White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Since 1778, the National Historic Landmark that dazzled its way into our No. 1 spot has played host to a distinguished list of past guests, including President Eisenhower and golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. The Greenbrier is a real Southern charmer, but there’s more to this West Virginia luxury resort than meets the eye.
While we’ll admit to being a bit star struck, we really chose the Greenbrier for its delightful combination of classic good looks, luxurious amenities and idyllic Allegheny Mountains location. Regardless of who you are, you’ll be given the same royal treatment when you escape to the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. The sumptuous Secretary of the Treasury Suite – secret service optional – is worthy of royalty, but even humble civilians can appreciate its presidential-style furnishings, scarlet hues and luxe gold accents. This West Virginia luxury suite even has the official seal of the Secretary of the Treasury emblazoned in its carpet! The Greenbrier’s not one, but three championship golf courses – The White, The Meadows and The Greenbrier – have entertained an impressive list of golf greats, legends and celebrities that rivals that of the resort itself. But it’s the Greenbrier’s onsite spa that is the real show stopper. Indulgent three- and four-day packages feature a healing blend of Berkeley Springs’ natural sulphur and mineral waters.
The Greenbrier Spa was named among the top 10 best spas in the world for Men, Golf and Mineral Springs by the 2008 Spa Finder’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
Certified Master Chef Peter Timmins leads The Greenbrier's culinary brigade, employed in numerous onsite dining options including the Main Dining Room and Sam Snead’s at The Golf Club.
The Greenbrier's first 18-hole golf course, The Old White Course, opened in 1914. The course was named for the well-known Old White Hotel, which stood on the grounds from 1858 to 1922.
Roanoke, West Virginia
Set along the shores of Stonewall Jackson Lake, the West Virginia luxury resort in our No. 2 spot is anything but your ordinary lake resort. You’ll still find the sandy beaches, sparkling waters and magnificent views you’d expect, but a step inside Stonewall Resort’s waterfront cottages reveals that this is one West Virginia lake resort that exceeds all expectations.
Vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, gleaming hardwood floors and real stone fireplaces are just a few highlights found in these West Virginia waterfront accommodations. If Stonewall’s waterfront cottages still aren’t close enough to the water for you, we suggest dropping anchor in one of the resort’s houseboat rentals. Gas grills, rooftop decks and even air conditioning come standard in these one- and two-bedroom aquatic abodes, but the real luxury comes from having Stonewall Jackson Lake as your scenic backyard. But don’t spend all your time admiring the accommodations. There’s plenty more to see – and do – with more than 2,000 acres of West Virginia countryside, a stunning 82 miles of shoreline and a full-service marina with pontoon rentals, water sports, bass fishing and more just beyond your cottage door.
Recently named in 2009 to America's 100 Greatest Public Courses at #89, Stonewall Resort’s Palmer Signature Course strikes the perfect balance between difficulty and playability, science and nature.
Located in the clubhouse of The Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, Lightburn Lounge’s light gourmet menu features salads, soups and more overlooking the lake.
From Charleston, WV, head northeast on Dickinson Street toward Lee St. E/US-60 E. Turn left at US-60 W/Washington St. E. Turn right at Court Street. Turn right at Smith Street. Turn right to merge onto I-77 N via the I-77 N/I-64 W ramp to Parkerburg/Huntington. Take a slight right at I-79 N toward Clarksburg. Take the US-19 Exit 91 to Roanoke. Once on US-19 South follow the signs to Stonewall Resort State Park. The entrance will be on your left approximately 2.5 miles from the interstate.
The Resort at Glade Springs
Daniels, West Virginia
There are so-called luxury resorts that promise to grant your every wish, yet all too often disappoint with cookie-cutter packages and less than impressive accommodations. And then there are resorts that not only cater to discerning travelers, they make it their mission to exceed your every expectation. Fortunately, the resort in our No. 3 spot is one of the latter!
When it comes to planning your dream West Virginia vacation, look no further than the Resort at Glade Springs. From complicated layouts and challenging play on the Cobb and Stonehaven Courses to the luxuriously simple task of surrendering to signature treatments in Spa Orange, you’re sure to find a recreational pursuit that is just your pace. Never one to limit itself, the Resort at Glade Springs offers its incredible range of activities and adventures in every season. Even family ski vacations are made easy through incredible packages that pair Glade Springs lodging with world-class skiing at the resort’s sister property, Winterplace. With the Resort at Glade Springs, first-rate lodging with world-class amenities aren’t the icing on the cake, they’re the jumping off point. Imagine the endless possibilities that await you on your West Virginia vacation; after all, when you begin with the finest in everything, the experience can only go up from there!
