October 2010 : Premier Bride Magazine Featured Wedding Winner
The Mimslyn Inn was the location of a 2010 Premier Bride Magazine Featured Wedding Winner.
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April 21, 2008: "Tell Them Joe Sent You!" Press Release
Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant at The Mimslyn Inn "Meet me at the Speakeasy and tell them Joe sent you", whisper new arrivals at one of Luray, Virginia’s most popular smoke-free bar and restaurant, The Speakeasy.
Like most Speakeasies established in the 1920’s and 30’s, the 401 West Main Street address is also hidden from view with a side entrance at the east end of The Mimslyn Inn. You would never know this basement space was an old carriage house before recent renovations transformed the concrete floors and exposed brick into an intimate setting with low lights, flat screen TV’s, and plenty of food and beverages to please every palette! The exterior walls show the Mimslyn’s architecture was ahead of its time in utilizing fire-proof brick. The interior walls are covered in gold baroque paper with black and white mug shots and Hollywood 30’s infamously elite posed.
The design, reminiscent of the walk-down Brown Stones of Lower Manhattan, also showcases the back-lit stained glass windows similar to those found in Chicago’s Market District in the 1920s and 1930s. The Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant also boasts thickly padded faux leather booth seating and intimate tables for two, as well as a step-up bar where, it seems, everybody knows your name. Luxurious two-tone wood appointments, wrought iron bar stools, and graceful lighting sconces harken back to that era of Flappers, Bourbon Street Jazz, and bootleg liquor where gangsters and starlets shared the forbidden pleasures of John Barleycorn and bathtub gin in the back room pubs of New York, Chicago and Miami. Enjoy the old-time pleasure of talking late into the night as you “sip suds” under the watchful eyes of Elliot Ness, Frank Nitty and Alphonso “Scarface” Capone. Drinks are not the only thing served at The Speakeasy. Executive Chef Richard Mellar’s menu offers a more casual version of The Mimslyn Inn’s fine dining restaurant, Circa ’31. Our Friday night regulars, The Porch Rockers, dine on sliders, salmon sandwiches, and waffle fries while listening to live music, and catching up on weekly news. Most have forgotten the lobby bar where the “Rockers” first began gathering over 18 years ago, and are delighted with the attitude, ambience, and low-key experience at The Speakeasy.
The Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant embraces the era when The Mimslyn Inn was built; an era of gracious living and Southern Hospitality. Today, surround yourself in a sophisticated blend of quality and comfort featuring a fine selection of guest rooms and suites, contemporary Southern cuisine, and spa treatments. The Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant is open to the public from 4:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. every night. The Mimslyn Inn also features 45 rooms and suites, Circa '31 for fine dining, wedding and event space, and Seasons Spa.
Please see www.mimslyninn.com for additional information and photos.
March 2, 2008: "An Inn Fit for a Roosevelt in Shenandoah" Article in the Washington Post
February 15, 2008: The Mimslyn Inn adds Sunday Brunch
Complete your weekend with a lavish Sunday Brunch served in our main dining room, Circa ’31. Relax in an elegant setting while enjoying one of Luray’s most favorite brunch buffets. The menu is ever changing as Chef Mellar, specializing in upscale Southern cuisine, surprises the palate with seasonal dishes. Our signature breads, muffins and other sweet treats are prepared daily by Pastry Chef, Sabre. Brunch is served every Sunday from10:30am-2:00pm. Reservations are recommended.
January 18, 2008: The Mimslyn Inn Restored and Ready for Guests
Luray, VA – A year has passed since a “closed for renovations” sign appeared on the Mimslyn Inn marquee located off West Main Street in Luray. Looking back on the 365 days, millions of dollars, countless hours, and numerous jobs created, The Mimslyn Inn is ready to celebrate and will reopen to a black tie event.
The property, built in 1931, had fallen into disrepair until purchased in 2005 by the Asam Family, owners of the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, WV. Today, the gracious atmosphere showcases beautifully restored hardwood floors, grand entryways, and crystal chandeliers. Elegant fabrics, rich patterns, and classic furnishings fill guest and common rooms. Brickwork, interior finishes, paint, windows, and floors have all been retouched, repaired and modernized. The previously unfinished basement is now home to a spa, fitness room, and restaurant and bar fondly named The Speakeasy. The formal dining room, Circa ’31, is where Executive Chef Richard A. Mellar delights the senses with upscale Southern cuisine.
"It is a dream come true", states General Manager Victoria Thomas. After 9 years in her position, Mrs. Thomas, still remembers entering The Mimslyn Inn for the first time, “I felt like I was home”. Victoria has spent most of her career in hospitality; her parents owned and managed the Orkney Springs Hotel for 37 years. She describes the property as a community icon; “many Luray residents have a piece of the Mimslyn in them. Over the years, all big town events and special occasions have been held here”. Many including Mrs. Thomas are grateful the Asam family chose to restore the Inn and preserve a significant piece of Luray history.
Local contactors were hired from across the Shenandoah Valley to restore and renovate 45 rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, 2 banquet rooms, an executive kitchen, a dining room, lobby, office, and other exterior/interior enhancements. J. Rex Burner of Luray worked on the plumbing, Trumbo Electric from Broadway rewired and modernized, Harman Construction in Harrisonburg managed the crews, Jan Huss of Culpeper decorated from top to bottom, Happy Valley Greenhouse of Luray hand laid entry pavers and back patio, and Wood’s Edge Landscape Company planted acres of grass, trees, scrubs and installed the fountain at the entrance.
Service standards are a priority and new positions have been created with professional staff hired. Evan Pettrey will manage the front desk, Scott Stephens works as the Dining and Beverage Manager, and Patressa Kearns, Event Planner, heads wedding and event coordination. A Strasburg based hotel management company, Guests, Inc., will oversee Inn operations and also provide marketing and training support.
The Mimslyn Inn is back and ready for guests!
For additional information see our website, www.mimlsyninn.com. Reservations can be made by calling, 540-743-5105 or 800-296-5105.