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T HE OFFICIAL VISITOR’S GUIDE 2015–2016

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Make your dreams come true in the county of bath Famous for its mineral springs, outdoor recreation & cultural arts, the County of Bath is a captivating four-season destination

Spas Take Relaxation to a Higher Level

Enter a world of soothing sounds, comforting aromas & healing hands

A Nature Lover’s Paradise Stunning mountain vistas, dark starlit skies, clear, cold streams & a wide range of recreational opportunities await

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Featured on the front cover:"Ladies Pool" by Bradley Stevens - 24" x 36" oil on linen, 2013 Photos throughout the guide courtesy of: American Land and Leisure, Andrew Watkins, Camp Mont Shenandoah, Charles Garratt, County of Bath Tourism, Cristie & Co., Douthat State Park, Fort Lewis Lodge, Garth Newel Music Center, Heather Gladden, Jay Ford, Jensen Ford, Jumping Rocks Photography, Mary Porter, Middle Mountain Momma, Monica Plecker, Natural Retreats, Paul Fischer, The Inn at Gristmill Square, The Nature Conservancy, The Omni Homestead Resort, Vine Cottage Inn, Warm Spirit Spa, Warm Springs Gallery, Will Hodges Design by: Mikula|Harris

Printing by: Chocklett Press

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Calendar of Events

Camping · Canoeing/Kayaking/Boating · Cycling/Biking Fishing · Geocaching · Hiking · Horseback Riding · Hunting Outfitters · Picnic Areas · Playgrounds · Scenic Overlooks Shooting Range · Skateboard Park · Swimming · Tennis

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OUTDOOR RECREATION

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Birding Walks Summer Camps Leave No Trace

Famous for its mineral springs, outdoor recreation & cultural arts, the County of Bath is a captivating four-season destination.

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Getting to County of Bath

Map · Driving Distances · Driving Directions

The Omni Homestead Resort

A perfect destination, the perfect place to stay

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Natural Retreats

LODGING

Extraordinary experiences in all four seasons

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Bed & Breakfasts

Home to the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, the Music Center hosts classical chamber music concerts, festivals and other artist performances throughout the year.

44 49 50 51 52 53 55 58 Wedding & Event P lanning 60 62 The Jefferson Pools and The Hot Springs LODGING

Cabins/Cottages/Vacation Rentals · Campgrounds · Hotels Motels · Resorts

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Flowers · Marriage Licenses · Photography · Prop Rentals Video Production · Special Occasion, Wedding & Reception Venues Catering · Corporate Retreats Naturally warm mineral springs

Warm Spirit Spa

Spas take relaxation to a higher level

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Meet the Artisans

Artisans & Galleries in the County of Bath

Painting Nature's Beauty en Plein Air The Bath County Arts Association Art Show Nimrod Hall

Step back to a simpler time

Antiques & Artisans Historical Society · Agritourism Shops & Retail Restaurant Guide

Delis · Inns · Fine Dining

Convenience & Take-Out Other Services

ATMs · Attorneys · Banking · Dentist · Emergency Medical Fitness · Fuel · Laundry & Dry Cleaning · Pharmacy · Places of Worship · Public Fax · Realtors · Schools · Spa & Beauty Services · Transportation Services · Veterinary & Boarding

“The Rural Wave”


Make Your Dreams ComeTrue famous for its mineral springs, outdoor recreation & cultural arts, the County of Bath is a captivating four-season destination.

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ince the 18th century, the County of Bath has welcomed travelers from around the world

and from all walks of life. Presidents, generals, kings, musicians, artists and writers as well as generations of families have enjoyed the gracious hospitality that is the trademark of the area. From a wide variety of quaint inns and B&Bs to the luxurious Omni Homestead Resort,

the County offers a wide variety of inviting accommodations. In a unique offering, Natural Retreats offers well-appointed homes along with

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concierge and guest hospitality services. And

The County of Bath is 540 square acres of

and boating are available year round. Both road

for those who prefer the great outdoors, we

verdant forests and fertile farm lands. In winter,

and mountain biking are popular activities, as

also have several campgrounds that are ideal for

you can enjoy skiing, skating, snowboarding or

the winding roads and rugged mountains offer

pitching a tent under clear, dark, starlit skies.

making snow angels. Fishing, hiking, camping

the cycling enthusiast a variety of experiences.

