My girlfriend and I recently celebrated our 10-year anniversary by spending 2 nights at Shadow Mountain Escape. We were greeted by Karen (who was amazing!) when we arrived, and she showed us the Butterfly Loft. She had left wine and homemade cookies for us, which was a great touch! The property was beautiful, especially with all the snow. The loft itself was adorable (and warm enough for the freezing nights that we spent there). There's a TV with satellite and a DVD player, for when you want to relax after exploring the area all day. There was also a balcony that was great for taking long-exposure pictures of the stars at night. The bed was very comfortable, and there were a few power outlets to charge cameras, phones, and other gadgets. Cell phone coverage is spotty on the property...but when you're trying to get away from work and everything, that's not a bad thing.
Luray is about 10 minutes away... there are a bunch of restaurants (we tried Brookside and Brown's Chinese), as well as a couple supermarkets and a Walmart (which we visited to grab food to make for breakfast in the loft's kitchen). There's also Luray Caverns, which I'd recommend checking out. In the other direction you have Skyline Dr., inside Shenandoah National Park (which was the reason we wanted to visit this area in the first place). Skyline Dr. was closed for the first and second day we were there due to ice, but opened on the third.
We thoroughly enjoyed spending our anniversary here, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic getaway and/or an outdoors adventure!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Shadow Mountain Escape Hotel Luray