4-Star Mountainside Resort Fed by Mineral Springs
In the late 18th century, Dr. John Anderson wanted to reap the curative benefits of the natural hot springs that dot the Allegheny Mountains. He purchased a 2,200-acre plot of land here, and he used locally quarried stones to build a lodge that serves as the foundation for today's 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 and plush furnishings, the Omni's main draw is still its eight mineral springs, some of which feed the heated indoor and outdoor pools.
Inspired by the local Native Americans who first discovered the springs' healing properties, the 30,000-square-foot Springs Eternal Spa uses natural mineral water in every one of its treatments. In Bedford Bath rituals, the client alternates between hot and cool mineral pools that are equipped with massaging jets. The service also includes a ginger body polish and steam therapy infused with indigenous botanicals. Other treatments, such as massages and body wraps, employ local herbs, and many culminate with a stint in the private spa garden.
Five restaurants are onsite, ranging from fine dining to a steak and chophouse. The relaxed but upscale chophouse, the 1796 Room features 21-day aged USDA prime beef, along with a dessert menu freshly prepared in-house. Come nightfall, you can gather around a stone fire pit on the lawn and nibble on marshmallows toasted over the flames.
Bedford, Pennsylvania: Rustic Mountain Town Convenient for Hiking and Cross-Country Skiing
The rural town of Bedford is cradled amid the verdant Allegheny Mountains. There are 25 miles of hiking trails accessible from the Omni; meanwhile, the nearby Blue Knob State Park contains a vast network of gently sloping loops and steady uphill climbs. Multi-use trails are open for mountain biking, horseback riding, and seasonal cross-country skiing, along with downhill tubing and skiing. In warmer months, many take to the park's streams for trout fishing.
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- Mineral-fed pools
- 30,000-square-foot spa
- Five restaurants
- 18-hole golf course
- Stone fire pit
- Hiking and cross-country-skiing trails accessible from hotel
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- 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable
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Deluxe King or Queen Room
- One king or queen bed
- Standard occupancy: 2
- Maximum occupancy: 2
- Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
Deluxe Double Room
- Two double beds
- Standard occupancy: 2
- Maximum occupancy: 5
- Adding occupants above standard: $30 per night for each additional guest 18 or older; no charge for additional guests 17 or younger
- Check in: 3 p.m.
- Check out: noon
- Resort fee includes: valet parking; WiFi; daily bottled water; access to fitness center, tennis court, and pools; tea service; use of business center; local and 800 calls
- Rollaways: available at no extra charge; request upon arrival
- Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
- Pet policy: pets up to 50 pounds are allowed for a $100 fee.
- Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request by calling the property.
- Room upgrades: available at check-in for an additional fee
- By plane: about 30 miles from Altoona-Blair County Airport (AOO)
- By car: about 110 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA, and 142 miles north of Washington, D.C.
- By cab: about $70 from AOO
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