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The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier
 is an award-winning resort located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. A National Historic Landmark, The Greenbrier represents 230 years of history with its classic architecture, exquisite interior design, carefully sculpted landscape, impeccable service and outstanding amenities. Our sister publication, the Luxury Travel Advisor, has an extensive profile of this historic Virginia hotel. Writer Lindsay Lambert  has the rundown on which room is the best for your stay:

Here’s the scoop on the best of the best at the revamped resort.
The Greenbrier is all about going over the top, so we say skip the entry-level Deluxe Room accommodations in favor of something more lavish. Junior Suites are the largest single rooms at the resort and are outfitted with one king bed or two double beds, as well as a separate seating area that includes a queen-size sleeper sofa.
If you plan to spend time with friends and family in your space, book one of seven luxury Deluxe Suites, which can be configured to feature two to seven bedrooms. These suites are also equipped with spacious parlors that are ideal for entertaining guests.
If your stay at The Greenbrier necessitates only the absolute best accommodations, book a suite in the Windsor Club, within the ultra-exclusive Virginia Wing. Its Presidential Suite is The Greenbrier’s most lavish rooming option. The two-story suite boasts its own private foyer, beyond which lies a library, a den with a half bath, a large living room with a grand piano, a reception foyer, a private patio, and a stately dining room. Each of the suite’s seven bedrooms is outfitted with a king-size bed. (Guests who book this room will be in good company: President Eisenhower held the North American Summit Conference here in 1956, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco are among its past occupants.)
Note that the resort also has cottage accommodations, but we preferred rooms and suites in the main hotel building to experience the full effect of the resort.

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Here’s an interesting tidbit, courtesy of Dan Lewis of Now I Know: Having hosted 26 U.S. presidents, the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia is a traditional home away from home for America’s Commander-in-Chief. However, with fears of the Cold War looming, it became much more than that. When it sought to expand into a new “West Virginia” wing, Congress stepped in and had them construct a secret bunker underneath to house them in case of impending nuclear war. Not only that, in order to remain in a state of emergency readiness, Congress set up a nearby dummy corporation to house the staff that would support them in case of emergency. Ultimately, it was discovered in 1992 by the Washington Post and Congress had to discontinue it as a site, since its usefulness depended on its secrecy. They had even had it constructed such that broadcasts out mirrored the backdrops of their broadcast offices in DC, so that it would appear as if they had not relocated. It was never used, and now the Greenbrier is only prepared to offer service to presidents and other luxury-minded travelers in peacetime. So I’d advise checking out The Greenbrier on your next vacation, both for its quirky top-secret government hideaway and for the wonderful accommodations that lured generations of presidents in the first place.



The Greenbrier, West VirginiaThe Greenbrier is back. Saved from bankruptcy by local boy Jim Justice (a West Virginia coal baron), The Greenbrier is back in the spotlight after a mega-makeover by Dorothy Draper Inc. and the debut of a 90,000-square-foot casino. The West Virginia resort, a National Historic Landmark, continues to charm its guests with its stately architecture ad some 50 recreational activities including a spa and golf course. The latest from The Greenbrier? In a nod to the glamorous age of rail travel (à la the Orient-Express), the resort will launch a luxury train service from Union Station in D.C. to White Sulphur Springs starting in July 2012. Resort guests will travel in style aboard "The Greenbrier Presidential Express"- for a mere $650 roundtrip fare. The Associated Press reports that owner Jim Justice is spending $15 million on the train project: "The train’s 15 cars include a VIP suite car with private rooms, parlor cars, dining cars and an open-air car with safety railings. It will be powered by two diesel electric C39-8 locomotives."

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