Picnic with The Saints & Grand Opening of AdvoCare Sports Performance Center

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It is not often one gets to dine with an entire NFL football team at a world-class resort, but that is exactly what thousands of fans got to do on Saturday, July 26th in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia! The New Orleans Saints opened their training camp on Friday, July 25th at The Greenbrier, complete with a picnic and a grand opening celebration of the AdvoCare Sports Performance Center the following day.

For only $10, fans had the opportunity to purchase a wristband, which gained them access to pictures with the players, as well as autographs. The Greenbrier Sporting Club organized the picnic, and fans were treated to delicious traditional fare which included hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies and watermelon. Attendees also had a chance to tour the new state-of-the-art 55,000-square foot facility.

The Saints will be concluding their training camp here at The Greenbrier Wednesday, August 13, 2014. If you have not had the opportunity to attend a practice, be sure to make plans to do so soon!

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Sporting Club Featured in Southern Living Weddings 2013

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The Greenbrier Sporting Club is thrilled to be featured among the 25 Real Southern Weddings in this year’s Southern Living Weddings Magazine. Published once a year, Southern Living selects only 25 real weddings to feature, so we are extremely proud. The featured wedding hosted an afternoon ceremony on our event lawn overlooking Howard’s Creek and the 18th Green of The Snead, and a dine-around reception and dancing in The Lodge.

The happy couple, Natalie & Travis, chose The Greenbrier Sporting Club as their summertime venue for its natural beauty and were wed on June 10, 2012.

“We thought about getting married in Austin, but the summer in West Virginia is just so magical,” said Natalie of her home state. “In the end, we wanted to be where we had a community of people we loved.”

DETAILS:

  • Natalie’s bridesmaids wore cocktail-length dresses in different shades of blue. The maid of honor, her sister, wore eggplant.
  • Shiner Bock beers were a nod to Texas.
  • Instead of a cake, the couple cut into a giant peach pie.
  • Two flower arrangements set on columns, marked the altar.
  • The cocktail hour also featured a light menu inspired by farmers’ market fare.
  • The couple’s favorite band, Dangermuffin, played during cocktail hour.
  • The couple left the reception beneath a shower of rose petals.
  • Individual blueberry cobblers were a big hit.
  • Photography by: Elisa B. Photography

You can see this stunning wedding (pages 76-79) and more in the 2013 issue of Southern Living Weddings Magazine. The magazine is on shelves nationwide, so go pick up your copy at a local grocery or bookstore.

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Let it SNOW…yes, we said snow!

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Well, Fall colors are still on the trees but the weather forecast said there was a chance…and it came true. Last night saw Greenbrier County’s first snowflakes in the air and this morning they’re still blowing. Some areas had the ground covered, particularly at Alta & our very own Summit Village sitting 3,300 feet up on Greenbrier Mountain, while here in the valley at The Greenbrier the ground is still green. However, snow is blowing in the air and you can see the frost line at the top of the mountains intermix with spots of blue in the sky.

It’s definitely that time of year when anything can happen. This is probably the earliest snow (although nothing on the ground at The Greenbrier) since the mid-1990s.

For those who love winter sports, get ready. Snowshoe Mountain reports more than 5” of fresh snow fell since Monday night, not to mention Snowshoe’s snowmaking operations began on Monday. More snow is in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, which means Snowshoe is getting a jump on what will definitely be a great snow season. (Projected opening day for Snowshoe Mountain is November 26th.)

Tonight may see us accumulating 1 to 2 inches. Hope everyone is now put in an early festive mood.
Till next post, enjoy some of this morning’s photos of snow.

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Larry Klein & the 100th Mac Race

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Larry Klein & the 100th Mac Race:

If you were not aware, the 2008 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac included our very own Larry Klein, General Manager of The Greenbrier Sporting Club. On July 19th he, along with his father, made history by participating in the 100th Race to Mackinac.

Over 4,000 sailors on 437 boats participated in this year’s Race and thanks to Mother Nature it was a very challenging one. While they say that most boats would finish the race between 40 and 60 hours after their start, some boats had to pull out so close to the finish line, including the boat, RevoluTion, skippered by Craig Mielke…the very boat that our fearless crew member Larry help crew. Caught in a narrow waterway at night, battered by some fierce storms, the decision was ultimately made to start the engine and head in safely.

Although Larry’s boat was unable to finish, he thoroughly enjoyed himself…as you can see from the photo (on a much calmer day manning the yacht).

Drop by the Lodge and let Larry regale you with tales from his sailing voyage.

Rhododendron

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The West Virginia state flower, the rhododendron, is now in full bloom here at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. The stunning flower, also called mountain laurel, can be found throughout the state but is most abundant in the Allegheny Mountains and can be enjoyed from early spring through fall.