Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Greenbrier

Parker and I got to go to The Greenbrier in West Virginia.  It was a reward trip with one of the insurance carriers...or something like that.  Honestly, Parker said "I won a trip to West Virginia" and then I tuned out after that...kidding...well, kind of.  West Virginia is beautiful.  Neither one of us had ever been there. 

The resort...they call themselves "America's Resort" is very unique.  This was our room...the hotel was decorated by Dorothy Draper...which meant nothing to me but apparently she loved flowers and patterns because they are everywhere!  I felt like I was in a Southern Living magazine back in the 1990s. 

Thursday night we got in just in time to eat dinner.  We had fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs, and chocolate bread pudding!  It was delicious.

Friday it rained on and off all day.  We went to eat lunch at the golf clubhouse.

This is where The Greenbrier Classis is held...

Then we took a shuttle to Lewisburg and walked around for a few hours. 

Waiting out one of the many rain showers.  We ended up eating at Food and Friends which was great! 

Then we came back to the hotel and had room service dessert...probably my favorite thing about vacation!

Saturday we had lunch at Draper's in the resort.  Pink tables, pink glasses, floral booths...Parker fit right in! 

I got a fried green tomato sandwich...it was interesting...

Then we went on The Bunker tour.  As we walked through the hotel, our tour guide told us this was the chandelier from Gone with the Wind...

The Bunker Tour was fascinating.  It was built in the late 1950s during the Eisenhower administration to house the Senate and House during the Cold War.  It was kept a secret until 1992.  They built it under the West Virginia Wing of the hotel.  It was dormitories, a full kitchen, a room where both parties could meet, showers, medical clinic, etc.  You could not take pictures on the tour but here is one of the blast doors.  The door was concealed with a fake wall with the same wallpaper as the hotel. 

Sunday Parker played golf and I walked around.  The tulips were amazing!!!

The train depot is also a Christmas Shop.  It was pretty fun!

The Greenbrier!

White Sulpher Springs...why people were originally drawn to the area.  These were supposed to be healing waters...

The North Entrance...

our last night there...

They took a picture of us the first night and gave it to us the last night...

Such a fun few days away! 

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