Omni Bedford Springs Resort
What We Love
- The award-winning spa features historic natural mineral springs
- Four upscale restaurants, including a steakhouse and fine dining room
- The wide range of resort activities, from cooking classes to kayaking
- The 18-hole golf course, one of the first in the country
What To Know
- The resort recently underwent a $120 million renovation and expansion
- There’s a strong focus on golf and on families
- Pets are welcome, but there’s a fee of $100 per stay, plus deposit
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This historic 220-room retreat in the Allegheny Mountains has been a hotspot since 1806, when the original hotel was built as a restorative destination for city folk wanting to “take the waters.” A major renovation several years ago brought the grande dame up to date, with state-of-the-art technology and refreshed interiors. Guests can choose from classic (though recently restored) rooms in the historic wing or more contemporary digs in the spa wing. Dine in posh surrounds at the 1796 Room and Crystal Room, or keep things more casual over craft brews in the Frontier Tavern.
In the Area
While there are plenty of diversions on-property, the surrounding mountains offer opportunities for outdoor pursuits like horseback riding with Green Ridge Ranch, located an hour’s drive from the resort. Omni can arrange kayaks and a guide to explore nearby Shawnee Lake; on the way home, sample some local wines from Briar Valley Winery, on Bedford’s main street, which specializes in European varietals like Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Franc, and Lemberger.
How to Get There
We spent the weekend after Thanksgiving 2018 at Bedford Springs. Don't be afraid to bring kids -- there's plenty to do for them. We spent Saturday morning hiking to the Black Spring and following the orange loop back to the switchback trail -- amazing views on the descent. We spent a rainy Saturday afternoon in the indoor pool, which was so warm and comfortable-- no problem getting in or out. The staff kindly accommodated us as late-arrivals to the gingerbread house decorating, which our son loved. Sunday morning saw us swimming again. We are thrilled that Tillie's is now open for three meals a day. We had a dinner and two lunches there. Food is excellent. Try the seasonal smoked cocktail. Lastly, I had an amazing shamanic healing experience with Cary at the Spa. Open your mind and try it out -- you won't be disappointed. Plus, just going to the baths and relaxation room will make any spa appointment worth it.
This hotel ranks high even though a generally under-known gem in the US. From the gracious staff to the amazingly beautiful amenities, this is a lovely stay any time of the year. The indoor mineral springs pool built on its famed health remedies is a must. A great stay for couples, families, weddings, reunions...any event.
My fiance and I stayed here while attending a wedding on resort property. The room was lovely, the grounds were beautiful, and the staff was very friendly. The food at the wedding was genuinely the best large-group catered event food that I've ever had. We were very impressed. Our only complaint was that the resort was so big that it became challenging to navigate back and forth with our bags. If we had it to do over again, we would've opted to have the help offered.
We had a wonderful time at Omni Bedford Springs. It was magical being in that huge, historic hotel. We were there near Christmas, and loved all the holiday decor and all the cozy places throughout the property to relax and read a book. Being there felt very warm, open and welcoming. The waitstaff were above-and-beyond friendly, remembering our names and inquiring about our stay. We also enjoyed the various trails located around the grounds, despite it being rainy on our first full day there. We even walked into town one day to shop some of the antique stores and catch a film at the Pitt Theater. Highly recommended for a treat-yo’self kind of weekend with friends or your sweetie.
This was our second time staying at Bedford Springs and once again, it did not disappoint. This time around, we ate at The Chefs Table and spent the day at the spa. Both of which were fantastic. We plan to return many times.