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 years, 10 US presidents have stayed at the hotel, and it's now a National Historic Landmark. It's since undergone a $120 million renovation, but even with its restored wings, a historic golf course, and plush guest rooms, the four-star hotel’s main draw remains 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 resort's signature steakhouse, known as the 1796 Room Steak and Chophouse, serves 21-day aged USDA Prime beef along with fresh desserts prepared in house.
Bedford, Pennsylvania: Historic Small Town in the Alleghenies
Tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains of southern Pennsylvania, the town of Bedford is an oasis of outdoor adventure. Miles of scenic trails crisscross the town, including a 16.7-mile bike path that wends its way past nine covered bridges. There’s also a handful of challenging hiking and skiing trails at nearby Blue Knob All-Seasons Resort. To see even more of the Alleghenies, go for a drive along the historic Lincoln Highway, which runs from New York to San Francisco. It goes right through Bedford and past numerous unusual landmarks (including Bedford’s own giant coffeepot) along the way.
In historic downtown, you can take a free guided walking tour from the visitor’s center or hit the Fort Bedford Museum to see the 1758 Fort Bedford flag and other local artifacts. Many 18th- and 19th-century houses have been relocated to Old Bedford Village, just two miles north of town. The living history village showcases life in early Bedford through reenactments, old-timey crafts, and festivals from Memorial Day through October.