Travelers of almost every persuasion will appreciate the breadth of options available in the Greenbrier Valley. If you’re planning a first-time visit to this quiet corner of the world, be sure to add these must-see sights to your agenda or click to access the Mobile Pocket Guide.
1. THE GREENBRIER. The historic resort has been welcoming guests for more than two centuries as a retreat for “taking the waters.” Today, it's the backdrop for the ultimate luxurious getaway offering a world-renowned mineral spa, an impressive culinary scene and legendary golf. Even if you’re not planning a stay in the lavishly styled hotel, visitors are welcome to walk the grounds, even take a carriage ride. Spend the day wandering the opulent resort, hotel shops and boutiques along Alabama Row. Make sure to schedule a tour of The Bunker. The declassified fallout shelter was a closely guarded secret during the height of the Cold War.
2. CRAFT SPIRITS. Named USAToday 10Best Craft Distilleries in 2018, Smooth Ambler has made a splash on the whiskey scene. For anyone who has an appreciation for a well-made product, a tour of Smooth Ambler should be added to your vacation to do list. Dedicated to perfecting its whiskey, the friendly staff walks guests through every step of the process—from grain to glass. With a small fee, you can even sip on samples.
While you're in the "spirit" of things, Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company is quite literally across the street. They've embraced their West Virginia roots with flavor-packed ales named in honor of the state’s famous legends and mythical creatures. For a tasting room with a view, Hawk Knob is located in the rolling hills outside of downtown Lewisburg. They use traditional hand-crafted methods and WV heirloom apples for a selection of hard ciders and honey mead.
3. HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LEWISBURG. For a town with a population sitting just below 4,000, it’s always hopping...festivals, live music, great food and a surprising cultural scene. Lewisburg is home to Carnegie Hall, one of four remaining in the world and Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the state professional theatre of West Virginia. It also has its own artist enclave, Lee Street Studios, where you can meet local artisans and purchase their work.
Historic buildings line the streets in Lewisburg, so a stroll through downtown is like taking a step back in time. Dive into its history with a guided walking tour. The North House Museum is the keeper of the region's story and leads black history walks, cemetery walks and tours of downtown Lewisburg. If your sleuthing skills are up for the challenge, step inside The Barracks Escape Room, once a 1799 outpost for early settlers to the valley.
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4. GREENBRIER RIVER & RAIL-TRAIL. Hikers, bikers and horseback riders can take advantage of this 78-mile long rail trail. No matter your skill level, the trail is easy to navigate with its wide, gravel bed and mild, one-percent grade. Enjoy views of the Greenbrier River as it meanders through the lush forest and rolling Alleghany Mountains. Want to take bikes out for a spin? Check out Free Spirit Adventures for rentals and shuttle services along the trail. If you're looking for a dip in the Greenbrier River, Greenbrier Outfitters offers stand-up paddling boarding and kayak outings on the Greenbrier River. Or get the family out on tubes with Greenbrier River Campground.
5. THE SALT CAVE AND SPA. This underground experience will leave you more relaxed and less dirty…unless you schedule a mud mask. Tucked away in the hillside a few miles outside of White Sulphur Springs, The Salt Cave and Spa is a man-made cave lined with thousands of pounds of Himalayan salt. They offer halotherapy, massages, facials, foot soaks, even fresh smoothies and juices to complement your day of rejuvenation.
6. WILD CAVERNS. Underneath the Greenbrier Valley, miles of tunnel systems stretch across the land. Visitors have two options to take a closer look at what lies beneath...Organ Cave and Lost World Caverns. Learn an interesting piece of the area’s Civil War History with a guided tour of Organ Cave. This underground hideaway was used heavily by the Confederate Army. At Lost World Caverns use the self-guided tour to leisurely walk through the half-mile room. Stunning stalagmites and stalactites have formed throughout the last several thousand years. Looking to get dirty? Both caverns offer guided tours off the beaten path. (Organ Cave reopens spring 2021.)
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