The Area

WFG-map-1024x728It’s only about 250 miles from busy Washington, D.C., but The Retreat is a world away. West Virginia’s premier Land Report Certified Community overlooks the historic Greenbrier Resort from high atop the Allegheny Mountains. The neighborhood is also a stone’s throw from so many great places: The Greenbrier, state parks, forestland, Lost World Caverns and the picturesque town of Lewisburg.

The address is Greenbrier County, the state’s second-largest county and named for the Greenbrier River, which cuts through the lush valley. The topography is rugged yet gorgeous, with rolling valleys giving way to the majestic Allegheny range, whose peaks and ridges separate the county from neighboring Virginia.

Natural springs bubble up across this landscape, with several of them supporting thriving resorts in the 19th and early 20th century. With simple names like Blue Sulphur Springs and White Sulphur Springs, these early retreats drew visitors from a wide region.  White Sulphur Springs survived to be renamed The Greenbrier, and the grand tradition of having a mountain retreat was polished nicely.Towns and cities within a short drive include Roanoke, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Charlottesville, Charleston, Beckley, and Lewisburg, of course. Lewisburg, which has a well-known literary festival in the summer, boasts an impressive number of boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and historic buildings. It has been recognized as a Top Southern Mountain Town in America and most recently, voted America’s Coolest Small Town by Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine.

The Retreat offers everything from grand hospitality, challenging outdoor recreation to luxurious and pampering relaxation. This eclectic property will feel like a home-away-from-home, worthy of your family’s greatest memories.

If you need further proof of the area’s charms, click on the stories listed here:

West Virginia Living
Best Town for the Arts & Best Town to Retire In: Lewisburg
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The Denver Post
Visit to America’s coolest small town: Lewisburg, W.Va.
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Charm oozes from these towns across the Continent
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The Greenbrier: A legacy of luxury continues
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Snowshoe Mountain: From adventure to relaxation
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White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

white-sulphur-springs-wv“White Sulphur Springs grew in the first half of the nineteenth century as the southern “Queen of the Watering Places”. The springs resort first became the standard summer destination for wealthy Virginia Low Country residents seeking reprieve from heat, humidity, and disease of the “sickly season”. As its popularity increased and it gained status as a socially exclusive site, the springs attracted elite guests from all areas of the South.

The resort, now known as The Greenbrier, remains one of the country’s most luxurious and exclusive resorts. For many years, Sam Snead was the resort’s golf pro. The resort has another significant place in golf history; in 1979, it hosted the first Ryder Cup to feature the current competitive setup of the United States and European sides. Golf in the United States began near White Sulphur Springs when the Montague family founded Oakhurst Links in 1884, making it the oldest organized golf club in the country.”


The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier Resort is an award winning resort and a National Historic landmark. The Greenbrier Resort is host to many exciting events, including the Greenbrier Classic, concerts, and sporting events. Other activities at The Greenbrier include wine tasting, spa, casino, dining, and touring the bunker, an emergency Cold War fall out shelter.


Snow Shoe Mountain

snowshoe-mtnThe Village at Snowshoe is located at the summit of the mountain, rather than at its base. While Snowshoe is still best known for its winter activities, today the resort has extensive mountain biking trails, a popular golf course designed by Gary Player, wedding and convention areas, a number of summer outdoor activities, and also hosts a Grand National Cross Country Racing event each year. The resort comprises the Snowshoe and Silver Creek ski areas. About 480,000 skiers visit the resort each year, primarily from the larger cities of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast and from across West Virginia.



Lewisburg: One of the Coolest Small Towns in America

snowshoe-mtnIt was in 2011 that downtown Lewisburg topped the list of “America’s Coolest Small Towns” by Budget Travel magazine. So you might be wondering, what does Lewisburg have that others don’t? And do they still have “it”?
Rich heritage – Check. Lewisburg’s past is anything but ordinary – Indian raids and Civil War battles, political gatherings and centers for learning. The streets are lined with such history, preserved in the architecture and landmarks that give it its character.

Open spaces – It’s a lot like headspace, just greener. And Lewisburg is dotted from one end to the other with them — gathering greens, gardens for dining, benches for sharing and lawns for relaxing.

Local vibe – Feel that? It’s the energy from those who live here – the shop owners, artists, chefs and visionaries who share their dreams and talents. It is their stamp that has transformed Lewisburg into the thriving community it is today.

So if you haven’t been, it’s worth a visit. And if you’ve been before, odds are you haven’t seen it all. Here are just a few must-stops when you’re in town.


Hill and Holler

snowshoe-mtnYou may know of Hill and Holler, “the bike and skate shop.” However, you may not know that they’ve recently put a new “spin” on things. Still your go-to for bikes, rentals, repairs and shuttles, you can now feast on brick oven pies – Neapolitan style — farm garden salads, sandwiches and WV crafted brews. Owner Merrick believes in keeping it local — fresh and in season. We think you’ll like it, too. Open daily.

Harmony Ridge Gallery

snowshoe-mtnNot your standard gallery, Harmony Ridge Gallery specializes in American crafts by artists from all across the country. Pieces that are inspirational, humorous, sometimes sentimental and always touchable… at least by adult fingers. If you ask owners Aaron and Monica — they look for the unique, well made, functional, environmentally friendly — mixed with about a dozen other considerations when filling their expansive shop. So what can you expect? The unexpected. Open daily for your enjoyment.

North House Museum

snowshoe-mtnWhat is now the North House Museum has long held a place of prominence along Washington Street. Originally built for John North, a distinguished lawyer in early nineteenth century Lewisburg, it was later a tavern and inn, and even later a residence for the local college president. It’s now the keeper of “the story” — housing Greenbrier County artifacts, archives and family trees. Open for tours Monday through Saturday.