Dad’s visit to the Wild and Wonderful.

My dad has only visited our place once since we’ve been here (two years!), and with all the stress going on in his life, I’ve been trying to convince him to visit for awhile now. He arrived Thursday night around 10:30 and left Saturday at noon. It was a short visit, but I’m sure he was glad to get away. He slept in Friday morning (I took off work, so it wasn’t huge deal to do nothing for a morning) and then headed to The Greenbrier to show dad a landmark WV is proud to show off. The Greenbrier is a luxury 5 star resort in White Sulfur Springs that has been around for over 200 years. Although the decor is not exactly my taste (picture something out of That 70’s Show only with pink and green instead of orange and yellow), the place itself is stunning. There are outside activities including horseback riding, a swimming pool, gardens, and then the bunker, which is what we were mainly interested in. President Eisenhower was presented with idea of building a bunker under The Greenbrier in case of an attack in 1958 and the building took three years to complete. Although was never used to host individuals during The Cold War, it was used by the Senate and Legislative Parties for many years. It was the first bunker to be built in the United States. It was kept a secret for 30 years until a reporter leaked it to the Washington Post in 1991. Since that time, rooms are still used for activities on the premise, but as an actual bunker, the place has not changed and is not used for its designated purpose.

I am not into history and wasn’t sure what to expect during the tour. However, the tour guide was excellent and it was cool to see something to historic and meaningful. Dad was fascinated by the old equipment used to do the cooking and the electronic equipment that would have been used to communication in case of an emergency. He was extremely impressed with The Greenbrier and had a wonderful time. The links to the Greenbrier and the bunker tour are below if you would like more information about them.

Matt was home by 5:00 and then after a quick haircut, the three of us went to Bellacino’s for pizza. Now my dad has been in the restaurant business for a LONG time and it’s hard to impress him when it comes to cooking. (He called my homemade chicken dry!) He LOVED Bellacino’s Chicago Style pizza, which says something. We then picked up a huge tub of popcorn at the local movie theater and rented My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 at Redbox. It was hysterical, so hysterical that Matt and I went out the next day and bought it. In case one were to ask, yes, I am proud to be Greek 🙂

Lastly, we took him the Dutch Haus restaurant (located at our two terminal airport) for Saturday morning breakfast. He was, again, impressed with the food, which made us happy because we love the restaurant. If you haven’t been there, go. They use local free-range meat and eggs and take time in their cooking. Sometimes too much time, but the food is fantastic. Dad left right after lunch to head home to his bistro in PA and although the visit was short, I’m sure it was much needed for him. Thanks for coming dad; hope you had a wonderful time!!!

PS-In the middle photo, he’s loving all over Miner and Leia. There’s something special about puppy love!!!!


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