Virginia | October 6 - October 9, 2024

The Homestead Resort

Experience the elegance, the history, and the cuisine of The Homestead in beautiful Bath County, Virginia.

Experience the elegance, the history, and the cuisine of The Homestead in beautiful Bath County, Virginia with Our State October 6 – 9, 2024.

Known as “America’s First Resort,” guests at the hotel have been enjoying the rejuvenating hot springs, tranquil scenery, and fresh air of the Allegheny Mountains for more than 250 years. The Resort recently underwent a $140 million renovation to restore its historic character.

 

Our State’s Custom Curated Package includes:

  • Three nights luxury accommodations
  • Three expansive breakfast buffets in the American Audubon Dining Room
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Farewell Feast with Virginia wines
  • Private history tour of the hotel
  • Guided hike with a naturalist past waterfalls in the Cascades Gorge
  • Our State tour guide
  • Free time to explore Hot Springs, play a round of golf, or even “take the waters” at the Resort – a traditional healing soak that Thomas Jefferson enjoyed when he visited.

 

Highlights Include:

  • An exclusive visit to Roseloe Manor – a privately owned 12-acre estate with views of the Warm Springs Valley. Originally built in 1905, the current owners will regale us with stories and tours of the home and garden. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Private history tour of the 250-year-old hotel which has hosted 24 U.S. presidents and visitors from all over the world.
  • Cascades Gorge Hike. We will be led and entertained by a naturalist through a series of 13 beautiful waterfalls alongside a deep, Allegheny Mountain gorge trail. Learn about regional and unusual flora and fauna in this semi-tropical environment and the medicinal and edible properties of the many local plants. It’s a 1.8-mile journey and one of the most beautiful in the region.

 

Detailed Itinerary: 

Sunday, October 6, 2024

After a picturesque drive through Bath County, you will arrive at the Homestead Resort and check-in for your luxurious three night-stay at America’s First Resort.

6:00 pm

We will have a Welcome Dinner at the Mountain View Pavilion at the Shooting Club.

Shuttles will take us over.

You may wish to visit the Presidential Lounge just off the main lobby before departure to see the collection of the resort’s presidential guests.

 

 

Monday, October 7, 2024

Breakfast buffet at the elegant American Audubon Dining Room.

Morning

Private history tour of the 250-year-old hotel which has hosted 24 U.S. presidents and visitors from all over the world. Times to be announced.

You are free for lunch on your own. You may wish to pick up a light fare at Martha’s Market – sandwiches, salads, and snacks.

Afternoon, time to be announced.

Visit to Roseloe Manor, transportation provided. Our visit will include a talk from the owners, house and garden tours, drinks and appetizers, and music from one of the renowned Garth Newell Music Center musicians.

 

 

About Roseloe Manor

“Beautifully appointed after a multi-year renovation, this 1905 house was built by Rebecca Douglas Lowe, founder of the Atlanta Women’s Club and President of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, following her scandalous 2nd marriage to the renown social economist Prof. George Gunton. Later lived in by her glamorous daughter and son-in-law the Baron and Baroness Rosenkrantz, Roseloe Manor was the center of high society in the resort colony of Hot Springs until the mid 1930s.

Once the centerpiece of a 126-acre farm, the manor now sits on just 12 acres but still retains it views down the Warm Springs valley, the boxwood and rhododendron garden started by Rebecca, and the decorative ceilings, pilasters, fireplaces and stained glass window installed by the Rosenkrantzs. Having sat empty for 14 years and fallen into a sad state of decay, Roseloe Manor was purchased by the current owners in the fall of 2014 and both house and garden have been sensitively restored.”

Dinner on your own. They are several resort dining options from which to choose. You may want to explore the website for restaurants prior to arrival as several require reservations.

 

Tuesday, October 8, 2024

Breakfast buffet at the elegant American Audubon Dining Room.

Cascades Gorge Hike. We will be led and entertained by a naturalist through a series of 13 beautiful waterfalls alongside a deep, Allegheny Mountain gorge trail. Learn about regional and unusual flora and fauna in this semi-tropical environment and the medicinal and edible properties of the many local plants. It’s a 1.8-mile journey and one of the most beautiful in the region.

Afternoon

Free time to explore Hot Springs, play a round of golf, or even “take the waters” at the Resort – a traditional healing soak that Thomas Jefferson enjoyed when he visited.

6:00 pm

Farewell Dinner in the Tower Suite. The Town Suite is located in the main part of the Resort and provides beautiful views of the surrounding area.

 

Wednesday, October 9, 2024

Breakfast buffet at the elegant American Audubon Dining Room.

Today we say good-bye with many fond memories of the Homestead and our new friends.

 

Tour Rates:

$2651.01 per couple, based on double occupancy.

Single rate: $2276.46

Upgraded rooms are available at individual pricing. Please ask your reservationists.

Please note: price does not include parking

 

For reservations:

Omni Homestead Resort
(800) 838-1766

Please be sure and mention this is the Our State group trip.

Or, register on-line at: https://bookings.omnihotels.com/event/homestead-virginia/our-state-magazine

 

 

Additional Information:

What to expect on an Our State trip:

Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.

We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.

You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.

Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.

One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.
 

Physical requirements:

Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.

Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.

Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.

We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.