The Greenbrier and The Homestead, two historic Southern resorts with top-notch golf, are looking younger than hotels half their age. West Virginia’s elegant Greenbrier became a destination in 1858, when a hotel was built at the site of a therapeutic sulphur spring. Famous for its spa and exuberant 1940s Dorothy Draper interiors, as well as being the site of a Cold War bunker built for members of Congress, The Greenbrier has had a $50 million face-lift overseen by Draper protégé interior designer Carleton Vamey. All 721 rooms have new decor, bathrooms, linens and flat-screen TVs. A new restaurant, Hemisphere, and bar boast bold Draperesque colors and patterns.
In Hot Springs,Va., The Homestead first welcomed guests in 1766. J.P. Morgan bought the place in 1888, adding the main building, the famed spa with its gorgeous indoor pool and a Donald Ross golf course, the first of three 18-hole layouts. New owner KSL Resorts has updated the bathrooms in all 486 rooms, put in a new driving range at The Cascades Course and restored the Old Course bunkers to Ross’ original 1913 design. Darling, you look marvelous.