Sunday, January 10, 2010;
The Greenbrier is in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., about 250 miles from Washington. Take Interstate 66 west to 1-81 south toward Roanoke, then I-64 west. Take Exit 181 and turn right onto U.S. Route 60. The hotel is less than two miles up the road.
300 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., 800-453-4858
The National Historic Landmark hotel has hosted dignitaries, the rich and famous, and regular folks since 1778. Nightly rates are typically $275 to $389, but on select dates through March, the hotel has a promotional rate of $149 midweek and $198 weekends.
Prime 44 West
The newest addition for dinner, a tribute to former Los Angeles Laker Jerry West with a menu that's heavy on steak and seafood. Entrees from $32.
Main Dining Room
Serves breakfast and dinner. Breakfast buffet costs $29.80, or dine a la carte. Dinner is hearty American fare, such as braised beef short ribs ($37) and poached salmon ($32).
Serves soup, sandwiches and such classics as chicken pot pie ($18) and meatloaf and mashed potatoes ($19).
Guests can partake of more than 50 activities, such as golf, sporting clays and evening movies. Some are free (e.g., the morning interior tour by the resort historian, afternoon tea and concert), others incur a fee (the bunker tour, $20 or $30, depending on the season; bowling, $10 per person per game). The hotel is also one of the few properties in the country to offer falconry (from $99). The newest diversion is the Tavern Casino, with tables and slot machines.
BOOKING ON JETSETTER
The discounted luxury travel site (http://www.jetsetter.com) is for members only; to join, a friend must refer you. Signing up is free. Every week, the site posts sales on high-end resorts, cruises and other vacation spots, as well as upcoming deals. For example, the listing last week included the Ma'In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa in Jordan for $125 a night (property's Web site price was $250) and the Hotel on Rivington in New York from $215 (vs. $289). Upcoming sales feature the Crescent Hotel in Los Angeles and the Viceroy Anguilla. You have three days to book, and the property may never appear again -- so don't procrastinate.