Hotel at a Glance: The Greenbrier
If one fact says all you need to know about The Greenbier, it’s this: 26 US presidents have stayed at this resort in West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains. The award-winning resort situated on 10,000 acres of manicured estate grounds features five championship golf courses, a mineral spa, a Monte Carlo–inspired casino, and enough restaurants, bars, and lounges to satisfy any craving at nearly any hour.
- Founded in 1778: The hotel is officially designated a National Historic Landmark.
- The press says: The hotel was an easy choice for the Travel + Leisure 500 World’s Best Hotels list, and Fodor’s calls it “one of the leading resorts in the country” and says it “exudes historic charm and old-fashioned elegance.”
- Treat yourself: The mineral spa’s treatments incorporate native sulphur-spring waters.
- Secret history: The resort has a bunker that once served as an emergency government fallout shelter; it’s now open for tours.
- Other notable guests: The Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
- Onsite dining: There are more than a dozen restaurants, bars, lounges, and cafés to choose from.
- Win big: The 100,000-square-foot onsite casino has high-stakes thrills and an upscale Southern style. This Getaway includes two $20 slot credits per day. If gambling isn’t your style, spend the night dancing at the onsite club, 42 Below.
- Things to do: The resort has a variety of activities, from enjoying afternoon tea to bowling at the onsite alley to taking a carriage ride.
- The 2015 Discovery Series features themed weekends, such as a culinary weekend and a wellness weekend, with events, classes, and tours taking place Friday through Sunday. Additional charges may apply.
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia: Mineral Springs and Outdoor Playground
The small town of White Sulphur Springs is essentially centered on The Greenbrier resort. The resort itself is centered on a spring of sulphur water, which flows from inside its iconic springhouse. The lush estate expands outward from there, and guests can take advantage of some 55 organized activities. You can spend your days exploring the mountains on an off-road driving adventure, experience the Alpine Climbing Tower, or get up-close and personal with majestic birds of prey during falconry lessons. If you somehow master all of the resort’s onsite activities, consider heading to the nearby Greenbrier State Forest for hiking, mountain biking, and fishing.
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