The history of the automobile and the history of The Greenbrier have been intertwined from the beginning. New cars have been unveiled on the storied grounds of America’s Resort, and automobile dealers and manufactures from across the country have met in The Greenbrier’s grand ballrooms and dined on the resort’s award-winning culinary offerings.
This spring, a new story in The Greenbrier’s automotive history will be written when the automotive world is introduced to The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance, which will take place May 4-6, at America’s Resort.
The newest Concours in North America will include a wide array of automotive events throughout the 11,000 acres of The Greenbrier and The Greenbrier Sporting Club over the course of three days. Automotive enthusiasts will be treated to unique and unforgettable experiences that will make The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance one of the most talked-about car events of 2018.
“The Greenbrier has a long history with automotive manufacturers and fine car owners, but this will be the first time we’ve had the pleasure of hosting an automotive event of this magnitude,” said Jill Justice, D.O., President, The Greenbrier. “There isn’t a better place to feature some of the finest cars in the world than at The Greenbrier and The Greenbrier Sporting Club, which have built a tradition of luxury for centuries that’s known worldwide.”
Some of the highlights of the three-day showcase include The Summit Driving Tour, Car Club Day, which will allow car clubs from throughout North America to display their cars on the Concours Showfield, and a Charitable Reception, benefiting The Mountaineer Autism Project and the Antique Automobile Club of America.
The Summit Driving Tour will give fine automobile drivers the opportunity to explore the scenic West Virginia highways surrounding The Greenbrier, testing the power and precision of their automobiles on the hills and valleys of the Mountain State before ending the drive with lunch at The Summit, one of the most picturesque spots at The Greenbrier Sporting Club.
1967 Lamborghini 400 GT and others
Car Club Day will allow car enthusiasts from around the region and beyond to showcase their favorite cars on the Concours Showfields the day before the Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, and the evening will close with a reception inside Chesapeake Hall at The Greenbrier.
The premier event will be the Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, May 8, when approximately 100 of the finest collector cars in the world will be judged and a champion crowned.
A unique opportunity to get involved comes with the President’s Club, which will provide members with badges for all of the premier events, as well as a showcase area inside the iconic circular entrance to The Greenbrier for attendees who drive their classic, vintage or exotic cars.
Badges for all of The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance events and President’s Club memberships are on sale now and can be purchased at GreenbrierConcours.com or by phone at 877-935-0426. Participant registration is also available online.
1974 Ferrari Dino and others
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
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.
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.
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.”
ABOUT PETE SAMPRAS:
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.
ABOUT JOHN MCENROE:
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.
ABOUT ANDY RODDICK:
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.
ABOUT RYAN HARRISON:
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.
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.
This past September, under sunny fall skies, two tennis legends graced the Har-Tru* tennis courts of The Greenbrier for a sold out exhibition match. John McEnroe and Pete Sampras became the inaugural contestants in The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic, an event that hopes to become an annual staple at the tail end of summer.
The one-day event featured two of the sports greatest living stars, who together hold 21 career Grand Slam men’s single titles. McEnroe and Sampras participated in pro-ams and VIP events throughout the day as well.
The match kicked off with entertaining entrances by the tennis Hall of Famers, with McEnroe walking on the court to the song, “Johnny Be Good,” and Sampras following to the tune of “Born in the USA.” At one point during the match, McEnroe took off his shirt and threw it into the crowd, to the delight of a female spectator who caught it and clutched it to her chest. Sampras, in turn, removed his wristbands, throwing them into the crowd as souvenirs of the exhibition match.
After losing the first set to McEnroe, Sampras took the second set and went on to best McEnroe in a close 10-8 tiebreaker finish. The match’s setting in the intimate Tennis Club at The Greenbrier allowed for friendly interaction between the players, umpire, linesmen, and the crowd-with McEnroe displaying some of his trademark courtside banter, at one point saying, “Hey umpire, the ball was out; even I saw it was out!” in reference to his own ball. “Whenever I play John, I see fear in the eyes of the umpire,” quipped Sampras.
“It’s nice to see The Greenbrier bring tennis to the forefront,” said McEnroe. “The crowd was really nice… and guys like Pete come around once every 20 years.”
*Did you know the first Har-Tru tennis court debuted in 1932 in Hagerstown, MD? The company’s proprietary court surface, while often referred to as clay, is actually made up of crushed stone. The surface has a number of advantages, including reduced injuries and resistance to cracking. The Greenbrier Sporting Club is proud to offer its Har-Tru tennis courts to members.