The Mimslyn Inn - Luray, VA

One-Night Stay or Two-Night New Year’s Stay at The Mimslyn Inn in 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 became an immensely popular folk song. The song brings to mind Shenandoah Valley’s beautiful rolling forests and river bends, nestled between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains. Situated on a high knoll overlooking these distant peaks, The Mimslyn Inn is a grand Virginian estate built in 1931. The inn’s multimillion-dollar restoration in 2007 revived its old-fashioned elegance to blend in with the surrounding landscape.

The inn looks more like a capitol building than a hotel: its circular driveway is situated beneath a monumental portico supported by multistory doric columns. In the lobby, you'll see crown moldings, a mantled fireplace, and a winding staircase with wrought-iron railings. The inn’s historic rooms feature queen-size two-poster beds and overlook the 14-acre grounds, which boast formal gardens and a gazebo.

Crystal chandeliers and Chippendale-style chairs with ornate woodwork decorate the inn's southern restaurant, Circa '31, one of property’s prettiest spots (open during limited hours). Downstairs, the Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant evokes the Prohibition era with art-deco decor, period cocktails, and meat pies shaped like Al Capone's hat—Frommer's calls it "Luray's favorite pub."

With Option 2, you’ll ring in the new year with a black-tie affair at The Mimslyn. With only 70 guests, the intimate evening centers around the chef’s culinary specialties—a brandy-sauce-topped tenderloin, crabmeat-stuffed Maine lobster, and cherries jubilee flambéed with brandy. Live music, a magic show, and fireworks will entertain guests as they begin 2013 with class.

Luray, Virginia: Limestone Caves in Shenandoah Wine Country

Luray, Virginia, was the site of army encampments and skirmishes during the Civil War. Today, the area’s biggest draw is the Luray Caverns, a National Natural Landmark site popular for its giant pillars, curtain-like stalactite walls, and the Stalacpipe Organ, whose rubber mallets strike stalactites to play classical melodies.

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

Stay for two in a historic room

  • Option 1: $89 for a one-night stay (up to a $169 value)

Book by: 2/8/13
Travel by: 4/15/13

  • Option 2: $419 for a two-night stay with black-tie New Year’s Eve event and New Year’s Day brunch for two (a $699 value)

Book by: 12/27/12
Must check in on 12/31/12.

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

  • For Option 1, must book by 2/8/13 or promotional value expires; must complete travel by 4/15/13
  • For Option 2, must book by 12/27/12 or promotional value expires; must travel by 12/31/12
  • For Option 1, limit 2/person + 2 as gifts; limit 2/visit
  • For Option 2, limit 1/person + 1 as gift; limit 1/visit
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 24 hr cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • For Option 2, cancellations will be charged 100% of Groupon price
  • Must be 21 or older to check in and drink alcohol
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • 10% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Historic Room

  • One queen bed
  • Mountain or garden views
  • Pillow-top mattresses
  • Gilchrist & Soames bath products
  • 300-thread-count sheets
  • Marble-top vanities
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: no charge

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon; 11 a.m. starting 1/2/13
  • 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 may be available at booking for an additional cost.

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 for breakfast and lunch daily, champagne brunch on Sundays, and prix fixe wine dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant is located in the lower level and is open daily for dinner.

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Peter R. ·
Reviewed July 3, 2013
Cool lobby... and it was close to a lot of other places that were nice to visit; wineries, skyline drive, and so on.


Pamela S. · 2 reviews
Reviewed May 20, 2013
The architecture of the building


Jennifer G. ·
Reviewed May 7, 2013
Great anniversary/christmas gift for my friends! They loved it!
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