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 $49, you and a companion get to attend a murder mystery dinner party at the Henderson House Inn and Retreat Center in Stafford (up to a $104 combined value).
Presented by a professional story weaver, the murder mystery dinner party invites up to three couples to suspend disbelief during a night of character building and extensive white lying. The mealtime detective work relies on diner participation, which is guided by secret character assignments that are doled out at the start. Taking place in the Spickard House, a scene set amid lush woods and bedecked in Victorian-era splendor, the event entertains acting attendees for approximately two hours, fueled by a four-course family-style dinner of delectable fare and truth-inducing desserts. Though the murder mystery dinner party does not provide alcoholic beverages, customers are welcome to bring their own fermented slurps, with red wine reigning supreme as the best drink to spill on top of evidence.
Though The Henderson House Inn and Retreat Center features a discounted price for hotel guests, this Groupon is a standalone offer and still the best deal available.
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.