The Greenbrier: A Winter Wonderland | Brownell Travel

The Greenbrier: A Winter Wonderland

Katherine Gould is a travel expert for Brownell Travel. She has just returned from a snowy trip to The Greenbrier where she ended up staying an extra day because of all the snow!

It started with an ominous weather forecast. Snow, snow, and more snow! Not to be deterred from accepting a gracious invitation to experience firsthand the elegance and luxury of The Greenbrier, I made my way into the mountains of West Virginia for what promised to be a weekend to remember.

My husband and I were just one hour away from the resort when the snow started to fall, and before we knew it, a full-blown, pre-Christmas blizzard was upon us! We fortunately made it safely and realized later that evening just how lucky we had been to arrive when we did, as conditions quickly worsened throughout the afternoon, making it virtually impossible for those behind us to reach the resort until the next day. Before it was all over, almost two feet of snow had fallen!

Located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, The Greenbrier has it all – gorgeous architecture, uniquely beautiful interior design, fantastic dining, a first class spa, endless activities for guests of all ages, and truly exceptional service. The impeccable service started with the welcoming faces and kind words of the front gate guards, and it remained consistently wonderful until the moment we were sent off on our way home with a smile and two bottles of water for the road. I’ve honestly never encountered a group of people so loyal and willing to do whatever it took to make my stay special in every way.

The recent arrival of Jim Justice as the new owner was a turning point for a resort in need of innovation. Mr. Justice is a legendary West Virginian businessman who saw a unique opportunity to take ownership of his state’s beloved landmark and lead it in a new direction. Under Mr. Justice’s leadership, there are numerous, exciting changes taking place. In addition to the recent opening of Prime 44 West, a premier steakhouse honoring Hall of Fame basketball player Jerry West, construction has already begun on an 80,000 square foot casino which will be located underground beneath the front entrance. The Casino will feature an elegant, Monte Carlo-style decor and is scheduled to open in April 2010. In the meantime, the resort has opened a smaller,more intimate casino called The Tavern, which will be available for private parties after the bigger casino opens its doors this spring. Additionally, The Greenbrier recently announced that it will be hosting the PGA tour’s newest event, called The Greenbrier Classic. Now an official stop on the PGA tour, the resort will have another reason to lure visitors to its historic fairways.

When asked the question, “Who are the best types of clients to send to The Greenbrier?” I tell people the resort offers something for everyone. It’s perfect for families, multi-generational gatherings, romantic getaways and corporate retreats. I’m partial to the Spa for its robust menu of services, talented staff, and lovely ambiance, but there are so many other wonderful things to see and do during your stay. Golf, tennis, bowling, falconry, off-road driving, hiking, swimming (indoor and outdoor), sleigh riding, horseback riding, and white water rafting are just some of the many activities offered. For the little ones, there is a great children’s program as well.

Because of the snowstorm, I had the good fortune of extending my stay for one extra day. Between the beautiful Christmas decorations, snowy grounds, and fine dining, I was happy to be “stranded!” Consider this legendary resort for your next special occasion or if you just need to get away for a few days. Brownell shares a preferred relationship with the hotel, which translates into special amenities when you book through me. I can’t imagine a better place to spend some downtime in the gracious and pampering hands of a staff who will welcome you back year after year.

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