The Omni Bedford Springs Resort is like no other place I’ve visited. The 2,200-acre resort is tucked away in the Cumberland Valley of south-central Pennsylvania. The property recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, but its history runs quite deep. The historical elements, along with unrivaled levels of service and luxury, made for an unforgettable experience for my family and me.
One must not be well-versed in the history of the hotel to appreciate its grandeur, but it definitely does add to the allure. Here are a few historical highlights:
In 1796, the property was purchased by one Dr. John Anderson when mineral springs were discovered in the area. Patients of Dr. Anderson’s began arriving in Bedford to experience the healing qualities of the mineral springs in new bathing facilities.
In 1821, future President James Buchanan visited Bedford Springs, and the hotel eventually became his “summer White House”. President Buchanan will go on to spend forty summers in Bedford Springs.
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In 1984, the resort is designated a National Historic Landmark.
In 2007, $120-million restoration project is complete and the Bedford Springs Resort returns to its luxurious splendor.
Fast forward again to August 2011 when my family arrives at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. We knew the property was really nice, but we did not realize it was going to be THAT nice! What made it even more enjoyable was how we were warmly welcomed by every member of the staff we met, from the valet parking supervisor to Stephen, the bellhop who delivered our luggage to our room. When I say that I have never experienced such service anywhere in the world, you must believe me.
In the coming days, I will share more details about our time at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. Until then, I leave you with some photos.