Just shy of 2 hours from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is where you’ll find Bedford and it’s old town charm. We’ve been to twice – once just a spur of the moment, and a second time to stay at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. While it is a small town, it’s worth a weekend trip, especially if you’re going to stay at the Omni and pay your respects at the Flight 93 National Memorial Park.
Omni Bedford Springs Resort Hotel
The Omni Bedford Springs Resort is a magnificent resort hotel that has outdoor activities like golf, hiking, fishing, cycling, swimming, and tennis to name a few. Their golf course is one of the country’s first golf courses and has been restored/renovated by noted classic golf course restoration architect Ron Forse. The biking/hiking trails are better for a hike, IMHO. But if you are adventurous, you can take your bike too (just like what my husband and BIL did).
I also brought my bike but decided to take on the flat roads instead. Also, if you’re in for a weekend retreat, make sure to try their amazing spa.
What to do or visit at Bedford
- Aside from activities at the Omni Bedford Hotel, there are a number of wooden bridges worth a stop or car cruise/tour.
- You can also visit the historic Old Bedford Village with military and civilian re-enactments, colonial crafts, exhibits and instructions, festivals, murder mystery evenings, old fashioned Christmas celebrations and more.
- Visit the Fallingwater (not shown here), a gorgeous Frank Lloyd Wright-crafted home, visited by celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
- Drive along Lincoln Highway for popular spots to take photos at or eat. This is a scenic road that goes from Coast to Coast. It connects San Francisco in the West all the way to New York in the East. I hope to be able to do that long road trip in the future! Perhaps I need a month-long vacation to fully enjoy all the stops. But that will be for another time.
- For more attractions, visit Bedford County Visitors Bureau here.
Flight 93 National Memorial
Now before you leave, make sure to drive to the Flight 93 National Memorial. It’s about 30 miles west from Omni Bedford. So it’s a good final stop before going home if you live in the Pittsburgh area. It’s where one of the hijacked planes (Flight 93) from the 9-11 tragedy crashed. The intended target of this aircraft was believed to be the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.. But the passengers and crew aboard fought back the hijackers and wrest control of the aircraft. The plane crashed in a field in Stonycreek Township in Pennsylvania, about 28 miles away from the Omni. I may have ugly-cried in front of a handful of tourists/visitors and I may have went to the bathroom a couple of times just to calm myself down.
There are audio recordings from the flight and it was just TOO PAINFUL to listen to.
These people are heroes. I want to write more about them. But even as I type, I’m already getting teary-eyed. So please read more about them, the story, and the national park here.
Until the next travel and outfit post. Xo.