Beautiful Bedford Springs Resort A review of Omni Bedford Springs Resort
Stayed at the historical Bedford Springs Resort over the second weekend in August in a 'stone house' room. The entire resort has been lovingly and painstaking renovated and reinvented to surpass its original grandeur. With the outward appearance of a southern plantation, the interior reflects the past with all the conveniences of modern times. Rain showers, 32" flat screen HD tv and slate floored baths with french doors. Plus a bay window and handcarved walking sticks (there are lots of hiking/biking trails and the property is pretty big). The linens and bedding were amazing - as good as, if not better than Ritz Carlton. Super plush bath towels with Caswell Massey toiletries. From the main building there are two wings, each three stories tall (not including ground level). Those rooms on the front of the building have access to the porches that run the length of the resort. There is a balcony/porch for each floor with 2 rocking chairs and table outside each room. The ground floor (no rooms on this level) is the same style. Quite relaxing to rock away the afternoon with a glass of wine and a view of the surrounding mountains. There are two pools - indoor and outdoor. Indoor is connected to the spa and I agree that it was definitely the quiet pool. Seemed to be many families at the resort and while the kids in general were well behaved, the outdoor pool could get a bit loud. The pool areas have several private cabanas, an elevated lounging area with lilly pond and jacuzzi by the cabanas. Food and drink service is available until 5pm or so. Didn't golf or visit the spa for treatments but both looked beautiful. We did visit the stone fire pit at night (just outside the tavern on the lawn) and loved sitting in the rockers checking out the stars next to the crackle of the fire. You can make smores - just ask the bartender (Kelley - he's a good man) for the marshmallows and chocolate. Just outside the main lobby area (with dual grand staircases) is a library with floor to ceiling built in shelves and a chess table. Amazing crown molding, window treatments, period chairs and loungers coupled with chic leather pieces here and there. The interior decorations of the entire property are what I would describe as Ralph Lauren meets Gone With the Wind. Though we completely enjoyed our stay, the resort does take a little patience as they have only been open a few weeks. Our only real issue was with valet. There is no self parking option so all guests and anyone coming for lunch, dinner, golf etc must valet their car. The weather was perfect and it was quite busy over the weekend. There were times that the small valet staff had way more going on than they could handle. Not that the employess weren't extremely kind and sincere, but believe me, it was a zoo at times. Had room service for all meals and thoroughly enjoyed the food. I would suggest menu items from either the Crystal Room or 1796, as the tavern food was good but not so much of a gourmet experience as it was standard fare. I would definitely suggest setting aside time for dinner at 1796 as the ambiance can't be beat. Also, I recommend reserving the chef's table. A culinary package that puts you alongside the executive and sous chefs, dining is in the enormous kitchen where you get to see all the action and taste the best from a personalized chef's menu. Though service overall was extremely friendly, those of you who are accustomed to luxury will find that there is a bit of polishing to be done here and there. Again, the resort has just opened and I expect that it will only get better. We totally enjoyed our time at Bedford Springs and will be back (probably this winter - several ski resorts are close by) and will recommend. FYI - $18 daily resort fee per room is NOT included in the room rate (covers valet parking, daily paper, etc) and will be on your bill at checkout.