Join us on April 7-8, 2018 for our 9th annual Murder Mystery Weekend in the Western White Mountains. This year, our theme is “The Dead Man’s Hand,” where a poker game ends in cold-blooded murder. Channel the likes of Scooby Doo, Gibbs and the rest of the NCIS team, and Sherlock Holmes and solve the crime of the century!
“During the weekly poker game in the back room of a local building the winning player leaves early. Several players are angry that they ‘didn’t have a chance to win their money back’ and suggest there might have been some cheating. An hour after the game breaks up flashing police lights surround the body of the early winner near his lodging. Beside the body are the cards from his winning hand. Who killed the unlucky winner? Was it a poor loser, an angry wife, the bookmaker, the loan shark, the “dame” who runs the illegal poker game, or did someone else have a motive?”
The annual Murder Mystery Weekend starts Saturday morning at Jean’s Playhouse where you will be introduced to all the characters, played by six local community members in costume, and handed a clue book and town map. The clue book and town map will provide you with some necessary information, like where to search for clues.
You’ll have all day Saturday to run around town searching for clues and interviewing suspects. There are over 20 different clues so bring your notepad and sleuthing hat! Don’t forget to visit the crime scene. If you have some lingering questions, you can mingle with all the suspects at the optional dinner event Saturday evening at the Indian Head Resort.
On Sunday morning, you’ll head back to Jean’s Playhouse for the reveal of the coroner’s report and death certificate. While the event is entirely free to play, you’ll have to pay $10 for an arrest warrant. The grand prize winner will win a weekend package in the Western White Mountains for use during the summer months. Additional names will be pulled from a hat for raffle prizes. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce.
Once the suspect is revealed, the local police will show up and take him or her away in handcuffs! Last year over 200 people played the game, and we look forward to having much more this year! Our Annual Murder Mystery Weekend is the perfect excuse to visit Lincoln-Woodstock for the weekend. You’re guaranteed to have tons of fun!
Where to Stay for Murder Mystery
There are lots of great places to stay for all budgets. The Woodstock Inn in North Woodstock is always a favorite with 39 guestrooms in five historic buildings in town, you have tons of great options. If you’re looking modern suites with views of the mountain, the Mountain Club on Loon is perfect for families needing a little more room. The Indian Head Resort has an outdoor heated pool and spa, game, and modern rooms just minutes from town.
Where to Eat While in Town for Murder Mystery
Running around town searching for clues will certainly work up an appetite. You’re not going to want to miss the suspect dinner on Saturday night that starts at 6pm at the Indian Head Resort. With a delicious full buffet, you can fill your belly while mingling with the suspects and trying to find new clues. The Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Pair a delicious meal with a homebrewed craft beer on the patio. The Common Man is a local favorite since 1985. You’ll find plenty of American dishes, like prime rib, baked mac n’ cheese, and more, on the menu. Cozy up next to the fireplace with some parlor games for even more fun. Don’t forget about Gordi’s Fish and Steak. The menu is filled with all your hearty favorites.
What to Do While in Town for Murder Mystery
The Western White Mountains offers tons of great indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy year-round. Enjoy a morning yoga class at Live a Little Fitness in Lincoln or let the
kids burn off some serious energy on their Beam Play Zone. Go hiking on one of the numerous hiking trails in the area. The Lincoln Woods Trail is a picturesque riverside trail perfect for families with young kids or adults looking to take a short stroll in the woods. Alpine Adventures offers year-round fun on their three ziplines and off-roading experience on Barron Mountain in Woodstock.
Click here for the full Murder Mystery Weekend itinerary or to register for a weekend of sleuthing.
Visit the Western White Mountains during our 9th Annual Murder Mystery Weekend and see if you can solve the crime. Lincon-Woodstock has an abundance of excellent restaurants, bars, shopping, and hotels for the whole family. Come experience a local tradition and fall in love with our mountainside community.