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Benchmark reopens historic Bedford Springs Resort

Benchmark Hospitality International reopened the circa 1796 Bedford Springs Resort this morning in a celebration honoring the property’s historic past and anticipating its promising future. The opening showcased…

Benchmark Hospitality International reopened the circa 1796 Bedford Springs Resort this morning in a celebration honoring the property’s historic past and anticipating its promising future. The opening showcased the $120 million restoration and expansion program for the historic “springs” resort, which yielded authentically restored public spaces, reclaimed exterior, enlarged and updated guestrooms, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, casual and fine dining in four restaurants, tavern and lobby bar, and the 30,000 square-foot Springs Eternal Spa.



Bedford Springs, which had been closed for 21 years prior to the restoration, in its glory days played host to U.S. presidents, heads of state and countless celebrities, and was where the first TransAtlantic Cable was received by President James Buchanan from Great Britain’s Queen Victoria in 1858. The resort served as the Summer White House for President Buchanan.



Also part of the celebration was the reopening of the fully restored Bedford Springs Old Course, which has evolved through work originally contributed by three forefathers of American golf course design: Spencer Oldham (1895), A.W. Tillinghast (1912) and Donald Ross (1923). This unique and historic collaboration of golf holes stretches across the foot of the Allegheny Mountains through the picturesque Bedford Springs Valley.



Harkening back to the resort`s original 19th century splendor, special guests arrived for today’s opening at the porte cochere entrance in horse drawn carriages and to the strains of the Bedford Springs March, composed in 1878 by Adam Geibel.



We`re thrilled to welcome our new employees and very special guests to the official re-opening of the Bedford Springs Resort, said Keith Evans, managing partner, Bedford Resort Partners Ltd. This historic property, that once was the playground of presidents, heads of state, political dignitaries and members of high society, has been restored with historic authenticity and filled with exceptional memorabilia, but offers the modern conveniences of a luxury resort. We applaud those who helped make this day a reality and invite everyone to visit this magnificent property.



Rikki Boparai, Benchmark’s general manager at Bedford Springs, stated, “It is always a privilege to open and operate an exceptional resort such as this. But it is a special honor to comprehensively restore and reopen a property of such historic importance as Bedford Springs Resort.” Boparai continued on to say, “Over the past two centuries, this is where monumental events occurred and where people came to regain a renewed sense of well-being. Today we launch Bedford Springs into a new century of grand and gracious hospitality.”



The first guests welcomed at the restored resort were actually previous guests. They included Mr. and Mrs. Max Elbin of Bethesda, Maryland, who met at Bedford Springs in 1938 as teenagers, and Mrs. Nellie Burger Over, of nearby Somerset, Pennsylvania, who served as a waitress at Bedford Springs from 1937 to 1938. Mrs. Over`s aunt was Bedford Springs’ head hostess.

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