Archive for January, 2012

Two-Night Stay for Two Adults at the Joshua Grindle Inn in California

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Two-Night Stay for Two Adults at the Joshua Grindle Inn in California

Victorian Estate Overlooking Rocky California Coast

In the 1870s, a 25-year-old sailor left his home in Maine and took to the seas, hoping to find work and a place to call home. While sailing the California coast, Joshua Grindle came across a rocky promontory whose thick forest and steepled churches evoked the New England towns he'd left behind. Grindle came to anchor in the budding village of Mendocino, found a wife, and built his first home, which stands today as one of four houses comprising the Joshua Grindle Inn.

The Main House calls to mind a Victorian farmhouse from Maine, but its redwood construction speaks of a West Coast pedigree. A resident poodle and two cats might be seen balancing the books on the wraparound porch, which overlooks herb and floral gardens, resplendent with rhododendrons, daisies, and poppies. On nice mornings, guests take to the porch for breakfasts such as apple crêpes and spicy baked pears drizzled with yogurt, paired with sips of Big River Coffee’s special Joshua Grindle Inn Organic Blend.

Guest rooms in the Main House, the Saltbox Cottage, and historical wooden Water Tower are individually decorated, but each incorporates an old New England aesthetic with antique furnishings, four-poster beds, and crackling fireplaces. In the Saltbox Cottage, a former chicken coop, open cedar-beam ceilings, and historical artwork open a small window to Mendocino's early days. Shelves of hardback books stocked by the innkeepers add a personal touch to each room, which all overlook either the ocean or the village of Mendocino.

Mendocino, California: New England–Style Hamlet on the West Coast

Mendocino's old-fashioned cottages and quaint churches appear as if they were plucked from a coastal New England town, and there's little mystery why. The village's first settlers came mostly from the northeast and brought with them their back-home stylings. The redwoods that originally attracted loggers are no longer a source of industry, but the dense forest east of town is a haven for hikers and naturalists. The village’s arts culture emerged in the 1950s and continues to thrive with civic organizations such as the Redwoods Symphony and Mendocino Theater Company.

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Five or Ten Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, or MMA Drop-In Classes at Gracie Fighter San Jose (80% Off)

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Five or Ten Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, or MMA Drop-In Classes at Gracie Fighter San Jose (80% Off)

Though often regarded as instinct, fighting is actually a skill acquired in the womb, where all babies must defeat their evil selves in order to be born. Further prenatal training with today's Groupon to Gracie Fighter San Jose. Choose between the following options:

  • For $25, you get five jiu-jitsu, muay thai, or mixed martial arts (MMA) drop-in classes (a $125 value).
  • For $49, you get ten jiu-jitsu, muay thai, or mixed martial arts (MMA) drop-in classes (a $250 value).

Led by four-time jiu-jitsu world champion Caio Terra, Gracie Fighter San Jose enlightens children and adults in the art of technique-driven self-defense. Black belt instructors conduct workshops partitioned by child (ages 4–8), junior (ages 8–14), and adult age groups in a range of grappling, kickboxing, and amalgamated disciplines. Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes focus on refining techniques before students engage in five-minute sparring bursts with other classmates and B-list movie bullies. A grappling-style art, Jiu Jitsu combines sweeps and submissions with defensive escapes and guard passes taught in a traditional gi uniform or no-gi style, which makes grabbing an opponent more difficult.

Students of muay thai kickboxing gain competence in fighting and fitness with plyometric routines for increasing stamina and shadowboxing bouts that maintain the third dimension’s dominance over the second. Gracie sponsors its own MMA team with fighters including MMA stars Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz, Jake Shields, and Gilbert Melendez, and MMA courses blend grappling and kickboxing skills specific to fighting in a ring. By incorporating use of the cage wall, kicks and punches take on an added dimension and complement ground-position training.

