Four-Star Mountainside Omni Resort Fed by Mineral Springs
In the late 18th century, Dr. John Anderson wanted to reap the curative benefits of the natural hot springs found in the Allegheny Mountains. He purchased a 2,200-acre plot of land and used locally quarried stones to build the lodge that now serves as the foundation of Omni Bedford Springs Resort. Over the past two centuries, 10 US presidents have stayed at the hotel—a National Historic Landmark that recently underwent a $120 million renovation. But even with its newly restored wings, a historic, restored golf course, and plush guest rooms, the four-star hotel’s main draw is its eight mineral springs, some of which feed the heated indoor pool.
Inspired by the Native Americans who first discovered the springs’ healing properties, the 30,000-square-foot Springs Eternal Spa uses natural mineral water in every treatment. During Bedford Bath rituals, you can alternate between hot and cool mineral pools equipped with massaging jets. The spa also offers a ginger body polish and steam therapy infused with local botanicals; some treatments culminate with time in the private spa garden.
Offerings at the five onsite restaurants range from casual bar fare at Frontier Tavern to upscale dining at the Crystal Room. The 1796 Room, the resort’s signature steak and chophouse, serves 21-day-aged USDA Prime beef along with a dessert menu freshly prepared in house. After dinner, guests can gather around a stone fire pit on the lawn and roast marshmallows over the flames.
Bedford, Pennsylvania: Rustic Mountain Town Convenient for Hiking
The charming town of Bedford is cradled amid the verdant Allegheny Mountains, a little more than two hours northwest of Washington, DC. There are 25 miles of hiking trails accessible from Omni Bedford Springs Resort. Multi-use trails are open for mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking. In warmer months, many head to the park’s streams for trout fishing. You can also take cooking classes, go on historical resort tours, or go off-roading on segways or utility terrain vehicles.