In the heart of the Village of Warm Springs is a unique business with an appropriately long name — The Inn at Gristmill Square and Waterwheel Restaurant. This charming inn is on the site of a historic gristmill. The iconic waterwheel, which itself is an instagram-worthy photo-op, is on the building that houses a magnificent restaurant that serves some of the finest farm-to-table cuisine in Virginia. The use of the word Square, however, displays a touch of modesty. The inn is more like a campus setting, with multiple buildings, a courtyard, gazebo, garden and outdoor event space.
Warm Springs is a pedestrian-friendly village steeped in history and located off the beaten path, which makes every visit here a relaxing experience. It’s free of traffic and congestion. It’s the kind of place where you live life at your own pace. Breakfast is delivered to each room so guests can enjoy it whenever they’re ready. A leisurely breakfast can be followed by a full day of activities like hiking, golfing, fishing or shopping. On the other hand, some guests prefer relaxing on the porch with a good book. We take relaxation seriously in Bath County.
Making sure that guests feel welcome and have a great time in Warm Springs is the top priority of innkeepers John and Kate Loeffler. After working at various restaurant and hospitality jobs in Virginia and West Virginia, they had the opportunity to take over the inn in 2011. This year they are celebrating their 10th anniversary as proprietors of The Inn at Gristmill Square.
A knack for hospitality is one of the many things John and Kate bring to their inn. John is an accomplished chef and sommelier. He has turned the Waterwheel Restaurant into a magnificent restaurant with a loyal following. It’s a favorite special occasional spot for visitors and Bath County residents alike. Kate is an experienced event and wedding planner. Their combined talents explain why the Inn at Gristmill Square and Waterwheel Restaurant were voted Top Wedding Venues by the readers of Virginia Living Magazine in both the B&B and Restaurant categories.
After arriving and unpacking their bags, guests often find everything they need for a great visit right in the Village of Warm Springs. Those willing to journey roughly five miles down the road to Hot Springs will be rewarded. Innkeepers John and Kate are partners in two more Bath County culinary institutions — Snead’s 1912 and Les Cochons D’Or. After all, a three-night stay in Bath County means you’ll need three dinners. You’ll have a hard time choosing a favorite place.
Travelers have been making the journey to Bath County since before the founding of the United States. In the last 10 years, John and Kate Leoffler have added their unique contribution to the 250-year tradition of welcoming guests. Hospitality, like the mountain scenery, is timeless.
For information on The Inn at Gristmill Square and Waterwheel Restaurant, visit GristmillSquare.com