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.
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. Spend the day wandering around the opulent resort decorated by famed designer Dorothy Draper. 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. SMOOTH AMBLER SPIRITS. Recently named USAToday 10Best Craft Distilleries, 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. Historic buildings line the streets, so a walk through the downtown area is like taking a step back in time. Dive into the area’s history at The North House Museum.
4. GREENBRIER RIVER 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 Greenbrier Outfitters or Free Spirit Adventures for rentals and shuttle services along the trail.
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 spa is a man-made cave lined with thousands of pounds of Himalayan salt. They offer halotherapy, light therapy, massages, facials, arthritis treatments and more. A day at The Salt Cave and Spa is a day well spent.
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.