West Virginia isn’t usually known for luxury, but the Mountain State has a few high-class spots. Yesterday on our way from Beckley back to Pennsylvania, my family stopped at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulfur Springs to treat me to an early birthday lunch.
I am not a hotel person – I’d rather sleep under the stars any night – but the Greenbrier has a special place in my heart. When I was a teenager my grandparents treated my whole family to a few days at the Greenbrier. That was one of the few times we were all together in one place and the last time before my grandfather passed away.
I love the Greenbrier for the memories as well as the sheer insanity of colors, prints and patterns. After being used as a hospital during World War II, the owners brought in famed interior designer Dorothy Draper to restore the hotel to its former glory. Wallpaper, carpets, furniture: everything is over the top!
These days, rooms at the Greenbrier start at $350 and go up and up and up! The resort also offers a casino, full service spa, PGA tour golf course and activities from horseback riding to falconry. You don’t need to check in, however, to enjoy a meal at Draper’s Cafe, where we ate, or one of the eight other restaurants, and wandering the brightly decorated halls of the historic hotel is always free!