People often do things in hotels that they would never do in their own homes, such as sleep soundly, watch Marley and Me, or let the kids drink as much shampoo as they want. Let loose with today's Groupon: for $155, you get a one-night stay at the Wayside Inn in Ellicott City plus a bouquet of roses, champagne on ice, and your choice of a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries or a cheese-and-fruit plate (a $310 value).
The Wayside Inn sends weary travelers in a swoon with its selection of uniquely furnished and fully bedecked rooms. Climb in for a one-night stay in the Ellicott Room, inspired by an era when America had few paved roads and glacially slow calling cards, or the Banneker Room, a light-and-airy windowed space. Both rooms include a queen-size sleep vessel, a wood-burning fireplace, flat-screen TV with more than 300 channels, and a jacuzzi-style bathtub for two people or 200 adventure-seeking rubber duckies.
Once nestled cozily in a room adorned with red roses, inn denizens receive a bottle of champagne on ice and a pair of champagne flutes, perfect for making a toast or practicing for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. A plate of chocolate-covered strawberries or varieties of cheese and fruit tickle taste buds, and an evening delivery of freshly baked cookies invites stalking by Sesame Street's monsters. Guests' stomachs are further lavished in the morning with a gourmet breakfast, served amid the charming décor of the dining room.