Calling all Jessica Fletcher, Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes wannabes. Here’s your chance to solve a crime for fun during an interactive murder mystery weekend at a resort or inn.
Typically, a “murder” takes place on the first day and the search for the culprit follows, with hidden clues, plot twists and plenty of whodunit action.
These six lodgings offer murder mystery adventures for fall and winter this year and into 2024. Happy sleuthing!
1. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York
The self-proclaimed birthplace of murder mystery weekends, this sprawling resort in New York’s scenic Hudson Valley has hosted an annual mystery weekend for 47 years. With an 1869 Victorian castle as the perfect backdrop, performers act out each mystery scene in front of you, and you or your team must solve the dastardly crime.
Dates: March 1-3, 2024
Rates: Start at $1,118 per night, double occupancy, all-inclusive, plus a $30-per-person program fee
2. Vermejo, a Ted Turner Reserve, Raton, New Mexico
Vermejo’s turn-of-the-century Casa Grande manor becomes the setting for the 1920s-style Murder Mystery Party staged here. Dress in your best Gatsby finery and enjoy period music, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Then participate in an evening of intrigue and murder as you use character booklets to role-play with the detective and other guests to uncover the motive and murderer. It’s like a Clue board game come to life.
Date: Dec. 29, 2023
Rates: Start at $1,591 per night, double occupancy, all-inclusive, with a two-night minimum; fee includes the party
3. The Mimslyn Inn, Luray, Virginia
Created by the legendary Keith O’Leary and Margo Morrison, masterminds of the genre, the Murder Mystery Weekend thrills guests at this historic Shenandoah Valley inn. Start with a welcome reception on Friday night, when someone is “murdered.” Prevent the perp from getting away by following the tantalizing clues provided during Saturday’s meals. End with the announcement of the mystery’s solution and the awarding of prizes at Sunday brunch.
Dates: Jan. 19-21, 2024
Rates: $443 per person, double occupancy, for two nights, including the Friday welcome reception, three meals on Saturday, brunch on Sunday, and all taxes and gratuities