the homestead in hot springs, virginia

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.

Entrance to the spa at the Homestead
Entrance to the spa at the Homestead
Entering the grounds of the Homestead
Entering the grounds of the Homestead
the lawn at the Homestead
the lawn at the Homestead

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.

The Homestead
The Homestead

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.

The Homestead
The Homestead
Hydrangeas at the end of their season
Hydrangeas at the end of their season
Pro-golf shops
Pro-golf shops

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.

The Homestead
The Homestead
The Homestead
The Homestead
wall art at the Homestead
wall art at the Homestead

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.

Jefferson Pools
Jefferson Pools

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.”

Jefferson Pools
Jefferson Pools
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8 thoughts on “the homestead in hot springs, virginia

  1. I had no idea there were hot springs in Virginia, Cathy! It looks like a bit of a workout just climbing the steps in the Homesteads. Bit uppity for you n me, Cath 🙂 Jefferson Pools looks gorgeous though.

    1. Yes, too uppity for me at least, Jo. It was good to go check it out, but I would never pay as much as they ask to stay there. It seems very uppity. I kept waiting for someone to tell me to please leave the grounds! 🙂

  2. We stayed very close by at The Vine Cottage Inn last night…we mentioned we were interested in going to take photos of The Homestead but didn’t know if we could…the owner of the bed & breakfast told us since its a historical site, they cannot keep you out. You should have seen the enormous Christmas tree inside, it was gorgeous!

    1. Hi Marcia McC. How was The Vine Cottage? I’m glad you found out that it was okay to take pictures at the Homestead, because I did it anyway! I would have loved to have seen the Christmas tree! Happy holidays, and thanks so much for visiting. 🙂

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