January 2013 – The Mimslyn Inn is named a Virginia Living Top Wedding Vendor for 2013
Virginia Living Weddings is a new special bound-in supplement to Virginia Living's
January/February 2013 issue that celebrates the unique style and tradition of weddings done in grand Virginia fashion.
Virginia Living Weddings also includes Virginia Living’s Top Wedding Vendors 2013, a comprehensive editorial list of over 600 of the highest quality wedding professionals throughout Virginia. With the assistance of an advisory board of a dozen of the state’s top wedding planners, Virginia Living’s editorial staff reviewed thousands of vendors in over 30 categories, and selected only those who are recognized for consistently delivering the highest quality products and customer service. Virginia Living’s Top Wedding Vendors 2013 is the resource for anyone planning a wedding in Virginia.
Virginia Living Weddings will be on newsstands beginning Friday, January 11.
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“When Wine Spectator debuted the Grand Awards 31 years ago, the idea of honoring restaurant wine lists raised some eyebrows,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “Today, enjoying wine with meals has become an integral part of the American dining experience, and we are truly in a golden age of restaurant wine lists. On behalf of Wine Spectator, we congratulate all those restaurateurs who have committed their time, energy and resources to building fine wine programs.”
“Fueled by a youthful demographic that is adventurously exploring the food-and-wine world along with a renewed sense of creativity on the part of restaurateurs, a new energy has been brought to wine programs around the world, and wine lovers are responding with enthusiasm,” said Thomas Matthews, Executive Editor, Wine Spectator. “The nearly 3,800 restaurants honored in our Dining Guide lead the way, offering thought-provoking experiences to a new generation that wants to expand its wine horizons while maximizing its wine dollars.”
The complete list of award winners is featured in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator, available on newsstands July 24. Read more about Circa ’31 and Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards.
About Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms, and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 15,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Food Arts, Market Watch, Whisky Advocate and Impact.
The Mimslyn Inn is pleased to announce that we were just awarded the 5 Stem Virginia Wine Master’s Award from the Virginia Wine Board. This program highlights the businesses that are taking the localvore movement to the next level, specifically as it regards to their efforts in promoting and selling Virginia wines. In order to qualify for the program, businesses need to meet set credentials based on the number of Virginia wines they have available for customers, as well as their promotional and display activities throughout the year.
“Though we are working to rebuild this program, the Virginia Wine Master’s Program already showcases the support Virginia wineries receive from trade partners around the Commonwealth and DC,” states Annette Boyd, director of the Virginia Wine Marketing Office. “As the industry continues to grow, the support from restaurants and wine shops is essential. We appreciate everything these businesses are doing to raise awareness and appreciation of Virginia wines and we encourage consumers to support them in their efforts.”
“The Mimslyn Inn is a proud supporter of Virginia wine. Each month I personally take staff members on a local field trip to various Virginia wineries so we are able to pass on first-hand knowledge to our guests about Virginia wines and the wine making craft” said Jim Sims, General Manager of the Mimslyn Inn. The Mimslyn features a variety of Virginia wines on our wine menu. In addition, each Friday and Saturday evening, our Circa '31 dining room provides the backdrop for an evening of excitement, wine tasting and a culinary feast. Our Executive Chef prepares an elegant five-course menu which is complemented with a variety of Virginia wines for custom pairings to create an exceptional dining experience. The menu changes weekly as our Chef likes to use fresh, local ingredients. Each menu offers a beef, chicken, seafood and a vegetarian entree selection complete with a starter course amuse and dessert course. Guests are encouraged to visit the local wineries and then bring back the wine purchased during the tasting to the Inn. Our wine experts will pair your wine with our fabulous dinner offerings for a corkage fee of $5.00 per bottle or you can enjoy our selection of Virginia wines for just $15.00 for the flight.
Sales of Virginia wine reached an all-time high in fiscal year 2011 with more than 462,000 cases sold during the fiscal year. This figure marked a sales increase of more than 11% over the previous fiscal year. Virginia is now the nation's fifth largest wine producer and seventh largest wine grape producer. According to the most recent economic impact study, the Virginia wine industry employs approximately 3,000 people and contributes almost $350 million to the Virginia economy on an annual basis.
The Mimslyn Inn is pleased to announce that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
“The Mimslyn Inn is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Jim Sims, General Manager and Host of The Mimslyn Inn. “We strive to offer our guests a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.”
“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve.”
The VHTA Outstanding Industry Awards recognize leaders in hospitality and tourism who dedicate their time, talents and service in achieving nothing less than excellence. “I am proud to recognize these outstanding leaders among the members of the tourism industry for their dedication to service and to their profession,” Jenifer Jackson, Chairwoman, Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association.
Mr. Sims, a veteran hotelier and certified chef, has shown his passion for serving the traveling public. Mr. Sims has received top rankings from clients and guests alike, including the Certificate of Excellence Award by Trip Advisor due to the high number of excellent reviews of guests who have stayed at the property. He exemplifies the definition of a Host by positioning his desk in the lobby so that he may greet, welcome, and entertain as many of his guests as possible. His dedication to the field and initiative to create events such as a birthday party to celebrate the Shenandoah National Park’s 75th and The Mimslyn Inn’s 80th Birthday exemplify his distinct commitment to his profession and the local community.
The Mimslyn Inn, built in 1931, was purchased in 2005 by the Asam Family, owners of the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, WV. Upon purchasing The Mimslyn, the Asam Family completed a multi-million dollar historic restoration of inn. The Mimslyn Inn is managed by Guests, Inc – a full-service hotel management company based in Strasburg, VA (www.guestsinc.com).