Lewisburg Voted “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel

Lewisburg, W.Va., the historic and hip town of 3,500 people just down the road from The Greenbrier, garnered over 140,000 votes on its way to being crowned “The Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel magazine over the past three months. With numerous restaurants, shops, parks and nightlife options, Lewisburg has long been considered the “Jewel of West Virginia,” and now the community is reveling in their newfound distinction.
West Virginia natives and film stars Jennifer Garner (Alias, Daredevil) and Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, 30 Days) got in on the game by tweeting for their fans to go vote, and newly elected West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin even filmed a short television spot from his offices in D.C. While Astoria, Ore. tried their best to pull ahead, Lewisburg rallied through social networking and public events to ultimately obtain more votes than any other town in the contest’s history.
With the wind at its back, Lewisburg looks

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forward to hosting its annual Chocolate Festival on April 9th. As always, the town also celebrates the first Friday of every month with extended hours, live music in the green space and complimentary hors’ d’oevres and drinks in many of the boutiques and shops. For more information, visit www.downtownlewsiburg.com.

Market for Vacation Homes on the Rise

Last year, vacation home sales across the U.S. hit levels not seen since boom times. Comprising one in every 10 real estate transactions in 2009, vacation homes actually saw an increase in 2010, with communities like Cape Cod growing 9% from 2009, and Lake Naomi, in the Poconos Mountains, up an astounding 15 percent.

“Buyers who qualify or can pay cash say this is the time to take the plunge,” writes S. Mitra Kalita of The Wall Street Journal. “(And) sellers have become aware that they have to price their homes accordingly. There’s a perk in the market because a lot of prices have come down to where they should be.”

At The Greenbrier Sporting Club, purchases are up 42% against the first eight weeks of 2010. Add to that the record occupancy rates at the hotel recently and maturation of last year’s brand new amenities and The Greenbrier is poised for a great year, in both real estate purchases and resort occupancy.

As the resort continues to grow, buyers continue to view The Greenbrier Sporting Club as a way to become part of history and as a place where they can come and create their own legacy for generations to come.

Parts of this story appeared in The Wall Street Journal, January 10, 2011.