Autumn is my favorite season. We had no exposure to fall weather growing up in Florida…it basically went from summer to winter to summer every year.
Over the years, though—as I have traveled more—I vowed that I would settle in a state with true fall seasons. Just like Virginia does.
A few weeks ago my wife and I visited the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, a town rich with 18th century history. You hop off the interstate, and that final hour-and-a-half long drive to the Homestead is nothing short of breathtaking. Up and through the mountains, along winding roads, the light beams through the foliage that litters the hills. The towns are quaint. The streets range from pre-war bungalows to Victorian mansions. The history is old. That is Virginia.
And then you arrive at the Homestead, one of the grandest properties, tucked away in the mountains. What a simple, elegant oasis, an escape from the rest of the world. The town is known for its healing waters, known as hot springs. Thomas Jefferson was one of several presidents to visit the springs, where they could soak their bodies in mineral water.
The air was cool and crisp, we wore sweaters our entire stay. Onsite, they have a spectacular food and drink program. A couple dishes we enjoyed were deviled eggs with pickled vegetables, braised lamb shoulder, ricotta topped meatballs, and Virginia bred charcuteries.
It’s certainly a place I look forward to revisiting. See a few photos from our stay, below.