Several Years ago when I made my first pilgrimage out to Altoona, PA---it was either September or October because Bedford’s Fall Foliage festival was in full swing ---we drove past Bedford Springs in a very “sight seeing” manner.
The place AMAZED me! I love historic buildings, and to realize that this place has been a destination for people traveling for the “benefits of the waters” for over 200 years is incredible!
Yet, that was just a DRIVE BY – yesterday I actually got to go inside and my jaw just dropped. They’ve done such a good job at preserving the original feel of the place. This wasn’t just an appointment for a massage that was going to last 50 minutes and be over ---when you go, you get the whole benefit of the facilities. The indoor pool, the outdoor pool, the mineral showers, the herb infused mineral water sauna, and the bedford baths ---and the quiet lounge and verandas. It’s a full day experience!
This was my first view--I had to pull over and get a pic! The main lobby is way at the far end of the pic where you can see the columns.
A valet will take and park your car for you as is custom. Hint: When you leave your car with the valet, remember to leave him your key fob if your car has a push button ignition! LOL! I got half way through the lobby before remembering my fob was still in my purse. Sometimes I think it is easier to have a key that goes IN an ignition! This is not the first time I’ve done this ----but this is the view when you enter the lobby-- Imagine very soft music playing….the relaxation is already starting!
Another view in the lobby – this is where those stair cases lead to --- up to guest rooms and other amenities.
This is where you whisper "Holy Moly!" with near reverence --- This place is beautiful…all that is missing is someone to play that baby grand piano in the back corner ---
To get to the spa, go through the library – stop to rearrange some puzzle pieces on the table – and keep going!
An attendant will take you to the locker area. You will be given a robe and slippers and a locker to call your own while you are here. Change into your bathing attire.
Get giddy over the hexagon tiles on the floor!
Towels are provided as are any toiletries you might need.
Hang your robe and towel on the hook and step into the warm and drenching mineral shower. Use the special body scrub to leave your world behind and down the drain! From here you can relax in the steam sauna if you wish, or slide right into the healing waters of the Bedford mineral bath whirlpool:
Soak yourself blissfully until your fingers and toes reach mandatory pruney-ness!
Gawk at the gorgeous tile on the walls!
There should be a sign on the wall that says "Quilters -- do not DROOL in the WHIRLPOOL!"
This is not a place for magic markers --- but those hexagons on the wall were calling me! And how pretty is this border?
Dry off after your whirlpool extravaganza and enter the quiet lounge. Comfy chaise lounges with blankets for napping, reading or just day dreaming beckon you to leave it all behind and stay.
Treat yourself to a plate of fresh fruit, fix a cup of tea to sip while you read. And my new favorite – they had tall glasses of water adorned with a slice of cucumber, a wedge of orange, and a slice of lime in each glass over ice. So simple, so elegant, so necessary!
Exit the french doors off of the quiet lounge to find yourself in a secluded garden with burbling fountains.
Walk along the paths – still wrapped in your robe and wearing your slippers. The double veranda is also furnished with comfy lounges for outdoor resting. This was my favorite place of all and I could have stayed out here and enjoyed the quiet and peaceful surroundings until the sun went down.
But that isn’t all that there is to do here!
There is a gorgeous INDOOR pool!
More yummy floor tiles! And my slippers and robe :c)
There is a lot of history behind this pool. It was one of the first indoor pools ever built in the United States. The pool was added in 1905 and fed with mineral water from the springs. It’s just beautiful!
But if you really want a bit of sunshine – you can wander to the outdoor pool:
Pick a lounge chair, read a book, catch a cat nap in the late afternoon sunshine!
Rent a private cabana or soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi!
Play golf if you want ---or let the DH do it while you indulge yourself in the spa!
We had a great day ---and literally, you may have a 4pm massage appointment, but you can get there early in the day, spend the whole day enjoying the facilities, have your massage, shower, dress and change and have a wonderful dinner right there at the hotel. It was the perfect end to my time here in Bedford and I’m so glad that Mary and I had the chance to do it!