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omprised of several small villages,

Warm Springs and Hot Springs are two

Named in honor of the English resort city

of the more well-known destinations within

of Bath (an ancient city visited for its healing

the County. Warm Springs, known by many

spring waters since Roman times), weary

as the “Warm,” is home to the Jefferson Pools

travelers have stopped to rejuvenate in the

( formerly the Warm Springs Pools) and is the

healing springs since the mid-18th century.

seat of County Government. The Hot Springs,

Today, where once the County boasted a

known as the “Hot,” are located within the

variety of mineral springs with names like

renowned Omni Homestead Resort and give

Millboro Springs, Bath Alum, the Healing,

their name to the village which is also home

Hot and Warm Springs — only the Jefferson

to a picturesque downtown Main Street.

Pools and the Hot Springs remain open.

When you visit, you will find that the County of Bath remains that same picturesque mountain community where timeless beauty and tradition as well as gracious southern hospitality abound. 3


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hough the County of Bath is nestled deep in the Allegheny Highlands, it’s easy to get here no matter which direction you’re coming from. We look forward to your visit!

Driving Distances CITY

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DISTANCE TO COUNTY OF BATH (in miles)

Baltimore, MD

256

Charlotte, NC

250

Charlottesville, VA

115

Lexington, VA

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Raleigh, NC

218

Richmond, VA

184

Roanoke, VA

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Washington, DC

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Driving Directions to County of Bath From the North Take I-81 to exit 220 (Route 262 North). In a little over 4 miles, exit on the Parkersburg Turnpike exit (Route 254). Turn left at the stop sign. From here, it’s about 50 miles to Warm Springs on roads that change their route numbers but are easy to follow. Follow Route 254 West for about 7 miles until it merges with Route 42 South in Buffalo Gap. Stay straight and follow Route 42 for about 30 miles until it becomes Route 39 West in Millboro Springs. Stay straight again and head west on Route 39 for 13 miles to Warm Springs. If you are arriving in the daylight hours, take a moment at the Ingalls Overlook, which is on Route 39, to enjoy a magnificent view of the valley and the road you have just travelled. Take Route 39 to the bottom of Warm Springs Mountain. You will arrive at Route 220 and The Jefferson Pools.

From the East Take I-64 West to I-81 South to exit 220 (less than one mile). Merge onto Route 262 North. In a little over 4 miles, exit on the Parkersburg Turnpike (Route 254). Turn left at the stop sign. From here, it’s about 50 miles to Warm Springs on roads that change their route numbers but are easy to follow. Follow Route 254 West for about 7 miles until it merges with Route 42 south in Buffalo Gap. Stay straight and follow Route 42 for about 30 miles until it becomes Route 39 West in Millboro Springs. Stay straight again and head west on Route 39 for 13 miles to Warm Springs. If you are arriving in the daylight hours, take a moment at the Ingalls Overlook, which is on Route 39, to enjoy a magnificent view of the valley and the road you have just travelled. Take Route 39 to the bottom of Warm Springs Mountain. You will arrive at Route 220 and The Jefferson Pools.

From the South Take I-81 to US 220 North (Troutville exit 150). Follow US 220 North towards Clifton Forge. Follow signs to I-64 West to Covington. Take I-64 West to exit 16A. At exit 16A, pick up US 220 North and follow 220 North to Hot Springs. You will see The Omni Homestead Resort on your right. The village of Hot Springs will be at the junction of Route US 220 and Sam Snead Highway. Follow Sam Snead Highway North to reach Warm Springs.

F rom the West Take I-64 East heading towards Covington. Take exit 16. Take a left at the first set of traffic lights. Take a left at the next set of traffic lights onto Route US 220 North. Take US 220 North to Hot Springs. You will see The Omni Homestead Resort on your right. The village of Hot Springs will be at the junction of US 220 and Sam Snead Highway. Follow Sam Snead Highway North to reach Warm Springs.