Glade Springs’ Leisure Center has everything you could wish for from a West Virginia family vacation, with a swimming pool, cinema room, video arcade and even a 10-lane bowling center all on site!
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The Resort at Glade Springs is home to more than 15,000 sq. ft. of professional meeting space that’s perfect for West Virginia corporate events, conferences, meetings and more!
Choose from a dizzying array of luxurious West Virginia hotel rooms, suites, villas and lodges when you stay with the Resort at Glade Springs.
The Blennerhassett Hotel
Parksburg, West Virginia
“Share the legacy” is the driving force behind the West Virginia luxury hotel in our No. 4 spot. Since 1889, the Blennerhassett Hotel has cultivated a sophisticated blend of old world charm, modern indulgence and classic European elegance. We can’t even blame the Blennerhassett for showing off; who wouldn’t want to share a legacy like that?
Better yet, who wouldn’t want to sink into four poster beds appointed with jewel-toned fabrics, triple sheeting and down pillows that somehow manage to be simultaneously comfortable and stylish? That’s exactly what you can expect from the Blennerhassett Hotel’s luxurious guestrooms and suites. Two-story executive suites are a tasteful blend of modern convenience and classic touches, from crown molding and leather-upholstered headboards in the master suites to luxury baths with rain barrel showerheads. Now you can have your cake and eat it, too, with luxurious suites that are as delightful to look at as they are extravagant. The Blennerhassett’s inspiring Marie Antoinette suites showcase themed décor that somehow manages to be over-the-top in a good way. But it’s the Culinary School at the Blennerhassett Hotel that really takes the cake. Foodies of all abilities are introduced to fresh, fun and most importantly, tasty, new ways to wine, dine and unwind inside this West Virginia culinary school.
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Visit historic Blennerhassett Island and tour the beautifully recreated mansion or lunch on the expansive lawn with themed packages from the Blennerhassett Hotel.
It may not be cake, but we doubt you’ll be too disappointed with the complimentary box of creamy chocolates in any of the Blennerhassett’s accommodations.
Enjoy fine dining in Spats Restaurant, the casual atmosphere of Spats Lounge or the relaxed, outdoor setting of Spats Patio and Courtyard.
Sistersville, West Virginia
If you’re anything like us, half the appeal of a vacation is the opportunity to check out from the chaos of everyday life. We can’t imagine anything more escapist than a step back in time and fortunately, that’s precisely what’s on tap when you stay at the West Virginia inn that occupies our No. 5 spot.
Experience the beauty, grace and charm of a bygone era at the Wells Inn. Previously operated as the prestigious Hotel Wells, this charismatic West Virginia inn invites you to live in the lap of luxury, Victorian style. Period furnishings, lace curtains and floral prints are just a few of the timeless treasures you’ll find in each of the inn’s rooms and suites, but technology buffs need not fret; despite the inn’s authentic Victorian ambience, most modern comforts – including high speed internet, cable TV and of course, indoor plumbing – can be found at the Wells Inn. The Wells Inn’s gracious innkeepers have been masters at preserving the inn’s authentic Victorian charm while bringing it fully into the 21st century, including a $1 million renovation that added an indoor pool and hot tub. To experience even more historic wonders on your West Virginia luxury vacation, we recommend the couples’ getaway packages, which include a tour of historical Sistersville homes and a scenic ride on the Ohio River’s oldest working ferry.
In 1894, Ephraim Wells, grandson of Sistersville founder Charles Wells, established the Hotel Wells to serve the oil barons, genteel travelers and residents of the area.
Guests of the inn enjoy golfing privileges at the Sistersville Country Club, located just a few blocks from the Wells Inn along the beautiful Ohio River.
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Make time to peruse the keepsake items and floral arrangements for sale in the Wells Inn’s gift shop or head to the casual ambience of the inn’s Irish-style Pub, the Wooden Derrick.
Canaan Valley Resort
Davis, West Virginia
Tucked away in the towering Allegheny Mountains, Canaan Valley Resort is an appealing introduction into the natural wonders and scenic beauty of the West Virginia Highlands. We think the resort’s spacious accommodations, all-ages recreation and just a touch of peace and quiet makes it a winning pick for West Virginia family vacations.
