Contrary to popular belief, boats are actually much safer than cars, which inexplicably sink every time you drive them on water. Take a proper water road ride with today’s Groupon to Corks Away in Long Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $65, you get a mimosa cruise for two (a $156 value), which includes the following:
- Three flights of sparkling wine per guest
- Two paired appetizers
- One-hour guided sailing excursion through Naples and Alamitos Bay<p>
- For $95, you get a mixers/couples cruise for two (a $236 value), which includes the following:
- Four flights of wine
- Four paired vegetarian appetizers
- 90-minute guided sailing excursion through Naples and Alamitos Bay<p>
Since rebuilding their classic sailboat, The Wildflower, and securing another retro vessel, The Sunflower, Captain Nate and Shane have chartered courses through the romantic waters surrounding Naples and Alamitos Bay for wine- and cuisine-augmented expeditions. Up to six guests claim their seat atop crimson-cushioned couches, useful for lower-back support and defense during mid-journey pillow fights, as the U.S. Coast Guard–approved captain throws off the ropes and glides into picturesque waters. During the one-hour mimosa cruise, each passenger sips three flights of sparkling wine paired with two appetizers while absorbing the stunning shoreline sights and magnificent private space-shuttle launch pads of the Naples and Treasure Island areas. Ninety-minute mixers/couples cruises supply guests with four vegetarian appetizers and four distinct wine flights, poured into stemware that accentuates each varietal’s aroma and flavor. Pairings include pinot noir with mediterranean hummus and pita bread, and cabernet sauvignon with a pesto loaf, layered with provolone cheese, cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto sauce. Corks Away can customize offerings by request, substituting all red or white wines, or replacing libations with Juicy Juice.
Devoted surfers, sailors, and wine connoisseurs Nate and Shane channel their passions for sea waves and sips into scenic beverage cruises offered by Corks Away. Together they pilot the vintage 1961 sailboat, Wildflower, which they refurbished themselves, and its sister vessel, the Sunflower, through the waters surrounding Long Beach. Though the content of the cruises varies by season, past voyages have included mimosa flights, wine tastings, and pairings of gourmet appetizers. The duo can even accommodate large groups with their 72-foot 1920s wooden schooner, the Dirigo II, which stays docked to board 25 passengers comfortably.