Sunday, July 18, 2010
Lydia's Chocolate Suicide For Two
The restaurant itself is in what looks like an old cabin and has an atmosphere that lends itself to ghost stories. A mist hangs about the front door and clings to the old brown building. The cabin was originally built in 1939 and then converted to a restaurant. The restaurant doesn't hide from its ghostly history. It wears it proudly. In fact, one of its most popular deserts is Lydia's Chocolate Suicide for Two. The staff all say the restaurant is haunted. The haunting is as much a part of this extravagant dining experience as the logs that make up the building.
The story of Lydia, the ghost that haunts The Greenbriar, is a sad one. According to legend, Lydia was left at the altar on her wedding day by her one true love. At the time, Lydia was a resident of the cabin and ran home weeping. She hung herself from the rafters of the old cabin. A few days later the body of Lydia's true love was found mangled in the forest. He hadn't left her at the altar. He had been killed by a cougar. The story grew and spread and the staff insists that Lydia's lonely ghost is still a frequent visitor. Of course, with deserts like Lydia's Chocolate Suicide for Two, I may be a frequent visitor as well.