White Sulphur Springs is a city of 2,315 people (as of 2000) in West Virginia. Like neighboring Lewisburg, it's known mainly for its status as a luxury resort town, with lots of leisurely activities and the impressive five-star Greenbrier Resort. White Sulphur Springs was incorporated in 1909, and the large clear spring that inspired its name is now housed in a domed spring house on the grounds of the Greenbrier. The Civil War battle of Dry Creek was fought here in 1862.
Mountain Transit Authority, 1096 Broad Street in Summersville, 304-872-5872 or 877-712-9432. Daily bus service throughout Greenbrier County, as well as Fayette, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster counties.
Jones Taxi Service, 406 Gardner Street in Lewisburg, 304-645-7400.
The Greenbrier, 300 W Main Street, 304-536-1110 or 800-453-4858, . An award-winning historic estate resort since 1778 on 6,500 acres of woodland. Non-registered guests are welcome to visit if they have advance reservations for dinner or golf tee times.
Project Greek Island, 304-536-7810. Tours offered twice weekly (call for reservations); slide presentations offered at 11:30 am for resort guests. A 112,000-square-foot former top-secret government relocation facility, with decontamination chambers, dormitories, a hospital clinic, a power plant, laboratory, pharmacy, cafeteria and more. The bunker was built in 1962, and used as a meeting place for groups and dinner parties as part of its cover story, before its true purpose was exposed in 1992 by the Washington Post.
President's Cottage Museum. A historic building containing documents from the Greenbrier's early history and mementoes from the visits of 26 US Presidents.
The house made of coal, WV-60 east of the I-64 overpass. Built in 1959 by Tip Myles using 30 tons of coal. In the past, it's served as a visitors' center, a lounge and a gift shop. There are three coal houses in West Virginia; one of the two others, a privately-owned ranch-style home, is only a few hundred feet away. (The third is in Williamson.)
White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery, 400 E Main Street, 304-536-1361, . Open 7 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday, from Memorial Day through Thanksgiving. Produces 10 million rainbow trout eggs annually and restores wild freshwater mussels to the Ohio River. Visitor center with display pool, aquariums and exhibits. Guided and self-guided tours available.
Greenbrier State Forest, Harts Run Road off I-64 (exit 175) near Caldwell, 304-536-1944, . Over 5,100 acres of heavily forested, mountainous terrain for hiking, biking, swimming, picnicking, archery, horseshoes, volleyball, muzzleloading rifle range, hunting and fishing. Nearby Kate's Mountain is 3,280 feet high. Cabins and campground available.
Blue Bend Recreational Area, WV-16 near Alvon, . More information available at the White Sulphur Ranger District, 410 E Main Street, 304-536-2144. Part of the Monongahela National Forest. Two campgrounds with 40 campsites, fishing, hiking, biking and picnicking.
Lake Sherwood, WV-14 near Neola, . Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. 164-acre lake for hiking, biking, boating, swimming, fishing and camping.
Oakhurst Links, One Montague Drive, 304-536-1884 or 888-625-1884, . The first golf course in the USA, established in 1884. 9 holes, par 37. Games are played today in the same way as when the course was first opened; with replica 19th century long nose hickory shafted clubs made in St Andrews, Scotland, and "guttie" balls hit from sand tees. Many guests choose not only to play 1884 style, but to dress 1884 style as well; knicker rentals are available for $15. In keeping with the traditional spirit, players walk the course rather than using carts, carry only four clubs (no bag), and must avoid the roaming flocks of sheep. Complimentary gingersnaps and lemonade are available after your game. $75 - $95.
Outdoor Adventures, WV-60 and US-92, 888-PLAY-WVA (752-9982), . Biking, canoeing, whitewater and fishing excursions in the Greenbrier Valley and Jackson River areas.
Christmas at the Depot, 300 W Main Street, 304-536-1110 ext 7531. Open daily 10 am to 5 pm January through April, 9 am to 5 pm April through June, and 9 am to 6 pm June through December. Year-round Christmas shop in a historic 1931 train depot. Christmas ornaments, collectible Santas, nutcrackers, water globes, holiday decorations.
Greenbrier General Store, 73 E Main Street, 304-536-4236. Open 10 am to 5 pm daily. Offering Greenbrier logo merchandise and food products.
Kitten's Korner, 80 W Main Street, 304-536-9206. Home decorations and gifts, including candles, lamps and artwork by local artists.
Monnie B Design Studio, 67 E Main Street, 304-667-2210. Open 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday. Handpainted wall finishes, custom furniture, antiques, painted furniture, unique kitchen and home accessories, and works by local artists.
Rebecca's Touch, 26 E Main Street, 304-646-9838. Open 11 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday. Antiques, collectibles, gifts and jewelry.
Thee Alley Gallery, 18 Scott Lane, 304-536-4723. Open 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday. Pottery gallery featuring raku, stoneware, watercolors, oils, handmade wooden bowls, leaded and blown glass, and fine photography.
April's Pizzeria, 709 E Main Street, 304-536-1011. Open 11 am to 10 pm Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 11 pm Friday and Saturday, and 12 pm to 9:30 pm on Sunday. Pizza, calzones, sandwiches, Italian dishes.
Bullfrog Inn, Tuckahoe Road off US-60, 304-536-3900. Open 5 to 9 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Nachos, burgers, steak and seafood. Try the crab legs and frog's legs.
Granny's House, I-64 (exit 75), 304-536-2361. 24-hour homestyle country restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Route 60 American Grill, 12 W Main Street, 304-536-4666. Open 11 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 7 pm on Sunday. Soups, salads, hot and cold sandwiches, burgers.
Trails Inn Restaurant, WV-92, 304-536-1900. Open 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday, and 8 am to 7 pm on Sunday; open at 4:30 am during hunting season, and until 7 pm during winter. Country cooking with shrimp, oysters, biscuits and gravy, and all-day breakfast.
Valley View Country Club, Big Draft Road, 304-536-1600. Open 8 am to 8 pm March through October. Lunch, dinner and homemade specials.
Vicky's Diner, 10 E Main Street, 304-661-1961. Open 11 am to 8 pm daily. Country cooking.
Blue & Gray Cafe, 50 E Main Street, 304-536-1870. Open 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday. Civil-War-themed espresso bar serving Dry Creek coffee, as well as soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches and desserts.
The Greenbrier, 300 W Main Street, 304-536-1110 or 800-453-4858, . 803 rooms, including 33 suites and 96 cottages. An award-winning historic estate resort on 6,500 acres of woodland, with extensive indoor recreation and outdoor activities. Room rates $292 - $489, cottages $452 - 594.
The James Wylie House Bed and Breakfast, 208 E Main Street, 304-536-9444 or 800-870-1613, . 5 rooms and 1 log cabin. An 1819 farmhouse on 1,300 acres on the National Register of Historic Homes. Two parlors, outdoor verandah. Rooms $115 - $160, cabin $160.
Lillian's Bed and Breakfast, 204 N Main Street, 304-536-1048. 3 rooms. On-site antique shop.
White Oaks Bed and Breakfast, Big Draft Road, 800-536-3402. 4 rooms. $90 - $200. A summer home built in 1949 on the banks of Howard's Creek.