3-Days at Christmas at The Greenbrier “America’s Resort ™”
On a recent road trip to Augusta, GA for New Year’s Eve, we broke up the trip with a stop at The Greenbrier in WV. What a wonderful place to stay for a few days of R&R, and we also discovered it is a great location for a multi-generational family getaway! Talk about a place where you never have to leave the resort and enjoy everything they have to offer right on the property! Plus, with over 100 Christmas trees and hundreds of fresh poinsettias on the property, you will never run out of photo ops! You will feel like you stepped into a Hallmark Movie set. In the winter, the Christmas decorations may be removed but the famous Dorothy Draper elegant décor remains for Instagram posts around every corner.
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Day 1: Check In
Welcome to check-in with a glass of champagne. Arrive at 4pm, just in time for the daily “High Tea” in the lobby.
Have dinner in one of the many restaurants on the location. The greatest thing about the Greenbrier at Christmastime is that they do all the planning for you. Every hour is filled with activities for all ages, especially at Christmas. From cozy book readings by the fire to fine food and wine tastings. The possibilities are endless.
Day 2: Activities
Wake up and take a swim in the beautiful indoor pool once used by Ethel Williams. Swim laps, do water aerobics, or visit the fitness center overlooking the pool. During the winter, step outside the pool doors to a skating rink with skating rentals available. Make a lunch reservation at Drapers. Outdoor activities abound in the Winter, from Jeep excursions to Falconry and Pickleball and Bowling.
For a fun evening activity, The Greenbrier has 11,000 acres and in winter it is covered in blankets of snow. Book a unique experience of riding in a horse-drawn carriage to explore the grounds. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than listening to the sleigh bells jingle as a horse-drawn sleigh glides through The Greenbrier's winter decorations? Carriage / Sleigh Rides are available from late November to mid-March.
Warm up back by the fire, listening to Christmas music or enjoying a bourbon in one of their cozy bars.
Day 3: Tour of the Hidden Bunker
Check out the schedule of activities running from sun-up to sun-down. There is something for every taste and activity level. No visit to the Greenbrier is complete without a fascinating tour of the hidden Bunker – built entirely undercover and in secret as an emergency cold-war shelter. You will step back in time as much of the space has been preserved from its original form.
Day 4: Departure
Enjoy one more hearty breakfast and depart, but don’t forget to pick up your photo from the family portrait and your gifts from one of the several gift shops. On your way out of town, stop at the Lost World Caverns. General cave tours run about 45 minutes and are good for all ages and fitness levels. For the more adventurous traveler, try the four hour Wild Cave Tour!
The Greenbrier is a place that families return to year after year. They offer family rooms decorated with Christmas Trees so you can spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the resort.
New Year's Eve is also a big deal at the resort, spend the day with the kids participating in a Family Pickleball tournament and relaxing at the resort but at 10 pm join the grown-ups in the Chesapeake Hall ballroom for a live band, dinner and dancing and a balloon drop!
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