I have very fond memories of visiting the Homestead when I was a young girl. I remember dining in the main dining room where the gentlemen were dressed in suits and ties and the women were wearing their finest dresses. It is my memories that solidified my desire to visit with my husband and children a couple of years ago.
I will try to be brief with my assessment. The grounds are very well manicured and the resort itself is well maintained. The Homestead has a vibe of being much more family friendly than when I visited as a child which I believe is a good thing; however, if you are traveling without children, this may be more of an annoyance.
We participated in many of the activities which as others mentioned are expensive.. We enjoyed the gorge hike with our very informative guide; also,the multitude of waterfalls were beautiful so make sure you bring your cameras! We also participated in shooting, falconry, horseback riding and archery. We had a wonderful and patient shooting instructor although since some time has passed I can't remember his name. We never used the indoor pool since it was closed for renovation during our stay.
There are shuttles that take you to the various activities and all of the drivers were friendly and helpful. Also, some evenings, my husband and I would just sit and relax on the porch after a long day of activities.
My only real complaint is the lack of good restaurants although I understand a new restaurant has recently opened. Sam Sneads was okay but our other dining experiences were at times below average. My teenage son, who loves to eat, was thoroughly disappointed in the food. Our best dinner was at a little diner in town which doesn't say much for the resort when you are paying so much money! Also, I was not impressed with the main dining room. We ate there one evening and one of the servers in particular seemed like she was trying to rush us not to mention that the dinner was average at best.
If the food would have been better, I would have given my rating 5 stars. The resort is beautiful and relaxing and I hope to visit again some day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Open since 1766, The Omni Homestead is one of America's most storied resorts, offering unparalleled hospitality and southern charm in a 2,000-acre setting within the Allegheny Mountains of southwestern Virginia. Renowned for its natural hot springs, The Homestead is distinguished by 483 luxurious guest rooms and suites, 72,000 square feet of meeting space, a wide array of fine and casual dining choices, an expansive spa, championship golf courses that include one of the nation's finest mountain courses (The Cascades), Allegheny Springs, a two-acre family-friendly water attraction complete with lazy river, water slides and water play zone. The resort also offers the South's first downhill ski area, an Equestrian Center, top-rated Shooting Club, archery, canoeing, falconry, Segway tours and a wealth of other recreational attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Homestead Hotel Hot Springs
- Homestead Hotel Hot Springs
- Homestead Va
- Homestead Hot Springs Virginia
- Homestead Hot Springs Va
- Homestead Resort Hot Springs