Travel Blogs from White Sulphur Springs
... large replicas of quilting squares. These are sponsored by local quilting societies, and this part of WV has been displaying their "quilting trail" for several years.
Leaving Lewisburg, we drove north to Beartown State Park, a must-see recommendation from our friend at the visitor center. Beartown got its name from the bizarre rock formations in the area, many ...
... if you know what I mean. We got there with out any incident, except when the GPS almost took me up a narrow mountain road in Clifton Forge. We had to back down the road and while turning around almost clipped part of the roof of some poor citizen's house. My blood pressure may have been slightly elevated.
It was obvious the area had just seen the remnants of Andria much as the rest of the east coast. Roads were wet and the campground had numerous ...
... 5, 3) that we were prepared to stay in. After 4 or 5 places that failed generally on all 3, we drove on to Lewisburg. Here we found a Marriott Hotel. A little over our price range but worth every dollar!!!
The indoor pool and spa bath washed the day's driving away very quickly! The suite was also very spacious - we felt quite spoilt. So much so we did not rush to leave ...
I have become passionate, over the years, about sports that involve variations in altitude or depth, and that are not confined to a measured field or arena. Forget flat-terrain, line-confined sports like baseball, tennis, hockey - nothing wrong with those sports, but they don't appeal as much to my increasing passion for the great outdoors.
Scuba-diving and mountain climbing have allowed me to go deep, and to reach for the sky, if you'll pardon the easy puns. ...
Pelting rain all day. Too bad, as the views would be awesome the whole way. Once I left I-79, the drive became much more challenging, as I wound my way through hills and vales. Stunning, but tiring. Came over Peter's Mountain and Potts Mountain. Thought, "we'd better bloody not be ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs
Upon arriving at the Greenbrier and throughout your entire stay, you will be impressed with the courtesy and professionalism of the staff. As we pulled up, the bellhop told me my parking options: either valet for $15 a day or a free, tree-shaded, self-park lot just a 3 minute stroll from the lobby. So many hotels "hide the ball" with respect to where the free parking is, but forthrightness reigns supreme at the Greenbrier. The building itself is immense. Some have complained that the Dorothy Draper's décor is too loud, but because the common areas are so large, they almost require a bold color scheme. Individual rooms are also quite large; a welcome relief from cramped hotel rooms everywhere. Our standard room even had a walk-in closet, racks to rest your suitcases on (instead of having to use a chair or desk as in many hotels), as well as four large windows and just lots of space. Hallways getting to your rooms are also large; you'll never have to squeeze by anything/anyone. Rooms have an iron, ironing board and hairdryer for your convenience.
What an extraordinary place! My husband and 2 children stayed at the Greenbrier for 4 nights in mid-JUne. We expected somethign great....but the Greenbrier exceeded all of our expectations! The grounds and buildings are gorgeous, the room itself huge and extravagant in every way. The food though, was bordering on miraculous......Never have we felt more relaxed, more taken care of and more pampered on a trip.....we will go back!
Over-priced and awful service. Rooms were way over-priced for the service and amenities. Every activity was a charge extra beyond the $500/night. Wireless access is $15 for the first day: business center is $25 per hour for computer. The dinner (included) in the dining room was terrible--it took 3 hours to get our food. All food was mediocre and service was haphazard and indifferent. You'll pay $27 per person for service at the resort, too. We complained and were comped the wine but we went through 2 bottles waiting for the salad! Breakfast buffet at coffee shop (Draper's) was excellent and the bar was wonderful, although they served a clearly drunk customer. The bunker tour was good and ends July 28th. This place caters to people that don't know what quality is like. Stay away.
Stately and refined but full of activity is the Greenbrier. The staff are attentive to your every need. The activites are diverse. Beautiful location and easy to get to by car. We have stayed at four and five star hotels the world over and the Greenbrier rates at the very top. It is especially family friendly and kid safe, important considerations in today's world.
