~ Press release issued by The Mimslyn Inn
LURAY — Earlier this month, The Mimslyn Inn announced Nick Smith as its new General Manager. Owner, Irwin Asam, welcomed Smith to the Mimslyn team.
“Nick brings over 42 years of hospitality experience to our staff. We could not be more impressed with his dedication to the industry,” Asam said. “His extensive guest service knowledge makes him the perfect candidate to take the reins of the operation as Jim Sims continues a more developer role at the inn.”
Smith is a Luray native and has “worked on the mountain” in Shenandoah National Park most of his career.
“His supervisory and management positions with Aramark and Delaware North have provided Nick with an amazing background. We want a professional like Nick leading our team,” former general manager Jim Sims said. “Nick has roots in the community and connects with the local hospitality industry on all levels.”
Smith and his wife Sherry Lam reside in the Town of Luray.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Mimslyn family and to continue to provide memorable guest experiences,” Smith said. “The Mimslyn Inn has a great team in place, and I am looking forward to contributing and also leading that team.”
“I would like to thank Jim Sims and the Asam family for their confidence in my abilities and supporting the next chapter in my professional career,” Smith continued. “I know I have big shoes to fill, but I am certainly looking
forward to the opportunity. It will be great to welcome the locals to the inn, including the Speakeasy which is
scheduled to reopen at the end of September.”
While Smith with be taking over the operations of the inn, Sims will be working on the expansion of the cottage area and the creation of a new wedding venue. The former Luray hospital, built in 1868 and located behind the inn, is currently under contract with the Mimslyn Inn and expected to close this month. The hospital and grounds will be renovated as a wedding venue featuring a large ballroom that could hold up to 250 guests. The views from the hospital are the inspiration for the venue with George Washington National Forest to the West and Shenandoah National Park to the East.
“This will be the only wedding venue in the area offering both cottage and on-site hotel accommodations for the wedding guest,” Sims said. “The wedding market has seen a surge of activity since the pandemic and our luxurious accommodations, beautiful grounds and top notch wedding venue will attract destination weddings from New York, Washington, D.C. and other major cities. Also, the request from doctors, nurses and those in the medical field have increased and what could be better than a venue with a hospital past.”
“There are many positive changes happening at The Mimslyn Inn,” Asam said. “Our product will continue to contribute to the local community providing jobs and tax revenue. We are also in the business to create quality places to eat, unique historic atmospheres balanced with ultra-modern comfort and popular amenities. Our team serves as great stewards of our properties, and I am delighted to have them in place.”
For more information about The Mimslyn Inn, visit their website at www.mimslyninn.com