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“Nice Golf Getaway” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Homestead

The Homestead
U.S. Route 220 Main Street, Hot Springs, VA 24445
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Type: Historic Sites, Golf Courses, Spas, Outdoors
Activities: Golfing, Horseback riding
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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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“Nice Golf Getaway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We enjoyed our short trip so much last year that we came back for a return trip again this August.
Enjoyed the Cascades course tremendously. A beautiful, well maintained course that isn't run like a golf factory! The hotel is also nice. Rooms are nice and decent value for money. Second time visiting the Jefferson Pools and loved the indoor mineral pools. Worth another visit.
Now for the downsides:
The restaurants are expensive and the food is average. Most guests who are returnees recommend outside restauruants. We tried the new Canyon Ranch Cafe and found most of the food to be tasteless! Shrimp was fine, as were Korean tacos..but the salads (the 2 chicken salads) were absolutely tasteless. What a disappointment. Breakfast in the Main dining room was excellent, but $27 for breakfast?Ladies pro shop has alot of last years mechandise at this years prices. Needs some work. Also thought I would see more fitness classes at the Canyon Ranch Facility. Looks nice, but didn't have time to try it out.
Lastly, everyone expects a tip. Would prefer a resort fee that includes all tips. Its a pain to dig in your pockets. Also, include parking in the fee.

Visited August 2013
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High Point, North Carolina
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30 attraction reviews
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“romantic historic resort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

well they say it's been around from 1766, but really the most recent prior iteration burned in 1901, so really the resort is about 110 years old. it does show its age here and there, and some of the staff need some training and organization. omni just took over and may improve things.

there is a new canyon ranch spa. the treatment was excellent. the spa has an outdoor pool, an outdoor mineral pool, an indoor pool, and gender-separate "aquavanna" suites that contain basically steamrooms, saunas, and gimmicky showers and cold rooms. the spa is ok- it's relaxing but not worth more than a half day. if you've been to the grove park spa, don't expect quite that out of this.

the new family pool and lazy river looked great. the golf courses are self explanatory and in good condition. there are lots of activities for the family. we took a private guided horse ride and it was good but expensive.

basically, the property needs some upkeep, and the staff while overall friendly does need to tighten up their routine, but we'd go back and bring the kids. this is in a beautiful virginia mountain setting and worth re-visiting several times.

Visited August 2013
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Churchville, Maryland
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“Beautiful Resort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We had a wondeful stay 8/8-8/11/13 while attending a Golf Chanel Am Tour regional tournament.
The Omni International folks took over a few months ago and have been making improvements since. There was a lot going on from family vaca's, weddings, lots of gofers and adventurers. My wife enjoyed the falconry and skeet shooting while I enjoyed the golf courses emensly. Be sure to book these early as they fill up. Most of the service we received was excellent. Ate in the Main dining room one night and enjoyed the food, service and music. Gilbert was a good waiter. The Casino (pro shop) restaurant was very good and a nice outdoor experience as they started the Bon fire for smoores later.
As for the incredible golf courses, you will have to read my reviews on those. Very different and an exceptional play. Worth the trip just for the golf.
This resort is not for the value shopper. Most things cost more than you think they should. You can't get a dollar Coke at Disney either. If you consider the beauty, history and opportunities for adventure it is a great getaway. Some areas did show their age but that is part of the experience.
Our room was nice and very comfortable and modern. Room service was excellent. This was what you would expect for an upscale resort. I would have given it 4.5 stars except for a couple of staff people that should be in a different field other than hospitality. The front desk check in clerk had no voice. HELLO! Bad first impression. The large bag drop boy was melancholy and unhelpful. There are only 5,000 people in Bath County. They had to reach out to surrounding areas to get employees.
We did eat outside the resort a couple of times and had good reasonable food. Many people (especially families) brought coolers of drinks and snacks. A family of 5 could spend $200 a meal in the resort.
We both agreed on the beautiful drive home that we would like to return. I hope the AM Tour returns.

Visited August 2013
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“a review”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Can be relaxing. Ample activities . The restaurants need to improve in organization and quality. Also need to make the price a real value.

Visited July 2013
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Elizabeth City, North Carolina
1 review
“on the way down”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Went to the homestead for a few days. The Hotel and other buildings are in need of major repair the food is not good for the price most of the staff act like they are not happy working there every thing is just rundown and it is very $$$. The pool area is very nice but other than that I can't say much nice about it.

Visited July 2013
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