My three sisters, sister-in-law, cousin, and I met at Omni Bedford Springs to celebrate my sister's 50th Birthday, taking advantage of their Spa Package. We arrived at 10:00 am on Saturday morning and left on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. Hands down, those were the best 28 hours spent at a hotel with "the girls." We had each scheduled one or two spa treatments, had lunch served at the spa, Afternoon Tea and Breakfast in the Crystal Room, and dinner at the 1796 Room. We did a little shopping, a short hike in the wooded mountain side, yoga, and lots of lounging in the spa area and the sitting areas around the hotel. We did go into town for a couple of hours to do some shopping.
The hotel itself was a throwback to another era of old elegance, originally opened 200 years ago. They have old black/white and sepia-toned pictures from the early days which lent a wonderful historical feel. But the rooms have been renovated and are nonetheless modern with granite countertops in the bathrooms and flat-screen TVs hidden in antique-looking armoires. They had neat little touches such as the the lights in the closet automatically turning on when you opened the closet door and an umbrella stand by the door with carved walking sticks to use on your mountain hike. There were many sitting areas throughout the hotel both inside and out, rocking chairs on wide verandas and porches, chaise lounges indoors in front of floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the mountains, chairs around large firepits to roast marshmallows at night, a lobby area which had tea available in the afternoon so you can sit and listen to the grand piano. Very civilized and relaxing.
The spa was wonderful. My favorite spa is very modern in style, but the Bedford Springs spa had all of the same amenities with a much more traditional style in the furnishings. Before my massage, I sat by the fire in the spa lounge (co-ed) with my sisters chatting about life, sippling herbal teas, and nibbling on fruit and nuts. After my fabulous massage, I went through the unique bath ritual with the mineral waters and then had a salad in the spa area. I was done with my treatments that day so I read magazines and had lunch in the spa lounge while my sisters came in and out, chatting with me between their treatments.
After the spa, we all had Afternoon Tea, where they served special teas, blended for the hotel by a local tea shop. They only offered two choices of loose teas, both black teas with very unusual blends of flavors (e.g. chocolate, coconut, and strawberry notes). We all ended up trying both and loved them. Mighty Leaf teas in the usual types were available by the bag. Instead of bringing out a tiered server with the tea sandwiches and pastries, servers came by and gave us one sandwich or pastry at a time. Everything was delicious, and they gave us seconds or thirds of our favorites. We had to work off our tea so we walked around downtown and shopped in the quaint stores. Then back to the hotel for a late dinner in the 1796 room, a small dining room with an old tavern feel. Our server and his team were excellent and the food--not inexpensive--was bountiful and delicious. My sea bass was perfectly seasoned and prepared as was everone else's steaks and seafood.
After a morning of yoga and hiking, we had brunch in the Crystal Room, which was a combination of a cold and hot buffet, carving stations, and omelette and pasta stations. Again, the food quality was excellent.
I thought this hotel was a wonderful place to spend a long weekend. We really could have used another day or two to take full advantage of everything they had to offer, e.g. tennis courts, pool, kids' programs. I plan to come back, particularly in the summer or fall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located within a two hour drive of Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, PA the Omni Bedford Springs is the ideal destination for rejuvenation. The resort recently completed a $120 million restoration and features 216 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. This historic resort boasts the number one golf course in Pennsylvania, the 30,000 square foot Springs Eternal Spa, 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, 5 restaurants, two pools, 25 miles of hiking trails and a variety of other on-site activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Omni Bedford Springs Hotel Bedford
- Bedford Springs Resort