The Mimslyn Inn

$89 for a One-Night Stay in a Historic Room at The Mimslyn Inn in Luray, VA (Up to $169 Value)

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Opulent Estate with Old-Fashioned Dining in Shenandoah Wine Country

In the late 19th century, sailors on the Missouri River often chanted "Oh Shenandoah," a wistful tune that ended up becoming an immensely popular folk song. For many, it brings to mind the beautiful rolling forests and river bends of the Shenandoah Valley, which is nestled between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains. The Mimslyn Inn, a grand Virginian estate, is situated on a high knoll overlooking these distant peaks. The inn was built in 1931, and, after a multimillion-dollar restoration, its old-fashioned elegance blends in nicely with the surrounding landscape.

The inn often looks more like a capitol building than a hotel: its circular driveway is situated beneath a monumental portico, which is supported by multi-story Doric columns. In the lobby, you'll find crown moldings, a mantled fireplace, and a winding staircase with wrought-iron railings. Historic rooms feature with two-poster beds, and Blue Ridge suites add wingback armchairs and pullout sofas. Both rooms overlook the 14-acre grounds, which boast formal gardens and a gazebo. Crystal chandeliers and Chippendale-style chairs with ornate woodwork make up the décor of the inn's southern restaurant, Circa '31, one of the prettiest places on the property (open limited hours). Downstairs, the Speakeasy Tavern evokes the Prohibition era with art-deco décor, period cocktails, and meat pies shaped like Al Capone's hat; Frommer's calls it "Luray's favorite pub."

Luray, Virginia: Limestone Caves in Shenandoah Wine Country

The town of Luray was once the site of army encampments and skirmishes during the Civil War, but it's been quiet since then. Today, the Luray Caverns are the area's biggest draw. This National Natural Landmark site is popular for its giant pillars, curtain-like stalactite walls, and the Stalacpipe Organ, a musical instrument in which rubber mallets strike stalactites to play classical melodies. Alternatively, you can head to the affiliated Caverns Country Club Resort, where rolling greens and fairways overlook riverbanks, farmlands, and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Shenandoah Valley's scenic farms produce sweet corn, goat cheese, and pasture-raised beef, which are used in many dishes at The Mimslyn's restaurant, Circa '31. In addition, dozens of wineries dot the hillsides. You can sample local pinot noirs and chardonnays on the Whiskey Wine Loop and Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail.

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

What You Get

  • $89 for a one-night stay for up to four in a Historic room (up to a $169 value)

Book by: 12/28/12
Travel by: 3/15/13

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


  • 1930s-era mansion
  • Formal gardens and landscaped grounds
  • Fine Southern restaurant (limited hours)
  • Onsite tavern open daily
  • Spa and fitness center
  • Free parking

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 12/28/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 3/15/13
  • Limit 4 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts
  • Limit 4 per visit
  • Not valid 12/31/12 or 2/14/13
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 24-hour cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • 10% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

In all Included Rooms

  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: no charge on existing bedding
  • Pillow-top mattresses
  • Gilchrist & Soames bath products
  • 300-thread-count sheets
  • Marble-top vanities
  • Flat-screen TV

Historic Room

  • One queen bed
  • Mountain or garden views

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for $10 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades to a suite are available for an additional fee.

Getting There

  • By plane: about 45 miles from Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD); about 80 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • By car: about 95 miles west of Washington, DC

Traveler's Tips

  • The onsite restaurant, Circa '31 is located off the main lobby and is open daily for breakfast and lunch, for champagne brunch on Sunday, and serves prix fixe wine dinners on Friday and Saturday evening. The Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant is located in the lower level and is open daily for dinner.

Customer Reviews

The dinner and wine pairing was very good and the service was outstanding! The wine tasting offering in the evening was wonderful - really enjoyed that!
Karine C. · April 7, 2013
The whole package---a great place to be--anytime.
March 31, 2013
We had a lovely stay. The staff was very friendly, accommodating and professional. Dinner was outstanding. The presentation of the food was beautiful.
Kathryn L. · March 13, 2013
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