Archive for June, 2012

Paintball for One, Two, or Four with Equipment Rental and Paintballs at Escape in Rohnert Park (Up to 63% Off)

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
Paintball for One, Two, or Four with Equipment Rental and Paintballs at Escape in Rohnert Park (Up to 63% Off)

A trip to the paintball arena is the only way to treat an itchy trigger finger, outside of expensive rash creams or firing a water gun carved from a cactus. Scratch the itch for vengeance with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $19 for a paintball package for one, including all-day admission, two pods of paint, unlimited air, and rental of gun, mask, loader, and vest (a $40 value)
  • $35 for the above paintball package for two (an $80 value)
  • $59 for the above paintball package for four (a $160 value)

Each person gets two pods that contain 140 paintballs. Groupon customers can keep the pods. Additional paint can be purchased onsite ($7 for another take-home pod with 140 paintballs).

Escape

Escape curates friendly competition within its 45,000-square-foot facility, which houses massive paintball and laser-tag arenas. The faux-combat emporium houses two indoor paintball fields, including a castle-themed map in which players defend flags just like peasants did in the days of medieval paint arrowing. Ribbons of light cut through the ominous fog that hangs over the 5,000-square-foot Q-ZAR Lazertag arena, a maze-like structure illuminated by black lights and soundtracked with high-octane beats. After rounds of recreational warfare, guests can relax at Escape's arcade or tap into the building-wide wireless Internet to send an email ordering an ambush on an unsuspecting pal.

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$29 for a One-Year Membership with $35 Driving Credit from Zipcar ($120 Value)

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
$29 for a One-Year Membership with $35 Driving Credit from Zipcar ($120 Value)

Owning a vehicle can be expensive, requiring periodic maintenance and a bathtub big enough to wash an SUV. Keep your money where your wallet is with this Groupon.

$29 for One-Year Car-Sharing Membership with Driving Credit ($120 Total Value)

  • One-year membership for one person (a $60 value)
  • Membership sign-up fee (a $25 value)
  • $35 driving credit

Memberships automatically renew and bill at then-current rates. Call Zipcar at (866) 494-7227 to cancel.

Zipcar

Operating across dozens of cities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, Zipcar helps green the environment and cuts out the costs of vehicle ownership with its four-step process that lets members rent vehicles on the fly. Members can pull up the website or use their phones to choose from hundreds of cars locally in more than 20 styles, including BMWs, pickup trucks, and sedans. At the time of pick-up, members simply hold their Zipcar card up to the parked vehicle's windshield, wait for the welcoming click of unlocking doors, and drive off to realize the dream of using a drive-thru. Rentals—by the hour or by the day—also include insurance and gas. Zipcar's team also touts the eco-friendly benefits of their business—by lessening the number of cars on the road, the company hopes to lower pollution, dependence on oil, and the need to chop pine trees into air fresheners.

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5 or 10 Pilates Reformer Classes at KB Fitness (Up to 59% Off)

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
5 or 10 Pilates Reformer Classes at KB Fitness (Up to 59% Off)

Pilates combines mental toughness with physical strength, much like solving a Sudoku puzzle engraved in stone. Deepen your cuts with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $39 for 5 Pilates reformer classes (up to a $95 value)
  • $79 for 10 Pilates reformer classes (up to a $190 value)

Between sliding platforms, sculpted handholds, and complex series of pullies, Reformer machines provide the body with a workout that reaches every joint and muscle. The six reformer beds sculpt and tone bodies while eliminating any of the long-term damage caused by high-impact exercise. Instructors also limit the class-size to six, ensuring tons of personal attention for each participant. Classes run Monday through Saturday.

KB Fitness

Kathy Burgett started bringing fitness into other people's lives in 1978, and since then she's been on a nonstop road toward expanding her workout regime. She got her degree in Physical Education from Washburn University in 1982, aced her ACE Personal Training Certification in 1992, and even opened her own school in 2000, borrowing her gym nickname to complete the title of KB Fitness.

