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Bedford Springs Resort. Despite being listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Bedford Springs Resort, which originally opened in 1804, was shuttered in 1985 and closed for 20 years before new owners embarked on a $120-million renovation. The resort, roughly 90 minutes from Pittsburgh and two hours from Washington, D.C., re-opened in July 2007 and is now back to the grandeur of its 1905 heyday with surprisingly vibrant period colors and artful wallpaper patterns, furniture and fixtures. Artifacts document the hotel's heritage as a pleasure ground for vacationers, U.S. presidents, and those seeking cures at the eight medicinal springs on the hotel's 2,200 acres. Some of the resort's windows are original, complete with dates and names scratched into them by honeymooning brides using (and testing) their new diamond wedding rings. Waterworks bathroom fixtures, a new 30,000-square-foot spa, and Wi-Fi round out the marriage of old and new. The staff is well-versed in meeting the needs of both families and relaxation-starved professionals. Pros: more than 40 activities for all seasons including golf, biking, hiking, fishing and skiing; free access to spring water-fed soaking tubs, the steam room and Bedford Baths body scrub with any spa treatment; an exquisite period renovation. Cons: standard rooms feel cramped and those original windows let in drafts and noise. 2138 Business Route 220, Bedford, PA. 814/624-5672 (ph.). 814/623-8052 (fax). www.bedfordspringsresort.com. 216 rooms. In-room: safe, refrigerator, Ethernet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 4 restaurants, room service, bars, golf course, pools, gym, spa, bicycles, children's program (ages 5 to 12), laundry service, concierge, parking (no fee), some pets allowed (fee), no-smoking rooms. AE, DC, MC, V. Rooms start at $249.
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