Make A Visit to Bath County Part of Your New Year’s Resolution

As we settle into the New Year, many of us are determined to stick to the resolutions we made under the glow of fireworks. If your 2024 goals include expanding your knowledge base, indulging in new culinary experiences, and getting more physically active, Bath County is the perfect destination to achieve them.

History Tours

Visit the Omni Homestead, and take advantage of the complimentary history tours of the resort, beginning each day at 10 am. The Omni’s doors first opened just ten years before the Declaration of Independence was signed, so the Homestead subsequently hosted presidents and other members of royalty. Additionally, the Bath County Historical Society and Museum is a must-visit for history enthusiasts looking to delve deeper into the area’s rich heritage. The society formed in 1969 to preserve Bath County’s history for future generations.

Culinary Hot Spots

Bath County offers a unique twist on Southern comfort food at Waterwheel Restaurant, a culinary institution often nominated for Best in Virginia Awards. Waterwheel has been a premier dining destination since 1973, offering an evolving menu of creative dishes. Relax in the elegant atmosphere as the small staff of highly trained individuals provides top-notch service.

Stop by the corner of Main Street in Hot Springs to dine at Sam Snead Tavern.  A local favorite, the tavern offers an exploration of new menu items and a chance to check out some memorabilia honoring the legendary golfer, Sam Snead.

On the Homestead property, don’t miss out on the recently reopened Woody’s, known for its delectable wood-fired pizzas, savory soups, and sandwiches. Boasting a casual atmosphere and a convenient location inside the Casino building near the Old Course and Allegheny Springs, this is the perfect stop-in for Omni visitors and locals alike.

Great Hiking, Biking, and Kayaking Locations

For those seeking outdoor adventures, Bath County offers an abundance of fresh-air options. Explore the Dan Ingall’s Overlook, located in Warm Springs Mountain Preserve, for a hike through a 77,000-acre unfragmented forest that provides habitat for a variety of mammals and migratory songbirds. Another option, Bear Loop Trail, is a three-mile, relatively flat hiking experience perfect for families and birders. Take a break at one of the many overlooks for panoramic views to the East and West. 

For a more adventurous outdoor experience, consider kayaking on the Jackson River. Allegheny Outdoors offers a variety of trip lengths and start times catered to your needs. Each river trip features fun rapids, impressive scenery, and amazing cliff and mountain views.

The Cowpasture River is another kayaking choice for those pursuing an active day outside. Flow through scenic landscapes during a more “lazy river” type of floating trip. The Cowpasture is usually the preference for families in search of a slower pace and the opportunity for conversation while kayaking.

If you’re in need of some relaxation, the Warm Springs Pools in the area are perfect for wellness and unwinding. The springs maintain a uniform rate of flow and remain at a natural body temperature despite the season. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (540) 839-3860.

Resolve to Visit Bath County This Year

Whether you’re looking to feed your mind with history, tantalize your taste buds with new flavors, or invigorate your body with outdoor activities, Bath County has everything you need to make your New Year’s resolutions a reality.