A West Virginia classic.
Bursts of color, blasts from the past, and beams of joy are what The Greenbrier is made of. The Greenbrier is more than just a place; to many, it's a feeling. It's a feeling of love, a feeling of tradition, a feeling of family, and most of all—a feeling of joy. There are no words to describe how beautiful and special The Greenbrier is. From its stunning décor to its endless activities, there are truly countless reasons you should visit the historic Greenbrier Resort. Below you will find 10 of my favorite things about the Greenbrier that have kept my family and I coming back for the past 13+ years.
The Greenbrier was famously decorated by interior design icon, Dorothy Draper, who made the resort a one-of-a-kind destination after World War II. No detail was overlooked when designing the resort, and Draper’s love for bright colors and bold patterns can be seen everywhere throughout the property, even in the most unexpected places. The patterns and colors of The Greenbrier bring life, energy, and passion to the property and paint the most perfect backdrop for guests to make new memories each day!
2. Staff + Service
The staff and service of The Greenbrier Resort are what truly makes it so special to me. From the minute you arrive and are greeted by the Greenbrier’s Ambassador Mr. Frank Mosley at the front door (see photo), the Greenbrier staff will do their very best to take care of your every need and put you at ease. No matter how long or short your stay, the Greenbrier staff will quickly begin to feel like family.
The Greenbrier Spa is an oasis of color and relaxation. The Greenbrier Resort is known for its healing sulphur springs and the miraculous power of its waters on the property. The Spa at the Greenbrier offers a wide range of healing, calming, and revitalizing services. When you visit the spa, be sure to grab a warm cup of tea or glass of fresh juice and stay awhile in the relaxation room.
4. Tea Time
My favorite afternoon tradition at The Greenbrier is tea time in the Upper Lobby. At 4:15pm each and everyday, The Greenbrier offers complimentary tea and delicious cookies and sweet treats for all resort guests. It is such a special time of day to take in the beauty of the hotel and meet other guests at the resort.
While the girls relax at the spa or do a little shopping around the resort, there are plenty of activities to keep everyone else busy too. The Greenbrier boasts five incredible golf courses: The Old White TPC, The Greenbrier, The Meadows, Oakhurst Links, and The Snead Course at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. All the courses are equally gorgeous and the views of the mountains are absolutely breathtaking. Each summer, the Greenbrier hosts The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA Tour event, and welcomes some of golf’s most talented and accomplished athletes to the resort.
Another fun and refreshing activity for families at The Greenbrier is spending time by the pool. The Greenbrier has two beautiful pools: one indoor and one outdoor. The Olympic size indoor pool at The Greenbrier is truly a work of art, designed by Dorothy Draper in the 1940s. If you prefer lounging outdoors, the outdoor pool at The Greenbrier is also a beautiful spot to soak up some sun and take in the gorgeous mountain views.
One of the most notable features of The Greenbrier is its expansive tennis center. With five indoor courts, five outdoor courts, and a professional tennis stadium, The Greenbrier has quite an impressive tennis club. There is no excuse not to spend a little time on the court! So many of my favorite memories with my family at The Greenbrier have been made on the tennis courts. The Greenbrier conveniently offers daily lessons and clinics for all ages.
8. Draper’s Café
Draper’s Café, located at The Greenbrier Hotel, is a tribute to interior designer and style icon Dorothy Draper, and it is a colorful, exuberant spot to enjoy delicious southern inspired meals. Draper’s Café’s signature banana split is reason enough to make the trip to The Greenbrier! It is the sweetest and tastiest treat in the world.
9. Prime 44
Prime 44, the Greenbrier’s steakhouse, is my favorite restaurant for dinner at the resort. Prime 44 is an ode to NBA legend and West Virginia native Jerry West, and inside you can find many of his championship rings and legendary jerseys on display. A few of my favorite dishes include the tableside caesar salad and Cathy Justice’s “Best of Show” Blue Ribbon Cornbread.
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There is definitely no shortage of shopping at The Greenbrier. With over 38 stores and boutiques, including Ralph Lauren, Kate’s Mountain Outfitters, Yarid’s Shoes, and the Greenbrier Avenue shops, there is absolutely something for everyone! Whether you are shopping for clothes, shoes, handbags, jewelry, art or even handmade chocolates, you can find a gift for everyone at The Greenbrier.