My stay at The Greenbrier left me speechless! I had heard how wonderful this resort was, but until I arrived there myself I found it hard to believe (I am very discerning). My fiance and I visited in November 2003 and enjoyed ourselves so much that we considered returning for our honeymoon. The staff and service is fantastic, the food was delicious and beautifully presented, the wine list was extensive, the atmosphere was refined but not "stuffy," and the grounds were immaculate. We did not see many families, so this was a great choice for couples looking to get away from the sometimes loud, crowded, "touristy" hotels and resorts. The rooms were very spacious and VERY clean and anything you could ever need or want was either in your room or could be retrieved for you. We also had a lot of fun partaking in the carriage ride around the grounds and the off-roading in the Range Rover. With the off-roading we received outstanding one-on-one instruction. While The Greenbrier was expensive, and the additional activities will cost you extra (unless you do a package), it is well worth the price! It has made future travel difficult for us because now we expect perfection! I highly recommend visiting...you will not be disappointed.
The Greenbrier-Luxury in West Virginia
The Greenbrier is truly magnificent. I spent three days over the Fourth of July weekend and then two days in early November. Needless to say, our stay was absolutely wonderful each time. Words cannot express the work ethic of the staff. They are unbelieveably astute to any wish a guest might have. The Dorothy Draper decor has been painstakingly preserved by her successor, Carleton Varney. Room after room is purely "eye candy" for the guests. My hat is off to Mr. Ted Kleisner, the President of The Greenbrier and his wonderfully loyal, and exceedingly gracious staff. I plan on visiting again in February and must say that each time I visit the enjoyment seems to be more grand. The most wonderful resort. Go and enjoy true luxury in West Virginia.
The Greenbrier is an (The?) American establishment, perhaps the grandest of them all. Everyone has great Southern charm, and it's very attentive for such a large place (communications is highly seasoned). It's chock full o' activities for everyone in the family. If you're concerned about paying for the little things, it's not the kind of place to be. Breakfast and dinner are included. Dinner in te Dining Room can be a little hurried and the cuisine is always good, but not inventive. Dinner as (excellent) room service can be had in lieu. Staying in a cottage gets you the same service as the main buidling: quick rm. srvc, 2 x maid service, restacking of the fireplace with newspapers and kindling after every use! There's a really complicated package structure, but they have one for every situation and it's best to go with that, otherwise you'll pay a la carte for everything. Definitely have someone knowledgeable walk you through it and get the right kind of room. This place charges by the head, so cottages and suites can cost the same as separate rooms if you have enough people to fill the beds. They still manage to garner top ratings, though they're having to compete now with Frette linens and L'Occitane bath accs., and the decor is a little garish for the new millenium. For spa afficianados, it's old school flair has no equal and the treatments remain sophisticated. Go during warm weather and flowers or foliage and you'll be all set for a great experience.
You will never forget the greenbrier
The Greenbrier takes everything to a new level of luxory. We stayed in a Spring Row Cabin with a working fireplace that made romantic weekends of the past feel like a weekend eating Burger King. The place is the lap of luxory. It is a step back at times and a wonderful step forward. The food at the greenbrier is to die for. Breakfast and Dinner served in the Main Dining Room with a dress code makes elegance truly the phrase of the day. The Spa is wonderful and the Super Secret Code Word Only Bunker Tour is well worth the price. My recommendation to anyone is as follows: Go there, you will not be disappointed and likely will leave as my fiance and I did saying it was simply the greatest weekend of our lives.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I went for a weekend to The Greenbrier - but I can tell you I didn't want to leave! I stayed in a cottage with a fireplace - which was lovely in the February rain and snow. It had by far the most comfortable hotel bed I have ever slept in, and the rooms were huge. The decor was beautiful, both the grounds and the amazing Dorothy Draper designs. The staff I found attentive, friendly and gracious. The food was outstanding - as was the wine list - and the spa was absolutely on a level all it's own. The weather was awful the entire trip, but there were so many activities I never had a dull moment. Granted this is by no means an inexpensive weekend, but if you go prepared for the price, you come away with the most unforgettable experience! I am going back as soon as I can!
OverBlown Luxury, but Memorable
While Dorothy Draper's frothy interior decorating is enough to make you turn around and run out of the place, the Greenbrier boasts historical elements -- the sulphur springs, the hotel, and the fascinating underground bunker-- not to be missed. The food is consistently stellar. However, you WILL PAY dearly for extras not included in the already expensive daily rate. A diet coke could cost you nearly $2.50; a glass of wine, $8.00. So, next time, I'd take some extra beverages to enjoy without the extra tab. The bedding is luxurious. The VIEW from the Gold Club, not to be missed. And while not a golfer, I could see that the course was exquisite. Enjoy, but take LOTS of cash.