The Greenbrier: An Interior Design Dream

Jayme Jackson


The Greenbrier: A Southern Interior Design Dream

SHHHHHH… It’s sleepy time down south.  I have the sweetest little night light that greets me with that saying every night before I go to bed. Where is it from, why The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Yes, West Virginia and in my opinion, it’s the best thing the state ever did.

First, just go ahead and Google the Greenbrier. Right now. It’s an unexpected representation of days gone by when men were gentlemen and ladies were well, ladies.  It’s the first place that I ever was that served french fries in a mint julep cup. Decorated by the famous Dorothy Draper, The  Greenbrier is a wonderland of over-the-top interior design meets elegance.  Upon arriving and taking in the ambiance, I loved the décor but as I started to break down the design elements, I noticed that nothing really matched.  Red, burgundy, and pinks paired with a myriad of shades of green with black and white checkered flooring.  The crazy thing is that it all seems to flow together.     

I could talk about the décor of the Greenbrier and Dorothy Draper for days, but the hotel founded in 1778 has so much more to offer. It has several lovely shops, a world-renowned spa, golf, skeet shooting all while sitting on top of a Casino that also has a hidden Cold War-era Presidential Bunker.  Please book a long weekend, take the drive, and be transported into another world.

“There seems to be within all of us an innate yearning to be lifted out of our own lives into the realm of charm and make believe.” - Dorothy Draper

the drive

4.5 hours from Lexington, KY

must shop

Carleton Varney Home.

Varney was Dorothy’s understudy and now owns the rights to her collection. What a lucky man!

must eat

The french fries in the silver cup and a slice of Italian cream cake with Lemon Coulis from Drapers Cafe. You won’t be disappointed.

travel tip

While you are there, mosey on over to the cute revitalized downtown of Lewisburg.