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he County of Bath is the perfect destination for an intimate weekend getaway; fun

filled family vacation, destination wedding, or large corporate retreat. The County of Bath

offers a wide variety of lodging options – from quaint bed and breakfast inns and unique homes to the luxurious Omni Homestead Resort.

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T he O mni H omestead R es or t

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pen since 1766, The Omni Homestead Resort is one of America's most storied resorts, offering unparalleled hospitality and

southern charm in a 2,300-acre setting within the Allegheny Mountains of Western Virginia. Renowned for its natural healing springs, The Omni Homestead Resort is distinguished by 483 luxurious guest rooms and suites, 72,000 square feet of meeting space, a wide array of fine and casual dining choices, and more than 30 recreational amenities. The resort offers an expansive, luxurious spa with exclusive, adults-only

The legendary and historic resort presides over the countryside, offering unparalleled hospitality and Southern charm in a 2,300-acre setting

spa garden and two championship golf courses including The Cascades, one of the nation's finest mountain courses. Allegheny Springs is a two-

visiting barn with 40 stalls and riding arena; top-rated Shooting Club

acre family-friendly water attraction complete with lazy river, water

with trap, skeet, sporting clays; fly-fishing; archery; falconry; Segway

slides, family pool and water play zone. The resort also offers the South's

tours; Mini Cascades, an 18-hole miniature golf course and a wealth of

first downhill ski area; a beautiful Equestrian Center with 28 stalls,

other recreational opportunities.

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The Omni Homestead Resort offers a wide variety of specialty shops with unique items, local fare and apparel. First Lady has everything for fashionable women. Maybelle's one of a kind candy store is located adjacent to First Lady. The William S. Flynn shop for men offers a handsome selection of clothing, furnishings and gifts. The Classic Bath sells unique bath and spa products; Seasons, has a wide variety of home accessories reflecting the seasons and seasonal holidays. Golfers can find clothing, equipment and accessories at the Cascades Pro Shop, or the Casino Pro Shop. In season, the Ski Shop is the place to pick up ski apparel and other cold weather accessories. Sweet Dreams and the Spa Shop carry exclusive skincare, relaxation and spa products. Martha’s Market has specialty coffees, teas, sandwiches, snacks and pastries. The 1776 Shop stocks a variety of logo apparel and gift items for the whole family and Hobby Horse offers children’s clothing, furniture and gifts. Allegheny Outfitters is the spot for outdoor wear and sporting gear.

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The Omni Homestead Resort offers 483 luxurious guest rooms and suites, each beautifully appointed with rich fabrics and furnishings, and framed prints reflecting the resort’s historic legacy.

A decade before the American Revolution, the historic Homestead welcomed its first guests to experience the beauty of the Virginia’s Western Highlands. Today, the legendary and historic resort continues to preside over the countryside, offering unparalleled hospitality and Southern charm in a 2,300-acre setting distinguished by natural healing springs and a splendid four-season climate.

The West Wing (built in 1904) received the same updates to its 90 guest rooms, also keeping with The Omni Homestead Resort’s signature décor.

urrounded by the beautiful Allegheny Mountains of Western Virginia, The Omni Homestead Resort is located in historic Hot Springs, 70 miles north of Roanoke and 170 miles west of Richmond. The resort is within driving distance of many metropolitan centers throughout the Southeast and mid-Atlantic. Bath County Airport is 20 minutes by car; Roanoke Regional Airport is 90 minutes.

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In 2010, the resort unveiled complete room renovations in the historic Tower of the resort including the Governor’s Suite. The Tower features 67 guest suites, reflecting new decor including distinctive new fabrics, porches and corridors, and marble tile floors and new pedestal sinks in the bathrooms, all while keeping with the resort’s traditional splendor.

Among the most distinctive accommodations are five President’s Suites, which pay homage to the many U.S. Presidents who have visited throughout the resort’s history. Located in the East Wing, the spacious Madison, McKinley, Taft, Wilson and Eisenhower suites each feature two comfortable bedrooms, two grandly appointed bathrooms, a luxurious parlor, foyer, and a sitting porch with unparalleled views of the surrounding Alleghenies.


