White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
This past week I went down to visit the fabled, Greenbrier Resort. A bastion of American old-world glamor with enough pink, greens and floral prints to make Lilly Pulitzer feel like a knock-off. Designed by the beloved American designer and born Aristocrat, Dorothy Draper, the Greenbrier has a distinct look and feel that can only be described with words like; bold, bright and indeed, beautiful.
My visit fell just in time to witness the preparations for the upcoming, annual Greenbier Classic, a new stop on the PGA Tour. The resort is renowned for its Golf, drawing guests from around the world with three courses available to guests, including the tournament-worthy, Old White Course (pictured below). I took a short playing lesson with the new Junior Pro, Tully, who in typical Southern fashion, was ever the gentleman despite my errant shots.
Throughout my three-day tour, I was bombarded by the resort’s vibrant color scheme and intentional old-world ambiance (There’s even a roaming horse and carriage!). As current resident designer and Draper’s protogé , Mr. Carleton Varney told me, “the Greenbrier is a resort set in the past”. He also implored me to look up the definition of glamour and promising me that all the adjectives found in said definition directly apply to the Greenbrier.
With 710 guestrooms, the Greenbrier is an enormous, sprawling Estate filled with roving guests of all ages. It is well suited equally for families and the mature set with its array of activities; tennis, golf, swimming, horseback riding and lawn sports such as croquet and shuffleboard. Plus, there’s a constant roving shuttle bus ensuring no one ever has to walk too far.
Ultimately, though the Cialis Online Greenbrier strikes a certain fondness for those who lived through the Cold War given its now, world-famous, Bunker. Originally built as the fallout shelter for the government during the late-50s, the once top-secret Bunker is a huge draw for guests and offers hour-long tours that allow you to enter into the 112,544-square-foot bunker. Now used as a storage facility for confidential files of various Fortune 500 companies, access to the entire bunker is highly restricted along with the ability to take photos. Nevertheless, the tour is highly informative. Moreover, there are many other types of tours available, including one with the Resort’s resident Historian, Dr. Bob Conte, a gregarious fellow. Known as “America’s Resort’, the Greenbrier has its fair share of historic lore, including housing many a visiting US President, as well as various elected officials and Dr. Bob knows it all. He is quick to compliment the Resort’s new owner, local West Virginian magnate, Jim Justice, calling him the “one-man stimulus plan”.
The Greenbrier’s multiple room options make it a favored as a destination for multi-generational family reunions or group family vacations. Ranging from guestrooms in the hotel of three different categories to 1-bedroom cottages and Estate homes with 2 to 3 bedrooms, the possibilities for large groups are considerable. It’s no wonder there must have been three different corporate retreats along with a multi-generational family reunion during my quick stay.
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And from what I could tell, it makes a great spot for employee-bonding. After all, where else can you lose money in Roulette alongside colleague? That’s right – the Greenbrier is also home to a year-old, in-house Casino.
So, whether its historic intrigue, a love of bright rhododendrum-pattern interiors or the beloved Mint Julep (legend says the libation was invented at the Greenbrier), America’s Resort maintains its position as one of the country’s most sought-after and fulfilling vacation spots for those in need of something singularly grand.