See inside the luxurious resort GOP members stayed in for their retreat and where Congress would have escaped to during the Cold War

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Every year, Republican members of Congress and their staffers convene for a three-day retreat away from the hubbub of Washington to socialize and discuss their party's agenda.

On Wednesday, GOP lawmakers traveled to this year's venue: The Greenbrier, a luxury resort in West Virginia, established during the 18th century, that has hosted US presidents and features an underground bunker where Congress was supposed to hideout in the event of a nuclear outbreak during the Cold War.

Take a look at what it's like inside this beautiful resort:The Greenbrier is a large resort complex located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and includes a hotel, casino, golf course, and private residences.

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The hotel was built in 1858. During the Civil War, Union and Confederate forces used the hotel grounds as a hospital and military headquarters.


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During World War II, the hotel briefly served as a detention center for diplomats of enemy countries, including Germany and Japan. It also served as a hospital to treat wounded American soldiers.


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