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King’s Cottage has created a once in a lifetime experience
with a romantic murder mystery weekend that you do not want to miss.

To book your Murder Mystery Weekend CLICK HERE
or call King's Cottage at: 717-397-1017 from 9am to 8 pm daily!

The Setting:

King’s Cottage has been designated one of the Top 10 Most Romantic Inns in North America. For a special weekend in 2014 King’s Cottage will be transformed into the location of a murder mystery. Our elegant circa 1913 bed & breakfast is the stage for a high profile murder with our guests as the participants!

The Scene:

1980’s Texas is all about money and oil. It doesn’t just matter who you are, but how much you are worth during this murder mystery weekend where you could be a suspect, victim or sleuth! It is 1984 and the height of the oil boom. Harrington Oil is the most successful oil company in the state of Texas.The women are all beautiful with big hair, big smiles and big shoulder pads. Everything is larger than life. The older man is in vogue, they’re the ones with the money. The women around here may sometimes be loose but they are definitely not free.

Tonight is a lavish birthday party for R.J. Harrington held at his parents’ ranch – SouthSpoon. Family and friends are gathered to wish R.J. well on his 30th birthday and coming of age. As he turns 30, R.J. comes into the inheritance left to him by his grandfather Eli Harrington.

The Roles:

Each guest who signs up for our murder mystery weekend will play a key role within the murder mystery. Once you have signed up, we will ask you specific questions that will allow you to play a role that best fits your personality. You will then be provided with background details for your character explaining who they are and why they are at the party.

The Plan:

Forget who, when and where you are – and join in one of the most glamorous parties in Texas for an evening of double-dealing, intrigue, secrecy and even murder! In Happy Birthday R.J. you and the other guests will take on the roles of some of the richest people in Texas. You might be an oil tycoon, an expert horsewoman or a city lawyer. The guests can form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and money and maybe even try to kill one another. Along the way they may uncover some of the Harrington family secrets. What is contained in Eli Harrington’s will? Why are Sue Helen and Billy Joe barely speaking to each other? Why does Dixie alternate between looking ecstatic and miserable? And what is Lucille up to? Join us to find out more!

The Romance:

If you are joining the murder mystery with your spouse or significant other, this mystery weekend of intrigue is just what you need. Our Murder Mystery weekend will extend inside and outside the doors of the King’s Cottage to bring you a weekend you will never forget. Here are a few of the details about your special weekend:


Your first evening you will have the time of your life as we begin our Murder Mystery weekend with a fun night of dinner and country line dancing.

The Itinerary:

  • Arrive Friday Between 3:00pm - 4:30pm:
    Your beautiful room awaits you, but don’t get too comfortable yet, the Murder Mystery weekend is about to begin!
  • 5:30pm:
    The Bus arrives to take us out for the night!
  • 6:00pm - 9:30pm Dinner, Dancing & Details:
    It is time to kick up your heels, enjoy a buffet dinner and officially meet the other murder mystery participants. This fun night takes our guests to The Country Barn complex where we have reserved their special wine cellar room our buffet dinner. From our private room, you just open the door and walk onto the dance floor! And dont worry if this is new to you, there will be country line dancing instructions at the start of the evening to get everyone started on the right foot! Your hostesses will review the rules of the murder mystery weekend before you head back to enjoy one of the most romantic inns in North America. We provide round trip transportation from King's Cottage so our guests will not get lost.

  • Saturday Breakfast at the Inn 8:30 - 9:30am:
    King’s Cottage is known around the country for romance and delicious food. A full gourmet breakfast will be served between 8:30 and 9:30am. Your breakfast will be tailored to accomodate any dietary restrictions or food allergies with advance notice.

  • Free Time to Explore Lancaster County:
    Once you have finished breakfast it is time for you to have some play time around our beautiful county. Your innkeepers will be available to help plan your day. You can go and enjoy the many attractions Lancaster has to offer, or you may visit one of the services recommended below.

    • Amish Country Buggy Rides:
      Bundle up and take a breath taking buggy ride in the scenic countryside. Please ask your innkeeper for your discount coupon to our favorite buggy ride. Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides offers group and private rides and will customize the tour and have a buggy just for you! No advance reservation required! And if there is enough snow, sleigh rides can be arranged!

    • Farmland Tours and More:
      There are excellent tours of our beautiful Lancaster countryside. Advance reservations are not required. There are private tours, group tours and self guided tours. The Amish Farm and House does an excellent farmland tour and tours of their Amish house and farm. We highly recommend them!

    • Discover the thriving arts scene and more in Historic Downtown Lancaster!
      There is so much to see and do in the old city! Our country’s oldest continuously operating market, Lancaster Central Market is open every Saturday, year round, from 6 am to 2 pm. There are artists studios and galleries, unique artisan shops, the Red Rose Wine tasting Room and more! All are within a 3 block radius of the Central Market.

