People often do things in hotels that they would never do in their own homes, such as sleep soundly, watch Marley and Me, or let the kids drink as much shampoo as they want. Let loose with today's Groupon: for $130, you get a one-night stay and a basket of wine and snacks at Avalon Lodge (up to a $324 value) in South Lake Tahoe. Some dates require a two-night minimum stay, so customers should call ahead to inquire. Groupon holders receive 10 percent off additional nights.
The sleek rooms at Avalon Lodge offer vacationers a launching point for exploring Lake Tahoe. After long days spent soaring through the rustic environs on bikes, kayaks, and snowshoes, race to dreamland atop a mattress swathed in a triple layer of sheets and topped with an overstuffed Egyptian–cotton comforter. In the morning, teeth set their sights on a fresh continental breakfast while hungry brains gobble up news from free newspapers. Each room also boasts WiFi, an iPod docking station, and complimentary coffee, which perks visitors up for another day of lounging in the private beach or heated outdoor pool (availability varies by season). More urban diversions such as casinos, movie theaters, shopping destinations, and restaurants lie within walking distance of the lodge, which also offers pet-friendly rooms.
Rates vary by room, season, and reservation time. Plan ahead to make sure you're redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time.