As I mentioned previously, M and I opted to skip big birthday dinners out and instead take advantage of a 40% off room night deal at the Omni Bedford Springs. The Omni is a quick two-hour drive from DC which makes it ideal for a romantic weekend away. M and I dropped off our dog at his sitters and headed to Whole Foods to pick up a few bottles of wine. Bottled wine at a hotel can tend to be on the pricier side so we opt to bring a few bottles with us when we’re driving to a destination. We arrived before our room was ready so we headed to the Frontier Tavern to grab a snack at the bar. The Ploughman’s Board hit the spot — local honeycomb, almonds, raisins on the vine, parma ham, salami and three cheeses. My favorite the medium-soft cheese, called an Alpine Snow, I believe.
We finished up our snack and headed to the spa for a Couple’s Massage. The spa is an adventure like nothing else. In each locker room is a “Bedford Bath” where guests are invited to go through a traditional bath ritual. A warm shower and walnut scrub is followed by a trip to the steam room, and then alternating between hot and cold baths before ending with a hydrating mist. It’s definitely worth getting to the spa well before your appointment to enjoy this ritual.
(Photo courtesy of here.)
Following our massages, we headed up to our room to enjoy a glass of wine and get ready for dinner. For Saturday, we had dinner reservations at 1796, the Steakhouse in the hotel. M and I opted to split a caesar salad, while I enjoyed a shrimp scampi and M had a strip steak. The side of risotto was definitely the highlight of our meal. An espresso creme brulee was the perfect ending.
That evening we brought a bottle of wine down from our room and sat at the fire pit chatting with other resort guests for a few hours.
Easter morning, we opted out of doing the hotel’s Easter brunch (which sounded fantastic — but not being big breakfast eaters, we weren’t sure the $60/person cost would be worth it.) We returned to the Frontier Tavern for brunch.
Outside the windows, the Hotel had a visit from the Easter Bunny and several classic Easter games were held for the kids.
My grilled cheese and tomato soup was out of this world amazing and M raved about his rueben.
We spent the afternoon outdoors walking around the grounds of the hotel.
That evening, we took advantage of a special Taste of Washington menu the hotel was offering. M and I split an order of crab fritters. I had a salmon with roasted mushrooms and M enjoyed a short rib for dinner. Best part is that the hotel has recipes for the two dishes I enjoyed on their website!
Monday morning, M and I checked out of the hotel and headed into the town of Bedford.
We did a little antiquing (how great is a husband that will go antiquing on his birthday!) and then stopped by one of the local restaurants several of the staff at the hotel recommended — Golden Eagle Inn.
I had the (largest and) most delicious Reuben sandwich ever. The pile of pastrami was at least 1.5″ thick and the jalapeno coleslaw added a fantastic spice to the sandwich. Five stars for sure!
Sadly after lunch, it was time to head back to DC and reality. I definitely recommend a weekend get-away here with your loved one. There were noticeably more kids on this visit than previous. I’m not sure if it was the Easter holiday, Spring Break, or if the hotel is marketing towards families more, but I hope it is not the latter. Either way, it’s still a memorable experience in a beautifully historic hotel!
All opinions are my own. Omni did not sponsor this post, we paid for all food, drink, accommodation and treatments received.