But it’s what comes after the “and” in Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center that makes this West Virginia luxury resort a success-ensuring space for productive West Virginia conferences and meetings. After all, true luxury goes beyond fine linens and gourmet dining, and Canaan Valley Resort seems to be a firm believer in the luxury of choice. Like your choice of 11 different meeting venues, cozy lodge rooms to sprawling 12-person cottages and team-building exercises like geocaching, paintball and whitewater rafting. Canaan Valley Resort’s lodge rooms, cabins and cottages offer all the comfort and amenities you’d expect from a first-rate luxury resort, but we think it’s the picturesque Highlands scenery that surrounds that makes this mountain lodge a premier West Virginia vacation destination. The resort borders the Monongahela National Forest, giving you an all-access pass to explore the more than 6,300 acres of unspoiled countryside that surround, including 18 miles of wetland and forest trails that are ripe with authentic West Virginia adventures like horseback riding, hiking and wildlife viewing.
From the north, take I-79 South to Route 33. Proceed east on Route 33 to Harman. From Harman, take Route 32 North to Canaan Valley. From the south, take I-77 North of Beckley. Take Route 19 North to I-79 North and proceed to Weston. Head east on Route 33 to Harman and take Route 32 North to Canaan Valley.
Bring your four-legged family members; Canaan Valley Resort offers pet-friendly West Virginia accommodations!
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Are you planning a family vacation, golf retreat, or weekend of whitewater rafting or skiing? Canaan Valley Resort is the place you want to be for the ultimate Alleghenies vacation destination.
Mill Creek Luxury Cabins
Lansing, West Virginia
When you see the same old hotels, resorts and destinations come across your desk day in and day out, you learn to appreciate anyone – or any place – that can offer a unique twist on traditional vacations. We knew we’d found a kindred spirit when we first heard our No. 7 spot’s claim to offer luxury in the West Virginia wilderness.
Sure enough, what is unattainable by most is easily achieved at Mill Creek Luxury Cabins. We’ll admit to being a little biased; as writers, we’re fans of people who think outside the box. But this West Virginia luxury destination goes beyond concept with exceptional execution, unparalleled service and one-of-a-kind accommodations. And speaking of originals, each of Mill Creek’s seven luxury cabins was designed, built and decorated by the owner. These exclusive accommodations sleep up to 14 and are beautifully appointed with full kitchens, handmade oak furniture and even an in-cabin conference center in one. Don’t mistake exclusive for pretentious; these sought-after West Virginia cabin rentals are anything but. All the upscale comforts found inside Mill Creek Luxury Cabins are tempered with authentic mountain charm and rustic touches like outdoor fire pits and natural stone fireplaces.
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World-class West Virginia white water rafting, golf, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, fishing and hunting can all be enjoyed when you stay at Mill Creek Luxury Cabins.
Take time to enjoy the many Lansing, WV area attractions including the world-renowned New River Gorge Bridge and the Gauley River National Recreation Area.
Just a short drive from Mill Creek Luxury Cabins is Summersville Lake, which offers pontoon and jet ski rentals. Winterplace Ski Resort is only one hour south of Lansing, where the cabins are located.
General Lewis Inn
Lewisburg, West Virginia
Sometimes luxury is less about being extravagantly wined, dined and pampered and more about making time to pursue your passions. If you count U.S. history among such pursuits, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by our No. 8 spot, the General Lewis Inn. This historic West Virginia inn is actually set on the site of an 1862 Civil War battle!
There’s plenty of history to be discovered and new memories to be made here in West Virginia’s breathtaking Greenbrier Valley. We recommend starting with the General Lewis Inn’s very-own Memory Hall, a memorable display of household items, musical instruments and firearms once used by the region’s early mountain pioneers. The inn’s manicured grounds are even home to an antique stage coach with its own ripe past of transporting the likes of presidents and other dignitaries to West Virginia’s early mineral spring spa resorts. Inside the General Lewis guestrooms, lace canopied beds, braided rugs and the occasional American flag pay homage to the inn’s historic roots. And you’ll find a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings that pay tribute to West Virginia’s natural bounty, from homemade breads and desserts that feature regional ingredients to West Virginia rainbow trout, in the onsite restaurant. You can even enjoy the same views of the West Virginia countryside as some of the inn’s first guests did way back in 1834.
