|White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Visitors started coming to this 6,500-acre resort in 1832 to take its healing mineral bath treatments and unwind in the pristine Allegheny Mountain woodlands. Today, with its classic architecture and meticulously sculpted landscape, the Greenbriar is a National Historic Landmark. Still, it maintains an emphasis on relaxation and well-being.
The resort's Tennis Center -- at one time, a 20-court complex -- now consists of five Har-Tru outdoor courts and five Dynaturf indoor courts; tennis programs are offered year-round. Overseen by tennis director Terry Deremer, the center offers a daily roster of stroke and drill clinics, as well as match-making, social games and a cardio-tennis program. In the summer, junior tennis camps are added, as well.
Off the Court
More than 50 recreational activities are available at the Greenbrier, including hiking and biking, fishing, trap and skeet shooting, swimming, bowling, croquet, horseback riding and hot-air ballooning. There are also three golf courses, a large putting-and-chipping green, an off-road driving school and even a Falconry Academy. With a nod toward its renowned origins, the resort's 38,000-square-foot spa offers numerous nature-based restorative treatments, such as sulphur springs soaks, detoxifying mud wraps and ThermaStone massages; laser and aesthetic services are also available. In addition, the on-property Greenbrier Clinic provides complete diagnostic healthcare and analyses by board-certified internists, radiologists and other professional medical staff.
Accommodations and Dining
The resort's 802 guest rooms -- including 46 suites and 96 estate houses -- each feature amenities such as terrycloth robes, lighted vanity mirrors and high-speed, wireless Internet. Multicourse dinners are served by white-gloved waiters in the resort's ornate dining room; guests also have the less formal option of dining at the golf clubhouse. Later in the evening, there's live music and cocktails in the Old White Lounge and sports and beer on Slammin' Sammy's big-screen TVs.
The Greenbrier's tennis package includes accommodations, breakfast and dinner, two hours of playing time daily, one can of balls daily, and an instructional clinic. (Two-night minimum required.)
April - October:
- Double Occupancy, Sunday - Thursday: $425/night
- Double Occupancy, Friday - Saturday: $525/night
- Single Occupancy, Sunday - Thursday: $425/night
- Single Occupancy, Friday - Saturday: $525/night
Winter tennis packages are available weekends November through March.
As well as a playground, lawn games and an arcade, the resort has an activity-filled Greenbrier Adventure Zone for children ages 3-12.
The nearest airport, Greenbrier Valley (GVA), is 11 miles away, in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Amtrack's White Sulphur Springs Station is literally yards from the resort.