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$80 for Two Hours of Gutter Cleaning from Almaden Valley Window Washing ($160 Value)

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
$80 for Two Hours of Gutter Cleaning from Almaden Valley Window Washing ($160 Value)

Without regular upkeep, residential exteriors can accumulate grime on their siding and flocks of feral lawn flamingos on their eaves. Domesticate your kingdom with today's Groupon from Almaden Valley Window Washing, valid in Santa Clara County.

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$80 for two man hours of gutter cleaning by one staff person (a $160 value)

  • Average job completed within two hours
  • Time varies by size of house and amount of work needed
  • Additional hours (if requested) cost $45 each

Almaden Valley Window Washing

At Almaden Valley Window Washing, a small, family-run business operating for more than three decades, technicians use only child- and pet-safe cleaning products to oust gunk from homes' interiors and exteriors. Grime fighters free windows of light-blocking filth and relieve gutters of accumulated foliage or broomstick fibers dropped by migrating witches. The handy team can also refurbish houses' insides with home repairs or remodeling. Always attuned to homeowner's satisfaction, the company's landscape architects use meticulous techniques when coiffing hedges, installing gutter protectors, or painting decks with glow-in-the-dark bull's eyes for arriving UFOs.;m]]

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$15 for Horseracing Outing with Upscale American Cuisine at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley (Up to $31.50 Value)

Monday, January 30th, 2012
$15 for Horseracing Outing with Upscale American Cuisine at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley (Up to $31.50 Value)

Millions of people worldwide enjoy horse racing, but very few of them actually have the speed, strength, and endurance required to win a race against a horse. Leave horseplay to the professionals with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a race-day package for one at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley (up to a $31.50 total value). The package includes:

  • Admission to the Turf Club viewing theater and restaurant during any race (a $15 value)
  • $12 worth of upscale American cuisine
  • A tip sheet (a $2.50 value)
  • Racing program for Thursday–Sunday events (a $2 value)

Races are typically scheduled at 12:45 p.m. each Thursday–Sunday.

Brushing up against the shore of the San Francisco Bay with brilliant views of downtown Berkeley, Golden Gate Fields unleashes adrenaline-charged sprints along a one-mile track. Thoroughbreds gallop toward victory, spilling sweat and kicking up dirt as spectators cheer them on in style from inside the Turf Club, where private viewing screens at each table, more than 80 jumbo monitors, and a full glass wall present a panoramic view of the entire course. Half-pound black Angus cheeseburgers, bay-shrimp cocktails, and three-lemon risotto ($6–$21) compete with the equine action for attention as guests clad in smart-casual attire browse tip sheets and programs and try to guess which horse will win Miss Congeniality.

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$15 for Horseracing Outing with Upscale American Cuisine at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley (Up to $31.50 Value)

Monday, January 30th, 2012
$15 for Horseracing Outing with Upscale American Cuisine at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley (Up to $31.50 Value)

Millions of people worldwide enjoy horse racing, but very few of them actually have the speed, strength, and endurance required to win a race against a horse. Leave horseplay to the professionals with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a race-day package for one at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley (up to a $31.50 total value). The package includes:

  • Admission to the Turf Club viewing theater and restaurant during any race (a $15 value)
  • $12 worth of upscale American cuisine
  • A tip sheet (a $2.50 value)
  • Racing program for Thursday–Sunday events (a $2 value)

Races are typically scheduled at 12:45 p.m. each Thursday–Sunday.

Brushing up against the shore of the San Francisco Bay with brilliant views of downtown Berkeley, Golden Gate Fields unleashes adrenaline-charged sprints along a one-mile track. Thoroughbreds gallop toward victory, spilling sweat and kicking up dirt as spectators cheer them on in style from inside the Turf Club, where private viewing screens at each table, more than 80 jumbo monitors, and a full glass wall present a panoramic view of the entire course. Half-pound black Angus cheeseburgers, bay-shrimp cocktails, and three-lemon risotto ($6–$21) compete with the equine action for attention as guests clad in smart-casual attire browse tip sheets and programs and try to guess which horse will win Miss Congeniality.

