All Photo Courtesy of The Omni Homestead Resort
Discover an iconic American destination, The Omni Homestead Resort. A location steeped in tradition with mountain views as inspiring as they are breathtaking and hospitality so genuine, it seems woven into each associate’s DNA. From flavorful culinary options to please the most discriminating of palates to experiences and adventures which challenge and delight, The Omni Homestead is truly a destination unlike any other.
Here, at America’s First Resort, you’ll find a resort that defines the ideal vacation. Imagine waking up to a glorious mountain sunrise followed by a leisurely breakfast in the stately Dining Room, where generations of families have started their days with the resort’s famous doughnuts or a made to order omelet. Your day is filled with activities like horseback riding, kayaking, shooting skeet and fly fishing and then a few hours at Allegheny Springs where you float along the lazy river and race down the water slides like a kid. Dinner in Jefferson’s is a delicious array of regional cuisine and the honey stung Brussels Sprouts are the best you’ve ever tasted. The floor to ceiling windows offer views that remind you of a day well spent. The next morning, you start with an exhilarating hike with one of our naturalists along the Cascades Gorge, capturing photos and memories of the 12 beautiful waterfalls.
After lunch at Rubino’s where you watch golfers play the top-rated course in Virginia, The Cascades, you return to the resort for a falconry lesson. Yes, falconry, the sport of kings, the ancient pastime where you learn and experience the artful skills of these incredible birds of prey. Inspired, you decide to soar through the treetops on our Ridge Runner zip tour. As you fly from station to station, your smile grows and your only thought is, “Wow.” Woody’s, named after the resort’s beloved, long-tenured associate Woodrow “Woody” Pettus, is the perfect spot for a casual dinner with its burger-centric menu. Here, you can indulge in the maître d’ burger, a decadent creation of prime ground burger, 16-hour smoked brisket, two types of bacon, a beer-battered onion and Gruyère cheese on a brioche bun accented with gold leaf.
Jefferson's Restaurant & Bar
Day three is all about relaxation as you treat yourself to a rejuvenating service in the Spa and an afternoon poolside in the Serenity Garden. That evening, you dine under the sparkling crystal chandeliers in the elegant Dining Room, taking time to dance to the live band playing classic favorites.
Kids Water Play Zone
On your return home, you reflect upon the incredible memories of a vacation well spent and start planning your next visit.
The Omni Homestead Resort
Serenity Garden Pool
, 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, VA 24445, 1-800-922-5000, www.theomnihomestead.com
About AAA Diamond Properties
AAA Four and Five Diamond properties represent the best of the best. Of the nearly 28,000 hotels that AAA reviews each year, just 5.9 percent are rated as Four Diamond properties. Five Diamonds are awarded to even fewer properties—just 0.4 percent.
What distinguishes these elite few? AAA members can rest assured that any AAA Approved hotel will be satisfactory, but a AAA Four or Five Diamond property will be extra special, with inviting public spaces, superior guest rooms, upscale décor and linens, and extensive amenities. Onsite restaurants will offer high quality food in appealing surroundings, and service will be exceptional, from the front desk to the bellhop to the concierge.
Choosing a AAA Four or Five Diamond lodging guarantees AAA members that their hotel will be much more than a place to sleep at night. It will be a cherished part of their vacation memories.
This hotel was originally featured in the 4 and 5 Diamond Section in the May/June 2017 digital version of AAA World.