One of the best romantic weekend getaways in WV, The Greenbrier is a palatial hotel and guest house resort set in the majestic Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. Historic, elegant, filled with antiques and fine art, The Greenbrier has been a favorite summer getaway for presidents, royalty, judges, and celebrities, who come to enjoy one of the finest resorts in the world. The town of West Sulphur Springs, where The Greenbrier is located, is an afternoon’s drive from several major cities, and has its own Amtrak station for passengers from Chicago, New York, and the DC area.

The Greenbrier’s first guests came to take the healing waters in 1778. In the 1830s, The Greenbrier became prominent because of its springs, and because its 2,000-foot elevation brought relief from the heat and humidity of the lowlands. The resort has 710 rooms, including 33 suites and 96 guest and estate homes. Many of the original structures remain, and guests may stay in homes dating back to the early 19th century. The Greenbrier is a National Historical Monument.

1. Guest Accommodations

Guest Accommodations  

There are 710 guest accommodations at the resort - before you choose your room, be sure to look at the estate map and walking tour to get a sense of where all the rooms are located.

The Greenbrier has a wide variety of rooms for the discerning guest, and welcomes couples, groups, and families. All of its guest rooms include high speed Wi-Fi, an in-room safe, clock radios, ironing boards and irons, hair dryers, twice-daily maid service, and flat-screen TVs. Smoking is not permitted in any of the guest rooms and houses.

The most regal of accommodations at The Greenbrier are in The Windsor Club. Select guests may enjoy the multi-level suites, the private concierge, the baby grand pianos, and the ability to entertain up to 200 guests in their suites.

The Historic Suites of the hotel are suitable for up to eight guests, and entertain up to 150 people. The State Suite has an expansive foyer tiled with black and white marble, and a parlor with high ceilings. The Greenbrier Suite includes a large rooftop terrace. The West Terrace Suite boasts mahogany furniture and Chippendale chairs, and the Carleton Varney suite offers oversized arched windows looking out on the mountains.

The Legacy Cottages are where guests will find The Greenbrier’s oldest accommodations. The Paradise Row cottages were built in the early 1800s, and have always been popular with honeymooners. They are small in size, but big in Southern charm. The Baltimore Row cottages were built in 1832 by wealthy Baltimore families, and count Robert E. Lee amongst their guests. Wide porches overlook the sweeping grandeur of the North Lawn. The Spring cottages are so named for their proximity to the spring, once the focal point of The Greenbrier. They have porches that overlook the North Lawn and the golf green. The South Carolina row cottages were built in the middle of the 19th century, and have always been fashionable with prominent southern guests, amongst them Lyndon B. Johnson. The jewel of the cottage section of The Greenbrier cottages is the luxurious Florida cottage, which sleeps eight people and entertains an additional 150 people for elegant occasions.

The Estate Homes are sumptuous private residences with personal concierges. Prime among them is the Hawley Estate, which commands the property from a hilltop, and overlooks the lush West Virginia landscape. In it, antique furniture and original art grace the rooms. The Valley View Estate is great for meetings in its executive board room, and for grand meals at a dining room that seats 24 people. Copeland Hill 11 and Copeland Hill 12 Estates have wrap-around verandas for outdoor relaxation. The Colonnade Estate is grand, with columns at its entryway and a baby grand piano indoors.

The Windsor Club, the Historic Suites, the Estate Homes, and the Legacy cottage come with extras: dedicated personal concierges, fresh flower arrangements, robes and slippers, coffee and tea makers, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, digital newspaper access, and dual-line phones. The Estate Homes and the Legacy cottages have parking and complimentary car detailing.

For families with smaller budgets, there are guest rooms and suites in the main hotel. All of them are exquisitely decorated and have marble bathrooms. These rooms can accommodate from 2 to 6 guests, and many of them are wheelchair accessible.

