Many people choose to visit Bath County for a relaxing getaway. Finding serenity here doesn’t require solitary confinement in the local jail.

Bath County is famous for its hospitality and unique places to stay. There are no cookie-cutter chain hotels here. Options range from private rental properties to independent motels, a grand resort to charming Bed & Breakfast Inns. One of those award-winning B&Bs includes a suite that used to be the county jail.

guest room at The Inn at Warm SpringsThe historic Inn at Warm Springs used to be the County Courthouse and Jail. Built in 1842, it served the county until the current courthouse was built about a mile away in 1914. When the new facility opened, the old courthouse was destined for a new life in hospitality. The location is ideal — at the junction of routes 39 and 220, situated on a hill directly across the street from the famous Warm Springs Pools (now known as the Jefferson Pools).

 

scones from The Coffee Shop at The Inn at Warm SpringsFirst opened as a small hotel, the property has changed hands and been improved several times. The proprietor today is Jarek Mika, whose entrepreneurial spirit combined with respect for the property’s history, has brought new energy and experiences to The Inn at Warm Springs. The inn now features a restaurant with a menu inspired by Mika’s European heritage. More casual fare can be found in the Pub, which is located in the old Court Clerk’s office. The Coffee House offers lattes, cappuccinos and excellent pastries.

The entire inn is beautifully decorated. The hospitality is genuine and all guests are warmly welcomed. Yet, there is one room that is most sought after. Yes, it is possible to spend the night in a guest room that was once the old jail. The bars have been removed from the windows and the furniture is much more comfortable than it used to be.

It’s a great story to tell your friends back home — that you went to Bath County and ended up in jail. And, you can’t wait to go back again.