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pened in June 2013, The Spa at The Omni Homestead stretches 60,000-square-feet with striking décor throughout. Guests enjoy a wide array of opportunities to explore the rewards of living a long, healthier and more vibrant life, with a rich sampling of services.

The Aqua Thermal Suite is an European-inspired oasis that aligns harmoniously with The Omni Homestead’s historic healing tradition of “taking the waters”. The Aqua Thermal experiences feature spa cabins that expose the body to a contrast of hot and cold temperatures enhanced by light, sound and smell. They are perfect before a spa treatment or as a stand-alone experience. The Spa offers 28 treatment rooms, one of which is the Spa Ritual Suite with a pipeless couple’s tub and relaxation area. The Spa also offers an exclusive, adultsonly Spa Garden with unique features such as the historic hot springs, private poolside cabanas and a naturally pressurized geothermal deluge shower. An expansive fitness area includes resistance equipment, cardiovascular machines and three movement studios for, yoga, cycling and other classes. The Spa also offers family spa services, with special treatments and activities for children ages five to 13.

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The resort’s Allegheny Mountain setting is rich in recreational possibilities, with activities for all seasons, interests and ages:

he Omni Homestead Resort offers a range of fine and informal dining options. Dining outlets include the formal Main Dining Room, renowned for traditional dinner and dancing each evening (jacket required) and sumptuous breakfast buffet; and the casual but refined Sam Snead’s Tavern, where Certified Angus Beef and Allegheny Mountain Trout enjoy quite a following. Jefferson’s Restaurant & Bar, opened in 2013, serves regional farm to plate dishes. Seasonal dining choices at The Omni Homestead Resort include Rubino’s at the Cascades, Casino Restaurant, Allegheny Springs Grill and Mountain Lodge. The Lobby Bar is located in the Great Hall featuring a great selection of signature and classic cocktails, wines by the glass and regional craft beers.

· Two championship golf courses including the Cascades Course, designed by William Flynn; and the Old Course, a Donald Ross design boasting the nation’s oldest tee in continuous use; 18-hole Mini Cascades miniature golf course, inspired by the legendary Cascades Course.

A new family game area, DownTime, opened in the former Player's Pub in 2013, with mini bowling, billiards, shuffleboard, air hockey, foosball and arcade games. A casual and fun menu featuring sandwiches, wings, pizza and ice cream is also available.

· Four clay tennis courts

· Two-acre Allegheny Springs water attraction with two 100-foot water slides and 400-foot lazy river, water play zone, year-round family pool and whirlpool; Indoor swimming pool · Five-stand, skeet, trap and sporting clays at the renowned Shooting Club; Archery; Paintball

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· Horseback riding through the resort’s expansive Equestrian Center · Mountain biking; Cascades Gorge Hike · Canoeing; Kayaking; Paddle Boarding; Orvis-endorsed fly fishing · Skiing, snowboarding and tubing with instruction available; Ice Skating; · Segway tours; Carriage rides; Hayrides · Homestead History Tours · Falconry · Lawn Games – volleyball, badminton, croquet, etc.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: The KidsClub offers supervised “learning made fun” for children ages 3 to 12 under direction of the resort's well-trained and enthusiastic KidsClub staff. There are full-day, half-day and Kid’s Night Out options available.

· 270-seat historic theater with nightly movies

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extraordinary experiences in all four seasons

f you are looking for a unique, carefree getaway specifically tailored to your needs while connecting you with nature at its most beautiful, Natural Retreats in Bath County is designed for you. Your unique adventure starts with our one-of-a-kind lodging. Natural Retreats has handpicked an exclusive collection of stunning vacation homes in Bath County. These properties are located in the village of Warm Springs at the Homestead Preserve. They are surrounded by National Forest, pristine Nature Conservancy lands, and are adjacent to the legendary Omni Homestead Resort. For those of you who consider your pets part of your family, many of our homes are pet-friendly, making this a one-of-a-kind opportunity for man’s best friend as well.

