The Omni Homestead Resort resides across 300 acres in Hot Springs, Virginia. The Homestead opened on this land in 1776, celebrating 250 years this year, and has hosted 23 presidents since. Service throughout the Omni Homestead is tried and true, deploying southern hospitality by 1000 employees, 80 who have worked there for over 30 years.
Stately, nostalgic, historic and charming are mere words to describe two of the most iconic golf courses in Virginia and America. These picturesque Omni Homestead courses snuggle against the Allegheny Mountains.
The Old Course
This course is a journey of elevated fairways and evergreen valleys, a favorite of many past presidents. Clouds and fog hug the mountain range with illuminating sunshine between that highlights the resort’s magnificent architecture and style. From many points on the course the massive tower of the Omni Homestead is seen jutting into the Virginia sky, signaling this is the place to be. Expansive is not a long enough word to describe the lodge, grounds and resort offerings. Even the woodchucks on course are longer than normal.
The Cascade Course
The Cascade is rated the number one course in Virginia. A stone monument at the start highlights Sam Snead who says, “If you can play the Cascades, you can play anywhere.” The difficulty lies in blind tee shots over severely sloping fairways leading to fast greens along mountain streams. Lower level cascades naturally fall throughout if not suffering a drought.
If waterfalls meet your fancy, sign up for the optional 3-hour tour of Cascades Gorges in the afternoon but don’t try to go on your own; as it is guarded private property and trespassers will be fined. The concierge could direct you however to a public viewing spot of 84-foot waterfalls.
Looking for some R&R?
The Allegheny Springs delivers a water fix for the whole family complete with swimming pool, whirlpool, lazy river, water slides, and even a sandy beach and food service. In the winter it converts to a skating party. The Jefferson Pools provide soaking opportunities in the naturally heated Hot Springs water.
Relax in radiant-heated loungers in front of a scenic waterfall on screen or in the Herbal Cocoon room’s heated niche below a starlit ceiling or in the Aromatic Steam room with essential oils and colored lights. Looking for a colder place to relax? Enjoy The Chill, or a cold cabin where you inhale the crisp vapor and apply flaked ice directly to your skin. Relax, rinse and repeat at the Aqua Thermal Spa, complimentary with paid therapeutic services, which are plentiful to choose from and all very satisfying from facials to full massages.
Enjoy the exquisite cuisine served on the patio high above the pit or inside at Jefferson’s Restaurant. Local rack of lamb and spicy shrimp grits are prime entrees. The Main Dining Room for dinner in the evening requires jackets, a salute to the elegant days of yore.
There is something for everyone!
Looking to shop? Feel free to stroll downtown to cute eccentric stores like the Sparrow’s nest who sells artisan gifts, jewelry, pottery, paintings, and homespun fabric art. The more adventurous members of the family can choose to hike, bike, ski or hop on a horse at the equestrian center all while enjoying the wooded scenery, fresh air and of course the hot springs.
Check schedules for seasonal activity hours at www.theomnihomestead.com.
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