Hotel - Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, Pennsylvania
Few properties can boast the historic
significance of Bedford Springs Resort, located in the Allegheny
Mountains of south Pennsylvania. For more than 200 years, the eight
mineral springs located on the resort's property served as an
important gathering place. Eventually, the resort would be the site
of many significant moments in American history, hosting a long list
of celebrities, wealthy clients, corporate magnates and
dignitaries from around the world. To date, the resort has hosted 10
US Presidents, seven of whom visited during their presidency.
The Bedford Springs
The Native Americans first used the mineral springs for
their curative properties, and in the late 1700's they
shared the powers of the springs with a doctor named John
Anderson. In 1796, Dr. Anderson purchased the 2,200-acre
property on which the resort now stands. He built a home on
the property and as word spread of these unique waters,
visitors arrived from around the globe to experience them.
He housed the guests in tents and offered custom
prescriptions for guests based upon their needs.
The Original Hotel
As more and more guests came west to "take the waters," Dr.
Anderson decided to build a hotel. The Stone Inn was built
in 1806 from stone quarried atop the mountain located
adjacent to The Springs and carried down the mountain by
oxen. Guests making the trek to the hotel encountered a
rugged journey. They often arrived by train in Cumberland,
and then made the 21-mile trip through the Cumberland Valley
to Bedford Springs. Today, Bedford Springs Resort is the
oldest operating hotel in the United States.
Historic Firsts for Bedford Springs - who proclaimed the
most popular resort?
Bedford Springs Resort is truly an American original. With
its growing list of wealthy clientèle, it gained a
reputation as a luxury destination and was proclaimed as the
Most Popular Resort in the United States. Bedford Springs
became home to one of the first golf courses in America,
originally designed by Spencer Oldham (and later redesigned
by A.W. Tillinghast and then the renowned Donald Ross). And
in 1905, the resort opened one of the nation's first indoor
pools - fed by the property's spring waters. With its
alluring surroundings and high-profile guest list, Bedford
Springs' role in history was already in the making.
National Historic Landmark
In 1984, the resort was designated a National Historic
Landmark and it closed its doors two years later. In 2004,
the resort embarked upon an unprecedented restoration and
expansion effort. Returned to its original splendor in 2007,
Bedford Springs Resort is the perfect blend of the past and
Omni Bedford Springs Resort
2138 U.S. 220 Business
Bedford, PA 15522