Pennsylvania Paradise Reopens in July

If your clients are tired of chaotic, jam-packed cities and larger-than-life mega resort complexes, guide them to Pennsylvania. There, they are sure to find solace at Bedford Springs Resort, which is a designated National Historic Landmark. The resort is surrounded by 2,200 peaceful acres in the southern AlleganyMountains of south-central Pennsylvania and seven natural springs.

 Rooms and recreational facilities are getting an $108 million makeover

Bedford Springs is currently undergoing a $108 million restoration that will transport the resort back to its historic roots, which date back to 1796.

The 216 guest rooms, which come in four different styles spread over several different structures, will feature up-to-date technology, including wireless, high-speed Internet access, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations.

The resort also includes a full-service destination spa—designed around the location's natural springs—20,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a new $1.5 million outdoor pool, as well as an indoor pool fed by the mineral springs. The resort's six dining options offer traditional American cuisine with mid-Atlantic roots. Renovations to the 18-hole golf course include a restoration of the natural spring bed with native grasses and other natural materials native to the flood plane.

When the resort reopens, the most requested accommodations will be the Valley View rooms, which are on the front side of the hotel and offer a porch, rocking chairs, views of the front lawn, gardens and Shobers Run Creek. Great views aren't limited to the Valley View rooms; five suites in the new spa wing of the hotel, which is near the Spring Eternal Spa, offer views of the CumberlandValley and Bedford Spring's Old Course.

If your client starts craving city life after their peaceful sojourn—the resort's optimal location is a two-hour drive from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. as well as 90 minutes from Pittsburgh, three hours from Philadelphia and four hours from New York City.

Although Bedford Springs officially reopens July 1, it began accepting reservations in March. Ten percent of the room rate will be commissionable at the resort. Travel agents sending their clients should contact Director of Sales and Marketing Todd Gillespie at 814-623-8100.

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