2. Dining at The Greenbrier

Dining at The Greenbrier  

Dining is a pleasure at The Greenbrier. With eleven restaurants and six bars, there is something for every appetite. The chefs at The Greenbrier focus on farm-to-table dining, and much of the produce served at The Greenbrier is cultivated at the 43-acre farm just east of the resort. The award-winning horticultural team uses no pesticides, and provides 25 different varieties of fruits and vegetables to The Greenbrier kitchens.

The Main Dining Room at The Greenbrier offers sumptuous breakfast buffets and evenings of fine dining. Breakfast consists of coffee, pastries, and prepared sandwiches. Draper’s offers traditional Southern fare, and has an ice-cream bar for dessert or snacks. Café Carlton serves light Mediterranean food and has a wine bar. The Pizza Shoppe offers fresh coal-fired pizzas around the clock. The Forum has Italian cuisine, while In-Fusion specializes in Asian fare. Prime 44 West is an elegant steakhouse. At JJ’s Sports Lounge guests can enjoy ballpark-style fare while watching sports on their big screen TVs. The Treetops Café offers summertime fare to guests of the outdoor pool, and clubhouse guests may enjoy a meal at Sam Snead’s.

The bars at The Greenbrier each offer something special for their guests. The Twelve Oaks Bar features betting on horse and dog races. The Lobby Bar is graced with the chandelier from the set of Gone with the Wind. The Greenbrier Royale focuses on hand-made cocktails and craft beers. At 42 Below, guests can enjoy live entertainment and dancing. The Rhododendron is on the adults-only terrace outdoors, and serves drinks al fresco.

3. The Greenbrier Spa

The Greenbrier Spa  

The Greenbrier is the site of a world-renowned spa. It originated as a sulphur spring and mineral spring spa designed to heal and cure illness, and guests today can still enjoy the relaxing and soothing benefits of hydrotherapy.

Many different massage types are available at The Greenbrier, including hot river rock massages, deep tissue rubs, Swedish massage, and aromatherapy massage. The spa also offers facials, manicures and pedicures, chemical peels, laser treatment, microdermabrasion, spray tanning, reflexology, and has a full menu of options for male guests and even for youngsters.

4. Golf


The Greenbrier has five golf courses, and a sixth under development. Famed for The Greenbrier Classic, part of the PGA Tour and the FedEx Cup, The Greenbrier also has the oldest golf course in the United States: The Old White TPC course, built in 1884. Courses are available for all skill levels, and have breathtaking views of the Allegheny Mountains.

The Greenbrier Golf Academy offers private instruction, group classes, corporate lessons, seasonal clinics, and a computerized golf simulator that gives guests feedback about what participants need to correct in their swing. Multi-award winning golfer Lee Trevino is the Golf Pro Emeritus at The Greenbrier, and guests may take private or group classes with one of golf’s best-known names.

5. Weddings & Meetings

Weddings & Meetings  

The Greenbrier’s multi-room conference center encompasses 130,000 square feet, and is a marvelous location for corporate meetings, retreats, and trade shows. Rooms, exhibit halls, a theatre, a covered sports dome, and championship golf courses are inviting features of meetings held at The Greenbrier. The Greenbrier’s highly-trained conference staff can help with the selection of their forty flexible meeting rooms, and can assist in all arrangements.

On site there is audiovisual equipment, sophisticated technology, Dolby surround sound, florists and banquet designers, laptop rentals, 24-hour security, a photographer, and printing services. The Greenbrier can arrange entertainment, help with technical problems, help set up in projection rooms, and supply theatrical lighting.

The Greenbrier is a beautiful location for any wedding, no matter how large or how intimate. Services can be held off-site or at The Greenbrier. There are several different indoor wedding venues: the gracious stone Greenbrier Chapel, one of the many ballrooms or lounges, or in the rural retreat of Kate’s Mountain Lodge, which overlooks a gorgeous vista of the Allegheny Mountains.

