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.
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.
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
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
- 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.
- Morning coffee or tea is available.
Camping – $15/ person per night
- We have limited camping sites on the property.
- Fee includes access to showers and kitchen.
- Towels are provided.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- We 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.
- We provide laundry services for guests. Laundry (wash/dry/detergent) is $5 per load.
- Shared loads are permissible.
- Please keep your dog leashed at all times.
- Dogs may not be left at the hostel unsupervised.
- The dog-owner is solely responsible for the actions of his/her dog.
- If any damage is done to the hostel or other hikers’ gear, compensation will be expected.
- Dogs are not allowed on ANY furniture.
- We are owned by 3 cats that are tolerant of well-mannered dogs, so please keep that in mind.
ABOUT THE OWNER
Owner & InnkeeperAlison is a former teacher who left the profession in order to pursue the dream of running a hostel. The dream has been 3 years in the making and is now coming to fruition. 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 freshman 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. Lee is also a member of the Marching Captains! Go CNU! 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.
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!
- 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.
- 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!!
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:
- Canoe, tube, or fish on the Shenandoah River
- Swim, kayak, or canoe in season at Lake Arrowhead and enjoy a picnic in the park all year round
- Relax in beautiful gardens
- Horse back ride at some of the nearby stables and trails
- Cycle country back roads
- Visit Valley antique shops
- Explore Civil War sites
- Visit Valley vineyards and enjoy wine tastings
- Tour Luray Caverns as well as Endless Caverns and Skyline Caverns
- Anthony’s Pizza
- Big Meadow Lodge
- Brookside Restaurant
- Circa 31 at the Mimslyn Inn
- Dan’s Steak House
- East Wok
- Dominicos Italian Restaurant
- Gathering Grounds
- Hawksbill Diner
- Gennaro’s Italian Restaurant
- Main Street Bakery
- Mrs. B’s Pizza
- Rancho Viejo Mexican Grill
- The Speakeasy- Mimslyn Inn
- Uncle Bucks
- West Main Market
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!
- Chester Gap Cellars
- Copper Fox Distillery
- Desert Rose Winery
- DuCard Vineyard
- Gadino Cellars
- Rappahannock Cellars
- River Hill Distillery, Luray
- Sharp Rock Vineyards
- Wisteria Farm and Vineyard
- Discover Shenandoah – Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop, Antiquer’s Treasure Trail, Art Lover’s Buy-way, Delightful Dining Trail
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