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Beyond the Tower
32 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
Tap into the Sweet Flavors of Highland County
Pure, delicious maple syrup is made just north of the resort in Highland County. Hear from Tim Duff of Duff’s Sugar House, a small, family-run, old-time sugar house where the trees are still “opened” by hand and the sugar water collected in buckets and Kevin Conner from Mill Gap Farms, where they use the latest technology to produce the only USDA-certified organic syrup in Virginia.
28 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Find your Sweet Spot in Highland County
With magnificent mountain views, lush farmlands and country hospitality, Highland County offers a true escape from city life. Explore the Barn Quilt Trail and see more than 50 exquisitely painted barn quilts, watch a local craftsman work with antique tools and experience life on a working farm, all within about an hour’s drive from the resort.
26 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
The past, present and future of America’s First Resort
Each day, The Homestead team balances the resort’s rich history with the needs of today’s travelers. In this episode, hear from The Homestead’s Managing Director Mark Spadoni as he shares his insights as well as the exciting plans for the future of the resort.
22 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Stepping up the Bar with Bourbon
Whether you prefer your bourbon neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail, this episode is for you! Bourbon aficionado and Homestead Executive Chef Todd Owen and Director of Food & Beverage Kyle Fellner, talk about all things bourbon, including the resort’s partnership with regional distiller Smooth Ambler Spirits.
26 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Find Your WanderLove in Virginia
Hit the road and find what you love with Omni Hotels & Resorts. Explore an array of family-friendly attractions, historical sites, outdoor adventures and more…all right here in Virginia. Discover must-see experiences in Charlottesville, Richmond, and Hot Springs. What you love is just a drive away.
33 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Breakfast Made to Order
It’s the most important meal of the day and Senior Sous Chef Roderick Ottey takes extra care to make sure each guest enjoys their meal. Whether he’s overseeing the resort’s expansive breakfast buffet or whipping up an allergen-free dish, Chef Roderick serves up love in every bite.
24 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Raise a Glass to Bacova Beer
In late 2018, Seth Ellis took his 10 years of home brewing experience and created Bacova Beer Company. Hear about his passion for craft brewing and the welcoming community environment he built at Bacova Beer, which is located just steps away from the resort.
25 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Teeing it up on The Cascades
Since 1924, The Cascades has challenged some of the game’s greatest. Mark Fry and Barry Ryder share stories about the famed course from how one golf course architect turned down the job to the eight national championships hosted there.
26 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Collaborating in the Kitchen and in Life
Executive Chef Todd Owen and his wife, Junior Pastry Sous Chef Kelly Owen, understand the demands and what it takes to be successful in the culinary industry. From collaborating on whimsical chocolate Easter Eggs to their own wedding cake, these two have created the perfect recipe.
26 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
The Thrills, Challenges and Rewards of Mountain Biking
With a mix of natural and manmade terrain, the mountain biking trails at The Omni Homestead offer an exhilarating adventure for all skill levels. Avid outdoor enthusiasts John Hess and Seth Ellis provide insights into the creation of these trails and what they love about mountain biking in the Ridge and Valley province of the Appalachian Mountains.
25 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Preserving History: The Restoration of the Warm Springs Pools
Taking the waters at the Warm Springs Pools, the oldest spa structures in America, has been an integral part of the Bath County experience for centuries. Julie Langan, Director/State Historic Preservation Officer for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and Ed Pillsbury, associate and senior architect with 3North share details about the plans to restore these beloved landmarks.
31 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
Preserving American History with Black Dog Salvage
What started as a small feat to save an old house in Roanoke, Virginia, has become a salvage success story that can only be known as Black Dog Salvage. From carefully extracting architectural elements from historic properties to disassembling old hospitals, co-founder/owner Mike Whiteside and his team have discovered a way to look past the old paint to recreate and repurpose artifacts so the story can continue to be told for years to come.
20 minutes | Nov 14, 2019
Playing from the Heart - Music at The Homestead
Music has been a special part of The Homestead experience for generations. Whether it was a first father-daughter dance in the Dining Room or hearing your favorite song playing in the Great Hall while you’re nestled next to a cozy fire, music adds a magical touch to each guest’s stay. Join Sarah Braxton, special events manager, and David Hill, Homestead pianist, as they share stories about special musical moments, reveal the most popular song requests and give a sneak peek into what you might hear over the holidays.
17 minutes | Nov 7, 2019
The Sparrow's Nest: Home to Handcrafted Gifts from Virginia
From delightfully fragranced handmade soaps, lotions and candles to exquisitely handcrafted pottery pieces and intricate jewelry, The Sparrow’s Nest showcases masterfully handcrafted items from Virginia. Discover how this little shop instills a large sense of community through partnerships with dozens of skilled artisans in this interview with owner Heather DeBoe.
16 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays - Taking Aim at The Homestead
Since 1933, The Shooting Club has been a highly sought after activity at The Omni Homestead appealing to beginners and avid sportsmen alike. Whether watching a novice hit a target for the first time or welcoming back the Green Jackets year after year, the Shooting Club is a place filled with incredible memories and breathtaking views. David Judah, sporting club manager, shares some of his favorite stories in this fascinating episode.
21 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Travel through Time at the Bath County Historical Society
Travel back in time with Rick Armstrong from the Bath County Historical Society, as he shares stories of the area’s rich history, including that of a family divided by the Civil War. He also highlights some of the unique artifacts on display such as historic glass plate negatives and an early 1900s guest register from The Homestead as well as the genealogical search assistance they provide.
12 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
Find Serenity at The Spa
Taking the waters has been a part of The Omni Homestead Resort’s spa experience for more than two centuries. With a wide array of spa services, expansive fitness facility, experiential Aqua Thermal Suite and exclusive, adults-only Serenity Garden explore the spa with Brandi Mesner, spa director.
19 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
Magical Journeys: Made in Bath County
Scenic drives, world-class fishing, breathtaking mountain views and The Omni Homestead are just a few of the reasons why visitors come to Bath County time and time again. Join David Mikula, president of Mikula Harris and leader of the county’s tourism office, as he uncovers the ways you can experience a relaxing and unforgettable getaway made in Bath County.
17 minutes | Oct 3, 2019
Horsing Around at The Homestead
Saddle up with equestrian experts Debbie Ryder and Tara Wolfe as they share stories straight from the horse's mouth. They'll share how the equestrian center caters to guests of all experience levels, from scenic riding lessons to nostalgic carriage rides, as well as insight into the eccentric personalities of their stable residents.
17 minutes | Sep 26, 2019
From Local Farms to Your Table
Discover the passion that begins at the farm and transitions to The Homestead’s kitchen to produce savory southern fare that is sure to please every palate. Jon Donaldson, owner of Meadow’s Pride Farm, and Severin Nunn, director of food and beverage for The Omni Homestead, talk about their culinary collaboration which highlights the tastes of the region.
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