If you are looking for a nice family vacation before school starts, you should consider one of these five luxury resorts in West Virginia. Yes, West Virginia! Sure you could go to the beach and follow the masses into homogenized hotels, restaurants and attractions, but if you are looking for something unique, traditional, natural, beautiful and relaxing with an elegant and refined flair, go to West Virginia.
Greenbrier. America’s Resort in White Sulphur Springs
The first of the luxury resorts in West Virginia on our list is the crown jewel for the state. The world famous, four-star, four-diamond, Greenbrier is home to an annual PGA event, a five-star five-diamond rated spa, gourmet dining and lots of free amenities. The Greenbrier has been host to presidents, dignitaries, celebrities and families for generations and offers a traditional luxury experience with a unique southern charm and style. The Greenbrier offers a casino, which is a great way to spend the evening after a gourmet meal in one of the many restaurants. Only a 10 minute drive away, the nearby town of Lewisburg was rated America’s Coolest Small Town in 2011 by Budget Travel and offers many specialty boutique shops, fine restaurants and entertainment.
Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, West Virginia
Our second choice for a top luxury resort in West Virginia is the Stonewall Resort. Stonewall is tucked away in a rural area but what a gem! Featuring an Arnold Palmer golf course and an amazing spa, along with lots of fun activities for the whole family, Stonewall is a great choice for a getaway as a couple or family. Situated on a lake, you can stay in luxury accommodations in the lodge or a private cottage. Everything you need to relax and play is within your reach without having to leave the property.
The Resort at Glade Springs, Daniels, West Virginia
Coming in third is Glade Springs Resort in Raleigh County. Nestled in 4,100 acres of lush woodland, Glade Springs is among the top luxury resorts in West Virginia. Whether you are looking for a tranquil getaway, golf, spa or high adrenaline adventure, Glade Springs has what you seek. They have partnered with area white water rafting and adventure companies as well as snow skiing and tubing facilities, and can provide drop off and pick up service to make your stay more comfortable and convenient. The kids would love the pool, bowling, movies and horseback riding while the adults get in some spa or golf time.
The Blennerhassett Hotel, Parksburg, West Virginia
Fourth is the gorgeous luxury hotel in Parkersburg, the historic Blennerhassett. Near the Blennerhassett Island Historic State Park, the Blennerhassett Hotel opened in 1889 and is steeped in history, tradition and elegance. It is on the National Historic Landmark registry and boasts a four-diamond, four-star rating. There is a lot to see and do in and around Parkersburg too, from Civil War history, outdoor activities, shopping, dining, to a Master Swiss Chocolatier in nearby Vienna. Staying at the Blennerhasset Hotel will make your sight seeing and adventures so much sweeter by slipping into the luxurious bedding, inside the traditional (yet very modernized) hotel.
Bavarian Inn, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Last but certainly not least on our list is the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown. Feel like you are taking a journey “across the pond” without ever leaving the country. In fact, you’ll be surrounded by rolling countryside and situated in the quaint town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, but you’ll feel like you have stepped into a fine, European estate. According to their website, the Bavarian offers European elegance and authentic Bavarian cuisine from its scenic location overlooking the Potomac River. Their rooms take luxury to the next level by including gas fireplaces, high-end linens and whirlpool baths. The Bavarian Inn has a four-diamond rating and won the Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Award of Excellence. Shepherdstown has lots to do including casinos, outdoor activities, shopping, dining and many historic areas and landmarks which are sure to entertain.
If you are looking for a relaxing, unique vacation…one that will provide entertainment, adventure and memories to last a lifetime, look no further than West Virginia. Perhaps you will select one of our recommended choices of the top five luxury resorts in West Virginia!
Originally Published July 19, 2013. Most recently updated May 2017