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April 29th

Day 355

My 10 (or so) Favorite Groupons!

With just 10 days remaining in the crazy adventure, I’ve been looking back on all of the amazing experiences I’ve had and wanted share 10ish of my favorite Groupon experiences from the last 355 days. It took me a really long time to decide and considering how many there are to choose from, I’m sure I’m forgetting a few in this particular moment. That said…here they are in no particular order:

#10 - Cooking Classes

Like this tapas class at the Creative Cooking School in Las Vegas gave me the rare opportunity to participate in one of my favorite hobbies while on the road this year...

not to mention that the food was delicious! I can’t wait to use my new skills in the kitchen when I get home.

#9 - Racing Cars

Whether it's a late model stock car in Manassas, VA...

or a current style NASCAR in Darlington, SC...

it is clear that I’m far too big for race cars. But once I got in, it was a blast! Note: they don’t put speedometers in stock cars, so I don’t know how fast I got them up to but it sure felt fast.

#8 - Vocal Lessons

Shelby at Brett Manning Studios in Nashville gave me a couple of inspiring and incredibly fun voice lessons.

In order to continue my training at home and hopefully turn me into the next Nashville star, I was given the gift of a huge collection of Singing Success DVD’s…Thank you BMS and Singing Success!

#7 - Mobile Bar

This part bike, part bar, all party machine is the Milwaukee Pedal Tavern!

I was fortunate enough to be given the honor of driving this incredible machine for a bit. You just stick a keg in the front and start pedaling for a time you will never forget!

#6 - Accommodations

I stayed in quite a variety of places, posh and poor, during the course of this year…

and The Fairmont Heritage Place in Ghirardelli Square - San Francisco was my favorite of them all.

The decor is modern and luxurious and unlike most expensive hotels, almost every amenity including wifi, bottled water, movies, breakfast and many more are free of charge! Also, considering the location, there are bowls of Ghirardelli chocolates strategically placed around the premises.

#5 - Flying High

with Hot Air Expeditions and Dream Flights USA balloon rides...

taking the helm over Louisville thanks to Cardinal Wings Aviation...

and an exciting Bird's Eye View Helicopter Tour in Newport, RI!

#4 - The Pampering Prior to this year I had never even stepped foot in a spa, so you can believe that I’m going to have a hard time giving up my new found love for the royal treatment.

Just Gents in Sarasota treated me to a divine four hours of relaxation...

including haircut, massage, pedicure and hot shave!

The Grooming Lounge in DC gave me my first manicure, pedicure and facial...

I even left with a parting gift…The Greatest Shave Ever Kit! Check it out on their website.

and LaLah at Corroboree Spa in Nashville gave me the BEST (hot stone) massage of the year (and thus my life).

It’s a good thing I love Nashville or I’d be really upset about having to return frequently for this heavenly experience (now O.Liv Body Bar newly relocated nearby).

#3 - 4 Wheeling in the Desert

Arizona Outdoor Fun provided the most thrilling (yes...borderline scary) experience of the year!

#2 - Seafaring Adventures

such as kayaking to the sea caves with La Jolla Kayak

and learning the secrets of wind powered vessels at the Seattle Sailing Club!

and #1 - Girlpawn’s Visit to LA! Not only was it great to be able to spend some quality time with Amber, but we got to have a ton of fun together on Groupon.

We had a lovely wine tasting at Malibu Wines Vineyard...

followed by a relaxing couples massage at Finely Kneaded Day Spa in Long Beach and dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in the country, Suba Sushi

These incredible chefs were tremendously gracious and ensured that our anniversary dinner was incredibly romantic (and delicious).

The night ended with a bottle of wine (from the winery) on the balcony of the luxurious, Fairmont Miramar Hotel with a view of the ocean and Santa Monica Pier.


Thanks to ALL of the Groupon businesses I’ve visited this year…it has been a blast!

- The Groupawn


10 Responses to “My 10 (or so) Favorite Groupons!”

  1. Shelby says:

    I had such fun in our lesson! I still tell that story! So glad to have met you and I’m pumped for you to cross the finish line!!!!

  2. Bridget says:

    Wow Josh, what an amazing year you’ve had. I caught most of it through your postings, got to meet up with you in Boston, and shared a few texts over the year with offers to exchange dinner for Groupons. But this wasn’t a few things and postings for you - it was 365 days of an adventure. Looking at just your top 10….wow, what an adventure! I’m sure it was mostly fun and sometimes challenging, but what great things you got to experience because of it! - things you probably never would have done, were it not for Groupon. Congrats on your accomplishment, congrats on getting to come back to Chicago, be with your “Girlpawn” :) and best of luck with whatever else your future brings!

  3. This is awesome, Josh! I definitely want to try the mobile bar in Milwaukee now.

  4. HOORAY! 10 days and then we get to send off fireworks in your name!

  5. Ashley says:

    I love that so many Nashville Groupons made your list! So proud of you for making it all the way! So great meeting you while you were here!!

  6. Thanks to everyone of you ladies who helped make my journey so enjoyable!

    @Shelby & Ashley - See you again in Nashville soon I hope. I love your city!

    @Bridget - You haven’t seen the half of it! Will you be in Chicago on the 5/10?

    @Melissa - You have to try it, what a riot!

    @Pat - Thanks for being such a dedicated cheerleader :)

  7. Susie Shockley says:

    Hace enjoyed reading about all your travels, I hope Groupon offers the experience again- The advertisement has got to be “pricesless” ; o )

  8. Just sorry to have missed out on getting a chance to have you in Houston. I have enjoyed following your year.

  9. Wendie says:

    Sorry to have missed you in DC - we have so much to offer here! Hope it was life changing for you! I’m sure returning to your real life will be a bit of an adjustment, but good luck!! It’s been fun following your adventures

  10. Bridget says:

    Hey Josh - I’m in town this week - would totally love to come downtown for whatever shindig you/Groupon have for the final day tomorrow.

    What are the details?

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