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Oct 26, 2009 04:22 PM

Restaurants near The Homestead?

Hi Chowhounders,

Hoping that this is the right board... Planning a girls' weekend at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA, and I'm looking for dining options off the compound. Anyone explored this area? Know of any local gems?


-Erin Bishop

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  1. Yep. I've been to a convention there each spring. We found the Water Wheel restaurant a few miles north (in "downtown" Warm Springs I think) to be a wonderful experience at dinner and again on Sunday for brunch. Don't miss a trip down to their wine cellar.

    We also ate at John's which was highly recommended, but it was only so-so and not a good value.

    There is very little right in Hot Springs that is not hotel-owned. There was a burger joint across the road and a Subway deli.

    Thanks for asking! We lost my wife in a car accident a couple of months ago and remembering good times at the Water Wheel brings back nice memories.

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    1. re: bobovespa

      Why explore when one has the opportunity to experience unique dining experiences without looking beyond the borders the hotel affords? If looking for multi-experiences, look to Vegas or Disney. Simply enjoy The Homestead for the total experience it affords within itself.

      1. re: bobovespa

        Thanks so much for your reply- we'll definitely check out the Water Wheel.

        I'm terribly sorry to hear about your wife. I hope you are finding peace.

      2. The Homestead doesn't have a lot around it. We were there for a wedding and couldn't find a lot nearby. I guess that is part of the charm. I do recommend a trip to the bowling alley. After all the spa stuff it's good to be a little active!

        1. If you have a car -- i presume you will _ drive the 45 minutes back to Staunton and eat at teh Staunton Grocery. Fantastic.
          And make sure you soak in the historic springs in town. Wonderful.