by By Sarah J. F. Braley | February 01, 2009

Bedford SpringsBack in 1796, a doctor began buying up this 2,200-acre property, featuring eight springs, and bringing patients to take the waters at what is now the 216-room Omni Bedford Springs Resort in south-central Pennsylvania.

The area became so famous for its healing waters, James Buchanan spent 27 summers there, before, during and after his presidency. His rooms now are part of the property's 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

Finished in 2007, a more than $125 million renovation touched all areas of the resort, restoring the golf course to its old Donald Ross design and pumping spring water through the new spa, while preserving the historical feel of the property.