Bath County is one of the top destinations in Virginia for fall foliage. The mountain scenery is unspoiled and the back roads are peaceful. The only green-yellow-red combinations to be seen are on the trees, because there are no stoplights in the entire county. Eventually, the leaves fall from the branches and the mountains are not quite as vibrant, but a tradition of hospitality that has lasted more than 250 years doesn’t end with daylight savings time.
Here are some great reasons to visit Bath County during late fall and winter:
• Hang out around a roaring fire. If your room at an inn, resort or rental cabin doesn’t have its own fireplace, there is a good chance that there is one in a common area. Pull up a chair, pour a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy good conversation around the fire.
• Warm up with delicious food. People are choosing to visit Bath County specifically because of the amazing restaurants and creative chefs. Visitors rave about the restaurants on TripAdvisor and proclaim one their all-time favorite. If you’ve eaten at one of the county’s special occasion restaurants, you know why people return time after time to see what their favorite chef is up to.
• Cheers! There are a few ways to toast the change of seasons in Bath County. Find great craft beer at Bacova Beer, a favorite gathering place for locals and visitors in downtown Hot Springs. A December opening is planned for a new tasting room for the Bath County’s very own winery. Rock Roadhouse on Main will also be located in Hot Springs. That’s good news for families that have both beer and wine lovers.
• You may need to put on another layer, but until the snow flies, cool weather doesn’t deter serious golfers from playing the legendary courses at The Omni Homestead.
• Brisk temperatures are great for taking a hike in the woods. Even without leaves on the trees, the mountain views are always spectacular.
• Visit a spa for the ultimate in relaxation. Experience deep tissue massage or a hot stone treatment. It may sound indulgent, but you deserve it.
If you thought your summer vacation was a relaxing getaway, just wait until you experience Bath County during late fall and winter. The leaves may be gone, but the charm, hospitality, incredible dining options, and relaxing vibe remain year round.