4.5-star mountainside resort has hosted 10 US presidents; amenities include spa, pool, restaurants, and more
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, were first used by Native Americans for their healing properties.
- Relax at Springs Eternal Spa, the 30,000-square-foot facility that uses a signature product line inspired by local herbs and botanicals.
- Eat well at numerous onsite 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, indoor pool.
- Tee up at the historic Bedford Springs Old Course, which is touted as one of America’s first golf courses.
- Extra perk: a $20 daily resort credit is included in all options.
Between January 7 and January 21, 2019, the Bedford Baths will undergo maintenance. During this time, the Relaxation Lounge, Bedford Baths, Locker Rooms, and indoor pool will not be accessible. Hotel will be offering a limited Springs Eternal Spa menu in alternate treatment rooms.
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 check out the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art’s newest location in Bedford, located inside the historic, 200-year-old Anderson House. The museum features eight galleries with rotating exhibits, a children’s creativity studio, and the lush Mouse Myers Grass Memorial Garden.