Our 250th Year Has Arrived
Ten years before our country was founded, The Homestead opened its doors as a humble, 18-room lodge tucked away in the mountains. Over the past two and a half centuries, the resort has evolved, sharing milestones with America and memories with generations of travelers. Today, The Homestead is an iconic resort encompassing 2,300 acres with 483 guest rooms, numerous dining outlets and more than 30 recreational activities.
Our resort will commemorate the momentous milestone with 366 days of anniversary celebrations, which include afternoon anniversary parties with a different flavored cake each day, a monthly speaker series, fireside chats, historic menu items in the Main Dining Room, special concerts, fireworks displays and much more.
View our cake brochure here
Throughout the past 250 years, generations of families and associates have made lasting memories here. In 2016, we will honor the past, present and future of America’s first resort and we invite you to be a part of our year-long celebration by sharing your memories of The Homestead. Simply click the link below to submit your chapter* to our resort's legacy.
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Theme of the Month: Owners
In 1766, Captain Thomas Bullitt built the first Homestead, a humble, 18-room lodge. In the mid-1800s, Dr. Goode introduced European spa style and expanded the resort and later, the Ingalls family became proud proprietors for over 100 years. Today, the resort is a member of the award-winning family of Omni Hotels & Resorts.
Each week you'll find new facts below pertaining to the events in our history surrounding the month's theme.
Fun Facts of The Week
The story of The Homestead begins with the father of America, George Washington, as he awarded a land grant to Capt. Thomas Bullitt on which the first hotel was built.
- JP Morgan established the first professional management team at any American resort here at The Homestead.
In 1996, TRT Holdings, Inc. acquires Omni Hotels' properties and management contracts, franchise agreements and the Omni Hotels brand name worldwide.
KSL announced the acquisition of The Homestead and Barton Creek Resort on January 3, 2007.
In his book, The Invalid’s Guide to the Virginia Hot Springs, Goode claimed the Hot Springs were beneficial in curing patients with a variety of maladies such as inflammatory rheumatism, skin ulcers, stomach and liver pain, and lead poisoning.
Fay Ingalls book, The Valley Road, about Hot Springs, Virginia and The Homestead, was published in 1949.
Omni Hotels & Resorts ranked highest among upper-upscale hotel brands, according to the J.D. Power 2015 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM released July 15, 2015. This year’s highest ranking marks Omni’s sixth time as the leading hotel brand in this segment.