The General Lewis Inn is conveniently located near the Greenbrier Valley Airport, which is just 2.5 miles north of Lewisburg. Other larger airports are located in Roanoke, Virginia and Charleston, West Virginia.
Take your place in history as you register at the inn’s hand-built walnut and pine desk, dating to 1760. Thomas Jefferson stood at this desk when he registered at the Sweet Chalybeate Springs Hotel.
The term “sleep tight” really applies here, since most of the General Lewis Inn’s beds are 100 years old or older. Rope construction kept the bedrails securely in place for a better and more comfortable mattress.
Glen Ferris Inn
Glen Ferris, West Virginia
The same West Virginia inn that once played host to U.S. presidents welcomes its modern-day guests with much of its original 19th century charm and grace. We don’t know how the Glen Ferris Inn managed to include all this luxury and hospitality into a cozy inn setting, but we’re sure glad they did!
This is one West Virginia inn that takes the cake – wedding cakes that is, each custom made by the inn’s expert event planners. In fact, we think the Glen Ferris has more then enough historic charm for romantic weekends, anniversaries and beyond, but if its past guests are any indication, the Glen Ferris Inn doubles as a West Virginia wedding destination. Specializing in indoor or outdoor ceremonies followed by extravagant buffet-style receptions, this quaint country inn hosts upwards of 20 weddings each year. Throw in a dedicated staff that takes care of every detail and it’s official: your special day is best celebrated the Glen Ferris way! Even the standard and deluxe rooms at the Glen Ferris are chock full of charm, but for a truly luxurious 19th century experience, we recommend the separate lounge areas and multiple bedrooms of the inn’s luxury suites. Bring your family and friends – these spacious suites are perfect for entertaining on your West Virginia vacation!
The famous New River Gorge Bridge is located just north of Fayetteville, WV on US-19. The bridge is famous for its "Bridge Day" where people are permitted to skydive and bungee jump off the bridge.
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Fall foliage is outstanding throughout Southern West Virginia. Call the WV Tourism Bureau or ask the innkeepers for information on fall foliage season.
The Kanawha Falls, located adjacent to the inn, make an audible roar and can be heard from the inn’s grounds. An attached beach and visiting area is often used for launching boats and for fishing.
Berekley Springs, West Virginia
The Berkeley Springs bed and breakfast that completes our list of the Top 10 West Virginia Luxury Vacations is known for its hilltop views of Bath, the nation’s first spa town. But when it comes to putting this quaint, country inn on the map – and its guests on the path to luxury – we think it’s the inn’s devoted hosts who deserve all the credit.
Housed in an 1897 Victorian manor that’s more charming than it is creaky, Highlawn Inn is home to even more 19th century treasures. An ornately-carved fireplace is the centerpiece of this West Virginia inn’s sitting areas, while the wraparound porch – a favorite among past guests – offers panoramic views of Berkeley Springs below. The Berkeley Castle, Museum of Berkeley Springs and a wide range of antique dealers can be enjoyed in this historic town, but it was the luxurious Berkeley Springs and Bath day spas that caught our undivided attention. From tablecloth-bedecked dining tables to cozy fireside loveseats, nearly everything at Highlawn Inn is built for two. The Victorian Suite is the most popular of all the inn’s accommodations, and one look at its romance-inspiring carved headboard and clawfoot bathtub is all it takes to understand why. We think the suite’s private sitting porch is a delightfully intimate venue for dining al fresco, especially come breakfast time, when the innkeeper lays out a bountiful buffet of fresh biscuits, country sausage and farm-fresh omelettes.
Highlawn Inn provides lodging accommodations conveniently located just three blocks from the center of town on a steep, quiet side street. Berkeley Springs, West Virginia is just 92 miles from Morgantown, WV; 110 miles from Charlottesville, VA, and 108 miles from Pittsburgh, PA.
Holidays are special events at Highlawn Inn. The Inn is fully decked out in Victorian Christmas regalia - a must-see you don't want to miss! And be sure to ask about the inn’s upcoming holiday Silver Service Dinners.
Highlawn Inn was built in the late 1890s by the Honorable Algernon R. Unger for his bride Chaffie Ziler. Unger served in the WV Legislature and built the landmark Washington Hotel in Berkeley Springs, which was later destroyed by fire in 1974.