OPEN ARMS at the Edge of Town

Hostel & Inn
Open Arms at Edge of Town Hostel & Inn


Allow our 1940’s Cap 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.

Guests at Open Arms at Edge of Town Hostel & Inn


We welcome visitors from all over who are in Luray for a variety of reasons: hiking, biking, running, and touring the local sites. Our space is shared with 3 indoor/outdoor cats and an adorable puppy. 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 cash/person per night (includes taxes) $1 extra for card

  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at the Thornton Gap trail head for hikers!
  • Complimentary shuttle for resupply
  • 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.
  • Debit/ credit is an option for a small convenience fee

Camping – $15 cash/ person per night (includes taxes) $.50 extra for card

  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at the Thornton Gap trail head for hikers!
  • Complimentary shuttle for resupply
  • We have limited camping sites on the property.and one really good hammock spot
  • Fee includes access to showers w/ towels and kitchen
  • Coffee, tea, lemonade is included.
  • Debit/ credit is an option for a small convenience fee


  • 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.

Kitchen Facilities

  • 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.
  • Staying with a large group? You can now order local groceries and have them delivered onsite. Valet services are also available for groups with a lot to unload.


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


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 Trail Outfitters in the center of town.


Real beds . . . with real sheets!


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. Go CNU!  Our other 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.


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


Guest Book at Open Arms Hostel Luray Va

Guest Book at Open Arms Hostel Luray VA


  • 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.
  • If your bed is stripped, make it first and strip it down last.
  • No packs in the room. They should stay on the back porch or in The Cave. (lowest level a.k.a. basement)
  • Bring up your Cave towels to be laundered if you shower down there.
  • 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 or by the compost bin across the driveway.
  • 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 cash/ $31 card per person
  • Laundry: $5/ load (See if others want laundry done, too, and share the cost.)
  • Limited tent camping: $15 cash/ $15.50 card PER PERSON, not per tent (Shower and kitchen access included.)

This town is quaint. This space is awesome.

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

CLICK HERE TO PRINT Welcome to Open Arms at the Edge of Town House Rules

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


Hikers in Shenandoah National Park

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!

Open Arms Availability



Please submit your information here and you will get a confirmation of your booking.

*Please note that we have a 7-day maximum stay policy.

Please use this form to book a reservation.

* indicates required field


Comments or questions are welcome.

* indicates required field