Meet Your Innkeepers

John and Kate Loeffler purchased the Inn in February 2011.  Together they have spent their entire professional lives in the hospitality industry.  

It all began when they met in college while working at The Yellow Brick Bank Restaurant in Shepherdstown, WV.  There, they began a passion for the food and beverage industry.  After graduating they moved to Morgantown, WV where John worked in free-standing restaurants such as The Glasshouse Grille and Cafe Bacchus, and Kate worked in Human Resources at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania.  After a year Kate had the opportunity to leave Nemacolin and continue her Human Resources career in Charles Town, WV.  John left the restaurants in Morgantown behind to work with close friends at The Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, WV.  

It was during this time that they got engaged and decided to pursue careers in a little known place called Bath Co., VA.  They were both hired at The Homestead Resort; John as the Manager for the Main Dining Room and eventually the 1766 Grille and Kate in Convention Services and Wedding Sales/Special Event Planning.  After spending four and a half years there they decided to take on another infamous resort nearby, and left to work at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV.  John was asked to join The Greenbrier to open and manage their new steakhouse, Prime 44 West, while Kate went back to her HR roots as their Recruiting Manager.  Each enjoyed their time at The Greenbrier, but always kept their sights on owning and operating something of their own.  

About the Innkeepers at Inn at Gristmill Square in Warm Springs, VirginiaThat opportunity presented itself one random evening at a get together with local friends.  John and Kate knew Bruce McWilliams and always enjoyed listening to him speak so fondly of his inn.  That night Bruce mentioned that he and his mother, Janice, were ready to give up their business of 30 years, and move on to other adventures.  John and Kate were both ready to start their own adventure, and inn keeping was the perfect opportunity for them to stay in Bath County and live their dream.  In February 2011 they signed the paperwork to officially become the proprietors of The Inn at Gristmill Square.  They never knew they could be so happy or feel so rewarded and fulfilled by simply doing what they enjoy most…taking care of their guests.

John and Kate reside near the inn with their dogs Porter and Rye.
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Rooms at Inn at Gristmill Square

A unique blend of rustic elegance and country charm that is only found at The Inn at Gristmill Square.  Our 18 rooms and suites are each distinctive in size and décor offering both traditional and modern amenities.  Nine rooms are located in the main square which is made up of the Hardware Store and Blacksmith Shop.  The Steele House houses four more rooms and the Miller House completes the Inn with the remaining four rooms.

Food and Drink

Dining at Inn at Gristmill Square

Appreciating that dining is an essential ingredient in the travel experience, the Waterwheel Restaurant promises to exceed your expectations with its use of the finest local ingredients, friendly service, and just the right amount of charm to leave you feeling like you’ve just enjoyed one of the best meals of your life.

Inn at Gristmill Square in Warm Springs, Virginia
The Inn at Gristmill Square
P.O. Box 359 / 118 Old Germantown Road
Warm Springs, Virginia 24484

Inn at Gristmill square in Warm Springs, VA

The Inn at Gristmill Square is a boutique inn located in the little town of Warm Springs Virginia.  The main road in town bisects the property creating a unique village-like feel.  Located deep within the ancient mountains of the George Washington National Forest in the Allegheny Highlands, lush forests, quiet back roads, and ancient mineral springs create the perfect places to relax and rejuvenate.  Step back in time and enjoy dinner at the award-winning Waterwheel Restaurant located in our renovated mill that sits along the Warm Springs run.                               

Upon obtaining the inn and restaurant, owners John and Kate Loeffler committed to pouring their hearts and souls into creating an inn and restaurant that is a premier destination for food and travel lovers. They strive to provide every guest with a unique experience filled with unsurpassed hospitality, comfortable surroundings, and gourmet food hand-crafted with love featuring regional ingredients all while preserving the historical feel of our boutique inn and restaurant.  Dating back to the late 1800s, the buildings that make-up the inn and restaurant are steeped in a rich history while simultaneously offering the modern conveniences travelers have come to expect.