3,000-acre tract that the resort resides on was
part of Virginia’s first land grant in 1734.
“This property has housed several past
presidents, many notable UVA alums from
varying industries, including sports, politics
and news, as well as several other notable
politicians due to the proximity to Washington,” said Russ Cronberg, general manager of
Founded by John Rogan and dedicated in
1965 by Gov. Albertis Harrison Jr., today the
resort offers 175 rooms and suites and more
than 20,000 square feet of meeting facilities.
The property will kick off 2019 with the debut of a fully renovated restaurant, bar, main
entrance and lobby, following an $11 million
upgrade, though it will keep traditional
“Our guests will walk into a totally transformed area filled with natural elements,
bookshelves adorned with historic reference
materials and updated furnishings, making
it a truly unique gathering place,” Cronberg
The Old Mill Room restaurant, which was
built from the timbers of an abandoned
gristmill from 1834, will also be transformed.
“History will still run deep in this space,
as we’ll have increased natural lighting that
will illuminate the existing 1834 wood beams
that provide a focal point for the room,” said
Shawn Jernigan, director of food and beverage at the resort.
The design features seating
for 200 guests, including a
private dining area and flexible banquet space. The resort
is also creating a History Hall
that will walk guests through
the timeline of the property,
slated for completion in February with the renovation.
The Greenbrier, White
Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
When it comes to history,
The Greenbrier, dating to
1778, has a treasure trove
of stories. Located in White
Sulphur Springs, W.V., with
the backdrop of the Allegheny Mountains,
there have been 27 presidents who visited
the resort, with five of those coming before
the Civil War. The cottage they stayed in is a
“The Greenbrier goes back way further
than people can imagine,” said Dr. Robert S.
Conte, the resort’s resident historian since
1978. “You get a sense of history just by driv-
ing on the grounds.”
In 1942, the U.S. Army purchased and
converted the hotel into a 2,000-bed hospital
known as Ashford General Hospital. Over
the course of four years, more than 24,000
soldiers were admitted and treated there.
New York decorator Dorothy Draper helped
redecorate the hotel and cottages in the
1940s following the war.
In the 1950s, the U.S. government constructed an Emergency Relocation Center
in an on-site bunker or bomb shelter, to be
occupied by the U.S. Congress in case of war.
“Today, we encourage events in The
Bunker,” said Greg Furlong, vice president of
sales and event services at the property.
Groups can take a tour and follow with a
reception. Dinners can also be served in The
Bunker, with historic menu items such as
the 1963 dinner for the Prince and Princess
of Monaco as well as President Eisenhow-
er’s dinner, among others.
The Greenbrier’s Culinary
Arts Center, located in The
Bunker, offers space for luncheons or dinners as well as
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Originally a dairy farm and
gambling casino in the late
1800s, The Broadmoor was
founded by Spencer Penrose,
who had a vision. He
transformed the land into a
luxury resort near downtown
Colorado Springs, opening
it in June 1918. Today, The
Broadmoor and its Wilderness Experience
properties, including The Ranch at Emerald
Valley, Cloud Camp and Fishing Camp,
encompass 5,000 acres.
Groups can delve deep into the property’s
history in a variety of ways, including an app-based scavenger hunt dubbed The Broadmoor Hunt, which engages users by having
them locate historic items on property, solve
trivia questions and create videos.
option is the
Western Art Col-
lection Tour, which
explores more than
The Penrose Heritage Museum at The
Broadmoor also welcomes groups with its
recent addition of the Pikes Peak Internation-
al Hill Climb museum, featuring 4,000 square
feet of artifacts and memorabilia from the
history of the annual automobile and motor-
cycle climb to the summit of Pikes Peak.
Groups can tour the resort with a resident
archivist. Other experiences include Prohibi-tion-era cocktail parties with large bands and
ballroom dancing lessons. The culinary team
can also provide cooking classes with dishes
from days gone by, such as chateaubriand.
Sea Island, Ga.
In the early 1900s, Howard Coffin, industrial
magnate and creator of the Hudson automobile, purchased all of what is today’s Sea
Island on the Georgia coast. Coffin and his
young cousin Bill Jones commissioned famed
Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner to
design The Cloister, which opened in 1928.
In 2004, Sea Island gained notoriety as the
site of the G8 Summit, hosted by President
George W. Bush.
Today, groups can dine in The Cloister’s
wine cellar, featuring a wooden ceiling creat-
ed from a mid-1800s South Carolina sawmill.
Tours on a variety of topics are also available with Wheeler Bryan Jr., the property’s
resident historian, according to Scott Steilen,
president and CEO of Sea Island Company.
One tour is the G8 Summit and Presidential History program, which features a walk
through the Presidential Oaks followed by a
visit to The Cloister’s Summit Room.
Groups can also stay at The Lodge at Sea
Island, which recently finished a more than
$25 mllion enhancement, including six new
cottages and an 18-hole putting course.
THE BROADMOOR, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.
1979 RYDER CUP MENU, THE
GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR
THE BROADMOOR, 1918
THE CLOISTER, SEA ISLAND, GA.