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 ...
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The fourth option, and final option within the main building, is a room or suite within the Windsor Club. The Windsor Club is a collection of deluxe accommodations paired with premier service. But what makes the Windsor Club so exclusive is the fact that it is located within an entire wing of the hotel that you cannot gain access to if you are not one of those guests (or a guest of one of those guests).

The final lodging option, and to many the most exciting, are the Legacy Cottages located throughout the property. These cottages are multibedroom complexes that come in the form of stand-alone homes in Copeland Hill, or as a unit within a “cottage row.” These cottages give guests the feeling of seclusion without alienation. Most cottages have kitchens, porch access and a shuttle that will take them anywhere on the property.


There are so many activities on-site that you honestly may not get through them all during one vacation. Guests are treated to more than 55 world-class activities that take place both indoors and outdoors. In addition to those activities, daily activities are added that are season specific. Each morning a daily calendar becomes available in the lobby and throughout the hotel to inform guests of that ever-changing list.

The resort is probably most known for its collection of five renowned golf courses: The Old White TPC, The Greenbrier, The Meadows, Oakhurst Links and The Snead. Each of these courses has been played by the greats and most have left their mark on golf history. For instance, Oakhurst Links is the oldest golf club designed and built in America. And notably, The Old White TPC is the home of The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA Tour FedEx Cup Event. Although guests are welcome to play, there are limited tee times for non-guests on most courses.

Although golf is a huge draw, it doesn’t even scratch the surface of the activities offered on the property. There is a world-class Casino Club located in the basement of the main building (where a strict dress code applies). In that same building, guests will find an array of boutique-like shops lining the halls. The resort also has a bowling alley, an indoor and outdoor pool, an aerial adventure course, an alpine climbing tower, an art colony, several bike trails, a bunker (with daily tours being offered), a zipline course, a non-denominational chapel, a croquet lawn, a fitness center, a complete gun club (equipped with skeet fields and a 10-station sporting clays course), off-roading vehicles and a paintball course, among others.

However, no Greenbrier activity list is complete without mention of the spa. Since 1778 people have flocked to the Greenbrier to “take the water” and bathe in the white sulfur spring water. Today, The Greenbrier’s world-renowned mineral spa allows guests to relax in the same native waters while offering a variety of spa services.

Megan Pinckney (@shadesofpinck) is a retired beauty queen turned lifestyle blogger who loves exploring the world and writing about it.