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The Omni Homestead, America’s first resort, completes $150+ million property-wide renovation

The Omni Homestead Resort is proud to celebrate its official Grand Reopening upon completion of the highly-anticipated $150+ million dollar property-wideThe Omni Homestead renovation project. Nestled within the breathtaking Allegheny Mountains of southwestern Virginia and spanning more than 2,300 acres, America’s first resort is instantly recognizable by the lovingly restored tower that hovers above the treetops, just beyond the perfectly manicured golf courses, beckoning guests to experience the next chapter at the storied property.

Throughout its 250-year history, The Homestead has served as a home away from home for generations of families and an elegant retreat for captains of industry, foreign dignitaries, and 23 U.S. presidents. From the grandeur of the Great Hall to the elevated comfort of each guest room, the restored property nods to this celebrated past while embracing a contemporary look and feel that will appeal to the global traveler seeking a piece of true Americana.

The extensive renovation project began in October 2021 with the $4.6 million rehabilitation of the Warm Springs Pools, which reopened in December 2022. The full renovation encompasses 483 guest rooms, a brand-new 4,000 square foot event pavilion, 72,000 square feet of meeting space, an array of fine and casual dining options, and more.

“The completion of this extensive renovation is a monumental accomplishment for our resort team and a testament to our commitment to enhancing the guest experience for years to come,” says Mark Spadoni, managing director at The Omni Homestead Resort. “This grand reopening marks a new chapter for our property as we cultivate our offerings to welcome the modern traveler while maintaining the rich traditions that generations of loyal guests have come to expect.”

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The resort’s breathtaking, natural setting and rich history provided the inspiration for this extensive restoration, which was led by renowned, multidisciplinary design firm WATG and their interiors studio Wimberly Interiors. The interior design reflects a sophisticated, residential style with a nod to the resort’s classic architecture and finishes. 

AN ICONIC LANDMARK PRESERVED

The first significant piece to the renovation puzzle to come together was the resort’s crown jewel – the iconic Warm Springs Pools, which underwent a 14-month, $4.6 million rehabilitation process that diligently preserved as much of the historic structure as possible. While the idea of water as wellness may be considered a trend today, it has been an integral part of Bath County and Virginia history for centuries. Fed by four natural warm springs, the 19th century bathhouses have been sought after by travelers from around the world. The stone basin of the Gentlemen’s Bathhouse was constructed in 1761, making it the first spa structure in country.

Throughout the intricate process of restoring the historic structures, Omni worked closely with 3North, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and Lionberger Construction to ensure the new structure adhered to The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Also among the resort’s most sought-after amenities is an expansive, luxurious spa with an exclusive, adults-only Serenity Garden and two championship golf courses including The Cascades, one of the nation’s finest mountain courses and consistently ranked among the top 100 courses in the country. Seasonal attractions such as a ski area, Equestrian Center, Shooting Club, falconry and mountain biking trails provide elevated adventure for the whole family.

ROOMS WITH A (NEW) VIEW

Tailored comfort is the theme and inspiration for the 483 newly renovated guestrooms. Each wing features a distinct color palette (pink, blue, lavender, and green) that flows from the hallway corridors into the rooms. Exquisite floral patterns come to life in the Shumacher Pyne Hollyhock bed skirts and draperies, along with unique homestead-specific touches that complement the overall décor within the rooms, which were completed in July 2023.

From the room experience to the public areas, guests can see firsthand the timeless embellishments implemented throughout the property, which includes the renowned Great Hall. Deemed the heart of The Homestead, this traditional, charming space now boasts custom-designed carpet with a nod to the flora and fauna of the Allegheny Mountains and is accented with the trim of classic hardwood floors, elegant lighting that encourages a welcoming ambiance and other whimsical, bold color touches.

IDYLLIC WEDDING VENUES AND MODERN MEETING SPACES

Combining genuine hospitality and elegant charm across 12 distinct wedding venues, The Omni Homestead is poised to be the premier scenic location for destination weddings on the East Coast. Most notably, the 4,000 square foot, picturesque Old Course Pavilion (capacity 225) exudes casual elegance with sweeping views of the Tower and East and West Wings. Charming brick pathways, a slate-clad roof, stained concrete floors, and white-wash walls give way to full-height operable window walls to create year-round indoor/outdoor experiences.

Celebrations for all occasions can take place within one of the many newly enhanced event spaces. As the name suggests, the Crystal Room features sparkling crystal chandeliers that cast golden hues to create a magical ambiance. Elegant draperies accentuate the historic architecture and welcome natural light while original wall sconces enhance the décor of the Empire Room. The spacious and flexible Regency Ballroom is completely transformed, from the elegant blue carpeting with flourishes of yellow to the backlit faux clerestory windows which evoke a sense of natural light. The breathtaking splendor of the Grand Ballroom is updated with textured wallcoverings and enhanced lighting for business meetings and banquets alike.

Significant updates to each of the existing 28 meeting rooms include refinished wood floors, new carpeting, furniture, wallcoverings, acoustic ceiling tiles, furniture, and light fixtures with an architectural and functional focus.  

First completed in 1923, the Theater also received a well-deserved refresh featuring a classic and distinguished look and feel. The multi-functional space offers a prohibition-style cocktail bar and convertible, dinner theater-style seating setting the stage for events ranging from movie screenings to musical performances to TED Talks and magic shows.

 A NEW ERA OF CULINARY TRADITIONS

Guests can wine and dine at a variety of food and beverage offerings, including the new Pioneer Picnic, a fast-casual dining experience featuring a wrap-around porch on the grand lawn that invites families to dine al fresco while taking in the breathtaking mountain views. Martha’s Market, the property’s sunny grab-and-go café offers signature Stances Coffee and Homestead Creamery ice cream. At the Presidential Lounge, a new speakeasy-style bar, the color palate reflects the bourbon and brandy poured and sipped over a game of pool. Notable spots Jefferson’s Taproom and Restaurant, Rubino’s at The Cascades, and the American Audubon Dining Room also feature refreshed designs with exquisite cuisine. 

Tags: $150+ million, America, property-wide renovation, The Omni Homestead

Media, Dallas, Texas

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