OPEN ARMS at the Edge of Town

Hostel & Inn

WELCOMING!

Allow our 1940’s Cape Cod welcome you to the neighborhood through its “open arms.” The Shenandoah River rock and curved staircases create a unique entrance to our calm and pleasant home.

SHARED LIVING

We welcome visitors from all over who are in Luray for a variety of reasons: hiking, biking, running, and touring the local sites. Our shared space community allows you to meet and interact with new people and make new friends.

open arms AT LogoWelcome!

Our hostel provides lodging for hikers on the Appalachian Trail, bicyclists, and other visitors to Luray. Rest in our comfortable hostel, take a shower, meet other hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, cook your own food in the kitchen or walk to nearby restaurants. The hostel is located at 1260 East Main Street – 8 miles West of the Appalachian Trail in Luray, Virginia

  • Open Arms Hikers

    Open Arms Hikers

    Common area with limited, basic cable, DVD’s, board games and books

  • Wi-Fi and computer with internet free to guests
  • Large front and back porches
  • Fire pit in the back yard
  • Grocery store and restaurants are 0.7 mile from the hostel
  • 1.5 miles from Appalachian Outdoor Outfitters and downtown, including the local library and post office
  • Storage building and basement areas for bikes
  • Parking is available on site
  • Mail drops: Free to guests; $2 fee otherwise

 Come stay with us and explore the area!

We are your full service contact for ALL hostel, slackpack, and logistical needs for hiking the Appalachian Trail or cycling running in Central Virginia.

Twin Beds – $30/person per night (includes taxes)

  • We provide all bed linens, pillows and blankets.
  • Each room is stocked with bath towels, hand towels, washcloths.
  • Basic hygiene products are in the bathroom.
  • Coffee, tea, lemonade is included.

Camping – $15/ person per night (includes taxes)

  • We have limited camping sites on the property.
  • Fee includes access to showers and kitchen.
  • Towels are provided.
  • Coffee, tea, lemonade is included.

Showers

  • Showers are included with overnight stays.
  • We also offer showers for people just passing through.
  • Showers are $3.00/person and include towel and soap.

Internet

There is a “community” computer available with internet access so you can check/send email or take care of any other business before hitting the trail. Wireless internet is also available. While there is no time limit for computer usage, please be considerate of other guests who also want to use this service.

Kitchen Facilities

  • Kitchen at Open Arms Hostel Luray VaWe have a full kitchen for guests to use.
  • It is stocked with dishes, glasses, silverware, and cookware.
  • All we ask is that you completely clean up after yourself for the next person.
  • There is also a refrigerator where you can keep that leftover pizza, or if you’re staying for a few days, stock up on groceries.

Laundry

  • We provide laundry services for guests. Laundry (wash/dry/detergent) is $5 per load.
  • Shared loads are permissible.

Trains

Luray is a train town. We can’t get away from them. The hostel is across the street from train tracks. Cargo trains do run at all hours and most night conductors are courteous of sleepers. However, there is a cross over about 300 yards from the hostel. Since safety is of utmost importance, the whistle blows in front of the hostel when trains are traveling out of town.

Outfitters

Our quaint little town is fortunate enough to have an outfitter store, stocked with all of your camping and hiking needs. Please visit Appalachian Outdoors Adventures in the center of town.

Real beds . . . with real sheets!

ABOUT THE OWNER

Alison Coltrane

Alison Coltrane

Owner & Innkeeper

Alison is a former teacher who left the profession in order to pursue the dream of running a hostel. The dream was 3 years in the making and is now fulfilled and very fulfilling! Ask her to tell the story of its making! She is a true believer of Law of Attraction and Deliberate Creation. The part-time member of the household is Lee, a student at Christopher Newport University (CNU). He is in the 5-year masters program for Environmental Sciences and plans to earn minors in both Leadership and Zoology. Go CNU! The other male member of the household is Hank the Hostel Hound. He’s still a pup and full of eagerness and energy. Our final home bodies are Molly, Socks, and Hammster, the true ‘owners’ of the house. Molly is the ‘fluff nugget,’ while Socks is the sleek gray and white. Hammster is the red-haired step-child and can be a little temperamental, but is harmless.

House Rules

We are so glad that you chose to stay with us in our home.There are a few things you should know. Our House Rules are few and they are extremely important.

INTEGRITY – Use it!

We define it as, “Doing the right thing, all the time, no matter what, and no matter who’s watching.”

COMMON SENSE – Use it!

Guest Book at Open Arms Hostel Luray Va

Guest Book at Open Arms Hostel Luray VA

Hikers:

  • Enter through The Cave and shower in the Bath Cave.
  • If no one is here… hang out in The Cave or on a porch and relax.
  • Call me to let me know you’re here. (540) 244-5652.
  • You make your bed first and strip it down last.
  • No packs in the room. They should stay in The Cave. (lowest level a.k.a. basement)
  • Bring up your Cave towels to be laundered.
  • Quiet hours are 10 pm – 7 am. Be courteous of early sleepers.
  • The early risers will do the same. Right? ♥
  • If you mess it up… clean it up. Kitchen access is a privilege; please treat it as such.
  • Smoking is allowed… outside. The porches are lovely this time of year!
  • NO drugs!

We are conservationists, which means . . .

  • We recycle – Bins for paper, plastic, glass, and metal are on the back porch.
  • Reuse your linens (towels & sheets) for the duration of your stay.
  • Hang towels on the pegs to dry.
  • Close the doors to the sleeping rooms if the AC is on.
  • Turn off the lights and electronics when not in use.

Rates

  • Bed/ shower / kitchen access: $30
  • Laundry: $5/ load (See if others want laundry done, too, and share the cost.)
  • Limited tent camping: $15 (Shower and kitchen access included.)

This town is quaint. This space is awesome.

This hostel is wonderful. Let’s keep it that way!!

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Historic Luray, VA

The Page Valley is steeped in history.  Downtown Luray is picture perfect to be sure. Small town stores dot Main Street and beyond.  Antiques, window shopping, and good dining are all available in Luray! There are many activities and sites to see in Luray/Page County, Virginia. Here are some ideas for you:

Local Dining

CLEAN UP – REST & REJUVENATE!

The Vineyards, Wineries, & Distilleries

Page County and surrounding communities are filled with vineyards, all of which are within a short driving distance from Open Arms!

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