Mystery at the Mark Addy

Published on February 17, 2015
Written by Becky Rogers

Fun and excitement in a cultured setting

This warmly accommodating homestead offers rest and refuge to travelers or a merry place for friends to rendezvous for a weekend. But it is also an exciting destination in its own right. Its many perks and special events have made the Mark Addy an unusually exciting place to lodge. Drawing on a rich tradition of hospitality that has been refined over generations, the inn goes several steps beyond simply elegant rooming.

Situated in a picturesque corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it couldn’t be in a better location. The inn is easily accessible, right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Central Virginia. Charlottesville, Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s estate), and the Shenandoah National Park are all about 25 minutes away. Skyline Drive, the Appalachian Trail, local wineries, and activities ranging from canoeing to hot air ballooning are all mere minutes away. But there is plenty to keep you occupied at the inn…

Murder Mystery Weekend

There is rarely a dull moment at the Mark Addy Inn, and its murder mystery weekend is a case in point. CBS described the Mark Addy’s weekend event as one of the best participatory murder mysteries in the DC metro area. Here’s why: you can get fully immersed in the mystery as soon as you walk through the front doors.

You’ll be given an information packet that contains a formal invitation, costume ideas and a series of clues. Secret prizes are given out for best costume, best actor, and not least of all, guessing who done it. To book reservations for murder mystery weekend, you must have at least three couples.

The weekend packages start at $589 per room, and larger rooms are available for $649 or $749. Make sure to mention the “murder mystery weekend” by name when making reservations. Among the many activities offered at the Mark Addy, the mystery weekend stands out as a one of the best ways for cultured adults to let loose and have an unabashedly fun time. The more you embody your role, the more you’ll enjoy it.

Dining in the Fountain Room

Included in your package is a daily breakfast and a nightly four-course gourmet meal, served in the gorgeous yet homey Fountain Room. The food is certainly a labor of love for Chef Rafael, who prepares a new menu for guests on a daily basis. The food is classic and perfectly prepared, but retains an eclectic, international feel in terms of variety, style and influence.

There is a collection of fine wine on hand, making for great pairings and sampling with your meal. Of special interest for connoisseurs and explorers, the Fountain Room features wines from several different local wineries. The dining experience in the Fountain Room is notable enough that people who are not staying at the Mark Addy are known to seek it out on a regular basis.

Whether you are new to the area, visiting the East Coast, or a native of the Appalachian region, the Mark Addy Inn is worth the stop. Thrill seekers, hikers, skiers, wine tasters and lovers of Appalachia will all find something here to cherish. For more information or to book your murder mystery weekend, visit: Tell them Simply Appalachian sent you.

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