November 3, 2011 | by WBadmin
Small Pa. town makes ideal getaway

By DIANE STUART 

Bedford County is a historical treasure nestled in beautiful South Central Pennsylvania approximately two-and-a-half hours from Washington.

The interstate highway brings and ever growing stream of traffic to the county via I-76, I-70 and I-99. The pace is a little slower than most places but we love it that way. After a fast paced week in the District, Bedford is a very easy commute to escape it all. Our warm inviting community welcomes all. For many travelers, Bedford is an easy place to find but a difficult place to leave.

Rural in nature, our small communities are connected by fields, streams and highways that form the backbone of Bedford County.

Visitors to this area admire our rich history and enjoy the surprisingly wide range of shops, antiquing, restaurants and attractions that form the heart of our downtown. Exploring the streets of Bedford is a popular way to spend the day. Enjoying the peaceful, safe environment we often take for granted.

From humble origins as a trading post more than 250 years ago, Bedford, originally named Raystown, has played a role in the formation of our county. Fort Bedford, now more than 250 years old, played a pivotal role in bringing stability to the region. Later, George Washington visited the area and used it as a base to quell the Whiskey Rebellion.

As the fledgling nation worked its way West, the main road West ran through the heart of Bedford County. Several local businesses are housed in structures that were once stage coach stops along that road, now known as Route 30 or the Lincoln Highway.

Oralee’s Golden Eagle Inn and Juniata Crossings Country Mercantile are two such businesses and both welcome the public. To the West of Bedford, near Mann’s Choice, the Jean Bonnet Tavern has been welcoming road weary travelers for 245 years.

In 1796 a doctor purchased the site of eight mineral springs believed to have medicinal powers. In 1806, he built a hotel to accommodate the many visitors to the springs.  Now the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, the grand hotel has come back to life after a $120 million restoration project. The Springs has played host to 10 presidents and generations of the nation’s wealthiest families. While the stories surrounding this historic facility are many, it has the distinction of being the only place outside of Washington where the Supreme Court has convened. The Omni Bedford Springs recently was featured in the November issue of Martha Stewart Living.

Bedford is the perfect location for Washingtonians to escape and relax. If you have dreamed of owning a second home that is an easy commute and affordable, then Bedford is the perfect place. Come visit and check out all we have to offer in small town living. Pamper yourself at the Omni Bedford Springs or at one of our historic bed and breakfasts. It is sure to be a memorable experience.

Diane Stuart is a relator with Coldwell Banker/SKS Realty in Bedord. She can be reached at 814-977-0585 or at diane.stuart@coldwellbanker.com

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