If the VW Beetle is the cuddly insect of the automotive world, then the bus is the highway giraffe. Glimpse the vehicular beast's black tongue with today's Groupon. For $49, you get a roundtrip, luxury bus ride from Santa Rosa, Petaluma, San Francisco, or Sacramento to Lake Tahoe or Reno with Blue Groundways, a $104 value. Public busses kowtow to Blue Groundways, the upper echelon of bus royalty, with the luxuries of warm towel service; freshly prepared, complimentary bistro dining; and roomy, first-class seating. This Groupon covers tax, booking fee, and fuel charge. There is a $25 flat fee for cancellations or rebookings.
The many stigmas surrounding the sluggishness and spitball susceptibility of school buses and public transit are rendered inane by the sleek comforts of Blue Groundways' buses. Each Blue Groundways bus is an indulgence-vessel on six wheels, offering the musicality of Sirius satellite radio, the connection of on-board WiFi, five-star service from friendly attendants, beverages to hydrate your journey, and the most recent movie releases played on a slick video system. Scheduled routes include a Friday ride that starts in Santa Rosa and travels along Route 42 to Petaluma and Sacramento before arriving in Lake Tahoe and then later in Reno, returning back home on Sundays. The San Francisco to Reno route leaves on Fridays and Sundays with return trips on Saturdays and Sundays, making stops in both Lake Tahoe and Sacramento. Check out the route map for pick-up locations.
All journeys house 44 passengers to keep from overcrowding and cumbersome elbow kerfuffles that hamper so many taxi rides and rickshaw flights. A bus ride is an excellent way to observe coastal sights amidst state-of-the-art pampering more soothing than a car-wheel massage on your back.
Be sure to reserve your seat in advance. No shows will forfeit Groupon.