After navigating floating platform staircases, dodging living-room-level bosses, and searching for randomly appearing bathroom keys, most homeowners come to regret purchasing houses built by video-game designers. Today's Groupon offers respite from the chaos: for $179 you get two nights in a one-bedroom suite (up to a $418 value), plus a free appetizer and half off Aveda spa services at The Lodge at Giants Ridge, located in Biwabik near Superior National Forest.
A condominium hotel, The Lodge at Giants Ridge treats burned-out office workers and city-dwellers to a picturesque forest retreat in northern Minnesota that is neither made of gingerbread nor infested with witches. Guests will get to rest their weary brain-cases in a one-bedroom suite for two nights in any of The Lodge's wood-decorated Mesabi condominiums, which can accommodate up to four people and includes a king-size bed, a living area with a double futon, and a fully equipped kitchenette for late-night cravings of goulash and turkey legs. Depending on availability, revelers can choose a Mesabi one-bedroom outfitted with a whirlpool and fireplace for waterlogged marshmallow roasting (up to a $398 value), or add a view to the whole kit and caboodle (up to $418 value). By day, guests can relish the resort's luxurious amenities, which include a fitness center, outdoor and indoor pools, phone-pole jousting arenas, and tennis and volleyball courts. Groupon room-and-boarders will receive a complimentary appetizer at Sticks Lounge.
Golfers, meanwhile, can marvel at picturesque tee shots at one of The Lodge's two Golf Digest-acclaimed golf courses—the 7,000-yard Quarry (ranked #1 public course in Minnesota, #20 public course in the U.S.) and the forest-nestled Legend (#3 in Minnesota, #72 in the U.S.). Bike and hike along one of the 2,000+ lakes and rivers in the Superior National Forest or paddle through dense forests along the St. Louis River. Architectural enthusiasts can tour Duluth's majestic 39-room 1908 Glensheen Mansion, candelabra in hand. Double-daters can treat their loved ones to a romantic getaway that doesn't involve dozens of police cars in hot pursuit by upgrading to a Northwoods two-bedroom condo for an extra fee. Today's Groupon also gets you half off any Aveda spa services during your stay at The Lodge, so you can indulge in a much-deserved spa pedicure after a busy day of bird-watching, birdie-making, and Birdman-shouting.
The Lodge at Giant's Ridge
Tucked into the scenic wilderness of northern Minnesota, Lodge at Giants Ridge occupies a prime location for enjoying the area’s year-round outdoor recreation. In the winter, skiers flock to slopes deemed some of the Midwest’s best by Ski magazine. Summer, on the other hand, is the time for hiking, mountain biking, and golfing at two of _Golf Digest_’s Top 100 courses in the nation—The Quarry and The Legend courses, ranked 20th and 72nd, respectively.
Elsewhere on the property, chefs at Timbers Restaurant prepare sirloin steaks, fettuccine alfredo, and homemade pizzas in a laid-back atmosphere. The onsite La Ridge spa, an Aveda spa and salon, doles out soothing services such as one-hour massages as relaxing as a smooth-jazz album translated into whale sounds.