The Greenbrier Featured in Smart Meetings

The Greenbrier Featured in Smart Meetings

The Greenbrier was highlighted as a “Historic Haven” in the November issue of Smart Meetings – a top media company and trusted source for meeting professionals. America’s Resort™ can be found in the issue’s Golf & Spa Resorts feature, positioned as one of the nation’s original wellness destinations with unbelievable and endless amenities/activities.

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Golf and Spa Resorts: The Land of Ahhhs

By Courtney Peter

Hyper-local experiences at golf and spa resorts

Historic Havens

To recharge means different things to different people. While some revel in the chance to spend several hours guiding a dimpled white orb across fairway and green, others prefer to retreat to the sensory sanctuary of a spa. No matter the preferred method of decompression, the crucial point is that companies and employees allot the time and space for it to happen, as a true reset can only occur during an escape from the routine.

Fortunately, a transportive experience at a thoughtfully designed, expertly equipped golf and spa resort is within reach—not only for groups willing to cross time zones, but also for those looking for destinations within their region. Offerings eschew the rote in favor of highly customized, hyper-local options featuring standout scenery, regional traditions and locally produced goods. Attendees, fully immersed in and attuned to their surroundings, emerge reawakened to the potential for discovery and inspiration.

For planners seeking a venue where their group can both meet and mellow out, let this article serve as their passport to the Land of Ahhhhs.

Tucked away in the Allegheny Mountain town of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, The Greenbrier has drawn wellness travelers to its door for nearly 240 years. The sulfur-rich native waters, which are believed to possess healing properties, powered the resort’s rise as one of the nation’s original wellness destinations. Today, the 40,000-square-foot Greenbrier Spa continues that legacy. Groups gathering at the historic hideaway can also make use of five championship golf courses, 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, as well as dozens of activity options such as treetop canopy tours, falconry lessons and much more.

The Greenbrier Chosen by Town and Country: Christmas 2017

The Greenbrier Chosen by Town and Country: Christmas 2017

White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and more specifically, The Greenbrier, is 1 of 8 places chosen for Town and Country’s list of Where to Go for Christmas in 2017. Others on the list include Finland, Malta, and Bethlehem, with America’s Resort being the only selection from the United States.

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Where to Go for Christmas in 2017
Tempted to skip town for the holidays? Here are a few places we recommend.


White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

West Virginia might not be the first place that comes to mind for a late December getaway, but that’s probably because you’ve never spent Christmas at The Greenbrier. The historic hotel—which has hosted 26 U.S. presidents—pulls out all the stops for its guests as part of a “60 Days of Holiday Cheer” tradition. On property, you’ll find more than 100 Christmas trees, 120,000 lights, 2,000 poinsettias, a 2,000 pound chocolate display, and a plethora of holiday-centric meals and events.


The 2014 Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic


OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: White Sulphur Springs, WV – July 7, 2014:

The Greenbrier, the classic American resort in the foothills of West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, has announced that rising pro tennis star Ryan Harrison will replace Tommy Haas, who has had to withdraw due to a recent shoulder injury, in the roster for this year’s Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic, September 20-21, 2014.

The third annual exhibition tournament will feature Tennis Hall of Fame legends Pete Sampras and John McEnroe, who will compete for their third straight year, alongside Harrison and US Open champion Andy Roddick, in their inaugural matches at The Greenbrier Tennis Center.

The 2014 Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic will kick off on Saturday, September 20th with two marquee singles matches, pitting The Greenbrier’s new Tennis Pro Emeritus, Pete Sampras, against tennis legend John McEnroe, and the up-and-comer Ryan Harrison against retired former world #1, Andy Roddick. The tournament will culminate on Sunday, September 21st with a doubles exhibition match, pairing McEnroe and Sampras against Harrison and Roddick.

“I am really excited to join American tennis legends Sampras, McEnroe and Roddick at this year’s Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic!” says Harrison. “Having the opportunity to play against some of my tennis idols will be a tremendous highlight in my career.”


Pete Sampras joined the professional tour at the age of 16 in 1988 and won his first pro tournament on February 12, 1990 in Philadelphia. In 1990, he won his first US Open, becoming the youngest champion at the age of 19 years and 28 days. He reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time in his career on April 12, 1993. Pete went on to win 14 Grand Slam titles (including five US Open and seven Wimbledon singles titles) and held the year-end No. 1 world ranking for a record six consecutive years (from 1993 through 1998). In the last official tennis match of his illustrious career, Sampras defeated rival Andre Agassi in the final of the 2002 US Open. Pete was then inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2007 and in April 2014 was appointed The Greenbrier’s first-ever Tennis Pro Emeritus.

