I have been to the Greenbrier resort.
I have written about the resort for a number of magazines.
It is spectacular. Awesome. Beautiful. Elegant. And more.
Now…add to that an underground casino.
I can’t wait.
Here is the latest:
Workers are in a mad dash to finish the casino, which is below the front lawn.
“It’s crunch time,” Todd Fishon, the resort’s vice president of casino operations, told the Associated Press.
A tough winter season has delayed the opening of the 89,000-square-foot Casino Club to June.
The exact opening date has not yet been announced.
The casino is being built underground so it won’t take away from the ambiance and scenery of the 6,500-acre resort, which has entertained kings and presidents and once housed a secret bomb shelter intended for Congress.
It is one of America’s GREAT resorts, no question.
A tiny portion of the casino opened in October.
Gambling at The Greenbrier has been a hot topic ever since state lawmakers started tackling the issue in the mid-1990s.
Owner Jim Justice, who bought the resort in White Sulphur Springs out of bankruptcy in May 2009 for $20.1 million, has said a tasteful casino will help restore profitability and the coveted five-star Mobil Travel Guide rating The Greenbrier lost in 2000.
During the first five months of limited operation, the casino’s revenues totaled $1.2 million. In February they were $299,713, up 2.3 percent from January, according to the West Virginia Lottery.
I’ll be there in the summer and let you know what I think.
If any of you have been at the Greenbrier recently, I’d love to hear from you.