Now, with a host of other instructors, Kathy whips clients into shape with one-on-one training, group fitness classes, and temporary tattoos of motivational posters. Her teachers increase flexibility with yoga courses, empower cores in Pilates reformer classes, and turn heart rates up to 11 during cardio kickboxing sessions.


Though KB Fitness sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.

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Dermalogica Core Treatment Facial or Sothys Anti-Aging Facial at PearlFace Salon in Sunnyvale (Up to 61% Off)

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
Dermalogica Core Treatment Facial or Sothys Anti-Aging Facial at PearlFace Salon in Sunnyvale (Up to 61% Off)

Different facial expressions can cause wrinkles, such as laughlines from smiling and frown lines from seeing a baby get attention just for eating spaghetti. Even things out with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

The Dermalogica core treatment facial begins with a three-step cleaning and analysis customized to various skin types. An exfoliation, massage, and mask then nourish pores with botanical components. Alternatively, the Sothys anti-aging facial strives to subtract wrinkles with a volcanic-rock-and-salicylic-acid mineral microdermabrasion. Specialized serums fight fine lines as a massage and collagen-lifting mask firm up features. Each facial lasts approximately one hour.

PearlFace Salon

Aestheticians at PearlFace Salon zero in on outer beauty with upscale facials, waxing, and threading services. Facials play to a host of epidermal issues with top professional skincare products, such as the French brand Sothys or Dermalogica, a line that avoids common irritants such as mineral oil or Gilbert Gottfried impersonations. Highly personalized, facials target specific skin conditions, with different procedures for teen and adult acne. Anti-aging varieties hone in on specific issues such as brightness or eye puffiness, and luxury options incorporate pearls, diamonds, or herbs such as rose, basil, and lavender. Private treatment rooms afford clients serene spaces for treatments, including private waxing sessions.

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$75 for a One-Night Stay with Two Welcome Drinks at San Benito House in Half Moon Bay, CA (Up to $186 Value)

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
$75 for a One-Night Stay with Two Welcome Drinks at San Benito House in Half Moon Bay, CA (Up to $186 Value)

Victorian Inn with Lively Saloon and Deli

The absence of modern distractions is in keeping with the old-fashioned character of San Benito House, which was constructed in 1905. There are no phones or televisions in the guest rooms at the hotel. The peace and quiet helps you enjoy the simpler pleasures on hand—a beer from the onsite saloon, for example, or a stroll along the shores of nearby Half Moon Bay.

Antique furnishings decorate the guest rooms, where extensive renovations have restored the inn’s original glow. In one room, a floor-to-ceiling headboard is carved out of antique doors. In the bathrooms, meanwhile, you might find a Victorian claw-foot tub or a porthole made of stained glass.

In the saloon, the walls are decked out with decorative animal heads from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and vintage photographs of Bay Area locals riding steam-powered segways. Local and imported beers flow from bottles and taps, as chefs dish up classic American fare such as burgers made with hormone- and antibiotic-free beef from Niman Ranch. French doors and flower boxes separate the bar from the garden, where visitors and locals gather for coffee and conversation. At the onsite San Benito Deli, you can enjoy a sandwich made with fresh-baked whole-wheat, french, or olive-walnut bread.

Half Moon Bay, California: Historical Town on the Bay Area Peninsula

Charming buildings dating back to the 1800s line Main Street in Half Moon Bay, a seaside town on a peninsula about 29 miles south of San Francisco. Though largely rural, Half Moon Bay's proximity to Silicon Valley has led to an influx of upscale restaurants, galleries, and boutiques that have taken up residence in the 19th-century buildings. Local farms and coastal wineries supply eateries with seasonal fare and tasty varietals, respectively.

At Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, small pools fill up along the shore at low tide, revealing hermit crabs and starfish. You can explore the area's rocky terrain on your own or follow along with a volunteer naturalist, who will gladly point out critters in the sandy coves and monterey cypress trees in the forest.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

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Four-Day Online Stock-Trading Course or 16-Day Boot Camp from Bulls on Wall Street (Up to 97% Off)

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
Four-Day Online Stock-Trading Course or 16-Day Boot Camp from Bulls on Wall Street (Up to 97% Off)

Though he was known for spinning straw into gold, a penniless Rumpelstiltskin spent his twilight years trying to spin shoelaces into a high-yield 401(k). Plan for the future with this Groupon.

Choose From Two Options

  • $49 for a four-day in-depth online stock-trading class (a $1,500 value)
  • $999 for a 16-day Trade Like a Pro online boot-camp class (a $4,000 value)

Four-day sessions impart the basics of short-term stock trading through four online classes. Students will receive a digital coursebook and can watch live, or view a prerecorded version later in the day. Lessons cover setting up charts and indicators, scanning for potential plays, and how to implement day-trading setups.

The more extensive 16-day Trade Like a Pro boot-camp course delves deeper to cover 19 subjects, from setting up charts to recognizing profitable day or swing-trade setups. The extensive course will guide students through all components of the Bulls On Wall Street method of trading. Students will also receive a coursebook that includes details on all subjects covered in the class.

Both options include six months of access to the Bulls on Wall Street trading community, as well as one-on-one questions and tips from instructors. See course dates here.

Bulls On Wall Street

Professional day trader, CEO, and founder Kunal Desai has been trading for over ten years. Desai founded Bulls On Wall Street to help new or experienced traders play an active role in their financial futures, offering classes on scanning, buying, and selling stocks. Bulls on Wall Street helps finance students learn a comprehensive system for scanning, buying, and selling on the stock market. Experienced traders lead customers through an intensive 16-day boot camp, where they share the secrets of their cogent system for analyzing each opportunity they encounter. Students quickly learn how to read indexes, scale out profitable positions, and land a seamless back flip into a pool of gold coins. Members also enjoy access to the Bulls Trading Floor chat room, where they can bounce ideas and secure advice from full-time traders.

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Home Dog Boarding from DogVacay (Up to Half Off)

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
Home Dog Boarding from DogVacay (Up to Half Off)

Humans domesticated dogs into loyal companions after centuries of reaching out to cats, who only ever called when they needed help moving. Pamper an appreciative pal with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $15 for $30 toward one or more nights of home dog boarding
  • $30 for $60 toward two or more nights of home dog boarding

Browse hundreds of nearby dog lovers to select a qualified host based on location, home size, and family pets. Rates average $30/night, starting at $15 and ranging up to $80 depending on the host. Most bookings average $25/night, and customers may apply their Groupon toward stays with hosts with rates higher than $30 per night and pay the difference.

DogVacay

With help from his two furry business partners, Aaron Hirschhorn founded DogVacay to keep pups out of impersonal kennels and connect them with responsible canine hosts in their city. Instead of awaiting their owner's return in a kennel cage, dogs get the run of the house along with daily walks, challenging games of Scrabble, and playtime with well-socialized animals. Owners can browse hundreds of profiles from professional pet-sitters, retired veterinarians, and fellow dog lovers based on location, home size, and family pets. Each host undergoes a vetting process that can include interviews and reference checks, and some claim professional credentials such as training expertise or pet CPR. To ensure peace of mind, DogVacay provides insurance and emergency vet services as well as photo updates of the dog’s stay.

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$75 for a Basic-Pistol or Basic-Rifle Introductory Course from U.S. Training Group in South San Francisco ($175 Value)

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
$75 for a Basic-Pistol or Basic-Rifle Introductory Course from U.S. Training Group in South San Francisco ($175 Value)

A bullet travels at hundreds of miles per hour, much like a beam of light or a kiss blown by Paul Bunyan. Work on your quick-draw skills with this Groupon.

