geneva.