On television, criminal investigators are slick and relentless, which explains why most kids want to grow up to be cops, actors, or a pair of sunglasses. Shine like a snooping star with this Groupon.
$30 for Murder-Mystery Dinner for One ($59.95 Value)
Inside a sprawling white mansion, guests of The Stone Lion Inn settle in for an evening of appetizing intrigue. In the week preceding the event, each participant receives an information-laden package via email about their murder mystery, including the time period in which it takes place, news articles from that era, and a list of films for suggested viewing. Armed with a character's backstory and decked out in themed attire, each guest arrives ready to mingle with 20–40 other participants in the library, where they begin to piece together clues about the evening's nefarious plot amid shifty-eyed butlers and maids.
Guests continue to stare down their suspicious counterparts across a candlelit table laden with a seven-course gourmet meal. Afterward, they'll return to the library for a full murder investigation, sorting out who had the most compelling motive and who may have put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop. A decadent dessert intermission ushers players away from the library once more, only to return to finally identify the true culprit or come to terms with life's essential ambiguity at the night's end. Groupon customers receive $20 off their stay on the night of their show.
The Stone Lion Inn
The flicker of gas lanterns. The flounce of petticoats. Weekends at country mansions. The spirit of the Victorian era lives on in the imagination and across the grounds of The Stone Lion Inn. Here, leaded glass still lines the bookcases and the tubs all have claw feet. Built in 1907, the secluded mansion's corridors seem like something out of a mayhem, murder mystery—and they frequently are during its regular whodunits.
For all its Victorian-style trappings, guests are still free to eat breakfast at the 200-year-old French table. French-press coffee pairs with a different quiche each day and fresh berries in rum cream. From there, guests might spend the day reading in the library, practicing their pageant walk down the sweeping staircase, or gazebing in the gazebo until they're plum gazebed out.