Thursday, May 15, 2014

Travel :: The Greenbrier Interiors Pt. 1


Our four days at The Greenbrier were nothing short of perfect.  It's virtually impossible for me to include everything I want into one post, so today I'll be sharing a peek into the hotel's gorgeous interiors and tell you a little about the hotel.

The Greenbrier, which was founded in 1778, is nestled in the majestic Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  The hotel continued to grow and develop throughout the 1800's, and by the 1920's it had established itself as a beacon for high society.  The real turning point for the hotel came when they hired famed interior designer Dorothy Draper to decorate the resort after WWII.  The multi-million dollar project was the largest of it's kind, and after being closed for two years it reopened with pomp and circumstance, welcoming regulars such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Kennedy's, and Princess Grace and Prince Rainier.  Over the past century it has been visited by nearly every American President and housed the Congressional Fallout Bunker until the mid 1990's {which is now open for daily tours}.  While the world has changed many times since The Greenbrier first opened, they still offer the same old-world elegance and southern hospitality that has been drawing guests for over 200 years.

In addition to being a stunning example of Draper's "Modern Baroque" style, The Greenbrier offers a vast array of activities including three 18-hole golf courses, a five-star spa, miles and miles of hiking and walking trails, horseback riding, mountain biking, kayaking, falconry, shopping, croquet, swimming, and just about any other activity you could imagine.  It is home to seven restaurants {my favorite being the formal Main Dining Room} and offers afternoon teatime and nightly entertainment with bars, a casino, live music, and a beautiful movie theater.  Whether you're planning a family trip, romantic getaway, golf trip, or girls weekend, I couldn't recommend visiting The Greenbrier enough!  

Note: No, this post is not sponsored...I just really do love The Greenbrier :)

11 comments:

  1. Gah. I want to sit on that red couch and drink coffee and read all day, then chat with my husband in that teal room while we gaze at all that beauty. And lastly, dance in that dreamy ballroom. That place is amazing. Beautiful pics. :)

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  2. Such an interesting building! Imagine all of the things and conversations that have happened within those walls, I bet it feels full of history! You really have to do a double take at all of these pictures, looking at all the details and marvelling at how eclectic yet well put together it is. I'm glad you had such a lovely time! xxx
    Lucy @ la-lingua.blogspot.com

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  3. Wow, what amazing history and I'm absolutely overwhelmed by all the beauty of The Greenbrier!! The colours, the details... you must have had so much fun exploring. Plus yay, so nice to see your pretty face in the photos!! xoxo

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  4. This hotel looks absolutely stunning. I'll be sure to bookmark this place for my next getaway :)

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  5. obsessed and so relevant still today!

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  6. What an iconic hotel! It looks like the setting of a movie!

    http://liveitinerantly.com/

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  7. Whoa. Seriously?! At first, I thought you were showing us magazine photos until I saw you in one of them!! It's so gorgeous! I'm sure it's crazy expensive...but seriously, its breathtaking!

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  8. Vanessa Steil-Living in SteilMay 16, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Thanks for posting photos! I love The Greenbriar too! I would highly recommend the tour of the Congeessional Fallout Bunker. It was one of the most fascinating tours I have ever been on.

    For anyone interested in history and decor, The Greenbriar is a must!

    Vanessa
    www.livinginsteil.com

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  9. Absolutely dying over every single one of these photos. You're the best photographer. I gotta get a weekend away here, ASAP!

    x Lily
    http://whilemyboyfriendsaway.blogspot.com/

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  10. Christine DinsmoreMay 16, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    i just can't even begin to express my love for this place - i thought places such as this only existed in movies. i really hope to visit it someday.

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  11. So great to hear that you all had a great trip! I have never been down to the greenbrier so it is so fun to see your great pictures, love how grand some of the rooms are. Ohh and that palm leaf wallpaper, one of my all time favorites!

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