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The Greenbrier Resort and Bunker

Front Entrance of the Greenbrier

Front Entrance of the Greenbrier
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If you are looking for a historically significant and luxurious getaway, The Greenbrier may be what you are looking for. The Greenbrier is a Forbes four-star and AAA Five Diamond Award winning resort located in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. The Greenbrier was code named “Project Greek Island” while it was the site of a massive

The Cameo Ballroom at the Greenbrier

The Cameo Ballroom at the Greenbrier
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underground bunker that was meant to serve as an emergency shelter for the United States Congress during the Cold War.  The resort how hosts a casino, a world class mineral spa, 4 beautiful golf courses, high-end shopping, culinary demonstrations, painting classes, world class dining and has so much more to offer.

Twenty-six presidents have stayed at the Greenbrier and you can see exhibits on their stays and the Greenbrier’s history at The Presidents’ Cottage Museum. While the Greenbrier has gone through many hands over the years, the history and beauty of the resort makes it a definite place to escape. In recent history,  several presidents and vice-presidents, foreign dignitaries such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco have enjoyed the pleasure of the Greenbrier!


The Main Staircase at the Greenbrier

The Main Staircase at the Greenbrier
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A hotel called The Grand Central Hotel was built on the property in 1858,  and was called “The White” and later “The Old White.” The hotel was torn down in 1922, several years after the addition of the current Greenbier building. The property changed hands between the Confederate Army and the Union Army during the civil war, and the Union almost burned the resort to the ground!

The resort reopened after the Civil War and became a place for many to vacation and partake in post-war reconciliations such as the White Sulphur Manifesto that advocated the merging of the two societies,  the only political position issued by Robert E. Lee after the Civil War.
The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway purchased the resort property in 1910, adding  amenities and building The Greenbrier Hotel in 1913,  officially changing the name to The Greenbrier, and the neighboring town changed their name to White Sulphur Springs.

The Crystal Room at the Greenbrier

The Crystal Room at the Greenbrier
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The government purchased the Greenbrier and the resort served as an army hospital and relocation center for some of the German and Japanese Axis diplomats as enemies of the United States during World War II. After the war, C&O bought the resort from the government and reopened the resort,  after being redecorated by Dorothy Draper (You have to see Draper’s restaurant in the resort). Talk about the social event of the season! Attendees included the Duke of Windsor with his wife, Wallis Simpson, Bing Crosby, and members of the Kennedy family!

The Bunker

The Bunker at the Greenbrier

The Bunker at the Greenbrier
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In the late 1950s, the government approached The Greenbrier to create a secret emergency relocation center for Congress after a nuclear attack. The underground facility was code named “Project Greek Island” and built at the same time as the West Virginia Wing.

The bunker was stocked with supplies for 30 years, but never used as an emergency location and maintained in a constant state of readiness by agroup of government employees working undercover as the Forsythe Associates for audio and visual support services. The bunker includes:

  • Four entrances; three to The Greenbrier’s grounds and one to the main building
  • 25-ton blast door that opens with only 50 lbs. of pressure
  • Decontamination chambers
  • 18 dormitories, designed to accommodate over 1,100 people
  • Power plant with purification equipment and three 25,000-gallon water storage tanks
  • Three 14,000-gallon diesel fuel storage tanks
  • Communications area, including television production area and audio recording booths
  • Clinic with 12 hospital beds, medical and dental operating rooms
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Intensive care unit
  • Cafeteria
  • Meeting rooms for the House and Senate, the Governor’s Hall and Mountaineer room

The bunker’s existence was classified until Ted Gup of the The Washington Post released a article called “The Last Resort”  in 1992 and the government immediately decommissioned the bunker. The government ended the lease with the facility in 1995 and then the resort began offering tour for $30. The Bunker is also available as a meeting facility!

The Spa 

The Greenbrier Spa is the only Forbes Five-Star mineral spa in the world! At 40,000

The Indoor Pool at the Greenbrier

The Indoor Pool at the Greenbrier
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square feet, the enormous spa has treatments of all kinds. People have come to The Greenbrier to “take the waters” and bathe in the white sulphur spring water for centuries. The spring of sulphur water is at the center of the resort property is the center of the spa’s appeal.  The green dome of the Springhouse with white columns have been the symbol of The Greenbrier for generations with the soothing and mineral rich white sulphur spring water that enhances quality of life. Many of the Spa’s treatments still use the sulphur waters, and can be found in their mineral baths.

The Casino Club 

The New York Post calls the Casino Club the most beautiful casino in the world!  It has been described as Monte Carlo meets Gone with the Wind where you can see live entertainment,  dine on international cuisine and have fun doing some boutique shopping in southern hospitality. Be sure to dress appropriately for The Casino Club, Until 7pm you may wear resort casual attire such as collared sport shirts, sweaters, jackets, dress slacks and walking shorts but after 7pm you are to wear business casual attire. A jacket is required for gentlemen and dress slacks, dress capris, dresses or evening suits for ladies.

Victorian Writing Room at the Greenbrier

Victorian Writing Room at the Greenbrier
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At Joy Tour & Travel, we love the Greenbrier! This December, we are taking a quick weekend escape from the Cincinnati area with motor coach transportation to the resort, 2 nights accommodations, one dinner off of property and access to the resorts amenities. Click here for more information on this fun and luxurious trip.

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7 comments on “The Greenbrier Resort and Bunker

  1. transplantedtatar
    September 28, 2012

    I’d love to see the Bunker one day.

    • joytourandtravel
      September 28, 2012

      The bunker is extremely cool (maybe a just little creepy in that Government way), but for some reason the gigantic spa and fancy restaurants just call my name. – Rebecca

      • transplantedtatar
        September 28, 2012

        For a mysterious reason, the spa and restaurant call out to me too, but the bunker is the cool, more affordable thing to focus on–for now. 🙂

      • joytourandtravel
        September 28, 2012

        Yes, yes… I hear ya! We love taking groups there because the prices are so much lower per person when we arrive as a group than someone calling in a reservation. It brings that spa budget just a little closer than before. ;D

      • transplantedtatar
        September 28, 2012

        Good to know!

  2. Phillip Deeds
    October 27, 2013

    I would have hoped to go there before my father died who worked there in the early 1960’s

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