10 Reasons to Plan a Holiday Visit to the Omni Homestead Resort

From snowmobiling to a gingerbread house class, there's something for all ages.


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Join a class to make a gingerbread house throughout the holiday season at the Omni Homestead.

Photo courtesy of Omni Homestead

Tucked in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia is The Omni Homestead Resort, a historic hotel that opened in 1766. Today it caters to families throughout the year, but is especially magical in the winter. Less than five hours away from Charlotte, my family visited for a long weekend when the Allegheny Mountains were blanketed in snow. 

1. Skiing and snowboarding. With more than 45 acres of wide, well-maintained trails, the Omni Homestead’s slopes are perfect for beginners and those with experience on the slopes. Group and private lessons are offered for children and adults. Little ones ages 5-11 can also learn the basics of skiing by participating in the Little Penguins Program, which includes hot cocoa and plenty of fun in the snow.

2. Snow tubing. The Penguin Slides Tubing Park is next door to the slopes, and it’s where your entire family can enjoy all the classic thrills of sledding without having to trudge back up the hill. The Omni Homestead Resort’s tubing park features well-groomed lanes and the Penguin Express, a new tubing area conveyor. Participants must be age 5 or older and 48 inches or taller to tube.

3. Snowmobiling. A new offering this year is snowmobiling at Mountain Lodge. Children ages 6-12 are welcome to take a whirl around the lodge on mini snowmobiles made just for them.

4. Zip lining. The Red Tail Racer, for ages 8 and older, is a dual zip line extending 1,300  feet from the ski area mid-station to the resort’s lodge, providing an opportunity for solo zips or side-by-side racing through the incredible Allegheny Mountains at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. The Red Tail Racer is part of The Ridge Runner Zip Tour that offers eight zip lines spanning more than 4,000 feet at heights up to 79 feet off the ground. 

5. Popcorn and movie nights. Watch football in the family-friendly bar area near the lobby, or go bowling in the game room before taking advantage of nightly popcorn and movies in the turn-of-the-century Homestead Theater, which typically offers showtimes at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

6. Indoor pool. The Homestead’s historic indoor pool was built in 1904 and is fed by naturally warm mineral spring waters where the resort was founded. Open year-round and located adjacent to the resort’s spa, the indoor pool is the perfect place to wrap up a day on the slopes.

During warmer months, enjoy a large outdoor pool and the resort’s Mountain Rush, featuring two 100-foot water slides (for riders at least 48 inches tall). You can also take a leisurely float along the 400-foot lazy river. Kids can enjoy the water play zone and sandy beach as well.

7. Homestead Holiday Express Hayride. Take a trip on the Homestead Holiday Express Hayride, offered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Participants can enjoy singing, hot chocolate and s’mores. 

8. Santa Claus fun. Santa is on location during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays awaiting your child’s letters. Be sure to get a family keepsake photo with Santa and join his elves in the lobby every evening for bedtime stories during a pajama party that will not disappoint. 

9. Holiday arts and crafts. Families can choose from a variety of fun holiday items to create and take home, and you can sign up the entire family for the jigsaw puzzle contest or gingerbread house decorating event. Each gingerbread house is made from scratch in the resort’s pastry shop, where festive cookies are also baked and made available for decorating — and eating, of course.

10. Omni Homestead Resort KidsClub. For children ages 3-12, The Omni Homestead Resort KidsClub offers a variety of fun and well-supervised activities. Families can sign up children for half- or full-day activities, as well as a Kids Night Out if a parents’ date night is on the agenda.

Learn more about the The Omni Homestead Resort and its holiday itinerary at omnihotels.com/blog/homestead-for-the-holidays

Adrian H. Wood, Ph.D., is a North Carolina writer who lives in Edenton with her husband and four children.

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We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
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Art Walk featuring local galleries and artist studios in historic downtown Hillsborough on the Last Friday of every month (no Art Walk in December).

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Hillsborough (multiple locations)
102 N. Churton St.
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Hillsborough Arts Council
Telephone: 919-643-2500
Contact Name: Torey Mishoe
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River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
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The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
PO Box 78951
Charlotte, NC  28271
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Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
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Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
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Farmers markets are essential to the livelihood of farmers and food producers and are exempt from the Governor's Stay at Home Order (page 6). Farmers markets offer an efficient way for residents to...

Cost: free

Where:
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Farmers Market Coordinator
Telephone: 919-567-4010
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PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Parents, bring your child to class with you. Children 10 years...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
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PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Must register in advance. Space is limited. Parents, bring your...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
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Live online classes for kids - FREE! Kids and families can join our online classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about art, medicine, music, cooking, science and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online at your Home
265 Cambridge Ave #60923
Palo Alto, NC  94306
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Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Join one of our talented Mid-South Fencers’ Club coaches for a one hour virtual lesson to the fast paced and exciting sport of Olympic Fencing! This will be a FREE ONLINE class. All you need is...

Cost: free

Where:
Mid-South Fencers' Club ONLINE
125 N. Gregson St.
DURHAM, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Mid-South Fencers' Club
Telephone: 919-286-3100
Contact Name: Jeff Kallio
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It's time to play... TAKEOUT BINGO!!!  Take a screenshot or download the game board. Mark off the locations you visit. Share your progress on Facebook and Instagram using #CRTakeoutBingo. Send...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Crossroads Plaza
Crossroad Blvd
Suite 215
Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Crossroads Plaza/ Kimco Realty
Telephone: 864-979-2291
Contact Name: Katie Earnhardt
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We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
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The Beaver Queen Pageant is the Triangle’s own special mix of folly, pageantry, and humor. Contestants take on beaver personalities and compete for the title of Beaver Queen with their fashion,...

Cost: free

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Telephone: 919-698-9729
Contact Name: Rachel Cohn
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River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
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Get your summer vibes going at the 1st Annual Hubb’s Beach Blast at Hubb’s Farm in Clinton, NC.  Hubb’s Beach Blast will feature two of beach music industry’s top groups, Jim Quick and...

Cost: 20-50

Where:
Hubb's Farm
10276 US HWY 421 N
Clinton, NC  28328
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Sponsor: Hubb's Farm
Telephone: 910-564-6709
Contact Name: Tammy Peterson
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