Away We Go: The Greenbrier

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Yesterday, we celebrated America’s Birthday, so today I’d like to introduce you to America’s Resort – The Greenbrier.  Steeped in history, surrounded by natural beauty, and infused with Southern hospitality and luxurious elegance, this is truly a remarkable destination.

I was delighted to be invited by Lori Hicks, the social sales manager, for a site visit. Many clients and friends have told me about The Greenbrier and how their families have been going there for generations, but this was my first visit.

When you arrive at the hotel you can’t help but be in awe of the beauty and grandeur.  The façade of the resort’s main building is often compared to Tara, from Gone with the Wind.  The famous interior designer, Dorothy Draper, has combined color and pattern at every turn that is a bold mix of Florida Palm Beach with refined Southern charm. Mrs. Draper was also the author of the book, Entertaining is Fun! How to Be a Popular Hostess”. From the bright colors and floral prints to the enthusiasm of the staff, the distinctive decor and Southern hospitality are definitely central to the Greenbrier experience.

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The Greenbrier was built in 1778 and has hosted U.S. Presidents, foreign dignitaries, celebrities and generations of families. The rich history of the resort is thoroughly embraced, but all of the modern amenities, services, and any activity you could possibly want to enjoy are at your fingertips.


The Greenbrier is an ideal choice for a destination wedding. The options for entertaining and exploring are truly innumerable, but here is just one itinerary that I would propose:


Wedding guests: Main hotel

Parents:  Estate Houses – Colonnade (Bride’s family), Top Notch (Groom’s family)

Wedding Party:  Cottages

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  • Arrival
  • Activities on own – tennis, golf, pool, hiking, off-roading, etc.
  • Croquet & Cocktails on the Croquet Lawn
  • Casual dinner on the Prime 44 Terrace. (How amazing are these striped umbrellas!)
  • Late-night Bowling Party!

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  • Spa appointments for the Bridal Party in the morning
  • Bridal Luncheon at the Colonnade House (the dining room table seats 22!)
  • Groom’s Party to play a round on one of the top-ranked golf courses or enjoy other outdoor activities, e.g. fishing, off-roading, clay shooting, hiking, paintball, etc.
  • Welcome Party at Kate’s Mountain with BBQ and bluegrass (I highly recommend Whiskey Rebellion)

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  • Outdoor ceremony at any of the beautiful garden and lawn options, although the Springhouse is definitely my favorite
  • Cocktails, dinner and dancing in the Cameo Ballroom.


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Farewell Brunch at Howard’s Creek Lodge


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What makes the Greenbier so exceptional are the numerous activities for guests and the diversity of venues for entertaining!  If you’re looking for an incredible destination wedding location, look no further.


The Greenbrier is nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, WV.  The resort is accessible from DC by car (surprisingly fast 4 hours), by train (a leisurely 6 hours) or by a short flight from IAD (1.25 hours).

Thank you again, Lori, for inviting us to visit the Greenbrier. We are so excited to work with you to create beautiful and memorable weddings!


Images:  Unless otherwise noted, all images by EDE