John McEnroe is an American tennis legend. As an 18 year old, in 1977, McEnroe reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and then in 1978 he led the United States team to their first Davis Cup Championship in five years. During that same year McEnroe turned professional and in 1984 he achieved the best single year winning percentage on the ATP professional tour (winning 13 of 15 tournaments and an 82-3 record for the year-a record that still stands today). John won seven Grand Slam singles titles (4 US Opens and 3 Wimbledon singles titles), was part of five US Davis Cup championship teams, and held the No 1 world singles ranking for four straight years between 1981-1984. John also is considered to be one of the greatest doubles players of all time having won nine Grand Slam men’s doubles titles and holding the No. 1 ranking in men’s doubles for a record 257 weeks. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999, taking his place among the immortals of the sport. John has established himself as the world’s most renowned tennis commentator and analyst, working for ESPN, NBC, CBS, and the BBC at the Grand Slam tournaments. When John is not traveling the world on business, he spends his time working with kids at his New York City John McEnroe Tennis Academy, located at Randall’s Island.

Andy Roddick is a retired champion tennis player who, in 1999-2000, was the No. 1 Junior in the US, and by 2000, had cracked the World rankings at No. 1. He went on to win six world junior singles titles, and seven world doubles titles. In 2000, Andy also won the Junior US Open, and Australian Open singles titles. That same year, Andy went pro. By 2003, Andy had captured the US Open title, won his first-ever Grand Slam single title, and was ranked No. 1 in the world. Also in 2003, Roddick became the youngest-ever ATP Player of the Year. For much of the next decade, Andy was ranked in the top 10. Andy reached the Wimbledon finals three times in his career, and the Australian Open semi-finals four times. Andy played in 43 Davis Cup matches, and in 2007 led the United States to victory at Portland, Oregon. In 2012, 30-year-old Roddick announced his retirement.

Ryan Harrison, the son of a tennis coach, is a 22-year-old all-court player whose serve and forehand are his strengths. Harrison, who began playing tennis at the age of two and turned pro in 2007, reached a career-high No. 7 in world junior ranking in April 2008 and in that same year advanced to semi-finals at the Australian Open juniors. In July 2011, Harrison won his first ATP doubles title on the grass of Newport, R.I., partnering Matthew Edden. Harrison reached successive ATP singles semifinals in Atlanta and Los Angeles, becoming the first American teenager since Andy Roddick in 2002 to reach back-to-back ATP semifinals. In February, 2012, Harrison made his Davis Cup debut winning a dead rubber in the USA’s sweep of a Roger Federer-led Swiss squad. Harrison has trained at the John Newcombe Tennis Academy in New Braunfels, Texas and the IMG Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

The Greenbrier Appoints Pete Sampras as Tennis Pro Emeritus


OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: White Sulphur Springs, WV – April 14, 2014:

The Greenbrier, the classic American destination resort in the foothills of West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, announced today that it has appointed Tennis Hall of Famer Pete Sampras as its first-ever Greenbrier Tennis Pro Emeritus.

For the past two years, Pete Sampras has visited The Greenbrier in September to headline The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic-alongside fellow American Hall of Famer John McEnroe at the inaugural event in 2012, and again in 2013, when he teamed up with McEnroe to take on the European challengers of former world #1 Ivan Lendl and current tour player Tommy Haas.

With his appointment as The Greenbrier Tennis Pro Emeritus, Sampras-who spent 286 weeks of his professional tennis career ranked as the #1 player in the world, won 14 Grand Slams and 64 singles championships-continues the storied legacy of tennis at The Greenbrier, which dates back to the 1890s when tennis debuted on the lawn in front of the resort’s still-standing Paradise Row cottages. Since then, The Greenbrier has hosted numerous tennis matches and championships, including The Mason and Dixon Championships in the 1920s and 1930s, with winners including Bill Tilden, Francis Hunter, Vincent Richards and Ellsworth Vines. Today, The Greenbrier’s state-of-the-art Tennis Center boasts five Har-Tru outdoor courts with views of the spectacular surrounding Allegheny Mountains, as well as five recently resurfaced Deco-Turf indoor courts and a modern pro shop.


