Do you ever need that weekend away to simply relax? I do! I love that over night or long weekend when you get away from home, sleep in, and simply enjoy some needed peace and quite. The Homestead, also now known as the Omni Homestead, is one of my favorite places for a quick trip away to recharge.
Nestled in the Virginia mountains, it has been there in one form or another since 1766. Known for the hot springs in the area it was a place to “take the waters” – and you still can!
The rooms are beautiful, the people phenomenal and the food a gourmand’s delight. And, oh, did I mention the spa? You can hike, swim or ski, depending on the season, golf, enjoy zip lining, falconry, hiking, or, my personal favorite, curl up with a book or a deck of cards in the library or on the front porch. Then there is the great hall where you can enjoy the fire places. I’ve enjoyed many an afternoon playing cards – yes, I mean playing with an actual deck of cards – with my Mom and enjoying a refreshment.
The spa is excellent; the garden pool, adult only, features a lovely heated pool and hot tub along with one of the original hot springs. The aqua thermal suite is the perfect place for an afternoon and then a massage. There is also a gym, indoor pool, and, in the warm weather, a family pool with a lazy river.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention the food. It is spectacular. I feel like I roll away when I leave the table. The breakfast buffet leaves nothing to the imagination. Dinner options do not disappoint. The wedge salad at Jefferson’s is a favorite. I’ve eaten in the dining room, formal, Jefferson’s, casual, room service, and Sam Sneeds. Each meal was to die for.