Greenbrier to Homestead - Two Iconic Resorts, One Tour
Drive Dates: Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18
Total Drive Distance: 150 miles
Total Tour Duration: 6.5 hours
Take a scenic drive over 100 miles of bucolic hills and valleys linking two of the region’s most iconic historic resorts.
The Seneca Trail and Highland Scenic Highway, West Virginia’s Routes 219 and 150, are full of streams, cattle ranches, barns, and stately historic farm estates. Hillside vistas overlooking valleys ripe with wildlife, birds, and livestock will be your viewing pleasure as you drive through mountainous passes with many elevation changes and surprise hairpin turns, keeping this drive as fun as it is breathtaking.
Along the way, you will pass the first state park opened in West Virginia in 1928, Droop Mountain Battlefield, which commemorates an 1863 Civil War battle as well as going through the George Washington National Forest in Virginia (yes, two states for the price of one!) which stretches along the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. This will surely be awe-inspiring as we follow along the Greenbrier River Trail for continuous water views abutting the road.
The tour will have two stops before arrival at the Omni Homestead. First, at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, for a short break. The Nature Center features many exhibits, nature trails and some magnificent views. Although our stop will be brief, this is a great place to come back to on your own. Our next stop will be at the Red Lick Scenic Overlook. This will be a great opportunity for a gorgeous photo of our tour group with our cars.
Our arrival at the 250-year-old historic Omni Homestead Resort will begin with a short-guided tour touching on the important facts and stories of the Homestead, proudly listed in the Historic Hotels of America and is on the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Lunch will be hosted at the Omni Homestead whose restaurant is known for its savory fresh flavors.
The tour officially ends after lunch. For those who wish to return to The Greenbrier together, tour leaders will depart shortly after lunch.
Others may wish to explore the many beautiful and winding roads and sites on the way back, such as the historic Humpback Bridge west of Covington off US-60.