I am a tour coordinator for an active older adults group. I planned an overnight trip to Guthrie with many fun excursions on the itinerary. A murder mystery dinner was the anchor for this whole trip. With the Stone Lion Inn being haunted, I thought it would be the perfect backdrop to a Murder Mystery. Our group went on Thursday, October 29, 2009.
I made arrangements over the phone and through email since I live out of town. They were willing to work with me on my special accommodations. The only thing I wish could have worked out would have been our group staying over in the B&B. We had 20 in our group and would have had to split up into three B&B's across town. It is ideal to have us all together. Also, we have several ladies that double together and all the bedrooms had single beds. So just the Murder Mystery Dinner was the ideal choice for us!
I thought the post WWII era mystery was a perfect choice for a theme for the dinner considering our group. The woman who owns the home writes all of the murder mysteries. We had ten male roles and ten female roles, but only one man in our group. Nine of us ladies enjoyed playing the parts of mysterious men and “South American playboys." Many of them brought full Men's suits and hats.
We arrived around 5pm and enjoyed our first course of hors d’oeurves that was characteristically-placed on an embalming table from when this home was a funeral parlor. This was not realized under halfway through the evening. After brief introductions by the home owner, playing the part of “Uta,” not to be confused with the state, we gathered in the dining room for our meal. We were served three more courses: salad, soup and chicken and rice. This was when the murder took place. After the entrée, we had time to mosey around the B&B (since there were no guests staying in any of the rooms) and look at the rooms and furnishings. We then continued with the investigation of the murder in the downstairs parlor room and performed our speaking roles given to us at the beginning of the night. We were then told that we had all the information we needed to figure out “who dunnit” and discussed it over our final course – cheesecake drizzled in chocolate for dessert and coffee.
The murder was then solved and discussed after the final course. The owner then shared some spooky stories with us about the history of the home as well as sharing historical information about the town itself. She was a delight and very funny throughout the entire evening. We were finished shortly after 9pm.
Overall, we had a terrific experience with the Murder Mystery Dinner. Our group had a fantastic time pretending and playing roles they otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to. I heard nothing but positive comments from our attendees, and we shared many, many laughs that carried over into the following day. The pictures prove it! The only other thing I wished I would have caught on to before we arrived was bringing our own alcohol. They provide the glasses and mixers, but not the booze. I would have been prepared ahead of time with a few bottles of wine if I had read the fine print I guess. So don’t forget if that’s a kicker for you! Our group still enjoyed ourselves sober, AND we figured out the murder (which only 3% of guests do). We think it was partly due to us being sober.
So if you are looking for a unique, playful and fun night out enjoy a murder mystery dinner at the Stone Lion Inn. The food is excellent and cooked homemade by a gal who has lived in the home over two decades! It’s an once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will share with others and stay with you. You’ll want to come back again!
- Also Known As:
- The Stone Lion Hotel Guthrie
- The Stone Lion Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This stately Victorian bed and breakfast mansion, famous for its Murder Mystery Weekends, offers six guest rooms with elegant furnishings, sitting rooms, and private baths with antique claw-foot tubs for two. A full gourmet breakfast is included. Featured on SciFi Channel's Ghost Hunters and has been used as a set for several movies filmed in Oklahoma. ... more less