I was able to meet up with the dapper Carlton Varney, who is the longtime Designer/ Curator, for the luxury Greenbrier Resort Hotel, located amid the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. He bought the design business of Dorothy Draper in 1960, who was named the “most influential tastemaker of America”. She was the first to turn the Greenbrier property into a designer look of vibrant color, flora patterns and bold contrasts, that is still carried on by Varney and his team.
Varney says, “Some designers have decorating projects with a beginning and an end. And then there’s Greenbrier, which has been a decorating and design project for me and my staff for over 42 years, one that will never be finished.”
The Greenbrier Resort Hotel can accommodations 910 guest. There are hotel rooms, cottages and guest houses to select from. All of this is on 11,000 acres.
Oh! Want to bring your pet, no problem. Pets are permitted in designated cottages for $250 non-refundable per pet per number of bedrooms in a cottage. There is a break for 2 pets ($350). But you might want to leave Fido at home! Greenbrier is truly an elegant and charming property. Put it on your bucket list!
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