    • Venture out 4 blocks north of Lancaster Central Market to Uptown Lancaster where you will find the Historic Block of 300 North Queen Street with all its vintage stores and cafes! You may want to come a day early just to take it all in!

    • Lunch Possibilites Are Many
      You can enjoy the local PA Dutch fare, dine in an elegant antique townhouse mansion or visit one of the local Irish pubs or eateries Lancaster has to offer. Your innkeepers will assist you with menus, maps and directions.


At 4:00pm The Murder Mystery Shifts Into High Gear

Plan to return to the inn around 3:00pm since it will be time to dress up for a fun night at King’s Cottage and a murder you will never forget.

Before dinner, we start the evening with appetizers, and to keep everything above board and legal, there will be sparkling cider and soft drinks. Of course, we understand you Texans may prefer to have something stronger so feel free to BYOB. After all, you are celebrating a very special birthday!

Saturday evening you will be pampered with a dinner created by former White House Chef John Moeller. Chef Moeller has returned home to Lancaster after working 13 years as a White House Chef to create a Tex-Mex dinner (he said this is right up his alley after working for 2 Bush administrations). Please let us know if there are any special dietary restrictions at time of making your reservation.



Prior to and during dinner the stage will be set for your murder mystery. Here are just a few details you may want to know ahead of time:

Each of you will have a sealed envelope that you will be opening later in the evening. In this envelope is a sheet that will list your secrets, things you may know about other people and also some things you will need to do during the course of the evening. Do not open your envelope until instructed to do so. You will be given some 'money' to use however you wish to accomplish your goals. Bribery and extortion are encouraged!

The brochure you will receive instructs you on how you can commit murder in this game if the need arises. Please use this option wisely. Only commit murder if you feel it is your only option & you think you can get away with it. Serial killing is not allowed!

Now lets get on with a fun evening of murder and mayhem!

That evening you will attempt to solve the murder by any means at your disposal before the inspector reveals all!

9 am Sunday Morning Awards Breakfast:
As your romantic weekend concludes you are treated to another gourmet breakfast at King’s Cottage. At the end of breakfast, award certificates will be presented for the following:

  • Super Sleuth Certificates goes to those who solve the murder.
  • Wealthiest Player goes to the one with the most ’money’ at the end.
  • Best Costume goes to the most creative costume.
  • Best Actor goes to the person who plays their part the best.

The Package:

Prices will vary based on the specific room of your choice. Price for the entire weekend includes:

  • Your beautiful room for 2 nights
  • A role in the murder mystery
  • Welcome coffee, tea and refreshments upon arrival Friday afternoon
  • Dinner & Dancing on Friday evening at The Country Barn with meal tax and gratuity included
  • Roundtrip transportation provided for dinner Friday night
  • Gourmet Breakfast on Saturday morning
  • Hors d’oeuvres and catered dinner Saturday night at King’s Cottage with meal tax & gratuity included
  • Please note: We are not licensed to serve alcohol, nor is the Country Barn. However, you are welcome to bring your own alcohol to enjoy at King's Cottage before we go out Friday night and to enjoy with appetizers and dinner on Saturday night.
  • King’s Cottage will have soft drinks, non-alcoholic bubbly, coffee and tea available on Saturday night
  • Awards banquet breakfast on Sunday morning

The Cost:

The Package Rates are based on the room chosen for two nights for two people and include all taxes. Single occupancy available upon request.

To book your Murder Mystery Weekend CLICK HERE or call King's Cottage at: 717-397-1017 from 9am to 8pm daily!

DUKE ROOM: .................... $710

KING ROOM: ....................  $735

CONTESSA ROOM: ........... $735

DUCHESS ROOM: .............. $760

QUEEN ROOM: .................. $775

PRINCESS ROOM: ............ $845

MAJESTIC CHAMBRE: ....... $895

CARRIAGE HOUSE: ........... $925

The Commitment:

Book your weekend early as they will sell out. This weekend package makes a unique and wonderful Anniversary, Birthday, Christmas or Valentine's gift! A wait list will be maintained. Please call us at 717-397-1017. Payment is due in full at time of booking. Your participation is vital to the murder mystery weekend. Cancellations would seriously affect everyone involved since each participant plays a key role. Thus, there are no refunds and no exceptions to guarantee all roles are covered.

The Snow Date:

In the event there is a major winter storm, the murder mystery weekend will be rescheduled to the weekend of March 7-9, 2014. Please verify that you can attend on your alternate weekend in March.




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For last minute shoppers, call us at 717-397-1017 or 1-800-747-8717 and we can email you the gift certificate the same day as ordered!



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