With 6,500 acres and more activities than you can count, there’s a lot to love about The Greenbrier. And even if you’re not fond of the larger-than-life interior design that the resort is famous for, there’s plenty more to this West Virginia resort. Here are five reasons we keep coming back to The Greenbrier:
1. You’ll never get bored. Whether you’re a golfer or an equestrian, you’ll find something to entertain you. Activities are offered at practically every hour of the day; and let’s face it, how can you get bored when there’s a bowling alley in your hotel?
2. The rich history. Built in 1778, The Greenbrier has been an iconic American resort for more than 230 years. At one point, the United States Army owned the resort, which it turned into a hospital during World War II.
3. The location. You might start to feel like you’re vacationing on a compound and, well, you sort of are. The beauty of the resort is that there’s barely anything around; all you see are the gorgeous Allegheny Mountains. For city folk, it makes for a restful retreat.
4. The pool. Overlooking the 18th hole of the Meadows golf course, the outdoor infinity pool is relaxing and entertaining at the same time. You have access to a full menu of drinks and food from the poolside restaurant, Tree Tops.
5. Tradition. Much of The Greenbrier staff is native to the area. In fact, the new owner, Jim Justice, is a born-and-raised local who continues to coach basketball at the nearby high school. The epitome of tradition at the resort is the nightly Greenbrier Waltz, which is performed in the casino and is nearly 10 minutes long. It makes you think of a time (and perhaps a dance) that had its heyday decades ago, but lives on at the West Virginia resort.
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