Dorthy Draper and The Greenbrier


Dorothy Draper was born in Tuxedo Park, NY, and educated almost always at home. She was fortunate to spend a couple of years at the Brearley School, also in New York.

During her time, she was an entrepreneur, first buying and selling homes, which in today’s day and age is flipping houses. During her buying and selling adventures, Dorothy had a knack for decorating. Her style was so elegant that her friends started to copy her creations.

Her use of bright, lavish colors and large prints that took up an entire wall was her style. Dorothy Draper would mix baroque plasterwork, ornate scrollwork, and black and white tiles to produce glitzy glamourous designs. She was excellent at taking modern flair to a classical style.

Cabbage-rose chintz was her trademark. The Draper touch came to light thanks to her enormous, oversized details, fabrics, dramatic colors, black and white, and patterns. Hotels, homeowners, theaters, and restaurants all wanted her elaborate designs.

In 1925, Architectural Clearing House formed, and after Dorothy had success with renovations of apartment lobbies, she changed the name in 1929 to Dorothy Draper and Company.

Dorothy Draper was successful in the New York area, having redecorated the Carlyle Hotel and a block of homes on the east side of New York City today known as Sutton Place. Her interior designs and hotel designs provided her with work in Chicago, San Francisco, and even Rio de Janeiro.


The Greenbrier Hotel is in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and is an elegant luxury resort in the Allegheny Mountains. Visitors have graced these grounds since 1778 and continue today.

Dorothy Draper became tasked to redecorate the entire resort after World War II when the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad purchased it. Dorothy was going to bring life to this resort. She was also able to place her touch on matchbook covers, menus, and uniforms that the staff wore.

The transformation took 16 months, 45,000 yards of fabric, 15,000 rolls of wallpaper, and 40,000 gallons of paint. Dorothy Draper touched the 600 guestrooms and every public area for a tune of $4.2 million, which at the time was the highest fee ever awarded to a decorator.

Almost all the rooms available to the public received a makeover of a different theme. Dorothy designed a pink ballroom to give an allure of the faces of the ladies of that era would appear to blush. Another room, known as the blue room, contained busts of United President’s heads. Dorothy did not like the look of some of the presidents, so she made them more handsome.

Draper was fortunate to continue as the head designer until her retirement in 1960 at when she handed the reigns over to Carleton Varney. Varney was in complete charge of The Greenbrier décor in 1963, as he was now her company’s president.

In honor of all her accomplishments and time at The Greenbrier, she was honored with a Dorothy Draper themed restaurant.

Dorothy Draper died in 1969, and Carlton Varney purchased her company. Dorothy’s style is still very prominent throughout The Greenbrier with bold colors, modern touches, and classical style.

Falconry Harris Hawk at The Greenbrier


Have you ever wondered what flying trained birds of prey after some wild quarry was called? Falconry is the name, and it is a cool thing to do.

Your trusty bird dog has let you know where your pheasant is going to be, your falcon is over 1,000 feet above waiting for your flushing out of the bushes, and at the right moment, it all comes together. The falcon heads in headfirst, will grab the prize, and offer it up at your feet awaiting a reward.

Not all hunts are a success. There are times that you will be sliding through the woods or field in hopes of flushing out a cute bunny, only for one to take off, your hawk goes in for the catch and gets outmaneuvered. It is all good, though. The hawk will return for a small reward.

Falconry was once reserved and used as a grand noble status symbol for those in places such as Medieval Europe due to the number of resources needed for a successful hunt. Master Falconers were provided with a significant amount of money because the nobles did nothing along the training line. It was the Master of the Mews that found, trained, did the upkeep, and ensured the hawks were ready. Thus, creating the Sport of Kings.

Experiencing Falconry

A Beginner

Falconry is more than 4,000 years old, and with a stay at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, you can experience this fantastic sport firsthand. What an excellent way for the family to spend quality time together.

Lessons with trained falcons and hawks go hand in hand as you soak up some history of Falconry. With a 90-minute beginner lesson, what better way to learn something new and exciting as you come together as a cohesive unit.

Have a large family, up to ten, do not worry. Private lessons for the group are available, as well as private demonstrations for up to 50. A private falconry lesson would make a fantastic family reunion activity or corporate retreat adventure.

While these incredible creatures are not housed on the grounds of The Greenbrier, the falcons can be found under five minutes away. There is transportation, and the outing leaves from the outdoor pool area, at Greenbrier Outfitters.

As with almost all activities The Greenbrier has to offer, following resort-style casual dress code is required for this experience. To fulfill this, sport shirts, jeans, and walking shorts are acceptable.


Falconry is alive and well in the United States. These incredible birds of prey are spectacular creatures, and having one land on your gloved hand, is truly a once in a lifetime experience. So, what are you waiting for? Come along today and learn about some outstanding explanation of the sport and meet a hawk or two up close and personal. Imagine the look of awe on your buddy’s face when you tell them what you did on your weekend excursion to West Virginia and The Greenbrier.

