Statistically, home is the place you're most likely to fall asleep under a running lawn mower or spontaneously combust while trying to slow dance with a running lawn mower. Find a safe haven with today's Groupon: for $295, you get a two-night romantic getaway for two at Circle S Ranch & Country Inn in Lawrence (a $590 value). This Groupon can be used Sunday–Thursday.
Ensconced amid tall, native grasses at the end of a secluded country road, Circle S Ranch and Country Inn charms guests with its romantically rustic guest rooms and attentive service. Slink into a spacious third-floor room with a sweetie and clink glasses in a welcoming champagne toast while sifting through a basket of chocolate and fruit and a smattering of aromatic bath oils. Choose from a number of different rooms, including the stately Polo Room, saddled with a king-size bed, a two-person whirlpool tub, a double-sided fireplace, and a matching pair of horse lamps exhibiting outstanding bedside manners. Or bask in the soft glow of romanticism with a two-night stay in the Claret Room, outfitted with a luxurious canopy bed and a private spa bath. In the morning, rise to hot plates of a hearty, country breakfast and regale fellow couples with amusing anecdotes about recent wrestling matches for remote-control supremacy.
During the day, stroll around Circle S Ranch and its nearby attractions or simply admire the inn's refurbished exterior using a magnifying glass or a portable telescope. The inn is sanded to resemble a weathered Kansas barn with a lean-to and a matching silo. Wood planks and concrete mimicking old stone line the interior floors, along with a common-area hot tub that houses eight guests or up to one motorboat. With this package, you'll also receive a one-hour couples massage and a picnic for two to be consumed at the location of your choice.
Circle S Ranch & Country Inn
Nearly a half mile from the main road, down a hilly driveway lined with prairie grasses, sprawls a 500-acre ranch intersected with hiking trails, fishing ponds, and gardens that bloom with daylilies, peonies, and roses in the spring. This setting is the home of the Circle S Ranch & Country Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast modeled after an old-fashioned Kansas barn and complemented by a lean-to and silo. In the latter—built from the same designs the owner’s great-grandfather used to build silos during the great grain boom of the 1800s—steam from a hot tub fills the room as a staircase leads to the third floor. Old, natural wood fills every corner of the ranch, from the furniture in the inn to the stripped logs comprising the railings on the Grand Room staircase. In the summer, guests can wander the verdant grounds by foot or horseback, gathering outdoors at night to watch the twinkle of angry, torch-bearing fireflies, and in the colder months, an onsite spa serves as a warm retreat made all the more relaxing with a hot-stone massage or sugar scrub.