Sunday, October 13: After making the circuit all around Highland County, I drive south of Monterey about 30 miles to check out Hot Springs and The Homestead. Hot Springs is part of Bath County, Virginia and is home to a number of resorts that make use of the springs.
As early as the mid-18th century, travelers came to use the springs. The first inn to accommodate them was built in 1766. The most prominent modern resort, the Homestead, traces its origin to this inn.
I walk around the grounds of the hotel and spa and take some pictures. I don’t think I could afford the high price of staying here, and I’m actually surprised no one tells me to leave the property.
According to The Homestead: Hot Springs in Virginia, the Omni Homestead is known for many things, especially its Southern hospitality and elegant charm. It has welcomed guests, including 22 US Presidents, as early as the 18th century.
Two major springs from the Allegheny Mountains flow into The Omni Homestead Resort property, naturally heated and requiring no chemical treatment, meaning you can enjoy the best hot springs in Virginia, literally straight from the source, at the legendary Jefferson Pools or in the two-acre outdoor pool area, Allegheny Springs.
The pools are named for Thomas Jefferson, who sojourned here in 1818 to spend three weeks relaxing within the spa. Soaking in the Gentlemen’s Pool House three times a day, Jefferson proclaimed the spring waters to be “of the first merit.”