My focal point is a tiled hot-pink rhododendron flower, another of Greenbrier's symbols.The water soothes my muscles; the stillness mellows my spirit.But for a couple of hours, it felt good to let it spin without me.And it turns out that although Thomas Jefferson once wrote about White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier's historian says, he never got closer than 40 miles to this place. The Greenbrier Spa offers services including soaks, scrubs, massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures.I start counting down the final 12 or so minutes: "One-one-thousand, two-one thousand . The bathroom and locker room offer every possible grooming item, from razors and shaving creams to combs and Q-tips. A refrigerator is stocked with juices, soda, and bottled water, and jars of dried fruits and vegetables sit invitingly by the couch.My soak fee also includes use of the sauna and steam room for the day, but I'll leave them for later.
They include use for the day of the sauna and steam rooms. Historic Springs of the Greenbrier Valley For some fresh air and a feel for the rural countryside, drive the Springs Trail through Greenbrier, Monroe, and Summers Counties.
The springhouse, with its stately white columns and green dome topped by a statue of Hebe, the Greek goddess of youth, has become the symbol of the Greenbrier, a National Historic Landmark. Normally, I would pop in right on time, give or take five minutes, after sleeping in, catching a cooking demonstration at the Gourmet Shoppe, or checking my e-mail at the Cyber Cafe.
Pipes funnel the mineral-laced water to the full-service spa next to the indoor swimming pool, which dates to 1912. But, according to the 24-page spa guide, the early arrival "will allow you time to relax and let your mind enter a peaceful, tranquil mode." So, the next day, after a sumptuous buffet breakfast in the formal dining room, I show up at the spa promptly at noon, ready for a transformation.
Soon after, however, the still, humid air starts to weigh on me.
I sit up and sip the ice water more frequently, wondering when Wes will come back to extract me. ." Finally, Wes returns, and I gladly don my robe and slippers and head off for a long, refreshing shower.
"Come 30 minutes early so you can be prepared for your soak," the receptionist tells me about next day's session. Bruce hands me a pair of size-9 slippers and leads me to the handsome men's locker room.