A relaxing stay at an elegant bed-and-breakfast is much more enjoyable than visiting a trendy bed of breakfast, with its messy scrambled-egg mattresses and uncomfortable biscuit pillows. Savor a sturdier sojourn with today’s Groupon: for $375, you get a two-weeknight romantic bed-and-breakfast and winery getaway for two at Beall Mansion in Alton (an $853 value). The getaway includes:
- Two-weeknight stay in a second-floor guest room with whirlpool
- Glass of champagne or sparkling cider on arrival
- Silk rose-petal turndown
- Gift of Beall Mansion bath salts and cocoa-butter soap
- Chocolates on bed each night
- 24-hour all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet and hot-beverage service
- Continental breakfast
- Grafton Winery & Brewhaus visit for two, which includes: * Two glasses of wine
- Two souvenir wineglasses
- Free parking<p>
Beall Mansion, a registered historic landmark finished in 1903, ushers sweethearts into lodgings furnished with hand-woven oriental rugs, period antiques, and crystal chandeliers dangling from 11.5¬-foot ceilings. Visitors, who can check in as early as 2 p.m., can explore the statuary’s marble and bronze artwork before heading up the stairs to spacious rooms resplendent with wood pieces carved and gnawed by artisans. Italian marble floors unfurl around private baths, and whirlpools simmer enough water for two. After drying off inside his-and-hers embroidered robes, duos can crabwalk down to the always-open chocolate buffet to sate cravings with at least 21 options, from pomegranate seeds smothered in dark chocolate to milk-chocolate-covered pretzels. For daytime amusement, an outing to the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus begins with a 20-minute trip along the scenic route of the Meeting of the Great Rivers, who mostly sit around and compare trout. Sampled vinos await sipping on spacious patios or in a glass enclosure, and sippers may linger for lunch or dinner (not included in this Groupon).
Beall Mansion’s creature comforts earned it a spot as one of Midwest Living’s favorite bed-and-breakfasts. Visit the website to view the guest room and property amenities that supplement the package’s romantic gifts and accouterments.
407 E 12th St.
Alton, Illinois 62002