The Mimslyn Inn - Luray, VA

One-Night Stay for Two 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."

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

$89 for a one-night stay for two in a historic room (up to a $169 value)

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

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 2/8/13 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 4/15/13
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 24hr cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • 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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Dominic X. · 19 reviews TOP REVIEWER
Reviewed May 2, 2013
We really enjoyed our stay. The staff was terrific. We liked our lunch so much when we arrived that we ate all of our meals in the inn.


Dominic X. · 19 reviews TOP REVIEWER
Reviewed May 2, 2013
Everything was great. The facility, the staff, the restaurants. Can't single out any one thing.


Jane P. ·
Reviewed April 6, 2013
We enjoyed the wonderful hospitality, attention to details in caring for guest, friendliness of staff and a wonderful restaurant with gracious waiters/waitresses.
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