Click above to buy this Groupon for a weeknight stay for $40 ($82 value). Buy here for a one-night weekend stay for $65 ($136 value).
Every so often, people should get in touch with nature to trade addresses and catch up on major life developments. Today's Groupon gives you access to the birds, the bees, and the boats. For $65, you get a weekend night's stay in a cottage at Lake Norman (a $136 tax-included value), about 18 miles north of Charlotte. For $40, you can stay in the same cottage on a weeknight (an $82 tax-included value).
Guests will stay in the Captain's Water Buoy cottage, a two-story lodge just a half-mile walk from the shimmering shores of the mighty Norman. Cottages can sleep up to eight people (this Groupon covers two; you can pay $15 extra per body). The three-bedroom, two-bathroom, one-air-hockey-table cottage has both a hot tub and WiFi Internet access, for guests who prefer to soak while forwarding chain-letter emails to co-workers. Other amenities include a fire pit (for getting rid of all that stolen hair), a 36-inch flat-screen television, and tables of the billiards, ping-pong, and foosball variety. The fully furnished Captain's Water Buoy cottage is top-hatted with a large deck, offering gorgeous views of squirrels playing chess amid the scenic foliage.
Those venturing beyond the eclectically decorated confines of the cottage will find themselves face-to-fir with the breathtaking beauty that is the Lake Norman area. With 32,750 acres of surface area, a 34-mile main channel, and 520 miles of shoreline, Lake Norman is the largest manmade lake in the state, earning the nickname the "Inland Sea." Boats, jet-skis, and water-skiiers skim merrily across the lake's face, while bluegill and catfish below await the opportunity to become catches-of-the-day. Guests at the Captain's Water Buoy cottage are encouraged to rent a vessel or to BYOB(oat).
This Groupon is good toward an overnight stay in the cottage for two people; each additional person is $15. A $35 cleaning fee is required when booking (charge can increase if extra cleaning is required post-stay). A $300 damage deposit is required three days prior to staying at the cottage and will be returned in full to guests at the end of their stay, barring any Buster Keaton–level damages to the house.