For much of human history, hotels have provided weary wayfarers with an escape from travel's stresses, cramped vehicles, and militant Lilliputians. Seek restful refuge from pint-sized assailants with today's Groupon: for $160, you get a one-night stay, breakfast, and bike rental for two (up to a $318.98 value) at Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
Established more than a century ago as a lavish getaway for society's upper crust, Jekyll Island Club Hotel has been restored to its Victorian splendor to give modern guests a taste of classical American luxury. Each bright, inviting room features two plush double-beds or one ample queen or king bed, along with a cozy sitting nook with overstuffed chairs eager to support guests as they enjoy their complimentary breakfast, share an evening cocktail, or play a game of full-contact Battleship. Channel your inner railroad tycoon while relaxing amid the kempt fields and lush magnolia trees that line the resort's expansive grounds. Or discuss the merits of Teddy Roosevelt's monocle while feasting in the Grand Dining Room or one of the club's many other featured eateries.
A leisurely ride along the area's 20 miles of flat bike paths allows guests the best way to plumb the saltwater majesty of this barrier island coast. Cruise under bucolic peat-moss-draped oak trees, along the breezy international waterway, and through the croquet wicket before retreating back to your sumptuous abode for more robber-baron-style repose.