Matt, the kids and I spent last weekend at The Omni Homestead hotel in Hot Springs, Virginia. Here’s a recap of our trip!
We were at the Homestead with our friends Lily and James, and their kids Hank
We have gone to the Homestead once before, back in summer 2019, and it was with them, too! I just went back and read my recap from that trip and gosh, it feels like forever ago.
When we went last time, we each only had one child – Riese and Hank were 18-ish months old
Anyway – as you can imagine with 4 small kids in the mix, the weekend was not relaxing at all.
This time not so much! I think part of that was due to the fact that they have a lot of construction going on.
It was especially nice that the pool was not crowded this time. The pool is definitely the biggest highlight of the hotel – it’s awesome.
They have a huge baby pool + sand box area, a regular pool, a lazy river (!), and a bunch of waterslides. It’s super fun. Wes was very into the baby pool, and Riese loved the lazy river!
It was a little tough juggling all the various kid schedules and abilities in terms of activities.
We started each day with the hotel buffet breakfast – the breakfasts were too chaotic.
Their omelettes were really good – I got one made with all the veggies and goat cheese each morning
The kids usually had a fried egg (I just sliced it up for Wes), plus berries/banana
After breakfast on two of the mornings we headed out for a little group hike!
They have a bunch of trails walkable from the property and it was nice to get the big kids moving first thing since they were pretty wild post-breakfast, and it was a little cool for the pool first thing with the exception of Monday (we were there from Friday evening until Monday early afternoon).
The little kids sat in carrier backpacks and took it all in!
I’m glad we remembered our hiking backpack! Wes is way too heavy for the front carriers these days…
By mid-morning Wes was ready for his nap. The first morning Matt stayed back at the room with Wes and I took Riese to the pool for a bit.
It’s super hilly running around the hotel as the hotel is kind of down in a valley, but I felt strong and was really in the mood for a run, so it felt great to be out there. It was a nice reset.
As for lunches, we ate at the pool two of the days – their food was just okay, although if you asked Riese she’d say it was fantastic as she loves hot dogs. 😉 I did love that one of the side options for all the meals was watermelon!
And the other day we ate at Woody’s, which is one of the restaurants on the property. They have really good wood-fired pizza that I didn’t get a picture of because I was too busy chasing Wes around.
He’s SO BUSY these days and always about to fall off/onto something, argh!
Woody’s is out in the big lawn area of the hotel which is nice for letting kids run around, though.
Wes was very into cornhole – he kept trying to “help” people play by putting the sandbags into the hole for them. Lol!
Riese liked it too!
One of the nights for dinner we also ate at Woody’s, and while the kids were running around together I saw another kid playing near them and thought: “Gosh, that looks JUST like my friend Kath‘s son Mazen.”
You can actually see him in the background of this photo below, I realized later!
Well, about an hour later, while we were making s’mores, I looked back at the cornhole area and sure enough, Thomas was there with Mazen! I immediately texted Kath asking if they were at the Homestead, and she was up in the hotel putting their younger son to sleep.
Turns out they were having dinner earlier on the patio right above us! What a small world random coincidence! Kath and I talk all the time but had no idea we’d be there at the same time.
We wrapped up our s’mores…
Then I helped Matt get Wes to sleep and came back out and met Kath for some chill time outside to catch up. Such a fun surprise to get to see her!
It was a beautiful night to sit outside and chat.
The last night of our trip we had dinner at The Jefferson, which is the nicer restaurant right in the main hotel. The kids were pretty nuts so I didn’t get many pictures, but Matt and I shared a caesar salad We also ordered some unpictured family style sides – mushrooms and roasted potatoes.
It was pretty good but didn’t blow my mind to be honest, especially for the price!
Post-dinner romping was in order, of course:
On Monday morning, we requested a late check out so we could hit the pool one more time m! It was nice to get to do something fun before sitting in the car the rest of the day.
Riese and I had a blast in the lazy river pretending to be mermaids, and Matt and Wes played at the baby pool until his nap.
We were very sad to say goodbye to the hotel – especially the pool – and head home! It was a nice change of scenery for all of us.
Until next time, Homestead!