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Gristmill Guide to Outdoor Adventures

Bath County is one of the best destinations in Virginia to experience outdoor adventure and The Inn at Gristmill Square is the perfect spot to start your adventure!  Nestled deep within the George Washington National Forest, the Inn is perfectly situated near exceptional hiking, mountain and road biking, and skiing, to name a few.  You can a quick drive over to West Virginia and experience some of the best skiing in the mid-Atlantic.  Not only will you find outdoor adventures, but by staying at the inn you’ll be rewarded at the conclusion of a full day with a farm fresh meal and a delicious beverage outside underneath a starlight sky (no light pollution here!).

Day One

Fueled by fresh brewed coffee and our scrumptious continental breakfast hit the road to Snowshoe Mountain for a day on the slopes.  Book lift tickets in advance as they are limiting the amount of skiers on the mountain each day due to COVID restrictions.  On the mountain try lunch at Foxfire Grill.  Get an order or Kate's favorite fried pickles.  Or head down to Silver Creek and check out Old Spruce Brewing.  When you return to town stop in Hot Springs at the Bacova Beer Company before making your way back to Warm Springs for a hot shower before visiting the Waterwheel for dinner.

Day Two

Wake early and enjoy the cool mountain air in a short walk around the village of Warm Springs.  Following another bountiful breakfast at the inn head out for a hike on the great trails that exist around Warm Springs.  When the weather isn't too cold, taking an invigorating hike is good for your body, mind, soul!

Following your hike make your way down to Snead’s 1912 in downtown Hot Springs.  Named after the famous golfer who was born and raised right here in Bath County, this restaurant serves up delicious southern-style BBQ pork, beef brisket, and fried chicken.  Complete with sides and washed down with an ice-cold beer!  Perfect!  Sit by the fire for lunch (open for indoor dining on Saturday and Sunday)!

Following your outdoor adventures, you might want to soothe your aching muscles with a hot stone massage from the Warm Spirit Spa, and after a full day unwind at the Gristmill with a delightful dinner at the Waterwheel Restaurant.

With your adventurous spirit, you’ll love signing up for some of these annual events that take place near the inn each year:


Alternative Adventure Ideas:

Hiking at Douthat State Park or Hidden Valley
Mountain or Road Biking
Horseback Riding at the Omni Homestead

Advance notice/reservations required.