Every animal has a different way of showing affection: a giraffe wraps his neck around his giraffesse, and a house cat kneads his claws into the calf of his sleeping owner. Show some affection with today's Groupon: for $149, you get a two-night stay for two people at Mansion View Inn in Toledo (up to a $298 value).
A sprawling 10,000-square-foot Victorian mansion, listed on the National Historic Register for its quality of preservation, envelopes visitors in timeless elegance and opulence originally designed in 1887. Guests step through the home's Italian-marble entryway before ascending the carved grand staircase, sliding down the sleek, molded banister, and climbing the staircase for a second time to one of four guestrooms. A chandelier set in intricate molding casts soft light over the Secor Bridal Room, outfitted with a king-size bed, fireplace, and large attached bathroom with both a walk-in shower and a porcelain soaking tub. The more masculine Reynolds Room—with its hunter-green curtains, rugged antiques, and clocks sporting unshaved faces—shelters guests in a roomy interior and an adjoining private bath with a clawfoot tub. Each morning, the wafting aromas of a full gourmet breakfast prepared by Chef John rouse sleepy-eyed guests from their cozy beds.
After exploring the painstakingly restored interior of the inn, thumb through an ample selection of books, or carefully climb to the roof for a staring contest with the resident griffin. Set on the Avenue of Churches, the mansion is within walking distance of antique shops, and the The Toledo Museum of Art and a variety of restaurants are a short drive away.