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The Greenbrier – an amazing resort with true history

Submitted by on September 24, 2011 – 1:42 pmNo Comment

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I had this week the opportunity to visit one of the beautiful luxury resort hotels of America – The Greenbrier.

Overlooking the gorgeous mountain scenery, this 6500 acre resort excels in almost everything the service, plush polished and clean interiors, the beautiful chandeliers, and the of course the golf course. The entire resort is full of bright colors made up of floral and foliage patterns of scarlet, emerald and fuchsia.
You can see them everywhere, on the carpets, the drapes, ceilings, fixtures even the tiles inside the bathtubs.

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I must single out the service though. Everyone is nice and warm through out and they really don’t nitpick. If you ask them directions for a place within the hotel, they actually come with you to the point you cant get lost. The rooms are beautifully decorated with floral kind wallpapers. the gardens are beautiful and had flowers in full bloom.
It’s a huge estate, lots to see and do.

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I landed at Greenbrier and the drive from the airport at Roanoke was about 1 hr and 45 minutes. It was a beautiful drive and passed beautiful panoramic views of the mountains. At one point we saw a huge jagged rock mountain with a flag hoisted. According to the limo driver, the flag is replaced every few months due to wear and tear. Someone, sure enjoys that climb.

The Greenbrier also houses huge underground bunker that was once the US governments shelter for the congress in the event of a nuclear attack at Washington, built during the cold war period. Less then 500 miles from the capital, hidden and surrounded by the Allegheny mountains, it also provided cover from nuclear radiations. The tour was fun and though very little to really see, you will be amazed by the huge doors weighing as high as 25 tons, the backup plans that was designed taking into considerations many ‘what if’ situations.

The ceiling walls we are told are about 3-5 ft thick and covering the sub structures are 20 to 60 feet of dirt, now landscaped with trees. See pictures.
The bunker was huge, and had within it backed up Power Plants, Communication Briefing Rooms, exhibition gallery, dormitories, kitchen, clinic, cafeteria, with 3 different entrances.

They take away any camera or phones when you enter, but surprisingly all the pictures you can find on websites, just do a search for ‘The Greenbrier bunker tour brochure’ and they should popup.

What I enjoyed most was the experience at the Gun Club. The 10 course sporting clay course for trap and skeet shooting are simply beautifully laid out, surrounding the plush green dense forest environment. The guide was simply fantastic, and made the experience one that I wish to get back for more.

Overall, beautiful resort, nice drives, wonderful things to do.

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