Inside the Greenbrier

I have so many photos….none of them great…but all ones I want kept….so they will need split up over several posts. I’m trying to figure the most logical way to do that, but there might be some overlap.

We were really disappointed while calling the Greenbrier trying to reschedule rooms because of the weather. Basically, nothing could be done. We decided to just suck it up, take the loss, and go down to enjoy the one day we could get there.

We were pretty pleasantly surprised when we arrived and got checked in to find that they would not be charging us for the night they missed.

It’s definitely a very southern resort. I tend to think of WV as a northern state, especially in our social sensibilities. But the Greenbrier definitely acts as part of the ‘Old South’ in many traditions….the most obvious as soon as we walked in the door being the chattiness of the staff. We were deposited in the upper lobby while they retrieved our bags and room keys.

(this would also be the location of the afternoon tea, later)

A bellman came for us, and proceeded to march us all over the hotel, before putting us a room. He immediately decided that room was too small, made some calls, and marched us to another room. It was an upgraded room, so I’ll not hold the chatty expedition to a room against him.

Our room was very spacious, and rather toned down as compared to the rest of the lobby decor:

We rested up for a few minutes and headed down for the afternoon tea. It’s been a Greenbrier tradition for almost 80 years, so not to be missed. They had someone playing that fabulous grand piano, and a couple dressed in traditional 1918 clothing dancing for entertainment. I was a little put off at first by the tea. You stand in a line, and are offered hot of cold tea….and I was given pre-brewed hot tea in a cup. The tea snob in me raised my eyebrows a bit, but once we found a seat I tried it, I found that it was very very good. So good I had to have a second cup. There was also a generous spread of cookies to go with.

One of the other southern traditions at the resort that didn’t seem to be so upheld was the dress code. Chris and I had done our research before packing and pretty much…jeans are not acceptable attire anywhere. ‘Resort Casual’ was the description given for most daytime activities (slacks or golf shorts, etc) and ‘Business Casual’ (generally with a tie) for evening activities…..but many people wore jeans….and some even stretch pants or sweatsuits.

I’m not sure how I feel about that. I mean, I wear jeans every day, and treat a nice pair as if they are dress pants. In fact, I had trouble digging through my closet to find enough ‘dress clothes’ to suit the described dress code. But a track suit…..that might be going a little far.

We had to wonder….if they relaxed the dress code to suit younger generations (who do not care for such things, no matter how much money they have…or perhaps in spite of all the money they have) would they lose too many of their traditional ‘old money’ patrons….who do not care to see people roaming around in t-shirts and sweatpants? Or would the younger generation of patrons (whom they are obviously aiming for with new additions of restaurants, shopping, and casino) offset that loss?

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