Spring Dessert Menu at The Lodge

Greenbrier Sporting Club Executive Pastry Chef Amy Mills and her talented team have once again been hard at work creating delectable dessert delights! Along with gearing up for the 9th Annual Lewisburg Chocolate Festival (get event details here!), they have been working diligently on creating the perfect spring dessert menu…NOW available at The Lodge!

Be sure to try one…or all! There are 12 total, however 5 are “tastings,” simply meaning a smaller portion. To us, that means you can try more than one at once!

FOR DINING RESERVATIONS: Please contact The Club Concierge at 304-647-6440 or gscconcierge@greenbrier.com

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The Greenbrier Sporting Club Hosts Second Annual Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Event

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: White Sulphur Springs, WV – March 17, 2015

For the second consecutive year, The Greenbrier Sporting Club hosted veterans from all over West Virginia at its Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) event. The national program was started in 2005 by retired Navy Captain Ed Nicholson, and has been helping veterans in need by teaching them fly-fishing skills — including tying flies and building rods in addition to fishing. Jacob Ott, Director of Outdoor Pursuits at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, welcomed back the PHWFF team who were once again thrilled with the opportunity to fish in Howard’s Creek at The Greenbrier, which is world-renowned for its trout fishing.
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“Along with its gracious charm and amenities, the participants of PHWFF were delighted with the outstanding professionalism from The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s Director of Outdoor Pursuits, Mr. Jacob Ott and his guides. Although Howard’s Creek was high on our first day, we were able to get in some fly-casting instructions as well as fly tying lessons. The second day with clearing skies, a lower water level the veterans were able to land Rainbow and Brown Trout, creating a very enjoyable, memorable experience. It’s organizations such as The Greenbrier Sporting Club and Mr. Ott that open up their hearts to help the disabled veterans, giving them back the self-confidence needed,” commented Paul Moore, WV Regional Coordinator for PHWFF.
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“It was really good having Project Healing Waters back at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. We had some tough conditions to fish in this year and the guys really stuck with it and caught some great fish. It’s great to work with a group that does so much good for our veterans,” said Jacob Ott.

The Greenbrier Sporting Club looks forward to welcoming back Project Healing Waters in 2016, and years to come.

Real Estate Outlook: 2015

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With 2014 behind us, and being well into 2015, the future looks bright in terms of sales at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. 2014 brought over $36 million in total sales volume, putting us 22% ahead of 2013. Existing home sales remained strong at The Club through the end of the year, particularly in the Copeland Hill neighborhood. To date, we are sold out within both Copeland Hill and Old White Cottages on Howard’s Creek neighborhoods.

What we have found as a “trend” in 2014, is that buyers are looking for a place they can call a “home away from home”, according to Greenbrier Sporting Club Associate Broker & Sales Executive, John Weber. “They are also looking for a club to join, with like minded members.” The importance of community is something very high on a client’s list, and The Greenbrier Sporting Club continues to offer that and much more. With 15 neighborhoods to choose from, plus a central hub which is The Members’ Lodge, that sense of community and camaraderie is quickly formed by actively living The Sporting Life. Through backyard gatherings, golf outings, or annual events at The Club, many of our members have built lifelong friendships here. Providing that sense of community is really what The Greenbrier Sporting Club is all about, and is one of the many reasons why we continue to be the most sought after private community in the U.S.

Not only is our community thriving, so is our homesite construction. We are seeing continuous activity, with 11 homes currently under construction and 4 going through the Architectural Review Board (ARB) process. As we look to what 2015 will bring, all signs are pointing to a positive increase in real estate activity, both nationwide and here at The Greenbrier. According to Realtor Magazine, “it is expected that solid growth will occur in 2015, keeping home sales on an upward path.” In fact, The National Association of Realtors (NAR) forecasts “existing-home sales will reach 5.3 million, an increase of almost half a million over 2014.”
It is likely that the expected return of more “sensible” mortgage underwriting standards will contribute to increase in sales for 2015. This change put in place by lenders will help steady the interest rates, with suggestions that it will hover below 5% for most of 2015 according to the Homebuying Institute. If in fact these interest rates “defy expectations and remain close to where they are currently, this will be another boost to housing sales” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

*A reminder that this is simply an educated guess, and in no way is this an exact prediction as to what the results the market will produce this year, or in following years.
Sources: Realtormag.org & Homebuyinginstitute.com