Last month, Austin and I got to travel to Hot Springs, Virginia to stay at the beautiful Omni Homestead Resort for their 250th Anniversary. You guys, this property is not only beautiful but it’s an amazing experience (and America’s oldest resort)!
Since posting on instagram and snapchat, several of you have emailed us with questions regarding this resort. I wanted to share a little recap with you and some tips we found helpful for planning our stay at The Omni Homestead Resort.
PLANNING YOUR STAY
When planning your trip to Hot Springs, there are a few things to keep in mind. As the seasons change, so do some of the resort activities. We loved visiting in the Fall. The foliage was beautiful and the weather was crisp and cool. It was a nice break from the 80 degree weather in Dallas!
During the winter, they have their ski resort and ice skating rink open. Obviously the snow wasn’t on the ground for us while we were there, but from what we could see, it looked like a nice ski area. Austin said he would love to go back for a ski trip. I would research the activities to figure out what time of year is best for you!
Since the weather was so nice, we really wanted to spend as much time outdoors as possible. When planning our itinerary, we made sure to find things that would let us see the different highlights of the property. Some of our favorites included, Horseback Riding, Fly Fishing, Hiking and the Carriage Ride. We even snuck in some time at the Spa & Wellness Center (which I highly recommend). A visit to the hot springs is also a must!
One of my favorite activities (and it was the least expensive!) was making s’mores outside at the bonfire. You can bring your own or purchase a kit at Jefferson’s Restaurant & Bar.
WHAT TO PACK
We went the second weekend in November and the weather was pretty chilly. I packed several layers (I loved wearing this cardigan) a coat and a few dressier options for dinner. I would be sure to pack leggings and tennis shoes, there is a lot to see around the resort and you definitely want to be comfortable.
The Main Dining Room was our favorite. We went there every morning for their breakfast buffet. Let me just say, this isn’t your typical hotel breakfast buffet. This was very nice and they had several gourmet options as well as food prepared for dietary restrictions. I highly recommend getting there early to grab a maple bacon donut. They are THE BEST and disappear quick. The Main Dining Room also serves dinner. We ate there on our last night and it was simple amazing. We loved hearing the jazz band and even took part in some dancing, I highly recommend booking reservations in advance as this is a popular dining option. Also, keep in mind the dress code is formal for dinner.
Another favorite was Jefferson’s Restaurant & Bar. This is a more casual option, perfect for dinner. If you can, grab a spot on the patio next to the fire pit.
If we didn’t have a chance to stop by the breakfast buffet or just wanted an afternoon pick me up, we went to Martha’s Market. They have a great hot apple cider, too!