While in the area, I really wanted to figure out a way to make a stop at The Greenbrier. It's oftentimes the shining star of WV - well-known for elegant, extravagance and hosting some very famous guests.
The only thing we could really do quickly and cheaply (well, as cheap as you'll get here --- $16) is afternoon tea. Each day, afternoon tea is served in the main dining room from 4-4:45 p.m. The Springhouse Entertainers do a small little dance in the beginning and then bring out trays of cookies to the main table.
It's not as intimate as I was expecting. It's like a mad rush to the cookies, and they keep replenishing throughout the time. but pretty much the whole time stays busy with folks trying to nab the most cookies. I got a handful, which were pretty tasty. A macaroon-type cookie was by far my fav - lightly sweet and crisp.
Off to the side, they have both hot tea and iced tea.
And it's all set in the absolutely beautiful hotel with vibrant patterns and colors, huge chandeliers and light music playing. Most people were wearing the resort casual dress - with sport shirts, sweaters, jackets, dress slacks and walking shorts.
It's cool they continue this tradition, which has been a staple since the 1930s. I only wish that maybe there was a small tea pot and tray of cookies per table rather than the more impersonal, everybody-rush-to-the-table method.
When we went to pay - it's part of hotel guests' package - we couldn't figure out how to do so. And when we inquired, they actually said it's on the house. Super cool.