Announcing The Windsor Club at The Greenbrier

The newly unveiled Windsor Club at The Greenbrier is a deluxe collection of premier accommodations including the most outstanding service and amenities in our history. This club isn’t for everyone. An entire wing of The Greenbrier is reserved solely for the enjoyment of our most selective guests. The Windsor Club is a secluded sanctuary of relaxation and luxury surrounded by the world-class excitement of The Greenbrier. Combining centuries of southern hospitality with supreme service and contemporary comforts, a new era of elegance awaits you at The Windsor Club.

Every detail sparkles in the crown jewel of America’s Resort. You’ll quickly realize why The Duke and Duchess were repeated guests to The Greenbrier. Reminiscent of things past but with thoroughly modern touches, a great feeling of luxury and comfort awaits you with modern amenities, designer décor, state-of-the art electronics, all presented in The Greenbrier tradition of exceptional quality. Privilege begins at once, with express check-in, and continues throughout your stay in The Windsor Club. Each of the 26 rooms has a distinctive personality and charm all its own. Even the ambiance is personalized according to your preferences. Smart Room Technology sets the scene for an unforgettable stay with customized temperature, illumination and sound synchronized to your expressed desires.

The moment you enter The Windsor Club, you’ll feel like a VIP. The elite wing of the resort is accessible by keycard only and the accommodations include exclusive upgrades such as private Concierge service, plush canopy beds with imported Italian linens, VIP turndown services, special in-room gifts and several rooms feature a gas fireplace. The Virginia Room is a private parlor with a lush, access-only garden and courtyard reserved exclusively for the pleasure of The Windsor Club guests. Sumptuous meals and snacks are served graciously throughout the day and evening in The Virginia Room. The stately lounge is furnished with specially selected antiquities collected over centuries and guests can relax and enjoy a wide selection of complementary beverages at the open bar any time, day or night.

Every generation has its legends at The Greenbrier. In a world-famous resort renowned for unsurpassed luxury, The Windsor Club is the pinnacle of panache. We invite you to experience the select services, privileges and benefits that celebrities, dignitaries and heads of state have enjoyed here for centuries.

For more information about The Windsor Club, visit The Greenbrier’s website here.

Phil Mickelson and The Black Eyed Peas Announced for The Greenbrier Classic

One of the top players on the PGA TOUR and one of the hottest musical groups will make the 2011 Greenbrier Classic even bigger and better than the inaugural event. Phil Mickelson, three-time Masters champion and winner of 39 PGA TOUR events, has committed to play in the July 25-31 event on the resort’s Old White TPC course. Adding to the excitement, The Black Eyed Peas, six-time Grammy Award winning artists and global superstars, will perform on Friday, July 29.

A future Hall of Famer, Mickelson is the highest ranked American in the world with career earnings over $61 million. He is currently ranked 4th in both the World Golf Rankings and in FedExCup points. Over the past five years, Mickelson has distinguished himself as the best player at the Masters. With an average round of 70.40, Mickelson has finished second or third in four of the last five Masters. He is consistently one of the top players to watch and is one of the most popular players on the TOUR.

“My family and I are really excited about coming to The Greenbrier this summer. My kids are already making lists of all the things they want to do while we’re there, even though I’ll be working,” said Mickelson. “I heard a lot of great comments about last year’s event, so I’m really looking forward to playing and relaxing with my family. Of course, the only bunker I want to see is the one they built for Congress during the Cold War.”

The Classic has also received an early commitment from Camilo Villegas, a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR and a fan favorite around the world. The 29-year-old Colombian’s charisma and aggressive style of play made him an instant sensation when he joined the PGA TOUR in 2006, along with his signature “Spiderman crouch” on the greens when reading putts.

The 2011 Classic Concert series will now feature three incredible performances at the State Fairgrounds amphitheater. Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan perform on Thursday, The Black Eyed Peas take the stage Friday and Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert close the series on Saturday. Tickets to all three concerts, the three practice rounds and four tournament rounds are available for $159. A weekly grounds badge and ticket to the Thursday or Saturday concert is now available for $89 while a weekly grounds badge and ticket to the Friday concert with The Black Eyed Peas is $109. Benefactor, alumni and clubhouse badges, which include upgraded access to the golf tournament as well as tickets to all three concerts are also available. All badge levels are available for purchase at, Ticketmaster and participating United Bank and Kroger locations.