$75 for a Basic-Pistol or Basic-Rifle Introductory Course ($175 Value)

During the 5- to 6.5-hour Basic-Pistol or Basic-Rifle Introductory Course, students begin with 3–4 hours of classroom instruction that covers safe handling, ammo calibers, maintenance, and the fundamentals of shooting. Held on a separate day, the second half of each pistol or rifle course moves to an outdoor range in either Los Altos or San Leandro, where participants get 2–2.5 hours of hands-on experience in applying what they learned in the classroom, subject to availability. Each course typically has 10–20 students, along with one NRA-affiliated instructor for every 10 students. Eye and ear protection is included.

Buyers should contact U.S. Training Group directly about the course schedule. Participants must purchase a box of ammunition ($28) and pay range fees ($14–$16) upon convening for class.

U.S. Training Group

The NRA-certified instructors behind U.S. Training Group use their experience in law enforcement to teach clients how to responsibly wield a firearm. Adhering to NRA standards, the defense experts lead courses—including women's-only classes—that cover skills from cultivating the proper mindset to controlling breath when shooting. Throughout every class, instructors emphasize safe-handling practices, such as always treating a firearm as if it were loaded. Additionally, a FAQ page covers basic information to prepare students for training.

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$59 for a 12-Bottle Case of Wine from Naked Wines ($160 Value)

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
$59 for a 12-Bottle Case of Wine from Naked Wines ($160 Value)

Adults use red wine to enhance the flavor of steak, just as toddlers use grape juice to enhance the flavor of carpet. Toast to heightened taste with this Groupon.

$59 for 12-Bottle Case of Wine ($160 Value)

Each Taste of Naked case includes such red and white varietals as a 2011 Ken Deis Napa Valley Cabernet/Merlot blend, a 2011 Rod Easthope Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and a 2011 Matt Iaconis California Moscato.

Naked Wines

Naked Wines revolves around supporting independent winemakers across the world. The oenophiles behind Naked Wines help them produce delicious grape nectars by investing in their operations directly. This model spurs on fledgling vintners who, in turn, offer Naked Wines members, or “Angels,” a large discount on their wines, earning Naked Wines recognition from Forbes and a partnership with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Naked Wines funds dozens of independent wineries across the globe, flying in bottles from France, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, and Argentina, and loading up the RV with domestic reds and whites from Sonoma and Napa Valley.

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One or Three Airbrush Tans or Beach- or Premier-Club Tanning Membership at Pacific Tan in Corte Madera (Up to 51% Off)

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
One or Three Airbrush Tans or Beach- or Premier-Club Tanning Membership at Pacific Tan in Corte Madera (Up to 51% Off)

Prior to tanning salons, the only way to achieve a beautiful copper glow was to boil pennies and bathe in the scalding reduction. Achieve a less painful sheen with this Groupon.

Choose from Four Options

  • $27 for one full-body airbrush-tanning session (a $55 value)
  • $69 for three full-body airbrush tanning sessions (a $139 value)
  • $59 for a one-month unlimited Beach Club membership with use of the Heavenly and Beach House tanning beds (a $118 value)
  • $99 for a one-month unlimited Premier Club membership with use of the Heavenly, Beach House, Euphoria, Grand Lounge, Nautilus, and Shangri-La tanning beds, and half off all lotions (a $198 value)

Pacific Tan

Antique Balinese fountains, crimson wall hangings, and verdant plants enliven the luxurious confines of Pacific Tan, a go-to bronzing destination for 27 years. Boasting attentive customer service and the vibe of an exotic getaway, the tanning emporium ushers clients into its elegant space for traditional UV tans in state-of-the-art beds, including the Garden of Eden, which customizes a tan for each individual using an optical sensor, and the Shangri-La, a high-pressure bed that delivers a dark tan in minutes. Alternatively, natural-looking, flawless airbrush tans are administered by skilled and certified technicians using a safe, all-natural paraben-free solution.

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