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American Dinner for Two or Four or Lunch for Two at Redwood Creek Grill in Redwood City (Up to 55% Off)

Monday, January 30th, 2012
American Dinner for Two or Four or Lunch for Two at Redwood Creek Grill in Redwood City (Up to 55% Off)

A perfect table setting requires pristine linens and polished cutlery, except at off-Broadway restaurants, where waiters set every table in postapocalyptic Vienna. Avoid avant-garde eating with today’s Groupon to Redwood Creek Grill in Redwood City. Choose from the following options:

  • For $35, you get an American dinner for two (up to a $78 value). The dinner includes:
    • One appetizer (up to a $14 value)
    • Two entrees (up to a $25 value each)
    • Two glasses of wine (a $7 value each)

  • For $70, you get an American dinner for four (up to a $156 value). The dinner includes:
    • Two appetizer (up to a $14 value)
    • Four entrees (up to a $25 value each)
    • Four glasses of wine (a $7 value each)

  • For $23, you get an American lunch for two (up to a $47 value). The lunch includes:
    • One appetizer (up to a $14 value)
    • Two lunch items (up to a $14 value each)
    • Two fountain drinks (a $2.50 value each)

Renovated and reopened by a new team of culinary savants in October, Redwood Creek Grill heaps plates with domestic fare. Chefs send out tantalizing appetizers such as crispy calamari to lure out taste buds building snow forts behind molars, whereas succulent short ribs and steaks, accompany glasses of house wine. Noontime diners dig into signature burgers such as the Big Blue burger, whose substantial patty is crowned with an edible toupee of tangy, creamy blue cheese. While not included in this Groupon, guests can bring dogs along to dine from a canine-friendly menu out on the porch.

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American Dinner for Two or Four or Lunch for Two at Redwood Creek Grill in Redwood City (Up to 55% Off)

Monday, January 30th, 2012
American Dinner for Two or Four or Lunch for Two at Redwood Creek Grill in Redwood City (Up to 55% Off)

A perfect table setting requires pristine linens and polished cutlery, except at off-Broadway restaurants, where waiters set every table in postapocalyptic Vienna. Avoid avant-garde eating with today’s Groupon to Redwood Creek Grill in Redwood City. Choose from the following options:

  • For $35, you get an American dinner for two (up to a $78 value). The dinner includes:
    • One appetizer (up to a $14 value)
    • Two entrees (up to a $25 value each)
    • Two glasses of wine (a $7 value each)

  • For $70, you get an American dinner for four (up to a $156 value). The dinner includes:
    • Two appetizer (up to a $14 value)
    • Four entrees (up to a $25 value each)
    • Four glasses of wine (a $7 value each)

  • For $23, you get an American lunch for two (up to a $47 value). The lunch includes:
    • One appetizer (up to a $14 value)
    • Two lunch items (up to a $14 value each)
    • Two fountain drinks (a $2.50 value each)

Renovated and reopened by a new team of culinary savants in October, Redwood Creek Grill heaps plates with domestic fare. Chefs send out tantalizing appetizers such as crispy calamari to lure out taste buds building snow forts behind molars, whereas succulent short ribs and steaks, accompany glasses of house wine. Noontime diners dig into signature burgers such as the Big Blue burger, whose substantial patty is crowned with an edible toupee of tangy, creamy blue cheese. While not included in this Groupon, guests can bring dogs along to dine from a canine-friendly menu out on the porch.

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Tandem Skydive for One or Two at Skydive Hollister (Up to 44% Off)

Monday, January 30th, 2012
Tandem Skydive for One or Two at Skydive Hollister (Up to 44% Off)

The need to feel the wind in your hair is best fulfilled by skydiving, though it can also be fulfilled by riding in a convertible, swinging on a tire swing, or getting sneezed on by a jumbo jet. Give your hair the ride of its follicular life with today's Groupon to Skydive Hollister, located roughly an hour from San Jose at Hollister Airport. Choose between the following options:

  • For $99, you get a tandem skydive at 10,000 ft. for one (a $169 value).
  • For $189, you get a tandem skydive at 10,000 ft. for two (a $338 value).

