Smarties, we have the perfect spring or summer weekend trip your entire family will thank you for – The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. It’s absolutely G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S!
In The Omni Homestead’s own words:
Experience the southern hospitality and elegant charm that have made this resort a premier destination for 23 U.S. presidents. Located across more than 2,000 acres of scenic Virginia landscape, this resort provides timeless comforts and access to an array of exciting activities no matter the season. From the full-service spa featuring the same mineral waters that President Thomas Jefferson experienced in 1818, to two of the best golf courses in Virginia, you’re sure to have an experience unlike any other.
The Omni Homestead Resort truly is the birthplace of Southern hospitality.
The Omni Homestead is a luxury resort and spa tucked in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains, just over a 4 1/2-hour drive from Charlotte. Steeping in U.S. history that you immediately feel as soon as you walk through the doors, The Omni Homestead boasts 483 glorious guest rooms that have hosted Presidents and princes since 1818 and is celebrating it’s 250th anniversary.
Your family will find an abundance of things to do this time of year including golf, tennis, swimming, a shooting club, horseback riding, hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking, falconry and more. In the summer after Memorial Day, Allegheny Springs opens and includes a 2-acre family-friendly water area with two 100-foot water slides, a 400-foot lazy river, family pool, a hot tub and water play zone. There is so much to do on the property, you don’t ever need to leave. They even have a movie theater, which we had all to ourselves one late evening!
Our boys went hiking and mountain biking for miles around the resort and ended their day at the Shooting Club.
The girls spent a full day at the Spa – no surprise here:-)
Our delightful day of pampering began with a Hanakasumi Body Treatment, inspired by Japanese tradition, which was one of my favorite spa treatments of all time. The Plym girls highly recommend as it’s not something we can find here in Charlotte! Our favorite part of the afternoon was spent in the adults-only Serenity Garden, an adult oasis featuring the renowned mineral springs. The geothermal Octagon Pool is fed by two hot springs rich in magnesium, potassium and calcium with a temperature range of 96-97 degrees. It feels like your body is healing itself while relaxing in the warm springs. It was extra special to feel the healing powers after the pandemic – there was something very surreal about the experience.
The popular River Reflexology Walk has stones carefully placed to soothe and massage the 15,000 nerves in your feet – which felt incredible.
The Mini Cascades miniature golf course is open year-round, weather permitting.
The Homestead boasts a glorious heated indoor pool which was a huge hit for my kids’ instagram feeds, you’ll see why here:
The dining options are delectable and plentiful. Our family enjoyed Martha’s Market for breakfast, they had the best breakfast sandwiches and coffee ever. We ate there both days and enjoyed a relaxing breakfast with a magnificent view from the rocking chairs on the porch. For dinner, we enjoyed fresh fish and steak at Jefferson’s and it was incredible – everyone had a clean plate. We saved the best for last as you can’t go to the Homestead without dressing up for the Dining Room for dinner and dancing. They featured dueling pianos during our final evening and we were the last ones standing at the end of the night. It was spectacular!
There is so much to do at the Homestead or you can choose to do nothing at all and just bask in the incredible outdoors. Our kids are begging to go back.
The Homestead runs special offers all year round, whether you are taking your family, or you want to get away for a romantic weekend, or you are celebrating a special birthday – there is something for everyone at The Omni Homestead. Trust us, you won’t ever want to leave.
A few Smarty Tips:
1) Make your dinner reservations well in advance on Open Table.
2) Make your activity reservations well in advance through the resort.
3) Don’t use Waze – it will take you through the scariest, narrowest drive on the backside of the mountain, you’ll feel like you’re driving off a cliff. Use The Omni Resort directions here.