Monday, October 28, 2013

The Greenbrier, America's Resort

 The Greenbrier has been defining luxury since 1778 and is one of my favorite places to visit, it's absolutely magical!! It's classic architecture, exquisite interior design, carefully sculpted landscape, impeccable service and outstanding amenities have hosted distinguished guests from around the world since 1778. The Greenbrier was decorated by "a true artist of the design world [who] became a celebrity in the modern sense of the word, virtually creating the image of the decorator in the popular mind."..Dorothy Draper. 
Floral on floral on floral! Floral prints EVERYWHERE! So many pieces here influenced so much of what's popular with the “Hollywood Regency” style today! 
After we got settled into our room we headed down to grab some lunch at my absolute favorite place, Drapers Café.  
We ordered the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich (Chevre Cheese, Spinach, Smoked Bacon, Shaved Red Onions, Black Pepper Mayo)

And the Dorothy's Chicken Salad (Roasted Almonds, Seasonal Fruit, House Made Popovers)
After lunch we got comfortable in front of the enormous fireplace that is always blazing at the Greenbrier.
Ordered a Irish coffee, some chocolates and relaxed by the fire. 
Such amazing architectural detail and lighting as well as color combinations throughout the resort. 
According to history, the Greenbrier is the original creator of the Mint Julep (and you thought it was a Kentucky Derby thing....don't worry, so did I). Here is the original Mint Julep Recipe:
Mint Julep Recipe
        Muddle 12-15 fresh mint leaves with 1 ounce of simple syrup.
Fill cup with crushed ice - very important for balance.
Add 2 ounces of Maker's Mark Bourbon.
Stir once or twice.
Add a sprig of mint dusted with powdered sugar. 
We wondered around the Casino for a bit after dinner at Prime 44 and had our photo taken by the Greenbrier Photographer.  
 There something so wonderful about the South.  The bright happy colors of dressing and decorating are so uplifting and things just feel more proper here. It really is a magical place. Now time for bed...

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