Located in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia, the historic Omni Homestead Resort recently completed a $150+ million dollar property-wide renovation project. The resort — dating back 250 years — has hosted guests including 23 U.S. Presidents. Offering a vast array of year-round activities, The Homestead includes its own on-site ski area.
“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,” said Mark Spadoni, Managing Director of the resort. “The 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.”
The resort kicked off the ambitious renovation project in October 2021, starting a 14-month project to rehabilitate the Warm Springs Pools, a historic facility fed by four natural warm springs. With a history dating back to 1761, The Homestead worked closely with entities including the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to ensure the historic structure was preserved even as it was modernized. The Pool is a popular place for winter visitors to relax after spending the day skiing, along with a full-service spa.
The Homestead has also renovated 483 guestrooms, updating color schemes and design while preserving the character of the classic resort. Public areas throughout the resort have received significant upgrades, such as custom-designed carpeting that presents a nod to the flora and fauna of the surrounding Allegheny Mountains. New dining options have also been unveiled, including the Pioneer Picnic, a fast-casual offering with al fresco dining, and Martha’s Market, a new grab-and-go cafe.
The Homestead began making snow on November 27, 2023, and plans to continue making snow as conditions permit in preparation for an anticipated December 21, 2023 opening. For the 2023-2024 winter season, the Homestead plans to be open for skiing and boarding on Thursdays through Sundays. Ice skating opened for the season on November 23.
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.
I am amazed that the Homestead has stuck with skiing as long as it has. I skied there in my "first" season back in the 90's.
I am glad they reopened the Jefferson pools! they are worth the trip.