A trademark of the Natural Retreats experience is our unrivaled personal concierge service. Our team considers no detail too small - and no dream too big, when it comes to making each vacation special. We especially enjoy welcoming young families, and provide everything parents and grandparents might need to insure the perfect stay. This includes providing stair

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gates, highchairs and sterilizers for your little ones as well as family games, movies and special activities for the whole family. Our wide range of property options coupled with our desire to meet your needs guarantees that you’ll find accommodations that will fit your party perfectly; whether your getaway is bringing together a family, a group, or a romantic weekend for two. Best yet are the amenities our community provides. All handpicked vacation rentals enjoy access to the exclusive Warm Springs Dairy, as well as several of the The Omni Homestead Resort amenities. We are also just a short drive away from the historic villages of Hot Springs and Warm Springs, and the world famous Jefferson Pools, providing a second-to-none welcoming local culture.

Visit Natural Retreats in Bath County and explore this remarkable area in all four seasons, and let our world-renowned concierge team handle your every wish. There is a reason our guests return to explore the world with Natural Retreats time and again. Let us help you create memories that will last a lifetime.

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LODGING | Bed & Breakfasts

The Anderson Cottage

208 Old Germantown Road Warm Springs, VA 24484 540-839-2975 jgrbruns@gmail.com Proprietor: Jean Randolph Bruns

The Anderson Cottage has been operated as a bed & breakfast since the early 1980’s. The Kitchen Cottage is currently available year-round with maid service and breakfast supplies provided. The Kitchen Cottage has three bedrooms (two with queen beds and one with twin beds) and two baths. The main floor (the upper level) has a living room with windows on three sides overlooking the large level yard, warm stream and nearby mountains. The Kitchen Cottage has a common room with working fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and dining area. On the entry floor are two of the bedrooms and a bath. The original building was the 1820 brick kitchen, with a 20-year-old addition. The Main House at The Anderson Cottage is one of the oldest buildings in Bath County. Starting in 1790 as a two-room tavern, it has been over the years a girls school, an ordinary, a private home and a summer inn. Guests who have been coming to the B&B for many years are still welcome to book rooms in the Main House.

Fort Lewis Lodge

603 Old Plantation Way Millboro, VA 24460 540-925-2314 info@fortlewislodge.com www.fortlewislodge.com Proprietors: John & Caryl Cowden

Fort Lewis Lodge is a bed, breakfast and dinner country inn at the heart of a 3200-acre mountain estate. Outdoor activities abound with miles of river trout and bass fishing, swimming, extensive hiking trails, mountain biking, and magnificent vistas. Fort Lewis Lodge is a rare combination of unpretentious elegance and unique architecture offering a variety of lodging choices where every room has a view. In addition to the main lodge building, there are three "in the round" silo bedrooms, four hand-hewn log cabins with stone fireplaces, and Riverside House, all perfect for a true country getaway. Evenings are highlighted by a contemporary-american-style cuisine served in the historic Lewis Gristmill. This is destination dining, where the emphasis falls firmly on the cuisine – the kitchen never ceases to impress. Like most country inns, we trade in a change of pace, romance and exceptional fare. But over the years, we've come to understand that Fort Lewis Lodge has an asset that very few others have – our wilderness – the mountains, forests, fields and streams and all the creature that call this their home.

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Garth Newďż˝

Garth Newel Music Center P.O. Box 240 Warm Springs, VA 24484 403 Garth Newel Lane Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-839-5018 www.garthnewel.org office@GarthNewel.org

Imagine life at a country estate in the 1920's and 1930's. At Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, music is the key that unlocks a world of experience. From classical to jazz and more, inspired music-making is just the beginning of all that the Center provides. Gourmet meals, the exquisite Bath County landscape, and some of the most interesting people you will ever meet make each visit a one-ofa-kind experience. Spend the weekend in this magical place built by the American artist, William Sergeant Kendall and his young wife Christine Herter Kendall. Browse their library, stay in one of the guest rooms and see where the Kendalls painted. Schedule a tour of the estate with one of our volunteers, explore and lose yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding area. Take a short trip to the Jefferson Pools to take the waters or take advantage of the great outdoors! Our Manor House, one of two buildings on our property registered as an Historic Landmark, is tastefully decorated and comfortable. On concert days, it is a short stroll to the Concert Hall. The Center also has two cottages available. As a weekend guest, life is casual here; check-in and check-out times are flexible. Continental-style breakfast is provided as you sink into your home away from home. Limited availability. Please call for more information. Discover your happily ever after at Garth Newel.

