By Christopher Pape & John Friia
It isn’t often that old world charm mixes so seamlessly with modern day convenience. But at The Greenbrier Hotel, located deep in the mountains of West Virginia, guests have come to expect timeless experiences filled with mirth and joy. Regarded as one of the preeminent luxury resorts of the world, it has over 700 rooms, including 33 suites and 96 guest and estates houses. Surrounded by the Allegheny Mountains, Greenbrier offers an array of amenities that are sure to satisfy. And we cannot think of a place better suited than this luxurious haven for a Christmas vacation. With the snowcapped mountains as its backdrop, you are sure thank us for suggesting a visit during the winter time.
Opened in 1778, the rich history of the hotel includes five presidential stays and diplomatic visits, conversion into a military hospital rehab, an Emergency Relocation Center for the entire United States Congress and hosting of a PGA Championship tournament.
To experience The Greenbrier with its fourteen restaurants is to truly live life. Every eatery demonstrates the exquisite culinary talents of this magnificent hotel. The Main Dining Room is over 100 years old and is the pinnacle of Greenbrier cuisine. Featuring an elegant setting with timeless southern and French-inspired design, visitors can enjoy the southern hospitality at its best.
Expanding their dining options, In-Fusion opened, which offers fresh sushi and Pacific Rim specialties. Prime 44 West, premier steakhouse at the resort, features Wagyu beef, fresh seafood and aged prime cuts. In 2009, we took farm-to-table quality to the next level with the introduction of The Greenbrier Chef’s Garden. The 43-acre farm raises nearly all of the produce for The Greenbrier Restaurant Collection in season including over 25 varieties of fruits and vegetables. From the mouthwatering Italian food at The Forum to Slammin’ Sammy’s to Café Carleton, the visitors can enjoy any food they like.
Since the time of the American Revolution, people have traveled to The Greenbrier to bathe in the white sulphur spring water. The only Five-Star mineral spa in the world, it offers a variety of services designed to bring guests relaxation and comfort. To ease away stress people can go in a whirlpool bath or soak up the healing properties of the native sulphur waters. Visitors can try other spa treatments, including spending time in the steam room or sauna. The Greenbrier Spa treatments feature the finest products and stress-relief therapy anywhere. Providing both soothing and curative treatments designed to ease sore muscles, improve skin composition and revitalize overall health and wellbeing.
Mention should also be made of the wonderful area that is Greenbrier Valley and the nearby town of Lewisburg. Recently, Budget Travel Magazine selected the town as the Coolest Small Town in America. Along the picturesque streets, visitors will learn southern hospitality through the boutique stores, and annual festivals. From art galleries to sidewalk cafés the vibrant history can be seen from all visitors. With numerous bed and breakfasts and a historical inn many people are unaware of this hidden southern gem.
But back to the resort and her you will fin that they offer an array of recreational activities, which guests of all ages can enjoy. Most of the activities can be customized for groups, such as trust-building ascent of the alpine tower to whitewater rafting. Catering to anyone’s desires there are outdoor adventures and hotel experiences that intrigue all.
Guests can test their luck at the grand casino and hope to win big. In the Las Vegas style space, there are over 300 state-of-the-art slot machines and 37 table games. Whether it is craps, blackjack, roulette, poker or baccarat The Greenbrier has a wide selection of gambling. Take a break from the casino and visit Twelve Oaks, where people can bet on horse races.
Parents that need some alone time can have their children visit The Adventure Zone, which is geared for children ages 3 to 14. Under the supervision of Greenbrier’s highly trained staff, children will hike, ride bikes and play tennis and other activities throughout the day.
Beyond the resort and its many amenities, The Greenbrier played an important part in world history. Acting as an emergency fall out shelter during the Cold War, it had the capacity to house the entire Untied States Congress, if hostilities broke out. In the event of war between the Soviet Union, the United States wanted to ensure that there was a continuity of government. Since the ending of the war this top secret location has been open to the public and visitors can take guided tours behind the hidden walls.
Guaranteeing lasting memories for all visitors, from fine dining to endless activities, The Greenbrier offers visitors an escape from their chaotic lives and a chance to relax at this secluded resort. •
The Greenbrier Resort & Valley
300 W Main St.
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986