Opulent Estate with Old-Fashioned Dining in Shenandoah Wine Country
In the late 19th century, sailors on the Missouri River often sang "Oh Shenandoah," a wistful tune that became an immensely popular folk song. It evokes the Shenandoah Valley’s beautiful forests and river bends amid the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains. Situated on a knoll overlooking these peaks, The Mimslyn Inn is a grand Virginian estate built in 1931. A multimillion-dollar restoration in 2007 revived the inn’s old-fashioned elegance, making it a peaceful respite for travelers visiting the Shenandoah National Park or the nearby Luray Caverns.
The building looks more like a capitol 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 windows overlooking the 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 the 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.
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 popular for its giant pillars, curtain-like stalactite walls, and the Stalacpipe Organ, which plays classical melodies by striking rubber mallets on the calcified formations.
The picturesque farms you’ll see throughout the Shenandoah Valley produce the sweet corn, goat cheese, and pasture-raised beef used in many dishes at The Mimslyn's restaurant, Circa '31. Aside from these farms, there are dozens of wineries dot that the hillsides. You can sample local pinot noirs and chardonnays on the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail.
Promotional value expires Sep 20, 2013. Amount paid never expires.
Must book by 9/20/13 or promotional value expires
Valid for travel 7/25/13-10/31/13
Limit 3 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts
Limit 3 per visit
Reservation required; subject to availability
24hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
Must be 21 or older to check in
Credit card required at booking and check-in
10.3% tax not included.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
One queen bed
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 3
Adding occupants above standard: no charge
Mountain or garden views
Gilchrist & Soames bath products
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Rollaways: available for an additional $10 per night
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking for an additional cost.
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
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.