Visitors to Skydive Hollister surf the skies while securely strapped to a professional who has completed a minimum of 1,000 jumps. Clients swan dive into the atmosphere at approximately 10,000 feet and hurtle toward Monterey Bay at 120 miles per hour, boldly ignoring posted speed-limit signs and strict lectures from mother geese. Passengers free-fall for about 60 seconds, giving them ample time to preemptively identify future fashion trends as life flashes by in fast-forward mode. Instructors activate parachutes at 5,000 feet, after which airborne patrons can help to guide floating parachutes back to earth for several scenic minutes. Groupon customers may also upgrade jumps to a height of 15,000 feet for an additional fee, affording 30 seconds of additional adrenaline-fueled airtime.

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Tandem Skydive for One or Two at Skydive Hollister (Up to 44% Off)

Monday, January 30th, 2012
Tandem Skydive for One or Two at Skydive Hollister (Up to 44% Off)

The need to feel the wind in your hair is best fulfilled by skydiving, though it can also be fulfilled by riding in a convertible, swinging on a tire swing, or getting sneezed on by a jumbo jet. Give your hair the ride of its follicular life with today's Groupon to Skydive Hollister, located roughly an hour from San Jose at Hollister Airport. Choose between the following options:

  • For $99, you get a tandem skydive at 10,000 ft. for one (a $169 value).
  • For $189, you get a tandem skydive at 10,000 ft. for two (a $338 value).

Visitors to Skydive Hollister surf the skies while securely strapped to a professional who has completed a minimum of 1,000 jumps. Clients swan dive into the atmosphere at approximately 10,000 feet and hurtle toward Monterey Bay at 120 miles per hour, boldly ignoring posted speed-limit signs and strict lectures from mother geese. Passengers free-fall for about 30 seconds, giving them ample time to preemptively identify future fashion trends as life flashes by in fast-forward mode. Instructors activate parachutes at 5,000 feet, after which airborne patrons can help to guide floating parachutes back to earth for several scenic minutes. Groupon customers may also upgrade jumps to a height of 15,000 feet for an additional fee, affording 30 seconds of additional adrenaline-fueled airtime.

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One, Two, or Four Airbrush-Tanning Sessions at Visible Changes Salon & Day Spa in San Mateo (Up to 75% Off)

Monday, January 30th, 2012
One, Two, or Four Airbrush-Tanning Sessions at Visible Changes Salon & Day Spa in San Mateo (Up to 75% Off)

Although outdoor tanning allows humans to absorb the sun's natural energy, the sapped star will eventually turn pale and suffer the fate of Earth's original sun, the moon. Save the sun with today's Groupon to Visible Changes Salon & Day Spa. Choose from the following options:

  • For $18, you get one airbrush-tanning session (up to a $45 value).
  • For $25, you get two airbrush-tanning sessions (up to a $90 value).
  • For $45, you get four airbrush-tanning sessions (up to a $180 value).

Within private treatment rooms equipped with state-of-the-art exhaust systems, Visible Changes' trained airbrush technicians spritz bodies with customized Norvell tanning sprays that last for five–seven days. Patrons can choose to don disposable garments that create desired tan lines before one of the staffers tailor the hypoallergenic sprays to individual skin and body type. They'll then sluice skin with the vitamin- and antioxidant-fortified mist, yielding a natural sun-kissed glow without the trouble of saving the sun from being run over on train tracks by a dastardly villain. Tans—replete with highlights—fully develop during the 24-hour period following the 30-minute airbrushing session. While patrons wait for their tanning sessions, patrons can sample a selection of teas and coffees, or spend time saying heartfelt goodbyes to their pallid skin shades.

Though Visible Changes Salon & Day Spa sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.

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