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Shadow Mountain Escape

1132 Jewell Hollow Rd (bordering the Shenandoah National Park), Luray, VA 22835-5710
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Cabins + Elopement Packages! An all-seasons Romantic couple’s escape in authentic timber frame cabins located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia bordering the Shenandoah National Park. (The main entrance into the Shenandoah National Park at Thornton's Gap is just 2.9 miles) Experience the traditional European charm of these elegant cabins and marvel at the masterful craftsmanship of the solid oak timbers and the exposed joinery… much the same as it would have been in the middle ages. This truly unique escape is conveniently located in a woodland park setting along the “Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop” where fine food & wine, distilleries, breweries, Luray Caverns, Shenandoah National Park, and other unforgettable experiences are just a short drive away. New! Elopement packages with owner as the on-site wedding officiant #honeymoons #elopements #weddings #romantic getaways Please note: Couple's only - no pets or children permitted
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Hiking
Adults only
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Outdoor fireplace
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Lisa S wrote a review Dec 2023
Luray - Page County, Virginia25 contributions24 helpful votes
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Highly recommend this place! It was beautiful, cozy and ecclectic! The grounds are beautiful, the cabins are so intricately decorated and the hosts are absolutely lovely! We had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas Eve in the courtyard with Gluhwein and treats! Spend some time using the nature trail and enjoy a glass of wine in the Observation Tower and watch the wildlife! We will definitely be back soon!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Midnightrecco wrote a review Jul 2022
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Shadow Mountain Escape is like no other place I have ever seen. Owners Karen and Ralph reached out and graped Europe and brought it back to Virginia. Each trimber fame cabin is decorated in European style. Its like your in a cabin from Europe. The furniture in these cabins are also mostly brought back from Germany. One can't walk around and not admire the detail that went into everything selected inside those cabins. If your able to get over to the AWE of these beautiful buildings you will notice their location. They all sit on a lovely property that is shared with many beautiful deer. There's is also a lovely pond where I sit and have my coffee each day. If you look up the definition of peaceful this place is sure to come up. If you're luckily enough to meet the owners who live on property they can fill you in on the detail that went into creating them. These aren't just a place to stay it's an entire European experience. I highly recommend staying in this unique European paradise. Can't wait to return for a fourth time.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Bring your good camera to get wildlife photos. Prepare to relax
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Response from Karen Riddle, Owner at Shadow Mountain Escape
Responded 2 Jul 2022
Thank you so much! We truly enjoyed reading your review and how you captured in words our timber frame cabins! It is our aim to provide guests a unique and comfortable experience surrounded by traditional European “charm”. We can't wait for you to return for your fourth visit!
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Danielle W wrote a review Dec 2023
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I highly recommend! I surprised my husband with 2 nights at Shadow Mountain Escape and it wasn’t long enough and we can’t wait to go back! Karen and Ralph are amazing and will make sure that you are well taken care of. They go above and beyond for everything and you will not be disappointed if you book a stay here!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Anthony H wrote a review Nov 2023
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We couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing and romantic getaway. I decided to propose to my amazing future wife here and let me tell you, I COULD NOT have pulled it off without the help of Ralph and Karen. Not only did they help me with my proposal, they made us feel like part of their family. They were amazing hosts and we’ll never forget our stay. Especially since when ever we look back on it, we have memories of beautiful cabins and tranquil views of the property they’ve obviously worked so hard to take care of.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Response from Karen Riddle, Owner at Shadow Mountain Escape
Responded 22 Nov 2023
💕❤️YEAH! We were so thrilled to be part of your surprise engagement on our property!!!!! Such an exciting moment - so happy to be part of your romantic getaway!!!!!
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Adventure26130567265 wrote a review Nov 2023
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Amazing. Ralph and Karen are wonderful, the property is beautiful. We loved every second. They took great care of us, the cabin was perfect, and Karen was a wonderful officiant for our wedding. It was the best experience and just what we wanted.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Room Tip: Plan to eat out a lot, but the Mimslyn Inn steak is worth it!
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Response from Karen Riddle, Owner at Shadow Mountain Escape
Responded 15 Nov 2023
💕❤️CONGRATULATIONS and Thank you! So glad you both selected our place for your romantic elopement and honeymoon! Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!!!!
