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A mountain retreat and southern tradition

Dressed up and ready for dinner at Jefferson's

Escape to the Omni Homestead Resort and Spa for the perfect mix of history and luxury.

As the oldest resort in Virginia, a retreat for many US presidents, and a National Historic Landmark - the Homestead has a story to tell. Tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains in Hot Springs, Virginia, this beautiful mountain escape boasts distinctive accommodations, a modern spa, many dining options, and an unparalleled array of activities ranging from falconry and shooting, to zip-lining and fly fishing. Many families uphold the family tradition of vacationing at the Homestead, and it is no surprise, because there is something for each member of your family from age eight to eighty.

My top tips and tidbits to make the most of your Homestead visit:

View of the resort from the mountain biking trail

1. When you arrive take some time to get acquainted with this historic property. Meander the hallways and grounds and you will find lots of hidden treasures and memorabilia that will bring to life this unique resort. Outside you can stroll through the gardens, have a Virginia Julep on the terrace, or even look down into the wells that show how the resort was built right atop the hot springs!

2. Take advantage of the MANY activities offered at the resort. There are so many things to do around Hot Springs and on property, and I would be happy to help you navigate so you can make the most of your time. For adrenaline junkies there is a zip-line and mountain biking trail (which has a great view of the resort!), and for golfers there is a historic and challenging golf course (as well as a mini golf course for the entire family!). Beyond that, there is so much more to explore. When you arrive on property, there is also a knowledgeable concierge department that is available to answer any questions.

3. Get off property to have a meal at one of the local Hot Springs restaurants. My favorite restaurant is Les Cochons d'Or, an upscale American eatery with a French twist which is perfect for a romantic dinner (reservations recommended!). Also wonderful is Snead's 1912, in honor of local golfer, Sam Snead. They make a fantastic steak and will be sure to have something for the entire family to enjoy.

Matthew loved his steak and Snead's!

4. Have a drink in the lobby bar. The cozy lobby bar is the perfect place for a pre-dinner or late-night cocktail, and is adorned with the portraits of our country's presidents. How many can you name from their pictures? If interested in a little fun, check out the pool tables in the Georgian Room behind the bar.

5. Book a spa treatment - and make a day of it! The spa at the Homestead is blissful, and worth spending some time there. As a huge bonus, there is a an adults-only pool at the Spa Garden reserved for those receiving treatments or with a day pass, that offers a more peaceful and private ambiance than the large resort pool and lazy river. Treat yourself to one of the many head-to-to treatments or even the unique Aqua Thermal Suite.

Want to learn more about the Omni Homestead? I would be happy to provide additional info on this beautiful and historic southern resort. Reach out to me at to book your trip today!

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