Travel Tuesday: The Homestead
The Homestead is a resort in Southwest Virginia that feels like it is stuck in an area long gone. Picture the resort in Dirty Dancing and that is kind of what it felt like. We have been twice, in 2005 and 2006. I don’t even know where I read about it or heard about it. But I did and then I had to go. In the summer, there is a pool, archery, horseback riding, target shooting, trails, etc. In the winter, there is snowmobiling, skiing, sledding, trails, etc. Every afternoon, they serve tea and cakes in the grand hall. There are movies at night. Dance lessons, crafts, etc. Everyday you get a schedule of the activities for that day.
What they are really known for is their spa. Some sort of healing powers to the mineral springs. Presidents used to go there for the mineral baths. The spa is AMAZING. You can take a mineral bath (you float to the top). Massage, facial, steam rooms and sauna’s.
The dining room is quite large and grande. And there is a meal plan you can get with your room that includes a small steak house right outside the main property. There is nothing else to do nearby and so it can feel quite isolated.
A weekend was certainly enough for us (twice I guess). I would definitely go back for the spa. It really does feel very old fashioned.