A Weekend at the Greenbrier

August 2, 2017

I hope everyone is having a great week so far! Drew and I have been spending time at the beach with his family, but unfortunately we will be going home today so I can make it back for a big meeting for work. I’ve been getting a lot of questions from you all about our weekend stay at The Greenbrier Resort over Fourth of July. I was surprised how many of you had never heard of the hotel, but you loved the photos and following our trip. I thought it would be fun to share a small recap about our stay and what we did in case you want to take a trip there.

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First of all, our trip was in no way sponsored by the hotel. Fourth of July is one of the biggest weekends of the year (the hotel is also called America’s Resort because of all the presidents who have stayed there), so they don’t offer media stays during this time. Drew and I had been dying to go here for a while, so we thought it would be fun to take in the Fourth of July festivities at such a historical resort. The were hosting a big southern buffet dinner on the back lawn for the 4th, so we were really excited to experience that. Plus, the PGA was hosting a golf tournament during this time, and Drew loves golf so it was a great trip for both of us to enjoy. We spent four nights at the resort, and I would say that was just right. We got to experience most of the restaurants, and it was long enough that activities didn’t become repetitive.

Drew and I have stayed at a lot of ‘southern’ resorts throughout our relationship. The Sanctuary at Kiawah, Grovepark Inn, Sea Island Resort, and now the Greenbrier, and I would have to say The Greenbrier has been my favorite so far. The decor of the hotel was done by Dorothy Draper, who was one of the first interior designers ever. She is famous for Hollywood Regency decor, which is absolutely stunning to see in person. It’s known for ornate details with big, bold patterns and checkered floors. Definitely a sight to see.

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For the most part our time at the hotel was spent relaxing and taking in some of the activities offered by the resort. The hotel offers a calendar of activities each day including cookie hour, show entertainment, and crochet games among manyyy others. Drew spent one morning golfing while I soaked up the spa, and otherwise we ate our way through all the restaurants and washed away our money at the casino, naturally. 🙂 We had never gambled before and are both very competitive, so we had a great time playing black jack together. However, we weren’t very good so our time was short lived, lol!

As far as the spa is concerned, they were fully booked for massages when I made my appointment, so I booked a facial instead. I thought the spa and the treatment were very nice, but if I’m being honest, I’ve had better spa experiences. I wish there were plunge pools and waterfalls you could enjoy prior to your treatment, but all they had was a relaxation room. If I were to recommend a spa for you to try, it would definitely be Grovepark Inn over all the Southern resorts we’ve visited.

The room accommodations and service of The Greenbrier were second to none. Each room is decorated in varying Dorothy Draper decor and gorgeous wallpaper designs. Also – I loved that all service personnel wore historical uniforms that matched the decor. The charm and overall experience was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Definitely spend time soaking up the scene. One of my favorite things to do was grab a coffee at the coffee shop in the mornings and sit in one of the lobby chairs while admiring the beauty of every corner.

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If you’ve discovered anything about the trips Drew and I take, we always revolve our travels around food. You can count on us to recommend the best restaurants, as we’ve likely tried them all. The same goes for restaurants at The Greenbrier. Here are our favorites from most to least:

  • Prime 44 West – This is the steakhouse of the resort, and it was by far our favorite. This one surprised me because I usually don’t go for the steakhouses as my favorite restaurant. I’m always fearful of restaurants at big resorts because I’m unsure if the food is of quality since it’s usually mass-produced. This steakhouse was topnotch, and definitely one you won’t want to miss. Order the Caesar salad that is crafted table side.
  • The Forum – This is the Italian restaurant at the hotel, and a close second to Prime 44 West. I ordered the lasagna and Drew got Chicken Parmesan. We also went back for lunch one day and the brick oven pizzas were really good. Another restaurant you have to try.
  • Draper’s – The Southern cuisine restaurant. This restaurant was just okay, but I ranked it third because it had amazing desserts. To be fair, we only went here for lunch, but we went back several times for the Cherry Vanilla milkshake, so good! Drew loved his fried green tomato pork sandwich, but I thought the food was a little heavy. I opted for a salad and pimento cheese sandwich.
  • The Main Dining Room – This was definitely my least favorite restaurant of the hotel. It is formal attire (long dresses for the ladies and jacket and tie for the men), so you eat here more for the experience rather than the food. I wasn’t very impressed with their menu and felt they didn’t have great options. However, we are breakfast here every morning, and it was amazing. It’s buffet style with endless options and the attire is much more casual.
  • Other restaurants that were closed or we didn’t get an opportunity to try were Sam Snead’s and In-Fusion, so I can’t comment on the food, but we would have loved to try these. Sam Snead’s was closed because that is where they were feeding the PGA golfers and In-Fusion was closed on the day we tried to make a reservation. Let me know if you get a chance to try in case we go back!

Overall, our stay at The Greenbrier Resort was definitely one to remember. I have no doubts that we will go back especially since it’s an easy 4-hour drive from Charlotte. If you live out of town, or further away from the Resort, it may be more difficult for you to visit as the hotel appears to be in the middle of no where. You’ll likely want to fly into If you’ve visited the hotel, I’d love to hear your thoughts and if you enjoyed your stay, let me know in the comment section below!

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