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Murder Mysteries

Murder mystery weekends are very popular, and for good reason. Seldom will you have an opportunity to participate in something so different, so absorbing, and so much fun!

Weekend dates and details to come for 2017! Check back or call for details.


Our 2017 mystery series kicked off with a 2-day gala New Year's mystery celebration, and encore performances are scheduled during the spring (January 20-21 and March 3-4). Then we take a break until the fall series begins on August 18-19, followed by Sept 8-9, and Oct 27-28 , and Dec 30-31 (New Year's gala). Note that fun photo on left is not of four guests and a curtain!

Prices -- All are the cost of a double occupancy room, plus:

January mysteries: $75pp

All other mysteries:$100pp

New Year's Gala: $150pp

The Basics

All our mystery weekends are complete packages, including:

  • Friday and Saturday accommodations, double occupancy
  • Friday night welcoming party and dessert buffet
  • Guests themselves play all costumed characters
  • Saturday afternoon glass bottom boat cruise, historic trolley tour, hayride, or candlelight cave walk
  • Tubing trip (in season) down the San Marcos River
  • Clue hunt through town
  • Saturday night dinner at the Inn, features dinner wines, hors d'oevres, and several courses
  • Gourmet breakfasts Saturday and Sunday mornings
  • Two days of great entertainment in the form of....

Murder by the River, An Original Mystery Series

Crystal River Inn, murder mysteriesSan Marcos is a peaceful Hill Country town, complete with sparkling river, dams and waterfalls, lovely old Victorian architecture, and a rich heritage. But in our fantasies, it harbors a mass of (mythical) secrets which could take years to sort out. The series is planned so that you can tune in on any point.

The first chapter in this saga was born in 1987, and since then has delighted thousands of guests with its historically-flavored plotline. In 1989, we introduced the first sequel, wherein the original victim is summoned back to the inn - via séance! In 1991 came the second sequel, which revisits the cast of characters five and 10 years later. The Victorian Frontier Follies, a hilarious look back at the original troupe's ancestors, debuted in 1993. And our festive Morocco Mystery, with its grand-opening setting, is the gala's newest addition. From aging hippies and conniving politicians to sheikhs, Indian chiefs and feathered saloon girls, this beguiling cast of misfits will stop at nothing to confuse and intrigue you.

ACT ONE Friday night

Crystal River Inn, murder mysteriesIntroduction to the mystery. All characters in costume. Festivities begin at 9 pm.

ACT TWO Saturday morning

This takes place starting at 9 am Saturday, and usually concludes by 11:30 am. Costumes are optional. Guests are free to spend the day at leisure, hunting clues and exploring the area. Tubing trip at 2 pm if weather permits, followed by a hayride, boat cruise, or similar entertainment.

ACT THREE Saturday evening, before dinner

Everyone is asked to convene in the library by 7:30 pm. Costumes are mandatory, and group pictures will be taken. Laughter abounds as the plot thickens.

ACT FOUR Saturday evening, during dinner

Wonderful gourmet food is a weekend highlight, and this dinner is no exception. Enjoy entrees such as Veal Marsala, Beef Wellington, or Chicken Kiev, as characters unleash their final bombshells.

ACT FIVE Sunday Morning

Prior to breakfast, guests must cast their votes for "whodunnit", as well as Best Actor and Best Costume. Answers are revealed at the conclusion of the meal. Prizes will be awarded.

The Details

The cost per person, double occupancy, will be $175-250 (depending on room choice) plus tax. All meals and amenities are included. 50% deposit, or a credit card guarantee, is due with reservation. Roles and background data will be mailed to all guest approximately one week in advance of every mystery. Three week cancellation notice required, no exceptions unless you help us refill your room and your role. With three weeks' notice, deposits will be refunded less a $25 recasting fee. To avoid even stiffer penalties, please be sure of your plans before booking your reservation. Last-minute mystery cancellations create havoc for everyone. Remember, this is essentially a play in which all guests are the actors. On notice shorter than three weeks, we can't always find someone to take over your part, and we must protect our other guests from an experience affected by an incomplete cast of characters.

Weekends are scheduled approximately four weeks apart. On request, groups can be accommodated on non-scheduled weekends. Call us for the whole year's schedule.

"I have personally told a dozen people about your incredible mystery weekend - and it's only 10 a.m." -  Ron Binkley, Austin



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