Hot Springs Virginia
“Home of the World Famous Omni Homestead Resort“
Town of Hot Springs VA
Hot Springs is located in Bath county in the Blue Ridge Mountains West of the Shenandoah Valley. Since the 18th century travelers have come to Hot Springs Virginia to use the healing properties of the largest natural springs in the area and Virginia. Besides the springs there are views of the Alleghany Mountains and a variety of outdoor adventures such as mountain biking, and road cycling, hiking trails through National Forests, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing and snowboarding. One of the larger hotel resorts is the Omni Homestead creating a leisure destination in the Hot Springs Virginia. The Omni Homestead offers lodging, a water park, spa, golf, tennis and dining. The downtown area of Hots Prings has local restaurants, art galleries, inns, bed and breakfasts, hotels, and boutique shopping. Twenty-three presidents of the United States have visited and stayed in Hot Springs VA.
History of Hot Springs VA
The Homestead has been a famous resort from before the American Revolutionary War. After The French and Indian War Captain Thomas Bullet, Charles Lewis, and Andrew Lewis had heard about the springs used by the Indians in the area. Captain Bullet received medals in the war and also granted over 300 acres of land. In 1766 the land was cleared and an 18 room wooden hotel was built named the, “Homestead”. Captain Bullet died in the Revolutionary War and the family retained ownership of the hotel. In 1832 Dr. Thomas Goode, a physician purchased the resort along with the resort in Warms Springs and Healing Springs VA. In 1881, ME Ingalls, JP Morgan and other investors built the basic structure of the hotel. Throughout the years the hotel had many owners, built additions, a tavern, golf course, ski resort and other amenities. As the hotel grew and expanded so did the community with more lodging, restaurants and activities.