It’s historical, tranquil, unique and beautiful. It’s Bedford, PA, where for the next three days you’ll be immersed in culture, food and countless activities. Now, unplug your electronics and spend some time with someone you care about. We will take care of the rest.
This sample three-day itinerary details the best places to dine, relax and explore while staying at the historic, grand Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa.
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Start your day in the elegant Crystal Room
, the resort’s main dining room, for their signature Art of Breakfast where you can see the chefs prepare your omelet to order. Friendly servers keep your coffee topped off and the croissants, muffins and other baked goods are freshly baked.
Meet at the Concierge desk at 10:00 a.m. for your historic tour and learn the roots of the healing springs and the 11 presidents whom have stayed at the resort.
How about a little shopping on your way to lunch? The Bedford Market has everything local from soaps to art, and Harriet Lane’s fashion boutique features resort wear and accessories. Once you’ve got the right gear, head to the Clubhouse at the Old Course where our newest restaurant, Tillie’s at the Clubhouse, is serving lunch and drinks inside or on the patio, all overlooking the golf course. Your tee time is at 1:30 p.m. so you’ve got ample time to pop in to the Pro Shop and pick up an Old Course hat before you take on 18-holes on the course that Golfweek Magazine named on the Top 100 Resort Course list, 2018.
Call down for a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoy it while watching the sunset from your porch. Rocking chairs are the recipe for instant relaxation. Dinner is in the 1796 Room, where Chef Loeffler procures the finest meats and seafood from local farms and fisheries and pairs them with seasonal vegetables from local partners, and when in season, from his garden on property. Don’t forget dessert. Chef Josh, the resort pastry chef, is known for unique creations like smoked cherry cheesecake. Pick up your s’mores kit and head out to the fire pit for the after dinner snifter of your choice.
Throw on your swimsuit, grab your plush robe and head to the indoor pool, one of the first in the nation, for dip. Once you’ve toweled off you can enjoy coffee, fresh fruit and pastry at Che Sara Sara, and linger over the newspaper. The Springs Eternal Spa is steps away – follow your nose to the aroma of lavender and other herbs – and where your treatment awaits. Spend time enjoying the centuries-old Bedford Bath ritual after your treatment, then lounge in the Spa Garden with a cucumber-infused water and that book you’ve been trying to finish for three months. You are not on a schedule today.
Was that a cat nap you just enjoyed after the spa? Good for you. I bet you were dreaming about the mushroom soup and lobster cobb salad you’ll be savoring in the Frontier Tavern for lunch. There is a new local brew on tap that will wash it all down perfectly.
Pick an activity, any activity. From hiking our 25+ miles of trails and segway tours, to archery on the front lawn and fly fishing, there is something for everyone. You’ll definitely want to walk to Red Oak Lake where the vistas are stunning.
Start your evening with a little tour of Downtown Bedford. From local art galleries and vintage shops, to candy and wine specialty shops, there is more in this 250- year-old town than tradition and history. Our concierge has secured your dinner reservation at 10/09 Kitchen tonight. You’ll enjoy anything that Chef Letzo prepares.
Sleep in. Order room service. Try the Applejack French Toast. You’ve had a couple of days to relax and explore the resort. Now, try your hand at some billiards in the Bedford Lounge and then head outside if the weather is clement for a guided naturalist hike.
Pick up your gourmet picnic basket at Che Sara Sara and take it to the front lawn to enjoy. Be sure and check out Chef’s Garden on your way to a little afternoon tennis. You’ve almost finished that book – choose a hammock on the lawn and turn the last few pages as the sun moves over the resort.
Dinner is in the Crystal Dining Room tonight. What a beautiful place to have your last meal on property. The lobby bar will be open for your nightcap. Maybe you’d like to enjoy it on the veranda as you reflect on your trip, unplugged.
If you have more time...
Visit a local museum: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Fort Bedford Museum or National Museum of the American Coverlet
Visit the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset, about 45 minutes from the Resort.
Explore the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright architected, Fallingwater.