Yes, it was old, stunningly beautiful and nice in the way only old Southern resorts can be for someone raised in the South. Our room was lovely, clean and well appointed and we had a ground floor unit with a small, walk-out sitting area that was open to the lawn. We spent a bit of time out there reading and drinking wine and looking at the mountains.
The food, for the most part, was overpriced and undergood and I certainly don’t recommend buying lunch on site unless you have to. Go to Lindsey’s Roost in town instead. It’s a typical diner with typical diner food but there are, apparently, no vegetables to be had in Bath County, not even at the resort so you may as well get your meat and bread for less money and more flavor down the hill.
We did enjoy the trout at Sam Sneads. Twice.
We purchased the Unlimited Activities package and then proceeded to do a bunch of activities not included on it. We did go on a trail ride and a gorge hike, both well worth the time. If you’re a rider and put off by riding with a group of people who have no idea what they’re doing, you are missing the point. Here’s what you get on the ride: horsey smell and a soft neck to rub; a chance to chat with other guests; time to listen to the guide and get a little advice on the area, the resort or whatever your conversation leads you to; a view of the scenery and woods. Walking through the woods on a horse is a highly underrated activity.
We also took a carriage ride through the same woods. The driver was amazing: personable; funny; easy to talk to. He was one of those characters who keep places like The Homestead from coming off as too stuffy to be tolerable.
The Cascades Gorge hike was one of the best things we did while we were there. Allen, (Allan?), our guide was adorable, informative, friendly, opinionated and attentive to each and every guest on the hike. The Gorge and falls themselves are stunning. If you have the chance, go.
By far the most amazing activity we participated in was the falconry class. It is pricey but if you can afford it, it’s well worth the cost. We took both the Beginner and Intermediate course and did them together. We learned a bit about falconry and then took one of the falcons for a walk through the woods. We did get to put on the glove and have her fly to us during the Intermediate portion. It was interesting enough that we’ve actually put some serious thought into giving falconry a try.
The time Mark and I spent enjoying ourselves in the mountains, at this fantastic resort was wonderful. This was our first vacation alone since before we were married, so ten or eleven years! We enjoyed one another, remembered why we fell in love and had time to relax, cuddle and have uninterrupted conversations. Here’s hoping we have the chance to do something like this again before 2020!