Southern Elegance and Natural Healing

Published on December 24, 2014
Written by Ray Access

The Omni Homestead Inn in Hot Springs, Virginia, has received plenty of accolades. From Conde Nast and USA Today to Forbes, Golf Week and Travel + Leisure, the Appalachian resort is noted as one of the best places to stay, work and vacation in the region. A quick tour of the place illustrates why.

High in the furthest Northern corner of Virginia, the healing waters from the Allegheny Mountains flow right on to the property of the Omni Homestead Resort. Coupled with its world-class golf course, elegant rooms and superior dining options, the Homestead offers a relaxing and invigorating vacation retreat that can prove both healing and restorative.

Long Recognized Healing Powers

Native Americans recognized the healing powers of the waters running through the Appalachian hills and often traveled far to reach its soothing waters. In 1764, after the French and Indian War, Captain Thomas Bullet received a 300-acre land grant from Colonel George Washington that included seven natural mineral springs that Bullet coveted.

The Omni Homestead Inn was opened in 1766 and named in honor of the homesteaders who built the resort and inhabited the area. The Bullet family ran the resort until 1832, when Dr. Thomas Goode bought the property. Long a proponent of the value of spa therapies still in use today, Dr. Goode’s family ran the operations until the railroad came. A fire in 1901 nearly destroyed the entire resort, which stands today as a testament to American determination. A new hotel welcomed guests nine months later.

Modern Day Guests

Renovations and improvement over the decades have resulted in modern amenities in the 483 distinctive rooms and suites available at the Omni Homestead today. Working fireplaces, patios, elegant furnishings and linens contrast with the wi-fi and big-screen televisions in the elegant accommodations.

Artwork throughout the hotel pays tribute to Virginia’s storied history and the 22 U.S. presidents who have stayed at the resort. Featherbeds and down pillows ensure you will be as comfortable as you are pampered.

Stay Busy or Just Relax

The Omni Homestead is known for its championship golf course on which Sam Snead honed his game. The 18-hole Cascades Course was designed in 1923 by architect William S. Flynn. The mountain golf course has played host to numerous USGA championships and other events. The surrounding mountains and valleys provide visitors with many options for outdoor adventures, ranging from archery and canoeing to skiing and ice-skating. The hotel also boasts a movie theater if you don’t feel like leaving the grounds.

You won’t go hungry at this Southern retreat either. Enjoy contemporary fine dining and spectacular mountain views at Jefferson’s or experience a neighborhood atmosphere and casual dining at Sam Snead’s Tavern after a round of golf. Chefs at the various resort restaurants rely on local produce and often serve fresh trout caught that day from the mountain rivers.

The Omni Homestead is located at 7696 Sam Snead Highway in Hot Springs, VA. For more information or to contact the hotel, call 540-839-1766 or visit their website at