Road Trip Masters visit the Greenbrier Valley

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Road Trip Masters Brian Fulmer and Nick Kessler in front of The General Lewis Inn. (Photo by Sarah Richardson)

For locals, it’s no secret that Greenbrier County is packed with things to do and beautiful sights to see, but for years this region has been a secret haven of sorts for those not originally from the area.

Although Lewisburg has gained prominence over the years with highlights such as being featured as a “Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel Magazine, numerous America In Bloom beautification awards, and a “House Hunters” episode centered in town, the Greenbrier Valley is getting ready to hit the big screen once again thanks to Nick Kessler and Brian Fulmer of Road Trip Masters, a TV show aired by the Discovery Channel.

The two friends are schoolteachers from September through June, but they have spent the past three summers filming for their show. Now gearing up for its third season, Road Trip Masters continues to take the duo in their 1968 drop top Cadillac all over the country in order to feature hidden gems of Americana. Everywhere they go, they explore the history, food, places to stay, and things to do in each town.”It’s hard to pick a favorite place,” said Fulmer, “The friendships that we form are really what makes things special.”

Road Trip Masters focuses on giving small towns a voice and showcasing them in a genuine light. Fulmer said, “We really try to capture the town exactly as it is,” and Kessler added, “There is no scripting, we just come in and try to show everything as organically as possible.”

Nick Kessler and Brian Fulmer learn about the secrets of the bunker at The Greenbrier with Dr. Bob Conte. (Photo courtesy of Greenbrier County Convention & Visitors Bureau)

When asked about the highlights of Lewisburg, Fulmer responded, “It’s definitely the people,” adding that, “These are just down-to-earth people that we would hang out with. Everyone is so happy, friendly, bubbly, and just generally happy-go-lucky people.”

Kessler said, “I think we are the most relaxed that we’ve been in three seasons.”

Their tour around the town included The Greenbrier Bunker Tour, The Greenbrier Falconry, the General Lewis Inn, the French Goat, the Greenbrier River Trail, Lost World Caverns, and more.

“We try to highlight places that are somewhat new and unique to the area,” said Fulmer. “The intent is that the viewer would want to come visit, but also branch out and see what else the area has to offer. I’d like to think we are a nationwide classroom, where people can follow our trail but also do more.”

The show will air in April 2020 on the Discovery Channel. Visit www.roadtripmasters.com or follow them on Facebook at @roadtripmasterstv to stay up-to-date.