Sense of history all around, including a Cold War–era bunker
Perfect for families
What To Know
Formal atmosphere not popular among twentysomethings
On-site fine dining restaurants and casino enforce a dress code (no shorts or jeans, jackets for men after 7 p.m.)
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A gracious Southern belle from the Gilded Age with white glove service, a spa and three golf courses
Designed in the 1940s by society decorator Dorothy Draper and maintained by her protégé Carlton Varney, the Greenbrier does everything in a big way. The reception rooms are immense and boldly designed, the vast dining room is lit by imposing chandeliers, and there are 6,500 acres of grounds to wander. The Gilded Age decor includes black and white checked marble floors, towering floral-print drapes and overstuffed plaid chairs.
Bed & Bath
The 721 guestrooms run the gamut from single rooms to four-bedroom estate houses to seven-bedroom suites. Features included private porches or patios, in-room wet bars, dedicated entertainment and dining areas and/or wood-burning fireplaces, depending on the room. But all are united by a warm, inviting feel thanks to sunny color schemes and playful mixes of plaids and florals.
The resort has three championship golf courses (Jack Nicklaus was involved in the design) and a spa where guests can soak in the thermal waters and choose from a myriad of treatments. You could spend a month here and not try all the activities on offer (from falconry to carriage and sleigh rides, from skeet shooting to bowling). For dinner there’s the casual Draper’s, the steakhouse Prime 44 West, and the main dining room, which offers haute fare with Southern touches, like garlic herb–crusted rack of lamb with Yukon potato pavé. Afterward visit the newest edition to the resort, the swank 103,000-square-foot casino.
The Greenbrier Resort
300 W. Main Street
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia 24986
How to Get There
Flights are available to Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB), which is 15 minutes from the resort, on United via Washington Dulles. Island Air (operated by Silver Airways) also offers flights to LWB via Atlanta. Transfers to/from LWB are $28 per person, each way, and can be arranged through the property. If you’re driving or renting a car for the transfer, self-parking is free; valet parking is available for $20 per day.