Historic towns

Bucket List Time! You must visit The Greenbrier in West Virginia.

December 25, 2018

I feel very fortunate in life that my mother introduced us to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia many years ago.

She would have all of our families join her there for Thanksgiving every year so she could spend time with her kids and grandchildren. She fell in love with the place about a decade ago. Since that first time, The Greenbrier feels like going home for us.

Unfortunately, my mom couldn’t make it this year, but that didn’t stop my brother and me from making it happen for our kids! We arrived on Friday and let me tell you, seeing our favorite guys at the front of the hotel truly felt like seeing family! And I know without a doubt, they are like that with every guest. Every single person you encounter there wants to make sure you enjoy your stay.

There is one person at the front of the house that I want to talk about though, Dale Homer Mann. He is in charge of the front. He knew it was my daughter’s birthday, so he greeted us by singing happy birthday to her as we arrived.

He hugged us like he truly missed us. He also messaged me as we were driving there to let me know that he upgraded my rooms and I didn’t need to go to the front desk, he had my keys. Makes you feel really special! So if you take my advice and go to The Greenbrier, tell Dale that Michelle Bowers with Old House Life sent you!

I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about another employee at The Greenbrier! Frank Mosely! He is going on 87 years old, I believe. He has worked there for 60 years!! He started in 1958! And if I am not mistaken, his son now works there!

And how he ended up there is an interesting story! He was drafted into the Army when the Korean War broke out. He then worked on the railroad in his father’s footsteps. He heard about “the greenbrier” from a friend. He borrowed his brother’s car to drive to White Sulphur Springs. He was turned down, but he drove back several days in a row, determined to get a job there. He was given a chance and he hasn’t left! An iconic figure and he truly LOVES his job!

What is there to do at The Greenbrier. We have done falconry, we have done target shooting at the gun club, off roading, the historic bunker tour, Segway tours, escape room, spa treatments, and our favorite…..we always shut down the casino around 2 or 3 in the morning and this past trip was no different!! I left a winner!! And just walking the grounds is a treat in itself!

Trust me, The Greenbrier should be on your bucket list if you are a history buff!!