6 Reasons to Visit The Greenbrier Resort
If you haven't experienced the renowned Greenbrier Resort, you should add it to your bucket list! Known as "America's resort since 1778" and located in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia, The Greenbrier will leave an impression that will last for a lifetime. Scenic golf courses, endless activities, exquisite cuisine, unforgettable retro decor, and unparalleled service are just a few of the resort's many wow-factor features. Enjoy a sneak peek into the famous resort, and be sure to add this destination to your bucket list!
We visited the Greenbrier when I was 26 weeks pregnant while on a work trip for my husband. We were limited on the time and activities we could do being pregnant at the time, but we will definitely be back to experience more of the resort in its entirety.
Note: I didn't always have my professional camera with me, so embrace the iPhone shots peppered throughout this post.
1. THE DECOR
The decor is one of the most memorable aspects of this resort complete with lush green carpets, retro wallpapers, marble floors, stunning chandeliers (featured in the classic movie, Gone with the Wind), perfectly manicured gardens, checkerboard hallways, statement draperies, and an indoor swimming pool and spa that will make you feel like you walked into the twilight zone. It's no doubt you will have a blast from the past while walking throughout this quintessential resort that features pops of bright colors and bold patterns, decorated after WWII by interior design legend, Dorothy Draper.
Endless backdrops and photo opportunities present themselves throughout the resort and even in its hidden nooks and crannies. It's a selfie-lover's paradise!
2. ENDLESS ACTIVITIES
If you can imagine this statement on steroids, "There is something for everyone to enjoy at this resort", you'll get the idea of what all is offered at The Greenbrier. Just to name a few from the expansive list of activities: ample streams to fly-fish, beautiful resort-style indoor and outdoor swimming pools, scenic golf courses, swanky casino, whitewater rafting, posh shopping boutiques, pristine gardens, countless kids activities, horseback riding, bike rentals, aerial adventure courses, segway tours, glass blowing, croquet, tea time in the upper lobby, stand up paddle boarding, immaculate indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and that's just the beginning...
The outdoor pool overlooking the golf course along with fabulous mountain views and an on-site restaurant is the perfect way to enjoy your summer day.
The Olympic-size indoor pool is a must-see as well, with its decor dating back to the 1940's.
The declassified Bunker Tour is another must-do, behind-the-scenes experience that walks you through the legendary Cold War fallout shelters that were a top secret U.S. government relocation facility for Congress.
Check out the Greenbrier's endless activities HERE.
From Southern cooking and a nostalgic ice cream parlor at Draper's, to Sam Snead's golf course bistro, to Prime 44 (an upscale steakhouse and tribute to NBA legend and West Virginia native Jerry West), to Asian fusion fare at In-Fusion, to everything in between, you will find delectable cuisine for every taste and occasion. With over 18 restaurants throughout the resort, one will not go hungry with the smorgasbord of dining opportunities.
Enjoying a milkshake after dinner at Draper's with their Southern-inpsired menu.
Just a peek into one of the dining rooms that boasts glamorous chandeliers, marble columns, bold patterns, and bright colors, not to mention exquisite food.
The Greenbrier Golf Course, originally built in 1924, was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 1977. The Greenbrier hosts The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA Tour event every summer. The picturesque course with its breathtaking mountain views is a must for the amateur and avid golfer alike.
View of course while dining at Sam Snead's (clearly the iPhone shot does not do it justice).
If the 5-Star Mineral Spa is more your style, enjoy a a luxury spa treatment that commences with a soak in the famous healing waters of White Sulphur Springs, followed by a dip in the Swiss Shower before your services begin. If your goals include any of the following: rejuvenation, wellness, restoration, relaxation, detox, or revitalization, you've come to the right place! From a med spa to traditional services, you can find it all here! The spa was even previously featured in Conde Nast Traveler's "Best Spas in the World."
An interesting look back in time at the spa services and prices offered.
6. THE SERVICE
As if you need one more reason to visit this destination, the impeccable service and staff will be hard to match. From the first moment you arrive to the last minute before you depart, the staff will make sure you have all that you need and are waited on hand and foot.
Just to paint a picture from our experience... as we were waiting for the valet to retrieve our car, one of the bellhops noticed I was admiring the chandeliers. He took the opportunity to not only provide a quick tour and history of the chandeliers which were featured in one of my favorite movies, Gone with the Wind, but also grabbed a chair, posed us, and took a few pictures for us. Unfortunately we had just come from the pool, so our attire was not appropriate for the shot, but it made for a great memory nonetheless.
Click the link to learn more and book your stay to experience the one-of-a-kind Greenbrier HERE.