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Sandy O wrote a review Oct 2023
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Karen and Ralph are AMAZING hosts!! From the moment we drove up to the beautiful property until the moment we pulled away, they were awesome! The little details were impeccable down to the coffee cups! If you plan on eloping Shadow Mountain is 5 stars!! Thank you both for making our weekend MAGICAL! We look forward to coming back for our anniversary in the future!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Karen Riddle, Owner at Shadow Mountain Escape
Responded 15 Nov 2023
💕🍷❤️ Thrilled to host you both for your elopement! We can't wait to host you both again!!!
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William C wrote a review Sept 2023
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We were in Lurary to celebrate a friend's 80th birthday with a few friends. We have known the Inn Keepers, Karen and Ralph, for a long time but this was our first time to enjoy their hospitality and understand their vision. What a wonderful and restful retreat. We spent time catching up with our friends and enjoying the peaceful retreat.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Bring a sweater or jacket to deal with the mountain weather.
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Response from Karen Riddle, Owner at Shadow Mountain Escape
Responded 26 Sept 2023
Thank you! So wonderful to see you both again and officially host you for your escape!
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Christina S wrote a review Sept 2023
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If I could leave a 10 star review I would. This cabin resort is run by the loveliest couple Karen and Ralph. My now husband and I took advantage of their elopement package and loved every minute. We had not told anyone we were eloping. So Karen was my only life line while planning my big day. I could not have asked for a better officiant. Their cabins and property are beautiful. And the customer service is excellent. We saw wood peckers, yellow humming birds, rabbits, turkeys and a bat..as well as 2 deer walking up into our wedding photos!! It was like a magical fairy tale place. They put alot of love, time and passion into the resort. And my wedding pictures there turned out incredible there. Highly highly highly recommend SME as wedding or vacation spot!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Response from Karen Riddle, Owner at Shadow Mountain Escape
Responded 23 Sept 2023
💕🍷❤️ Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS! We were thrilled to be part of your love story! So glad you selected our place for your elopement and honeymoon! Our cabin retreat was created for romantic getaways - we are especially thrilled to have so many wonderful couples take advantage of our new elopement package!
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Clare F wrote a review Aug 2023
Woodbridge, Virginia3 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I decided on a last-minute weekend getaway and were lucky enough to find an opening at Shadow Mountain Escape. We stayed in the smallest cabin, the Ladybug, which was plenty big enough for us and very reasonably priced. The grounds and cabin are immaculate, the hosts were extremely friendly and helpful, and the location is great--located in between Luray and Sperryville and part of the Blue Ridge Whiskey and Wine Loop. It feels secluded but is actually quite close to a variety of trails and things to do. We really enjoyed the unique timber framed buildings, the self-guided loop of the property (which told all about the rich history and the native trees/landscape), and the wildlife (more deer than we could count). We rounded out the weekend with a hike and visits to a winery, a brewery, and fine dining. We don't often vacation in the same place twice, but we just might make an exception for SME.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Response from Karen Riddle, Owner at Shadow Mountain Escape
Responded 21 Aug 2023
Thank you! Wonderful to host you both in our timber frame cabins! Thrilled you even mentioned the Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop too - it's such a great itinerary we put together for our guests and all tourists! Glad you found Shadow Mountain Escape!
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Doug N wrote a review Aug 2023
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We happened upon the Shadow Mountain Escapes site while looking for a place to elope. It was the first and only site we looked at. Everything was easy, from start to finish. Our wedding was completely amazing. My wife and I that said we wouldn't have changed a single thing. We will be back soon and often this place feels like home to us. Karen and Ralph feel like long time friends and are an absolute delight. If you are looking for a romantic getaway a private wedding or just a weekend away from a busy life you will not regret staying at this magical place.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Response from Karen Riddle, Owner at Shadow Mountain Escape
Responded 16 Aug 2023
❤️💕❤️Thrilled to marry you both on our property - thank you!!!!! So glad you found us - our cabins and my elopement package! Can't wait for you to keep celebrating here!!!!!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shadow Mountain Escape
Which popular attractions are close to Shadow Mountain Escape?
Nearby attractions include Stony Man Mountain Hike (3.4 km), Skyline Drive (1.0 km), and Mary's Rock Summit Trail (3.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Shadow Mountain Escape?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include hiking, an outdoor fireplace, and outdoor furniture.
Which room amenities are available at Shadow Mountain Escape?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What are some restaurants close to Shadow Mountain Escape?
Conveniently located restaurants include Brookside Restaurant & Cabins, Pollock Dining Room at Skyland, and Mountain Taproom.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Shadow Mountain Escape?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Does Shadow Mountain Escape have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.