Hotel at a Glance: The Mimslyn Inn
The Mimslyn Inn has been perched atop the same Virginia hillside for more than 80 years, tucked amid the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 2007, the inn underwent a multimillion-dollar restoration to restore its original decadence and offer more luxurious amenities. Crystal chandeliers illuminate the onsite restaurant, where you can savor breakfast or a four-course prix fixe dinner as part of this deal’s optional meal packages. Before bed, visit the onsite spa to unwind with reflexology and a paraffin treatment for dry hands and feet.
- Southern cuisine: Visit Circa ‘31 to dine on sandwiches made with fresh-baked bread or sip a local wine along with a meal made from fresh veggies and farm-raised meats.
- Step back in time: Historic rooms are decorated with period furnishings and outfitted with such modern amenities as flat-screen TVs and free WiFi.
- Private cottages all feature fireplaces, and some have porches or whirlpool tubs.
- Grab a nightcap at the Speakeasy Bar and Restraurant, where you can sip an old fashioned amid Prohibition-era decor and live acoustic music.
- Recent award: The hotel received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2014.
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 sweet corn, goat cheese, and pasture-raised beef. Aside from these farms, there are dozens of wineries dot that the hillsides. You can sample local pinot noirs and chardonnays on the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop.