Now that summer has arrived, you may find yourself longing for some much-needed vacation time. It’s proven that breaks from your routine can increase productivity… all the more reason to get out and explore! Depending on your travel style, we have three itineraries that promise good times for all!
FOR THE ADVENTURER: If you’re looking to reconnect with nature, take a walk or hike, on Greenbrier Valley’s wild side. At Greenbrier River Campground choose your own adventure when it comes to sleeping arrangements. Ranging from primitive campsites to fully-equipped cabins—even a fully renovated 25-foot Airstream— you’ll find that sweet spot to unwind from a day of exploration. Thrill seekers can go rogue with a wild cave tour in Lost World Caverns. The four-hour excursion takes you below the Earth’s surface through some snug spaces. Be prepared to get dirty.
Rent a Slingshot roadster from Greenbrier Off-Road Adventures and hit the road to navigate the twists and turns of the countryside. For an unexpected dining experience in the valley, stop by Wah Gwaan Diner. Inspired by the flavors of the Caribbean, try American favorites infused with Jamaican flavors, or go traditional with the Jerk chicken. An adventurous vacation would not be complete without hiking or biking. Hit one of the many trails the valley offers with easy and leisurely to challenging climbs and sweeping vistas. End the day at Hill and Holler, for wood-fired pizza and a variety of craft beers.
FOR THE UPTOWNER: The Greenbrier has offered an incomparable luxury experience for centuries. The resort offers more than 50 activities that will spark anyone’s interest. Find your Zen and spend a day pampering yourself at the Mineral Spa. “Take in the waters” with a sulphur soak or feel revitalized with a rejuvenation wrap. A stellar cocktail begins with a well-crafted liquor. At Smooth Ambler Spirits, their passion for whiskey is distilled right into their high-quality products. Follow the process from grain to glass and end the tour with samples of their award-winning Big Level Bourbon. Find unique craftsmanship through a tour of the area’s art galleries. Watch local artisans creating on the spot at Lee Street Studios. Or bend the ear of one of the gallery owners to find the next up-and-coming artist.
FOR THE FOODIE: The Greenbrier Valley’s culinary scene has vastly changed throughout the last decade. The variety of restaurants filling the area allows for anyone to make mouthwatering meals the focal point of their vacation. Start at Retro Donuts and More, the area’s newest breakfast joint specializing in cake and raised donuts. The ‘60s inspired diner stays true to the sweet classic but offers savory breakfast bowls and sandwiches, too.
Ready to seize the day, take a stroll through downtown Lewisburg. Peruse the eclectic shops, and take the opportunity to ask the locals for a dining recommendation. A noteworthy destination, Stardust Café has gained much attention for its farm-to-table freshness and commitment to “green” practices. Whether sitting down for lunch or dinner, the artful menu features locally raised meats, Italian ices, fair trade coffees, artisan breads and seasonal produce. When fine weather is calling, relax under the layered shade sails that define the Del Sol Cantina & Grille dining patio. An infusion of flowering baskets, fresh-made tapas and craft cocktails make the perfect pairing to any afternoon.
For first-timers to the area, a meal at The Greenbrier’s Main Dining Room should be a priority. While the appropriate dress is required, the resort’s long-standing tradition of culinary excellence continues today. At Hawk Knob Hard Cider & Mead tasting room, sip samples of a traditional Appalachian beverage. West Virginia’s first cidery presses heritage variety apples to create a high-quality product worth writing home about. At the end of the day find comfort at The Historic General Lewis Inn. Find modern amenities with a background of history, and in the morning, be greeted with a cup of coffee or a filling breakfast in the Jefferson Dining Room.