Step back in time at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia
Step back in time at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.
Guests take in the immediate sense of grandeur of The Greenbrier upon entering the building's front doors.
The Greenbrier’s colorful lower lobby, where guests check in for overnight stays.
Guests are welcomed with champagne or sweet iced tea at check-in.
A view of The Greenbrier from a fifth-floor balcony.
The Greenbrier at night.
The Greenbrier’s more than 700 guest rooms are varied in decor; most feature colorful wallpaper, carpet and accents.
A wide variety of room configurations are available to accommodate groups and families.
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were frequent guests of The Greenbrier and regularly entertained friends there. An exclusive wing of the hotel is named the Windsor Club in their honor.
The Windsor Club features a private concierge, 25 rooms, private breakfast, afternoon canapes, and an open bar in the Virginia Room, which is decorated with a pre-WWII mural of the resort’s history.
Within the Windsor Club, the Presidential Suite includes seven bedrooms and entertaining spaces throughout two floors.
The Windsor Suite is named for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who stayed there.
The State Suite is in the West Virginia wing, above the decommissioned bunker. Senator Barry Goldwater was the first to stay in the suite in 1962.
A sitting area in the Congressional Suite. When the hotel was used as a hospital during WWII, the suite served as the maternity ward.
Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco spent a family vacation at The Greenbrier in 1963.
The esteemed Old White TPC course, built in 1914 by highly regarded golf architect Charles Blair Macdonald. The Greenbrier Classic brings a PGA TOUR FedEx Cup Event to the course annually. View from Hole 3.
The Greenbrier's Cameo Ballroom features a 9-foot chandelier of Czechoslovakian crystal.
Opened in 2015, the Greenbrier Chapel is one of the resort’s newest structures. Its pews can seat 500 guests.
The Greenbrier’s Spring House has long been a symbol for the resort, which is known for its healing waters.
The Spring Room features a bar that resembles an old-fashioned soda fountain, but was once used to serve the resort’s coveted spring water.
Following in Dorothy Draper’s footsteps, her protege Carleton Varney is now curator of The Greenbrier and responsible for its unique decor.
The Victorian Writing Room, just off the upper lobby.
Floral-themed wallpaper, china and accents can be seen throughout the resort.
The grand staircase in the Presidential Suite is an iconic resort image and is often used for photoshoots.
Two chandeliers in the resort were once movie props used in "Gone With the Wind."
The hallway connecting the Main Dining Room and Prime 44 West steakhouse.
A mural along the staircase connecting the lower and upper lobbies.
A large, wood-burning fireplace in the upper lobby.
There is over 200,000 square feet of private event space at The Greenbrier.
The Greenbrier’s two immense ballrooms can hosts events for over 1,000 guests.
A buffet breakfast is served daily in the Main Dining Room.
The Greenbrier’s daily buffet breakfast includes an omelet station, bagels with smoked salmon, yogurt with fresh fruit, oatmeal, potatoes, muffins, a daily rotating bread pudding, biscuits and gravy, sausages, cinnamon rolls, bacon, blintzes and more.
The Greenbrier’s 14 kitchens employee up to 185 cooks (recruited from all over the world) at a time. The kitchen pictured is 104 years old and is used for meals served in the Main Dining Room, room service and banquets.
The Greenbrier china, designed by Dorothy Draper & Company, Inc., is decorated with rhododendron flowers and leaves with pink and gold trim. This china is used during dinner in the Main Dining Room — the hotel’s most upscale restaurant, where jackets and ties are required for men.
Butter-poached lobster tails in the Main Dining Room.
Crêpes Suzette are flambéed tableside in the Main Dining Room for dessert.
The staircase leading to the subterranean private casino, shops and cafe.
The colorful lobby in the concourse outside of the casino.
A replica of The Greenbrier’s iconic Spring House in the center of the casino.
Draper’s Cafe overlooks the casino and serves casual meals and ice cream.
The casino holds a free champagne toast and waltz performance each night at 10 p.m.
A new addition to the hotel, Café Carleton is known for its adult beverage program and live entertainment. Guests who order absinthe or a martini enjoy watching drinks made tableside from carts wheeled over by bartenders. The cart pictured includes gin or vodka tonics or martinis, with three options of cheese-stuffed olives.
The resort is full of daily activities — some free, some with an associated cost — for adults, children and families.
A daily afternoon tea is complimentary for all guests.
Afternoon tea includes live piano performed by Walter Scott, who has been with the resort for 43 years.
Complimentary snacks at the daily afternoon tea include mini cupcakes, cookies and meringues.
The outdoor pool’s infinity edge overlooks surrounding mountains and the golf course.
The picturesque indoor pool with canopied ceiling, arches and columns.
Guests may order room service to be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the indoor pool.
A view of the hotel from a patio near the hallway to the spa.
The Greenbrier’s mineral spa features water treatments (including soaking in the healing waters and a signature shower treatment designed to break up toxins and promote circulation), massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, body wraps and more.
The light-filled ladies' relaxation room at the spa.
The ancient sport of falconry is a signature activity at The Greenbrier. Guests are educated on the sport and the birds before being shown a hawk or falcon in action. By the end, participants have the chance to put on a gauntlet and hold a bird of prey.
One of the Greenbrier’s birds of prey, Princess is an African red-tailed hawk. These birds can neither taste nor smell, but have 10 times better vision than that of humans.
The Greenbrier has two owls in the falconry barn. Like falcons and hawks, owls are also birds of prey, but only hunt at night.
Horse-drawn carriage rides through the resort grounds and golf course are a popular activity all year long, but when it snows, sleighs are used instead of carriages.
The Center Court at Creekside stadium is home to the annual Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic.
The outdoor ice skating rink offers a new activity on the resort’s grounds.
Outdoor fire pits can be found at the ice skating rink.
An indoor bowling alley, billiards area, and arcade is a popular spot for families. It’s slated for a renovation soon.
Historical photo of the building of the underground bunker that was equipped to be occupied by the entire U.S. Congress in the event of an attack on Washington. It was built below the West Virginia wing, which was constructed to cover the secret bunker.
A drawing of the West Virginia wing and underground bunker.
Now decommissioned, the bunker is open for tours and is a popular activity for resort guests. This image shows a dormitory with bunk beds meant to accommodate members of Congress.
One of the newer dining options, Prime 44 West, is named for basketball legend and West Virginia native Jerry West. Memorabilia from his career can be found throughout the steakhouse.
The wife of Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, Cathy Justice’s “Best of Show” Blue Ribbon cornbread is served before every meal at Prime 44 West.
The 20-ounce bone-in rib-eye at Prime 44 West.
Prime 44 West’s lobster mashed potatoes were featured on the Food Network TV show "The Best Thing I Ever Ate."
Bananas Foster is flambéed tableside and served a la mode at Prime 44 West for dessert.
Bananas Foster at Prime 44 West.
The Greenbrier Sporting Club features private homes throughout the property’s 11,000 acres. Membership includes a discount at the resort and private infinity-edge pool, fitness center, golf courses, dining, spa, and two lodges, including one on the 3,300-foot peak of Greenbrier Mountain. The restaurant in the Members' Lodge is pictured.
As Greenbrier owner Jim Justice is a basketball fan and high school coach, Sporting Club members have access to a private, indoor basketball court.