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Shadow Mountain Escape
Ranked #2 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Luray
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Lanham, Maryland
1 review
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“Romantic Birthday Getaway”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

Words cannot express how pleased we were with our stay! We have experienced so many things and made new memories that we could not have possibly done in the city, seeing all of the stars in the clear night's sky was breathtaking and it doesn't hurt that our hosts were as sweet as pie. We will be returning :)

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed for two nights in the Butterfly Cabin. The entire property is very secluded and serene. We had deer and other wildlife outside our window daily. Karen was available as needed, but respected your privacy. We would love to return again.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Fairfax, Virginia
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Overall: Stayed in the "Butterfly" cabin. Very clean, very private. Cabin is within sight of a few other cabins, but not so close as to feel crowded. Owners were extremely friendly and welcoming. Owners gave great directions to plently of local things to do, as well as some great restaurants.

Cabin: the Butterfly Cabin was very clean and private. It was above a storage barn of some sort (no weird barn smells or anything like that.) It came with a kitchen, full bath, queen sized bed, sleeper-sofa, DirecTV, and parking right next to the cabin. There was a very friendly cat (Felix) that lived in the area below our cabin, and we encountered a herd of deer right outside more often than not. The timber frame and exposed rafters provided a rustic feel, while still maintaining modern comfort. The cabin came with extra blankets, clean towels, beddings, and dishes, and tolietries. There are a few other cabins within sight of the butterfly, but they are spaced out and the overall feeling was very secluded.

Location: Located a very short drive from downtown Luray, Luray Caverns, and right next to the Shenandoah National Park. The owner provided a binder with maps to wineries, restaurants, and more within a 15-20 minute drive. We ate at the Griffin Tavern and the Artisan Grill, both of which offered fantastic food. We didn't get around to much hiking, but there was plenty available.

Bonuses: The owners gave us baked goods every day we were there, from cookies to red velvet cake. They also built a campfire for us, and provided marshmallows for roasting. I am a big fan of stars, and saw more outside on the patio than I have ever seen before.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Nestled in the mountains, near the base of the Shenandoah National Park and minutes from Luray Caverns. This is a perfect escape from work and life stress. Being out here makes it easy to "unplug" and just relax, but they do have wi-fi if you just have to connect :-) We were welcomed with fresh baked cookies (Delicious!) and a whole notebook full of great information about the area and sites to visit. The campfire and marshmallows added a fun and special touch. Looking forward to making a return visit.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

We stayed at Shadow Mountain Escape the first weekend of November 2013 and had such a lovely time. We stayed in the Butterfly cabin, and it was beautiful and clean with a lot of nice small touches, like extra blankets, hiking maps, nice coffee mugs, wine, homemade goodies (cookies, cake, and biscotti), marshmallows for the campfire, and even pizza delivery to the cabin. The owners really went out of their way to make us feel welcome and provided great tips for dining and hiking. The property itself is gorgeous and just off of the Luray entrance to skyline drive. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

This was such a perfect place to enjoy my 26th birthday. It was so perfect - from the ladybug cabin and it's peacefulness to the magical hiking to hear the Christmas bells to the Gadino Winery and Griffin Tavern dinner ....it was all so perfect. We even lit my birthday candles by the fire and toasted marshmallows such wonderful lasting memories.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed 12 January 2014 via mobile

We just returned from a 3 night stay for my wife's birthday in the Butterfly located above the Salt Barn. Having stayed in multiple cabins over the years all over the Blue Ridge, Shadow Mountain Escape is by far the greatest experience we have ever had. The complimentary birthday cake that was waiting for my wife upon arrival was so delicious and just the beginning of the complimentary pastries we were treated to on a daily basis. The wine, cheese, and more arrangement we ordered was worth every penny and highly recommended. Ralph and Karen were very inviting and friendly while also giving plenty of space for us to get away from the world and have a romantic weekend. We were visited 2 mornings by several of the local deer who were just a few feet from our steps and just under our deck. We will certainly be back and will recommended to everyone who will listen.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Shadow Mountain Escape
Address: 1132 Jewell Hollow Rd, (bordering the Shenandoah National Park), Luray, VA 22835-5710
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Region: United States > Virginia > Luray
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Ranked #2 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Luray
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Virginia's "Simply Charming" authentic timber frame cabins bordering the Shenandoah National Park - Luray, VA. A truly unique romantic couple's escape conveniently located in a woodland park setting on the "Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop"... only a few minutes from the Shenandoah National Park entrance, Luray Caverns, Lake Arrowhead and a wide variety of other attractions. Discover the ambiance of a rare timber frame tastefully arranged with quality furnishing including antiques and European décor. ... more   less 
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