Monday, August 8, 2011

The Omni at Bedford Springs {Fabulous FAM Trip}

Welcome to Bedford Springs week at Bridal Bubbly!  We were lucky enough to spend a few days at the lovely Omni at Bedford Springs Resort a couple of weeks ago, and we wanted to share what a wonderful venue this is for weddings, girls' weekends or bachelorette parties and honeymoons.

The fabulous Lori Amery from the Omni Shoreham in DC took us up to Bedford to share one of her favorite getaways with us. After a quick two-hour drive from the DC area, we drove up to the magnificent hotel tucked away in the middle of nowhere. After checking in, we went to the Frontier Tavern for a little lunch.  The casual fare was so yummy!

After lunch, we checked out our rooms and were so pleasantly surprised. We were in the spa wing of the hotel and our rooms were gorgeous with huge soaking tubs and gorgeous beds. Heaven!  Even though this is a historic property, the buildings were built or completely renovated only a few years ago so everything is pristine.

One of my favorite parts of the hotel is that each room walks out onto a long, connecting veranda with rocking chairs and wicker recliners. Perfect for relaxing with an afternoon drink.

We then met the charming Bryan Stiffler, who takes care of the weddings at Bedford Springs. Bryan gave us a tour of the property, showing us all the spots for ceremonies and receptions (and there are so many)!

The Engaging Affairs team dressed for dinner!

After our tour, we went back into the kitchen for the "Chef's Table" which is actually set up in the kitchen so guests can participate in the cooking process with the chefs. We all donned black aprons and (most of us) got to work preparing baby lamb chops, crab cakes, spinach spaetzle, a citrus and scallop salad, filet mignon, and chocolate mousse. Dinner was delicious and such fun. Our hats off to the chefs and Bryan who made our evening such fun and so educational!

Laura and Lori in the kitchen.

Sara and Lori getting pointers from the cooking staff.

Bryan, Laura and Chef making crab cakes.

Omni colleagues Bryan and Lori.

Laura and Amanda having fun in the kitchen.

Christine enjoying the crab cakes (maybe a little too much?)!

Laura and Christine goofing around.

After dinner, some of us enjoyed a late night swim in the beautiful thermal pool before heading off to bed.

The next morning, Sara impressed us all by hitting the hotel gym early then we had breakfast in the Crystal Room before heading off to the Eternal Springs Spa. What a fantastic breakfast buffet, complete with made-to-order stuffed French toast, waffles and omelettes.

Christine, Sara, and Amanda ready for the spa!

If there is one thing we love, it's spas. Our favorite in DC is the Mandarin Hotel Spa but the Eternal Springs Spa at Bedford Springs might just be our new favorite!  Before our treatments, we enjoyed the Bedford Baths, a water circuit of experience showers, steam room, hot and cool mineral pools and products like the black walnut ginger body polish and hydrating aroma mist.  Then we relaxed in the lounge until our mud wraps and massages. Heaven!

Even though our stay was brief, we got a wonderful taste of the amazing things the Omni at Bedford Springs offers. This stunning property has such old-world charm and grace yet is pristine and modern. It is such a great venue for a wedding (more on that this week) or a quick getaway from the city. I know it is one of Lori's favorite resorts and now we are all firmly in the fan category!

Thank you to Lori, Bryan, Chef David Noto, the cooking team and the entire staff at the Omni at Bedford Springs for treating us to an amazing visit. We were very impressed and can't wait to bring a wedding to the resort!

Photos courtesy of the Omni at Bedford Springs and our own cameras/phones (I'm sure you can tell the difference)!