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... campsite we found was 2 feet off the trail and we made a nice fire, ate a great dinner of rice/pepperoni rolls......tasted really good. Sunday, May 18 2014 Woke up to a very cool morning.....again, it figures I send back my jacket to home....and then for the first time in two weeks, I want to wear it. The fire from last night started right back up, morning tea and the fire was great on a cold morning like today! We headed out, the slight breeze and cool temps kept me ...
... are full of holes the locals thought of as caves where bears might live. A boardwalk takes you around to see all the most interesting rock formations in the park. I thought this one looked like a critter, with fuzzy ferns for hair.
Just past Beartown we drove through Hillsboro, WV which proudly advertises itself as the birthplace of Pearl S. Buck, the ...
... pretty funny. Some of the place we have showered have not been.... very nice. But most are clean and well maintained. Anyway during our discussions there are always references to campgrounds we have been to the past bringing back a host of great memories of showers past and our adventures. I tell you all this because... far and away Douthat State Park has the best showers. New, clean, private and an actual water thermometer to know how hot the water is, ...
... day and checked out about 5 minutes before we had to at 11:55!!
For supper, the hotel recommended the Italian Restaurant in town called Casa Belle. We arrived to waiters all in black - including the tie...we were seated and napkins placed in our laps (this was the first hint that we had a problem) they then proceeded to pour each of us a glass of water without being ...
... diving depth record (140 ft), and altitude record (19,931 ft) were two milestones that meant something to me, and I can tell you when and where they happened. It is honestly not about trying to impress anyone else - although I'm not shy about mentioning them, clearly. It is about me. I was not an athletic child. I loved sports and believed I had good instincts. But I was afraid. Afraid of looking foolish, afraid to fail, afraid not to win. And therefore, I chose not to ...
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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.