4 REasons Scanver Hunts are Great For Team Building

Top 4 Reasons Scavenger Hunts are a Safe Bet for Team Building


Your corporate event is an opportunity to bring your entire team together for a day of fun. Luckily, Colorado Springs provides a stunning backdrop for any number of exciting corporate and team-building activities, each more exciting than the next! The Broadmoor Hunt, one of our most popular Colorado Springs tours, sees participants embark on a fun-packed journey through renowned resort The Broadmoor, where you’ll encounter a series of tasks for a race to the finish line. You’ll also have a free, interactive app on your side to help your team through your journey. 

Scavenger hunts like these are a popular choice for corporate tours and team building for a variety of reasons. From promoting teamwork to encouraging trust and elevating team morale, here are a few reasons why a team scavenger hunt may be the perfect corporate activity for your team in the months to come.

Employee Engagement

Engaging your employees is crucial during times of stress and is important for maintaining a positive office culture. According to studies, employees feel happier and more fulfilled in their careers when they feel like they are working toward a greater purpose. By keeping your employees continually engaged, you’ll end up seeing results in the long run. This is where corporate events like scavenger hunts really shine. Our Colorado Springs scavenger hunts are ideal for teams hoping for a fun-filled experience that challenges their strength and their critical thinking skills. By honing these, you’ll be building a better, stronger team overall, and help each team member realize their part. 

Improving Communication

Strong team communication, especially during times of remote working, is crucial for productivity and the general flow of any team. Scavenger hunts provide an excellent opportunity to promote strong communication among your team as you face a series of obstacles and challenges. You’ll need to work together to solve problems, and by the end of the hunt, you’ll be able to bask in a collective win that sees your entire team beaming with pride. 

Building Trust

Trust is a cornerstone of any successful team, and you’ll need plenty of it to make it through the modern-day scavenger hunt. By relying on each other and working together to achieve a common goal, your team will experience a newfound appreciation for one another.  

Having Fun

The pressures on today’s employees can be a lot to handle, which is why it’s so important that teams take some time away from the hustle and instead enjoy each other’s company for an afternoon. The Broadmoor Hunt is just one of many scavenger hunts capable of bringing your team together, and you’re sure to reap the benefits down the road. 

Colorado Springs boasts an awesome array of outdoor activities for your corporate tour or team-building event. From throwing an axe, shooting archery, hiking to mountain biking and rock climbing in between, your team is sure to enjoy the beauty of Colorado to the fullest when you book your tour with Broadmoor Outfitters. Give us a call to schedule your upcoming team outing. 

Safer Outdoors–Outdoor Activities to Improve Your Health During COVID-19

Venturing out to the great outdoors regularly can have a positive, lasting impact on physical health, but in the era of COVID-19, it’s even more important to get out there and embrace the fresh air. While the coronavirus pandemic has caused the closure of many forms of indoor entertainment, outdoor activities have become a great source of comfort for millions. According to scientists, the outdoors is also the least likely place to contract COVID-19, so long as social distancing measures are followed. Colorado Springs provides the perfect backdrop for exciting, outdoor adventure, and at Broadmoor Outfitters, it’s our mission to craft one-of-a-kind experiences our guests will never forget. Here are a few Colorado Springs activities to help improve your mental and physical well-being during difficult times.  


Colorado Springs Hiking Adventures

Colorado Springs and surrounding areas house some of the most beautiful hiking trails in North America. With many gyms still closed to patrons, hiking serves as a fantastic source of exercise and an opportunity to enjoy the incredible fresh air that Colorado Springs has to offer. Broadmoor Outfitters has a number of guided hiking trails to ensure a safe, serene trip for everyone hoping to get moving amid COVID-19. Our guides are able to provide a wonderful experience, all while taking appropriate cautions to ensure guests’ safety is always top of mind. 


Broadmoor Outfitters Biking Tours

Biking around Garden of the Gods while the sun shines upon you is one of the best ways to escape the confines of your home. Not only does biking burn calories, but it’s also one of the best ways to take in the beauty of Colorado Springs. Broadmoor Outfitters hosts various biking tours to help you make the most of your time in the city. With Pike’s Peak off in the distance, our late afternoon and sunset make for the perfect memory for you and/or loved ones. 


Zip Lining Courses 

Nothing screams “fresh air” like flying through it at 500 ft.! Our Colorado Springs zip-lining adventures are ideal for the adrenaline-seekers among us, or anyone hoping to escape the indoors for some much-needed physical activity. Breeze by some of Colorado’s most magnificent natural landscapes on any one of our zip-lining adventures. We have multiple courses to choose from to ensure a spectacular view. 


Rock Climbing Excursions

At Broadmoor Outfitters, we always play it safe, but that’s not to say we don’t like to be daring. Our Colorado Springs rock climbing tours offer the chance to put your physical and mental skills to the test. Colorado Springs natural rock formations allow for some of the most thrilling rock climbing in the U.S., and we’re proud to offer a variety of rock climbing tours to accommodate varying skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner or of a more advanced skill set, we’ve got a rock just for you. 


There has never been a better time for outdoor enjoyment, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store for you. Call us to book your next Colorado Springs outdoor adventure.