Just returned from a Murder Mystery weekend event at the Allenberry, attended the weekend with a small group of friends. The resort grounds were very nice in the fall, the leaves were changing colors and everything looked great from the outside. Nice decorations and grounds. I will agree with previous postings that the rooms are not that great. We were in the Meadow Lodge building, from the outside the building looks like a woodsy lodge. When you come in through the front doors, there is a nice lounge area - Pergo flooing, great fireplace, great views of the Yellow Breeches and valley, leather furniture. We enjoyed spending time there in the evenings - pre-festivity cocktails - and in the morning. Our room was clean (staff was great) and of decent size but the style of the room reminded me of motor lodge rooms from the 80s. We weren't in the room that much so it didn't really matter.
For a couple, the murder mystery was $720. The actors were wonderful, plot was great and we definately enjoyed the festivities. Wine was included during the dinner events, during dinner. All other evening times had cash bars. There weren't any afternoon cocktails. There was an abundance of food, and at times it felt like we were on a cruise ship since there always seemed to be some kind of buffet. It was all very tasty but seemed to be a little too much.
We have attended murder mysteries in the past in other places, this mystery weekend was mostly performance based. You can, and are encouraged, to interact with the characters, but you are not assigned roles, given hints to pass along to other guests, etc. My husband and I like mysteries where you can have an active part during the weekend better, but, we did have an excellent time and would recommend to others.
I do have to mention that we heard about a free ticket offer to their playhouse, 2 complimentary tickets if you booked the murder mystery. This offer was online. I called and asked if the tickets were to be used that weekend only or if they could be used for a future show, at the time of the call the person told me they would be good for one year. When we arrived we were corrected that the tickets were to be used while we were there for the mystery, they were not good for future performances. If you decide to go up and see that offer, they have Saturday and Sunday matinees but we decided to go into the town of Boiling Springs instead. Had the tickets been good for a year my husband and I would have booked another weekend getaway. Now, we'll probably just go to another murder mystery sometime in the future, but will probably try another place next fall.
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