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Stately and grand – lined with spring flowers

View from guest room of formal gardens framed by the Allegheny Mountains

A horse drawn carriage tour of the Greenbrier property

Quaint guestrooms full of charm and colorful accents
A warm and delightfully elegant sitting area
Floral motives and hand-painted decoration in a dining room

By Theresa Catena
Photography by Paul Aizaga

Call it “Operation: Leave-it-all-behind,” because at The Greenbrier, that’s exactly what you’ll do. Nestled at the foot of the picturesque Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, this National Historic Landmark is truly a retreat like no other. Steeped in over two hundreds years of fascinating history, The Greenbrier and its “healing waters” have long been a much sought-after destination. One of five properties to win the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award for 25 consecutive years, The Greenbrier is nothing less than unforgettable. A genuinely first-class resort, The Greenbrier is by no means impersonal or stuffy. The décor is refined and elegant, yet warm and welcoming. The service is stellar, but in no way cold or condescending. In fact, the level of service is extraordinary. But perhaps, the spirit of Southern hospitality is a more apt description of the type of charm, graciousness and sincere hospitality that awaits your arrival and every other possible need or want thereafter.

Situated on over 6,500 sprawling acres, this remarkable retreat boasts 803 guest rooms, including 33 suites and 96 guest and estate houses. Featuring Georgian architecture, the grand white buildings preside over immaculately kept landscape and the three, pristinely manicured, championship golf courses. For couples, there are over 50 recreational activities available, including horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing and falconry, croquet and billiards. There’s even a Land Rover Driving School on the premises for those with an extreme sense of adventure. With all there is to see and do, The Greenbrier unsuspectingly makes time stand still. Inside, the interior design captures your attention with bold colors and striking patterns that entice you to explore every room and hallway in detail.

Outside, the peaceful quiet, yet exhilarating activities seize your attention with childlike intrigue as you forget the world around you and focus intently, passionately on your chosen activity. Looking instead for a little peaceful pampering? They’ve got the best of that too. The Greenbrier houses a 37,000 square foot spa, featuring indigenous treatments such as Sulphur baths to detoxify the body and soothe sore muscles. Couples will love The Greenbrier’s superior dining. The resort takes considerable pride in its blend of classical, continental and American cuisine, as well as the perpetual grooming and education of its dining staff. Many of the staff members have spent two or three decades at The Greenbrier and both the cuisine and attentive service are truly things to brag about.

Interestingly, The Greenbrier has a long-standing relationship with the U.S. government. Back in the 1950’s, the Eisenhower Administration built a secret Cold War bunker for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives directly under The Greenbrier in case of nuclear war. For 30 years, it remained secret to both local residents and the staff of The Greenbrier. Today, in-depth tours of this astonishing government facility are available on a daily basis. Coincidentally, the code name for the bunker was “Project Greek Island,” but whether you equate this peaceful retreat to a tranquil Greek island, or relate more with the notion of just leaving- it-all-behind, it should be clear that The Greenbrier is in a class by itself. Go to The Greenbrier for more information about this exceptional resort. When you travel to The Greenbrier the best way is on the jets of the Delta Connection. You can find all your travel needs at delta.com and for a rent a car go to avis.com. Click here to learn more about this area of West Virginia.

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