Spring-Fed Spa and Classically Appointed Rooms
A burbling soundtrack, courtesy of eight natural mineral springs, suffuses through the soothing retreat afforded by the Omni Bedford Springs Resort's Springs Eternal Spa. Adjacent to the white-tiled oasis, the hotel—a National Historic Landmark—welcomes visitors to enjoy the fruits of a $120 million renewal and expansion, outfitting the 2,200-acre grounds with grand, newly restored wings. In expansive common areas, travelers sink into plush furniture, play chess, and contemplate verdant views of the Allegheny Mountains.
Lodgers staying in Deluxe rooms can rejoice in their journey's elegant end by vaulting onto the down comforters and plush sheets of a king or queen bed or two double beds. The bathrooms' marble floors and vanities ring with cascades of refreshing water tumbling from Waterworks fixtures.
At the center of the getaway experience, the Springs Eternal Spa employs a cataract of natural mineral-spring water to power 30,000 square feet of space devoted to pampering services. While enjoying massages, full-body treatments inspired by local herbs and botanicals, or dips in one of the large whirlpools, patrons take in tranquil views of the outdoor spa garden. After a day spent relaxing, five on-site restaurants beckon grumbling bellies with diverse menus and ambiances. The stately Crystal Room serves meals under luminescent chandeliers, with mainstays such as the bread-pudding bar and the Pennsylvanian Dutch buffet. Fine chophouses and poolside grills address cravings of all kinds throughout the hotel's grounds. As the stars rise, guests can gather around a stone fire pit on the lawn, nibbling on marshmallows toasted over the flames or using them to construct 3-D models of constellations spotted above.
Bedford, Pennsylvania: A Haven for Year-Round Outdoor Adventure
Cradled amid the verdant Alleghany Mountains, Bedford teems with opportunities for outdoor adventure. In addition to 25 miles of hiking trails accessible from the Omni, the nearby Blue Knob State Park offers hiking trails and wildlife spotting within its sylvan sanctums. Come winter, cross-country skiers weave their way through the parks, winding snowy paths and using poles to scribble directions to the south for avian pals.