In a grand unveiling, The Omni Homestead Resort, situated within the picturesque Allegheny Mountains of southwestern Virginia, has introduced its remarkable $150+ million renovation, marking a new era of luxury hospitality. Spearheaded by the renowned multidisciplinary design firm WATG, in partnership with Wimberly Interiors, this extensive project pays tribute to its rich history while elevating its offerings.
With a history spanning over two centuries, The Omni Homestead Resort has long been a cherished destination for travelers worldwide. From hosting foreign dignitaries to 23 U.S. presidents, it has evolved into one of America’s premier resorts. Today, the resort stands transformed, ready to host grand celebrations and gatherings while preserving its historical charm.
Catering to major cities like Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Charlotte, The Omni Homestead Resort has unveiled a brand-new, 4,000-square-foot event pavilion, marrying cutting-edge design with the backdrop of stunning mountain views. The resort’s existing 72,000 square feet of meeting space has undergone a thoughtful refresh, enhancing both functionality and aesthetics.
Mark Spadoni, Managing Director at The Omni Homestead Resort, emphasized, “The near completion of our extensive renovation marks a turning point in defining what true, luxury hospitality means. Our talented design team meticulously updated the meeting and event spaces, allowing us to completely reimagine what the guest experience looks like and cater to ever-evolving event needs.”
Scheduled for completion this October, the Old Course Pavilion, positioned at the north end of the Old Course driving range, promises to be an enchanting venue for weddings, reunions, and parties, accommodating up to 225 guests. With a bridal suite and dedicated prep kitchen, it offers indoor/outdoor experiences with panoramic views. The venue exudes charm, inspired by the property’s pre-1902 buildings, featuring whitewashed wood-clad walls, wood-look concrete floors, and lantern-style light fixtures.
Theater 1923, an essential facility for keynote speakers celebrating its centennial this year, has undergone a classic yet modern transformation. The viewing area now boasts sofa settees, lounge chairs, and side tables, catering to various events, from presentations to movie nights. Innovative audio-video technology has transformed the projection booth into an elegant signature cocktail bar.
To meet the needs of meeting groups, the resort has renovated all 28 existing meeting rooms. Enhancements include refinished wood floors, new carpets, wallcoverings, acoustic ceiling tiles, furniture, and light fixtures, all designed with an architectural and functional focus.
“As we approach the final weeks of this multimillion-dollar investment, it is evident that the resort’s facilities and amenities ensure form meets function at every turn,” added Spadoni.
The culinary scene has also received a makeover, with enhancements to food and beverage venues. These include Pioneer Picnic, a fast-casual family-friendly dining experience, Martha’s Market, the grab-and-go café, the Presidential Lounge, a new speakeasy-style lounge, Jefferson’s Restaurant and Taproom, Rubino’s at The Cascades, and the American Audubon Dining Room. The resort’s updates also encompass façade improvements, balcony deck work, guestroom renovations, a new associate housing building, and the historic restoration of the Warm Springs Pools.