CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While the rest of us have been hunkered down trying to stay warm and safely hydrated, The Greenbrier resort, spa and golf course in White Sulphur Springs has been busy racking up national awards.
The famed resort, which opened in 1778, was voted one of the Top 25 Spas in the United States for 2014 by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler, coming in at Number 13.
"Today, the resort's mineral spa offerings go beyond simple rejuvenating soaks to include hot stone massages, aromatherapy, and antioxidant facials. Spring for a Mineral Salt Glow treatment to experience both a traditional mountain bath and an intensive, 34-mineral exfoliating scrub," said the magazine.
The Greenbrier was also named one of the best golf destinations in North America by the knowledgeable folks at Golf Magazine. In fact, it was one of a very small handful of platinum winners, named to the top category in part, said the magazine, because it "never stands still."
Referring to the 101-year-old Old White TPC course, the editors pointed out that the course was restored in 2006, "and more recently it was further toughened up to challenge the big boys on the PGA Tour in the Greenbrier Classic."
Gold winners in relatively close proximity to West Virginia include The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., and Sea Pines Resort at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Silver winners near West Virginia include Grove Park Inn Resort in Asheville, N.C., Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Hershey Resorts in Hershey, Pa., Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., and Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan, Va.