$199 for a 24-Hour Stress-Buster Retreat at Heartland Spa in Gilman

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Harried city dwellers have long fled to the countryside to seek solace, fresh-killed meat, and homespun rust-proofing advice. Take a rural respite with today's Groupon: $199 for a 24-hour stress-buster retreat at Heartland Spa (a $434 value), a health-and-fitness sanctuary in Illinois farm country, 90 miles south of Chicago. This package is available on Wednesdays, Fridays, or Sundays only.

Leave the hectic city behind with this special Heartland escape package. The peaceful feelings will begin as you pull into the spa, located on a former dairy farm in Gilman, a town so small it can be kept dry during thunderstorms by a plastic grocery bag. Once at the spa, you'll be treated to a 40-minute massage and a healthy, home-cooked dinner, followed by a restful night in a rustic room where the lack of phones, TVs, Internet connections, and marching bands virtually guarantees a good night's slumber.

The next day starts with breakfast, followed by your choice of activities, from yoga and dance classes to tai chi and swimming. Or just take a quiet walk around the lake, taking care not to disrupt local truants fishing with cane poles baited with old iPods. Heartland's two-to-one staff-to-guest ratio assures adequate pampering and ample assistance in meeting your trip goals, freeing you to explore the afternoon. When lunch saunters toward your mouth, it will be dressed in low-calorie, heart-friendly cuisine that befits Heartland's commitment to sustainable, practical, and delicious dining.

Check-in starts at 2 p.m. the first day (no later than 4 p.m.), and guests must check out by 5 p.m. the second day. May only check in on Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday. May not combine Groupons to add additional nights, with an exception for customers who wish to combine Groupon price with existing 2-,3-, or 5-night specials.


Heartland Spa has been featured by the Chicago Sun-Times and ranked by Gayot as one of the Top 10 Destination Spas in the U.S. TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes, and three Yelpers give five stars:

  • It's an ideal getaway for girlfriends wanting to get a jump start on plans to make healthy changes in their lives. – Terri Colby, Chicago Sun-Times
  • Many types of exercise classes to choose from - or not if you just want to relax. The massages and salon treatments were wonderful and relaxing. Great place to challenge yourself, relax, or just pamper yourself - or all three. – Fotonut, TripAdvisor

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Dec 12, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. Cancellation policy applies. Must be 18 or older. Heartland policies apply. Valid as credit toward upgrade. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Gratuity not incl'd Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Heartland Wellness Retreat and Spa

The Heartland Wellness Retreat and Spa offers all-inclusive 2, 3, 5, and 7-night getaways as well as all-day (7 am to 8 pm) packages. All retreat packages include pampering spa services from an extraordinary staff, meals designed for optimal nutrition and weight loss, fitness classes, and wellness programming. Options include fitness assessments, nutrition assessments, and private classes with various wellness professionals. Amenities include an indoor heated swimming pool, chromology hot tub, and Himalayan salt sauna. Since 1983, the Heartland has been helping people get away from it all, make lasting lifestyle changes, and reboot healthy habits. While it garnered national attention when Oprah visited the former location in Gilman Illinois, many enjoy the new location in the heart of Lake Geneva, steps from beautiful Geneva Lake. Enjoy a "smart vacation" in the Midwest's most luxurious resort town! The professional staff at the Heartland takes great pride in helping our guests relax, make and meet wellness goals, and learn to take better care of themselves. One of most common comments from departing guests is, "This was life changing!"

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