Fri, May 05|
Cruise to The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance
Enjoy a weekend of some amazing vehicles at a beautiful place in West Virginia.
Time & Location
May 05, 9:00 AM – May 07, 2:00 PM
Greenbrier Resort, 101 W Main St, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986, USA
About The Event
The event is Friday through Sunday (May 5 - 7), but we would skip the Friday stuff and just do the Saturday and Sunday shows. Saturday is the Cars and Cocktails show near the 18th fairway of The Greenbrier Course. This show is open to "more typical” enthusiasts' cars, both classics and modern, and participants need to apply online for their car to be accepted. Our 2017 Grand Sport just got accepted, so maybe the bar isn't too high, lol. A team of qualified judges will identify the top 25 cars in the show, and each will receive a special plaque to mark the achievement. The judges will also select the top three cars, including Best in Show. The cost to participate is $25/car, which includes a gift bag. After March 30, the price will be $35/car. The first 125 cars to register will receive a dash plaque and t-shirt. Here’s the link to the show info and the registration page:
Anyone can also choose to just attend the show as a spectator.
Sunday is the main event, the Concours d’Elegance, featuring some of the finest collector cars and motorcycles in the world. Showcased in front of the famed Greenbrier, it will be quite the sight. This show, as well as the Saturday Cars and Cocktails show, are free for spectators, compliments of Hagerty Insurance.
It’s nice that the shows are free, but the hotels are not cheap. Hotel prices for this weekend are higher due to the event. Because rooms were still available at the Greenbrier ($750/night), we reserved a room there, as well as at the Hampton Inn ($280/night) in Lewisburg. Lewisburg is a small picturesque and historic town about 10 miles west of the Greenbrier, with plenty of hotel options. It would be nice to stay at the Greenbrier just once, and what a memorable event. Once we know if others will be joining us, we can make a decision on which hotel reservation to cancel. Not sure how fast rooms sell out, but reserving sooner than later would be wise. If you’re interested in going, let me know what hotel choice you prefer.
The cruise down is about 4 1/2 hours of driving on I-81 and I-64. We’d make a couple stops along the way to break up the trip. Our lunch stop will be at Daisy’s Diner in Luray, VA, part of Cooter’s Place, a free museum dedicated to the Dukes of Hazzard.
Another short stop will be at the Washington & Lee University Chapel Museum in Lexington, VA. This is a small museum (free admission) with exhibits devoted to these two famous men. Lee, as well as his beloved war horse, Traveller, are buried on the grounds.
We’ll be passing right by this rare “humpback” style covered bridge in Covington, VA. The center is 4’ higher than its ends, and it's one of only a few left in this country. We’ll make a quick stop to snap a few photos. From here, we’re less than a 1/2 hour away from Lewisburg. Here’s the link to the route down:
There's free time after the car show on Saturday, so one option would be to cruise up to Falling Springs Falls, about 1/2 hour away. It’s one of the largest waterfalls in Virginia, cascading down from an overhanging ledge, and it's easily visible from the roadway.
If there’s time, we may continue up the road another 20 minutes to the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs. Considered America’s oldest resort, it has hosted Presidents and dignitaries. We won’t have time to enjoy the natural hot springs there, but maybe a dinner in Jefferson’s Taproom could be in order.
The Concours goes until 2:00 on Sunday, but folks are free to leave anytime they want. Feel free to either head home or extend your trip and enjoy other scenic areas of WVa.