Keep an eye out for frequent deer and the occasional bear while cruising along tree-canopied country roads. Photo by Andrew Watkins
Virginia’s Scenic Bath County
Hoping for relief from his rheumatism, Thomas Jefferson traveled to these parts to “take the waters,” as they dubbed it in his day. Since then, 22 other presidents have shown up for soaks and other pursuits (golf is a biggie), with the Omni Homestead Resort playing proud host. Wrapped in 2,300 eye-popping Bath County acres in Virginia’s Western Highlands, the iconic resort is famously distinguished by natural healing springs and a parade of high-voltage visitors – dating back to its opening in 1766 as a wooden 18-room lodge.
Unwind in posh surroundings at the Spa Garden at the Omni Homestead Resort.
At the Jefferson Pools, have a soak (depending on your gender) at the octagonal Gentlemen’s Pool House, opened in 1761, or at the adjacent Ladies’ Pool House, debuted in 1836.
The dining room of the landmark Waterwheel Restaurant at the Inn at Gristmill Square is set amidst the gears and inner workings of the old mill. Jumping Rocks Photography