Because home is where the heart is, romance-plagued homeowners must often book weekend vacations while their castle is fumigated for Cupids. Take a two-day break with today's Groupon: for $469, you get a two-night stay (up to a $758 value) and your choice of a cooking class for two or two Swedish massages (up to a $220 value) at The Essex Resort & Spa in Essex, Vermont (up to a $978 value).
The Essex AAA four-diamond culinary resort and spa includes a vast inventory of serious leisure tools, retail-fueled shoppertainment, and close proximity to wondrous activities and outdoor settings. The Essex is set on an 18-acre nook between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, offering guests splendid views and unfettered access to wealthy, cosmopolitan yetis that just finished shooting their third History Channel special.
Guests will enjoy two nights in traditional guest rooms (up to a $758 value, depending on availability), as well as access to a cooking class for two (up to a $220 value), to elevate evening repasts from microwave dinners in half-melted trays to arrangements of tastes and textures as elegant as a classically trained tea ballet. Classes center around topics such as "Classic Sauces," "French Bistro," or "Baking with VT Cheese." Check the schedule for availability because classes fill up quickly.
Alternatively, guests can relax ear-kissing shoulders and break-dancing backs with two Swedish massages at the resort’s spa (a $220 value), where unwinders will discover the pleasures of reduced muscle tension in tandem with a partner. During Vermont's summer months, vacationers bask beside a roaring bonfire under indigo skies each Saturday evening, telling each other ghost stories or straining their ears for sounds of ghosts telling human stories.