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The Greenbrier—America’s resort

MEGAN PINCKNEY | 7/13/2017, 4:26 p.m.
Who knew that in the middle of nowhere (aka Greenbrier County, W.Va.) there’s a palatial resort that’s been the top ...
The Greenbrier Megan Pinckney photo

Who knew that in the middle of nowhere (aka Greenbrier County, W.Va.) there’s a palatial resort that’s been the top vacation destination for royals, notable high-ranking government officials and their families and even Hollywood celebrities for more than 235 years.

Now a National Historic Landmark, The Greenbrier sits on more than 11,000 acres in a small town amid the awe-inspiring West Virginia Mountains, offering guests from all over the world a luxury resort experience unlike any other. From the moment you step foot on the grounds and observe the massive white structure and the perfectly manicured lawn, you’ll realize that the care that goes into maintaining the property is an indication of how the staff cares for their guests. Not only are they polite and friendly, but also each person goes above and beyond to make guests feel welcome while helping those guests in ways that would be considered far above the minimum. It’s clear The Greenbrier has spent the past 200 years perfecting customer service.

The Greenbrier so distinctive thanks to its vibrant, flamboyant décor—more specifically the patterns that make up that décor! The resort was given its distinguishing facelift in 1946 by renowned interior decorator Dorothy Draper. To this day, Draper’s bold taste and fearlessness to mix color and patterns can still be seen in every corner of the resort, from the hallways and the guest rooms, all the way to the restaurant that was named in her honor.

If you are looking for a wholesome place to relax with one other person, a place that the entire family could enjoy or an exciting new place to hold a meeting or gathering, I encourage you to look into The Greenbrier.

Lodging options

There are a ton of lodging options on the property to accommodate almost any type of vacation you might have. These rooms are what make this resort unique because no two are decorated the same. The first, and most basic, are simple guest rooms. These rooms come with one king-size bed or two doubles and a bathroom. Although these rooms do range in size, the Superior Rooms being the largest and the Gables Rooms the smallest, none are large enough to accommodate more than 4 people at a time (comfortably).

The second option is a classic suite. This option gives guests an opportunity to entertain by providing a little more space through some form of a living area. The Garden Suites and the Draper Suites are both one-bedroom suites, offering a king-size bed or two doubles, along with the option of a queen-size pullout sofa bed. The West Virginia Suites are also one-bedroom suites with two double beds. However, its entertainment parlor is completely separate from the bedroom. The Executive Suite is the largest classic suite option, with two bedrooms and a separate large parlor with a wet bar.

The third option is one of the Historic Suites. These suites are multibedroom suites with parlor space large enough to entertain from 12 to 150 guests. These rooms have at least one special feature that includes elegant foyers, wet bars, multiple entrances and even a few rooftop terraces.