Greenbrier Sporting Club Members Bubba and Angie Watson discuss what they love about living the sporting life, and the importance of creating a legacy for generations to come.
We all have thoughts of our dream home…. features that it will embody, the spaces that will showcase our life’s collections, the rooms to entertain our family and friends, relaxation porches, luxurious bathrooms, cozy fireplaces, and dramatic ceilings. A home embodies so many things, and for each of us, the path leads to a unique dwelling that speaks to us, embraces our lives, and evokes memories to share.
Building a home at The Greenbrier has always been seen as a way to create something new in tandem with a great team of talent. We make it easy with a pre-approved selection of professionals: architects, builders, and landscape designers, along with our local, talented interior designers and artisans who can do everything from custom copper gutters to specialty wrought iron railings, painters who craft unique murals and faux finishes to the plant specialists who know which flowers and trees will enhance and grow with the home.
The process is relatively easy. Often we find new property owners spend time on the site, sit in a chair, and have a glass of wine to get a feel for the wind and the sun. Imagine yourself watching the sunset from a back deck or enjoying morning sunrise in your eastern facing kitchen.
Materials and finishes are an integral part of the planning process, though often this evolves as the building takes shape. Once the foundation and framing has started, you can get a true feel for the interior spaces and imagine yourself within. This is when many start to think about built-in cabinetry, shelving, and location of key pieces.
West Virginia offers an array of locally harvested antique timbers and stone; while steel framing, glass expanses, and concrete are well available.
In 2005, we built the Town & Country Showhouse at The Greenbrier Sporting Club on a hill overlooking The Greenbrier resort as a collaborative project with Town & Country Magazine. This home has welcomed two families to discover Greenbrier Living, and continues to showcase the quality construction and luxurious finishes available to our property owners. The following images take you through the phases of construction from start to finish; an amazing process full of creative opportunities and dream fulfillment.
Dream big; build your home at The Greenbrier.
The Greenbrier Sporting Club asks you to join us in congratulating and welcoming two of our amazingly talented culinary team members in new leadership roles.
Chef Jared Masters has been promoted to Chef de Cuisine of The Summit. Chef Masters has worked his way up through the ranks over the past few years, and at every turn has exemplified great leadership skills and extensive culinary abilities. He has truly set the example that hard work, passion for the craft, and dedication to one’s goals are the keys to professional success. Jared’s cooking style is ever evolving with current food trends and technology, all while staying true to classical techniques and disciplines. We are looking forward to the great things Chef Masters and his team will accomplish at The Summit for years to come.
Jared was born and raised in Organ Cave, West Virginia, where he grew up farming, specializing in beef and market lamb production. He began his cooking career in the Main Kitchen at The Greenbrier and, in 2012, decided to bring his talents to The Greenbrier Sporting Club. Once here, he worked his way through all the stations, honing his skills under Chef de Cuisine, Jered Miller, before being promoted to Chef de Partie of The Lodge restaurant and then Sous Chef at The Summit. With his most recent promotion to Chef de Cuisine of The Summit restaurant, he is looking forward to showcasing his farming background through his unique style of cooking. Outside of The Club, he assists as Vice President of Allegheny Genesis LLC, a company focused on the research and production of alternative and sustainable crops. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Alyssa, and their infant daughter, Sophia Jo.
Chef Hannah Reid has been promoted to The Lodge Sous Chef. An excellent mentor and teacher, Chef Hannah sets the tone for consistency and excellence within her team. She brings a wealth of culinary knowledge and experience to the brigade. Her creativity and talent have positively impacted the culinary team and membership for a number of years throughout the positions she has held. We are very thankful to have her returning to a leadership position, and we are looking forward to Chef Hannah’s continued success in the culinary industry.
Hannah grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Albemarle County, Virginia. Growing up in a family of great southern cooks, as well as having the opportunity to travel throughout the United States as a child, gave her a love of fine ingredients and various regional cuisines. During high school, she began her career in foodservice as a dishwasher at the C&O Restaurant in Charlottesville, VA. It was there she discovered a passion for fine dining and began her career as a chef, eventually being promoted to Sous Chef at the C&O. She came to The Greenbrier Sporting Club in 2007 in order to assist in the opening of The Summit restaurant and has held various leadership positions at The Club over the past ten years. Living in Greenbrier County has nurtured Chef Hanna’s love of the outdoors and locally harvested ingredients. Outside of work, she can usually be found spending time in the woods and streams of West Virginia with her two dogs.
The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s Director of Outdoor Pursuits, Jacob Ott, has been participating in several “Teach a Boy to Fish” events at Boys Home of Virginia in Covington. Elaine Brelsford, Marketing Manager, has shared the following article with us, stating how “he has impacted both the residents and the staff with his enthusiasm and expertise.” We are fortunate to have such an invaluable resource on our Sporting Club team.
Greenbrier Sporting Club’s Jacob Ott Inspires Young Fly-fishermen at Boys Home of Virginia
By Elaine Brelsford
Jacob Ott, Director of Outdoor Pursuits at the Greenbrier Sporting Club, says that when he was a boy, he nearly always had “fishing rods in one hand, a shotgun in the other, and was tripping over bird dogs.” A native of Buffalo, New York, Jacob began fly-fishing at age ten when his father showed him all he knew and then let Jacob figure out the rest. Jacob immersed himself in what little he could find about fly-fishing at the time, which mostly included reading and watching television shows about the sport.
A graduate of Salem International University with a B.S in Environmental Science, Jacob has been employed at the Greenbrier Sporting Club since 2001. His office is located inside a log cabin with a picturesque pond to one side and a bubbling stream to the back. His job entails accompanying and teaching club members as they fish, hunt, shoot, hike, camp, and birdwatch. Three times a year, he plans special events. In the spring, he leads a three-day fly-fishing school. The fall finds him coordinating a dove hunt, and then there’s the annual sporting clays tournament that members so enjoy. Add being a husband and father to the list and it would seem that Jacob might already have his stringer full.
However, for the last two years, Jacob has committed time, energy, and expertise to Boys Home of Virginia’s “Teach a Boy to Fish” events. Boys Home, located about thirty minutes from White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, is a residential educational nonprofit nestled in the heart of the Alleghany Mountains of Virginia. Boys Home houses and educates nearly 60 at-risk boys, ages 6-18, who have been impacted by poverty or family instability. Hoping to make a positive difference in the lives of these young men, Boys Home’s motto is “A successful man has to start somewhere.” Teach a Boy to Fish is a program designed to teach the residents to fly-fish, something they can do often on the portion of Dunlap Creek that winds through the Boys Home campus.
Jacob teaches the residents the raw basics of how to cast a fly rod and then has them practice their skills by having them participate in games of accuracy and distance casting. By then, most are able to make a fishable cast and can move into the river and begin fishing with their newly-acquired skills. From there, Jacob says, “Once you know the basics, it’s just time on the water. Eventually, it works well.” Jacob also spends time with interested members of the Boys Home staff, teaching them casting and rigging so they can assist the boys once the event has concluded.
When asked what he enjoys most about volunteering at Boys Home, Jacob is quick to say that it is “watching the kids have fun as they get to experience fly fishing.” He goes on to point out why fly fishing can be important to the residents. Jacob maintains, the young men “have another tool in their box. They have something to steer them down the right path.” Yes, at Boys Home, a successful man does have to start somewhere. That start is often a result of spending time with someone like Jacob Ott.