Mason Family Flash

Mason Inn Offers Discounts for Families


The Mason Inn enjoys hosting Mason family and friends as they return to visit campus, enjoy a concert, or attend a sporting event.  The Mason Inn is conveniently located on the Fairfax campus near the Patriot Center, Center for the Arts, Recreation Athletic Complex, Johnson Center, and the Aquatics and Fitness Center.   Whether you are stopping by for an event or to visit your student for the weekend, you can relax and take some time to enjoy a terrific buffet breakfast in Boxwoods Restaurant or learn about the history of George Mason by visiting The Well Lounge.  The Mason Inn offers a variety of discounts for Mason families that we encourage you to take advantage of.  Mason families can save 10% off of the Best Available Rate on an upcoming reservation by clicking here or by calling 703.865.5705 and asking for the Mason Family and Friends rate.

There are also some special discounts for families attending the December 2013 Convocation and the May 2014 Commencement ceremonies.  The Mason Inn offers a Mason Family Graduation Package which includes:

  • Discounted overnight accommodations
  • Buffet breakfast in Boxwoods
  • $5 drink coupon
  • Wireless internet
  • Parking (complimentary for all Mason Inn guests)
  • Shuttle to and from the Vienna metro station (complimentary for all Mason Inn guests)

The December Convocation will take place on December 19, 2013 at 1 pm in the Patriot Center.  Reserve your room or call 703.865.5705 and ask for the Mason Family Graduate Package.

The May Commencement ceremonies will take place on May 18, 2014 at 10 am in the Patriot Center.   Discounted room rates are available from May 14-17, 2014.  Reserve your room or call 703.865.5705.

Also, take advantage of the following offers by printing off this article and bringing it in to your next meal or drink at Boxwoods Restaurant or The Well Lounge.

Boxwoods Restaurant – Free Dessert
Buy one entrée and receive a complimentary dessert
Offer valid through June 30, 2014

Mason Family Spirit – Dress the part and save 20%
Bring your party of four dressed in Mason gear to Boxwoods Restaurant or The Well Lounge and save 20% on your check!
Offer valid through June 30, 2014.  Discount applies to food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Tax and gratuity not included.  One coupon per four person group.

Lyn Locke
Sales and Marketing Director
Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel

Mason Family Flash

Family Weekend 2013: Registration Closes Friday, Oct 11

Registration Closes Friday, October 11 at 5 pm (EST)!

If you are planning on coming to Family Weekend, October 18 – 20, and haven’t registered yet please be sure to do so before October 11 at 5 p.m. (EST) when the online registration site will close.   Registering for Family Weekend before you attend will ensure a smooth check-in process and will also allow you to secure your space for some of our events that fill quickly such as the welcome dinner and Sunday brunch.  You can also purchase tickets to some of the limited seating events such as comedian Aziz Ansari. To register online or to add events to your already created Family Weekend registration, visit

As a reminder, here are a few reasons why you don’t want to miss Family Weekend 2013:

1) The Family Weekend 5K Run/Walk

Take the opportunity to work up a sweat with your student! The course will take you across Mason’s beautiful campus so come prepared to walk, run, and enjoy the scenery! We will be awarding the most spirited runner with more Mason gear, so make sure to come decked out in your green and gold!

2) Multiple Opportunities to View Student Performances

Mason students have talent and we will be showing it off during Family Weekend!  Many of the events included within the Family Weekend schedule will showcase performances by Mason’s gifted student body including the Family Weekend Welcome Dinner, Mason Unplugged, Mason Uncorked, and many more!

3) Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award

We will be presenting the winner of the Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award at the Welcome Dinner on October 18. The Family of the Year is chosen from written or video essays submitted by students that demonstrate why their family deserves this award. This award is a special reminder of the importance of family in our Mason community.

4) Meals Are On Us!

As part of your registration fee, many of your meals for the weekend are covered. The $45 base fee includes Friday hors d’oeuvres, Saturday morning brunch, a wine and cheese event, and Saturday dinner. There are also lots of great restaurants in the area in case you want to treat your student to a meal as well!

5) Spending Quality Time With Your Student

What better way to spend time with your student then by coming to learn more about our campus and engage in all the unique events we have to offer? Join our Mason community, meet other Mason families, and have a fun time at all of our family-friendly events created just for you!

Please note, on-site registrations will be taken during Family Weekend but certain events may not have tickets available for purchase.  Please email us or call us at 703.993.2475 with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

Rebecca Kurihine
Graduate Assistant
Orientation and Family Programs and Services

Mason Family Flash

Important Dates for October

October 1, 2013

Oct. 1Immunization Records Due
Oct. 1-2Fall Job and Internship Fair
Oct. 4-6Alumni Weekend
Oct. 7-11Turn Off the Violence Week
Oct. 11Last day to register for Family Weekend
Oct. 14Columbus Day (No classes)
Oct. 15Monday Classes/Labs Meet – No Tuesday Classes
Oct. 18-20Family Weekend