The summer season is in full swing at the Homestead Resort, with guests enjoying the pools and workers putting the finishing touches on a $25 million upgrade.
Wednesday morning, Omni Hotels and Resorts announced it has agreed to purchase the Bath County resort. Homestead officials say they expect a seamless transition for their employees and guests.
Lynn Swann is the Homestead's Director of Marketing and Communications. "There will be absolutely no changes to the personnel of the resort," Swann told us, "and as far as the day-to-day operation and the guests' experience, it will be business as usual here at the Homestead."
Just off the property, local residents also weighed in with optimism.
"I think it might be a good thing," said Bath County resident Eddie Johnson
Carl Chestnut agreed. "From what I've heard they're great people to work for and they take care of their employees," he said, "and they've got good benefits and we've needed that around here for a long time."
Others said they hope new ownership will bring new priorities.
Marc Koslen is a Homestead member who has lived in Bath County for 17 years. "Love to see the Lower Cascades reopened as a golf course," he told us. "I would love to see some action to restore the Jefferson Pools."
Another reason for optimism is Omni's ownership of other classic hotels and luxury properties.
The company says it values local color and authenticity, and looks forward to building on the rich tradition at the Homestead.