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