Outdoor weddings can be set up on the sweeping Presidential Lawn, in the carefully-manicured garden of the Dining Room Courtyard, in front of the Springhouse, or next to Howard’s Creek. The Greenbrier Resort has everything on hand to make the food for the big day extra special: chefs and custom menus to give your reception the delicious meal of your dreams, and a cake chef who makes stunning and original wedding cakes.

The resort has its own team of photographers, florists, banquet designers, hair stylists, nail care technicians, and stationers that can help plan every detail of your wedding. Wedding concierges are on-hand for the entire celebration to take care of any needs or whims.

6. Activities


There is practically no end to the things that guests can do at The Greenbrier. Indoors and out, summer or winter, there are activities to tempt everyone’s taste. Indoors finds guests shopping at designer boutiques, watching a culinary demonstration, engaged in high-energy fitness classes or slower-paced yoga, using the fitness equipment in the well-stocked gym, taking historical tours of the resort, checking their email at the cyber café, having fun at the eight-lane bowling alley, or trying their luck at the casino.

Laser tag is popular with the young and active, a museum and a decommissioned bunker are favorite stops of history buffs, and watching glass-blowing demonstrations or making Christmas ribbons and bows are popular with the craft-loving guest. There are also indoor tennis courts available, and an indoor pool.

Outdoors you will find infinity pool and tennis courts, which include tennis clinics and lessons for adults and youth. There are many sorts of learning opportunities: falconry, archery, fly-fishing, kayaking, and off-road driving in Jeeps or UTVs. Adventurous guests can go zip-lining, white water rafting, paddle boarding, paintballing, or shooting. There are many other activities for guests to enjoy: biking, hiking, a climbing tower, ice-skating, croquet, horseshoes, shuffleboard, a playground, Segway riding, and meditation trails.

One of the cornerstones of a luxury vacation is great food. Once a great vacation ends, you return home wishing that you could somehow re-create the culinary magic that you tasted while on your trip. If you head to this unique resort in West Virginia, not only will you enjoy great food, golf, and relaxing spa treatments, but you will be able to take some of it home with you. Not the golf or the spa, but at least the great food.

The Culinary Arts Center offers a variety of Cooking School packages from barbeque to the basics of French and Italian cuisine. Brush up on your cooking techniques while you enjoy the comforts of a full-service resort. Most classes are three days with packages available for single attendees and couples.

Great golf awaits at the Greenbrier, a full-service resort located in the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The resort's three championship golf courses will be more than a match for golf enthusiasts. After you've had your fill of golf, sit back and enjoy the views of the surrounding Allegheny Mountains, head to the spa, or take a day off and relax by the pool.

The resort's first 18-hole golf course was the Old White Course, which opened in 1913. One of the first golfers to play the course was president Woodrow Wilson in 1914. Originally constructed in 1924, the Greenbrier Course was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus for the 1979 Ryder Cup. Originally a 9-hole course back in 1910, the Meadows Course was enlarged to 18 holes in 1962. Then in 1999 the course was redesigned by Robert Cupp. The course has great views of the surrounding mountains.

7. Family Vacation Idea

Family Vacation Idea  

There is so much for children to do at The Greenbrier. The Adventure Zone, a center for children aged three to fourteen, provides a fun, exciting, educational program so that mom and dad can get some alone time at the resort.

Families are made welcome at The Greenbrier, and there is a vast array of activities for them to enjoy. There is laser tag, bowling, archery lessons, fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, paintball, a playground, board games in the lobbies of the resort, historical tours, and traditional games like croquet, shuffleboard, and horseshoes. Kids are even welcome at the spa, and there are tennis and golf lessons specially designed for the younger player.

8. Plan This Vacation

Plan This Vacation  

The resort Travel Service can help you find the most convenient travel arrangements to and from the resort. The hotel is 250 miles southwest of Washington D.C., and easily accessible by air and rail from most major cities.

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