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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Classic Shacks: The Greenbrier

No, that's not where I was this weekend, but I thought you fellas might enjoy this short film about the legendary resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, from 1948 - when there was still a bit of glamour to the upper reaches of society. Now they're just as vulgar as anyone else, if you can believe the tabloids and TV shows.

For an update, here's a quick look at the renovated Greenbrier today, where the emphasis is on catering to the hoi polloi, quite a different tone from 1948:

In case you doubt me, their website shows you can get three nights there for about 500 bucks, and a steak dinner will set you back only $40. Not the Econolodge, but within range of most middle-class folks for a special trip.  Of course, all their advertising shows straight couples - don't you think it's time some of us queered the place?


Tim said...

I'm sorry Russ, I've already booked my holiday for this year, (California - oops) otherwise I'd go with you to enjoy the sights. We could meet up in Castro. ;)

Frank said...

I was struck by the difference in presentations: the modern version is all short flash shots jumping from scene to scene - the new way to convey "fun" I guess.

And somehow the resort went from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains?????

Probably not a place where I would feel very comfortable, unless someone else was picking up the tab....

Russ Manley said...

Frank - Doesn't the Blue Ridge run into the Alleghanies somewhere up there? And then on into the Catskills and Peekskills and Fishkills or something? This flatlander can't keep all that straight, but they're all jam up to one another aren't they?

Tim - You're no better than me, son, if you think San Francisco is on the route from TX to WV. Grin.

Tim said...

I knew I should have taken that left turn at Alberquerque.

Russ Manley said...

LOL Tim.

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