The Greenbrier lies in the Alleghany mountains of White Sulphur Springs, W.V. Best known as “America’s Resort,” this national historic landmark holds ties to some of the most defining moments in American history.
The resort has been housing some of nation’s most influential families since its inception in 1778. To date, 26 of America’s presidents have stayed here.
As part of its preservation, the Greenbrier employs a full-time historian. Dr. Robert Conte has been leading historic tours for 37 years. His deep knowledge gives guests much insight during a 2-hour tour of the property.
One of the things visitors will learn is how the resort was shut down during World War II. During that time, America began using the property as an army hospital for the wounded. Over the course of 4 years, more than 24,000 soldiers were admitted and treated here.
For 30 years, owners secretly housed a bunker underneath the resort’s West Virginia Wing. It was constructed in the 1950s as a safe haven for U.S. Congress under the code name “Project Greek Island.” The bunker is now open to the public.
The Greenbrier changed owners in 2009 and with that came the addition of the Sports Performance Center. This year, the Houston Texans held their training camp at the facility, marking the first time their camp took place outside of Houston. The Patriots even made an appearance before heading to Houston for pre-season games.
Original décor brought to life in the 1940s is still maintained today in the resorts 710 guest rooms, suites, cottages and private estates.
High tea takes place in the lobby every afternoon where guests can also enjoy waltz performances by the Springhouse entertainers.
With 55 activities throughout the resort, guests are sure to find something to their liking. Visitors can enjoy UTV and Jeep off-roading, paintball, bowling, horseback riding and skeet shooting and more.
Championship golf courses are also awaiting for golf lovers. These courses are regular stops for PGA events such as the Greenbrier Classic.
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