Virginia’s natural spa and wellness destination.

By Travel & Leisure
January 21, 2015
Hot Spring Escape in Bath County
Credit: Courtesy of The Homestead

Historic hot springs bring fizz to this retreat in the countryside of Virginia’s Bath County.

The Omni Homestead Resort & Spa

The 1766 Homestead is the uncontested grande dame of the Allegheny Mountains, set 180 miles west of Richmond. Here, old Virginia hospitality permeates every aspect of guests’ stays, from the gracious service and haute-traditional cuisine to the ritual of afternoon tea and biscuits in the pillared Great Hall. The 483 rooms and suites also exemplify antebellum elegance, with warm-pastel wallpapers of mauve and rose, roomy upholstered armchairs, thick floral drapes, and sumptuous down featherbeds that would give even the daintiest of southern belles sweet dreams. Plus, some suites have sun porches with rocking chairs—all the better for admiring the property’s misty mountain surroundings.

Jefferson Pools

Luxuriate in the 98-degree waters of the hot spring–fueled Jefferson Pools, established in 1761.

Waterwheel Restaurant

Amid the inner workings of a historic gristmill, the Waterwheel Restaurant offers stylish country dishes like Allegheny Mountain trout pan-fried with black walnuts.