We started out the trip with a stop in Columbus, Ohio, to see a guy about a bed, then turned south toward West Virginia. The rain didn't make for the prettiest drive, but it was nice that we weren't on a schedule for a change, and we could take our time.
O'Betty's Red Hot. (What did we do before iPhones? I guess we just had to read billboards!) Athens is home to Ohio University, and O'Betty's is a tiny hole-in-the-wall spot that we would never have found had it not been for my friend Google. :) The website says O'Betty's is located in the smallest building in Uptown Athens.
See that sign there? It says 'Runaway Truck Ramp.' Not too reassuring on a sunny day, but even more worrisome during a monsoon level storm. And do you think that little pile of sand could actually stop a runaway truck? I don't want to know.
The Greenbrier, hoping to be pampered during our two-night (Groupon!) stay. A lovely sight, indeed. When the front desk clerk asked if we would care for champagne? Why yes, yes I would, thank you.
Dorothy Draper decorated room, then took a little walk around the main resort building.
Our Groupon included slot vouchers for use at the casino, so we went down to learn about that, and get the lay of the land. We stopped at the concierge desk so Jim could reserve a tee time, and we made reservations for a Bunker tour the next afternoon.
My first question to the (intern) concierge was "Where's the football field?", which elicited a blank stare from her before she thought to answer that it is not open to guests. I guess I'm the first one to have asked her that question. In case you're also confused, the Saints held their training camp there last summer, and plan to continue at the Greenbrier for the next several years. They built a lovely facility for it just down the way and across the road from the resort. Anyone care to join me in West Virginia in August? :)
Dinner that evening was in The Forum, an Italian restaurant at the resort, after which we watched the movie, Into the Woods, in the Greenbrier Theatre.
I made a late morning appointment at the spa, then set off for a walk around the property. I started out toward the spring house, and picked up the Valley View Trail, which winds through and around the golf courses.
Center Court at Creekside, scheduled to open in late June, and to host the Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic in September. Pete Sampras is Tennis Pro Emeritus at the Greenbrier.
'Bubba Tees' on the Old White TPC. They're waaayyyy back there.
The West Virginia Wing is also where the Saints stay. :)
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We enjoyed a late afternoon break on the back terrace with a view of the West Virginia wing...
Prime 44 West, a resort restaurant which honors the career of West Virginia native Jerry West.
Because of a mix-up with Jim's order, we were offered a free dessert and selected Bananas Foster, one of our favorite New Orleans treats. It was prepared table-side by our waiter, and differs a bit from the traditional recipe in that it includes a sponge cake base.