Greenbrier Valley Real Estate Blog
Friday, April 30 2010
In Lewisburg, which is only 10 miles from The Greenbrier, many of the Hampton Inn's 60 rooms have been reserved for media representatives. Next door, most of the rooms at the Fairfield Inn have been reserved for the CBS crew that will televise the last two days of the tournament.
Even so, there are lots of rooms available. One need only look beyond the obvious.
Snowshoe Mountain has about 1,400 rooms in its rental program.
"Almost that entire inventory is available," said spokeswoman Laura Parquette. "During the summer our booking window tends to be pretty short so now is a great time to book to take advantage of that inventory. We have a full range of options from studio hotel rooms to large condos, townhouses and single-family homes." Rates start at $45 per person per night.
Snowshoe's summer season will be in full swing during the Greenbrier Classic, which means its award-winning Raven golf course will be open and about 15 dining options, from sandwiches to pizza to sushi to barbecue, will be available on the mountain.
For Greenbrier Classic packages, go to Snowshoe's Web site, www.snowshoemtn.com, and click on "Deals and Packages." Snowshoe is about a 1 1/2-hour drive from The Greenbrier.
The Resort at Glade Springs, which is about 45 miles away, is offering a four-night package that starts at $147 per person, per night. The package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast and a complimentary shuttle to and from the tournament. Weekly badges to the tournament are sold separately and must be purchased in advance. Glade Springs is about a one-hour drive from The Greenbrier.
Although The Greenbrier is booked, it's possible to rent a home on the resort property through the Greenbrier Sporting Club.
Property Manager Allen Wills (his e-mail address is Allen_Wi...@greenbrier.com) said the club has rented three homes so far ranging from $14,000 to $18,000 and has four homes available at prices ranging from $22,000 to $35,000.
State Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver said her staff has asked hoteliers to e-mail her office weekly with information about available lodging. She said the information will be used when people call the state's tourism office (1-800-CALL WVA) and forwarded for use by Welcome Center staff.
The state has also developed a Web page for the Greenbrier Classic. Go to http://wvtourism.com and on the right under "Special Interests" click on "Golf."
Some lodging is easily overlooked. The Greenbrier State Forest, for example, has cabins - and it is located just minutes from the tournament. Pipestem Resort State Park has lodging and features an 18-hole championship course designed by Geoffrey Cornish. "Check with the state parks to see their availability," Carver advised.
As the tournament nears, the Greenbrier Convention and Visitors Bureau will monitor lodging availability in conjunction with the Pocahontas Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Southern West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau in Beckley.
"You can always call our 800 number or send us an e-mail, but I would say, start doing your research very quickly," Carver said.
Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.
"We're gearing our ads right now toward looking for properties," Allman said. "Calls are starting to pick up. I think in another month we'll wish we had a whole lot more."