Technology is supposed to make life easier, but it often makes it harder to take a break. Retreat to a world where cellphones and email were nearly a century away with this week's Escape to the Candlelight Inn in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Soak up the Old World ambience in the 135-year-old Victorian house, a beautiful reminder of an era before light bulbs, let alone touchscreen tablets. You and a guest will spend one night in Margaret's Room or the Heritage Room, Sundays through Fridays ($79). Or, opt for a one-night stay for two in the Butternut Suite, Queen Victoria Room, or Rose Garden Room, Sundays through Thursdays ($89) or a two-night stay in the same higher-end rooms, Fridays through Sundays ($218).
The inn retains its historical charm with the exquisite stained-glass windows and intricate butternut woodwork. Each guest room features a private bathroom, fireplace and, for when you blow out the candle, luxurious bedding. Of course, if you simply can't resist checking your email, the inn also offers complimentary Wi-Fi.
Like the carefully chosen antique décor, close attention goes into preparing your full, three-course gourmet breakfast, a specialty of innkeeper Lynette Gudrais. Hunger sated, you'll be ready to set out on a hike along the Cannon Valley Trail or cruise on the mighty Mississippi aboard the Pearl of the Lake.
Whether you're looking for a romantic candlelit dinner or something more relaxed, Red Wing boasts nearly 50 restaurants to choose from. Grab a table for two at Harbor Restaurant, Bar & Marina for acclaimed food and a spectacular view of the river.
You deserve a break from your inbox, so leave the smart phone on its charger and take off on this timeless Escape to Red Wing.
Limit 2 per purchaser, additional as gifts
o Vouchers may be combined to extend stay
o Reservations required; subject to availability
o Not valid on group or existing reservations
o Merchant cancellation/re-scheduling policy of 7 days in advance of scheduled arrival; voucher subject to forfeiture
o Based upon double occupancy
o Blackout date(s): All holidays, December 24, 2012 - January 1, 2013; February 8-9. 2013; February 15-16, 2013
o Not valid for Saturday check-in/arrival in the Margaret's Room or Heritage Room
o Voucher cannot be combined with any other discounts, vouchers, or gift certificates
o Sales tax not included and will be collected at redemption
o For two-night stay, nights must be used consecutively
o All deal components must be redeemed during one stay