My husband's famiy comes to the Grenbrier every year for Easter, and since I married him over five years ago, I've had the pleasure of joining them. This place is unlike any other in the U.S. My grandmother and grandfather (who is now deceased) stayed here when they were a young couple. This is an historic, elegant resort.
But here's the trick: There is SO much to do here, it's important to know WHAT you want to do, otherwise you might feel overwhelmed. In my opinion, the highlights are golf, the spa, accommodations, history, service, scenery, the range of activities, and shopping.
There are three golf courses. On this trip, I played the Meadows my first day there and hiked a trail that went around Old White on day 2 . Both are scenic and in great condition. Old White is quite challenging. I've played the Greenbrier course in the past - also quite beautiful.
The four ladies had manicures and pedicures at the spa while the guys golfed on day 2. I've been at many spas - Chicago, Scottsdale, San Francisco, Maui, Sydney and other places. This is definitely among the best. The setting is just beautiful, with the decor and high ceilings, and the aestheticians do a great job. The pedicure is great - love the massage chair and the heated lavender neck pillow! I reccommend Peggy.
The service is great. Our in-room safe kicked the bucket, and a person was there to fix it within 10 minutes of my call. The service at meals is very attentive. The meals are very rich - breakfast buffet is wonderful. Sam Snead's and "Slammin' Sammy's" are fun. Draper's has outstanding desserts!
The scenery is breathtaking. Don't miss going out on the golf course or hiking - that is the best part! They have a lot of great trails and will give you a map and information at the tennis club.
They have tons of activities, especially for kids around Easter. The "Hippity Hop Ball" is a big hit with Grenious the Bunny, and they have a huge Easter egg hunt on the lawn, with a DJ, pony rides and all sorts of games. There were also lots of folks taking horse-drawn carriage rides. We don't have children, but it's fun to watch. We enjoyed some late-night billiards and bowling after the Ball. They also have a movie theater with free films running a few times a day, several tennis courts, and two large pools - one indoors and one outdoors.
And the shopping! There's just not enough time to do it all! The main building has about 6 or 8 shops, including a few clothing stores, a florist, a culinary store with cooking classes, and other specialty stores. Then the Artist's Colony has about 15 or 20 more of such a range and variety - you will love it!
There was one mix-up. We usually stay at the President's Estate House, but they made an error in renting that to a family two days before our arrival, so we were placed in the smaller Florida House. This was also very lovely. In fact, the "kids" felt it was a better size for us (we were only 7 people), but the parents were quite disappointed. The management was all apologies and provided all sorts of wine and a cheese platter to apologize.
I look forward to coming back every year. If you enjoy history, elegance, a relaxed atmosphere, great food, golf and spa, and "getting away from it all" off the "country roads" of West Virginia, come to the Greenbrier. You will love it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located amid the breathtaking Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark and an award-winning resort that has been welcoming guests since 1778. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Greenbrier Hotel White Sulphur Springs
- Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs
- Greenbrier Resort White Sulphur Springs
- Greenbrier Wv