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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 boating, to name a few.  You can spend hours biking or walking along the Jackson River, or for more strenuous adventure tackle the hikes at the Dan Ingalls overlook.  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 Alleghany Outdoors* for a day on the Jackson River.  Book a biking trip along the Jackson.  Let us pack a lunch for you enjoy during your trip (there are many picnic tables setup along the trail)*.  With a trailhead located just minutes from downtown Covington, the Jackson River Scenic Trail has a surface of finely crushed gravel and is well-suited for leisurely rides. The 14.4 mile trail is built on an old railroad bed that runs mostly parallel to the Jackson River. Restrooms are available at the Intervale, Smith Bridge and Natural Well Trailheads.

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 to the Omni Homestead for a round of golf on the Old Course, and tee off on hole number 1, America’s oldest first tee in continuous use!*  Talk about history.  Enjoy this challenging mountain course with beautiful rolling hills and stunning vistas.

Following 18 holes of golf stop by 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!

Following a day of golf, 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
Swimming at Lake Moomaw
Horseback Riding at the Omni Homestead

Advance notice/reservations required.