I will admit that prior to 2017, I had never even heard of the Greenbrier. My boyfriend’s family planned a trip there in the fall for his dad’s birthday, and I fell in love. The combination of the vast property, the decor, and the service, made it an absolutely wonderful trip.
Located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, The Greenbrier is located on a sprawling property that includes golf courses, a gun center, trails, swimming pools, equestrian center, and a spa. When I try to explain the Greenbrier to people who haven’t been there or seen the pictures of the magnificent resort, I use this comparison: picture the White House mixed with Gone With The Wind, and lots of flowers… and double it.
When we went in November, we had such an amazing time and the whole time I kept thinking “I hope I get the opportunity to bring my parents here someday.” I knew that they would both appreciate the elegance and the historical significance of the resort.
Just last week, my boyfriend planned a surprise trip for us to return to the Greenbrier, this time with my parents. We also took Barrett, and in typical Greenbrier fashion, he was also extremely well attended to.
Another thing that I find particularly convenient about the Greenbrier is the variety of restaurants. Should you choose to, you can remain on-property for the entire stay, and still have a variety of meals in different restaurants ranging from fine dining, to a steak house, to Italian fare, to an Asian option. On this particular trip, we did all of our dining on-property, but in a future trip, I fully intend to explore Lewisburg, WV, which is right down the road and eat at one of their cute restaurants. (If you have been to Lewisburg and have any recommendations on restaurants, leave them in the comments!)
We arrived at the Greenbrier on Valentine’s Day, and had a reservation made at Prime 44 West, the Greenbrier’s tribute restaurant honoring NBA legend, Jerry West. The steaks were wonderful, as was the award winning cornbread.
Every night in the Greenbrier’s casino, there is a champagne toast and the “Greenbrier Waltz” – which is performed by house dancers. We went to the casino for this on our first night and really enjoyed it. It’s great to see young people learning such classic dances! I wish I knew how!
One of my favorite parts about staying at the Greenbrier is the breakfast served in the main dining room. We had breakfast in the main dining room both mornings of our stay and neither the service nor the food disappointed.
After breakfast, we took Barrett for a long walk around the resort. We stopped at the row of artist shops, but unfortunately, only a couple of them were open. I did get a couple of candles from one of the shops!
We took a drive into Lewisburg to show my parents the town- there are so many cute shops lining the main drag in the town, I definitely want to carve out some time in my next trip to be able to poke around the shops there.
When we got back to the resort, we looked around their shops- some of them had some really good sales since it was the off-season. They have a variety of shops ranging from children’s clothing, workout gear, trendy clothes, and souvenirs.
That night, we had dinner at the Italian restaurant (The Forum). Their bread was also so so so good. I had chicken parmesan and had plenty leftover.
After dinner, I took Barrett for a long walk around the property before bed, and he was definitely ready to sleep by the time we got back to our room.
The next morning, after breakfast, we packed up and headed home. I was sad to leave but so pleased with the excellence of the trip.
From being greeted with champagne at check in, to the chocolates on the pillows at turn down in the evenings, the entire stay was impeccable.
I can’t wait to return to the Greenbrier, and am already planning what I’d like to do there on my next trip!