What You'll Get
The crime committed most often during mealtime is reaching over someone else to get the salt, which is why it's always a welcome distraction when a murder is committed instead. Enjoy a side of mystery with your meal with today's Groupon: for $95, two individuals can attend a murder mystery dinner party with overnight accommodations on a Friday or Saturday night at The Henderson House Inn and Retreat Center in Stafford (a $193 value).
The Henderson House Inn and Retreat Center hosts guests in a series of five historic properties designed to delight weekend retreaters and sightseers of all sorts. Presented by a Henderson House story weaver, the murder mystery dinner party (a $52 value per person) welcomes up to three couples to suspend disbelief with a night of character building and extensive white lying. Each couple will be assigned a male and female character, however, able actors wishing to cross-gender jump are encouraged to do so.
Guests can come dressed in their personal period frocks and knickers to point fingers at guilty-faced guests and recite scripted alibis scribbled across a neighbor's forehead. Taking place in the Spickard House, a scene set into lush woods and bedecked in Victorian-era splendor, the event entertains acting attendees with a two-hour excursion that includes a four-course family style dinner of delectable fare and truth-inducing desserts. While the murder mystery dinner party does not provide alcoholic beverages, it does welcome all types of wondrous wine to the table, as it is a BYOB event.
As the evening settles and the chosen murder is brought to light, visitors will wander back to their lodging (an $89 value for a couple's room) for late-night nibbles and a hot-chocolate nightcap that tucks dinner-party characters back into a safety-assuring room, far out of reach of closet-dwelling creatures and under-bed-hiding crotchety college professors. The following morning fills tummies with breakfast treats while wiping memories clean of faux murders and exaggerated reactions to accusations.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 1, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. Tax included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Henderson House
A wraparound porch winds along the perimeter of the Henderson House, its flowerpots framed by white columns and spindles that have stood for more than a century. Inside, guests lounge in double parlors and sleep in guestrooms adorned with stained- and beveled-glass windows, brass lighting fixtures, and antique bed frames. Part of a collection of homes built between 1903 and 1905—which includes the Spickard House, Littlefield House, and Weide House—the Henderson House maintains standing on the National Register of Historic Places through its turn-of-the-century architecture and decor. In addition to opening rooms for bed-and-breakfast-style lodging, the staff entertains guests with murder mysteries, such as the 1950s-themed Murder on the Grill where guests must figure out who killed Tom Dooley and what temperature steak is best cooked at. They also package stays with area attractions, such as guided birding with a nature photographer. Other nearby activities range from visits to the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge to making plum jelly.