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Hotel at a Glance: Omni Bedford Springs Resort
In the late 18th century, Dr. John Anderson wanted to reap the curative benefits of the natural mineral springs found in the Allegheny Mountains. He purchased a plot of land and used locally quarried stones to build the lodge that now serves as the foundation of Omni Bedford Springs Resort. Ten US presidents have stayed at the hotel over the years—they referred to it as the summer White House—and it’s now a National Historic Landmark. Though it boasts plush guest rooms, the 4.5-star hotel’s main draw remains its eight mineral springs, some of which feed the heated indoor pool.
- Relax at Springs Eternal Spa, the 30,000-square-foot facility that uses natural mineral water in every treatment.
- Eat well at four on-site restaurants including the 1796 Room, the resort’s signature steakhouse that serves 21-day-aged USDA Prime beef.
- Dip into the peaceful waters of the heated, spring-fed indoor pool.
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 2 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.