The Mimslyn Inn - Luray, VA

Two-Night Stay for Two in a Historic Room or Blue Ridge at The Mimslyn Inn in the Shenandoah Valley, VA

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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, head to the Caverns Country Club, where rolling greens and fairways overlook riverbanks and farmlands.

The valley's scenic farms produce sweet corn, goat cheese, and pasture-raised beef, all of which make their way to the Saturday-morning farmers' market down the street from the inn. Farther afield, 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

Two-night stay for two, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday only, with a choice of an 18-hole round of golf for two at Caverns Country Club or admission for two to Luray Caverns

  • $199 for a Historic room
  • $279 for a Blue Ridge suite

Two-night stay for two, valid for check-in Thursday–Saturday only, with admission for two to Luray Caverns and two commemorative glasses

  • $227 for a Historic room

Book by: 7/30/12
Travel by: 9/30/12

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

Amenities

  • 1930s-era mansion
  • Formal gardens and landscaped grounds
  • Outdoor pool and hot tub (open through 9/3)
  • Fine southern restaurant (limited hours)
  • Onsite tavern open daily
  • Spa and fitness center
  • Free parking

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 7/30/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 9/30/12
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • 24-hour cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Option 3 includes 2 commemorative glasses
  • 10% tax not included
  • Golf outing must be booked separately

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

Blue Ridge Suite

  • One king bed plus queen sofa bed
  • Fireplace
  • Jetted tub
  • Small living area

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: not available

What It's Worth

Two-night stay for two, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday only, with a choice of an 18-hole round of golf for two or admission for two to Luray Caverns (up to a $60 value)

  • $199 for a Historic room (up to a $318 value)
  • $279 for a Blue Ridge suite (up to a $478 value)

Two-night stay for two, valid for check-in Thursday–Saturday only, with admission for two to Luray Caverns (up to a $48 value) and two commemorative glasses (a $10 value)

  • $227 for a Historic room (up to a $318 value)

    Total value: up to $538

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

  • With options that allow a choice of two 18-hole rounds of golf or admission for two to Luray Caverns, you can mix and match to get one round of golf and one admission to the caverns.
  • The onsite restaurant, Circa '31, is open daily for breakfast, but open only on weekends for lunch (Thursday–Saturday) and dinner (Friday and Saturday). The Speakeasy Tavern is open all day Monday–Thursday, but open only during the evenings Friday–Sunday.

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