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Hidden Valley Bed

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Breakfast

P.O. Box 53 2241 Hidden Valley Road Warm Springs, VA 24484 540-839-3178 info@hiddenvalleybb.com www.hiddenvalleybb.com Proprietors: Pam & Ron Stidham

Warwickton Mansion, a magnificent brick home built by James W. Warwick in 1851, is now home to the Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast. The lush natural beauty of the George Washington National Forest provides a peaceful and secluded location for the mansion which is on National Register of Historic Places and is a Virginia Historic Landmark. During your stay you will enjoy mountain biking, hiking or birding on the local trails that ring the property. For fly-fishermen the Jackson River is just a cast away! Lodging offerings include: Warwickton Mansion offers three spacious bedrooms with private baths. Full breakfast is included in the rate. The mansion is furnished with beautiful period antiques. Wifi. Open seasonally. The Summer Kitchen, built for the movie Sommersby filmed on site in 1992, has two rental suites. The Kitchen sleeps four and is perfect for a small family or a group. Full kitchen, fire places, satellite TV, wifi and pet friendly. Open year round. The Quarters sleeps four and is perfect for a small family or a group. Full kitchen, fire place, satellite TV and wifi. Open year round.


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The Inn at Gristmill Square

P.O. Box 359 124 Old Mill Road Warm Springs, VA 24484 540-839-2231 stay@gristmillsquare.com www.gristmillsquare.com Proprietors: John & Kate Loeffler

King’s Victorian Inn

P.O. Box 795 8883 Sam Snead Highway Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-839-3134 www.kingsvictorianbandb.com Proprietors: Liz & Richard King

The Inn at Gristmill Square is the ideal destination for rest and relaxation. Since 1771, there has been a mill in continuous operation on Warm Springs Run. Today, the present mill building is home to the Waterwheel Restaurant. The surrounding hardware store, blacksmith’s shop, and two turn of the century private residences make up the 17 quaint guestrooms forming what is now The Inn at Gristmill Square.

Come discover the beauty, charm and romantic enchantment of this 1899 Victorian masterpiece, located within walking distance of downtown Hot Springs, in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains near the famous Omni Homestead Resort and golf courses. This lovely property was built by Dr. Henry S. Pole, a natural physician who was also the first person to own an automobile in Bath County!

These lovingly restored historic buildings offer unique guest rooms while still providing all the conveniences discerning travelers have come to expect. Each room has a private bath, flat screen television with satellite channels, complimentary high-speed wireless internet, a private phone line, and many other traditional amenities. Each of our seventeen guest rooms and suites are individually furnished and many have their own wood-burning fireplaces set and ready for you to light with the strike of a match.

Nestled in a grove of beautiful old maple and chestnut trees you take a step back in time as you sit and relax in the rockers and wicker chairs on the verandah that extends around most of the house.

Across the grounds guests can find themselves at the Warm Spirit Spa offering massage and facial services. Dining at its finest can be found at the Waterwheel Restaurant, which is known throughout the area for delicious cuisine in a casual elegant setting with service that is unparalleled.

The Kings Victorian Inn is tastefully decorated with antiques, 18th century reproductions and oriental carpets. We offer two parlors for guests to enjoy. We serve breakfast in the formal dining room. There is a wide arrange of lodging options from romantic, well appointed rooms in the historic main house to the secluded Honeymoon Cottage as well as two, three and four bedroom cottages great for families. All rooms have private baths and special sitting areas. A stay at King’s Victorian Inn offers a relaxing blend of a nostalgic past with all the convenience of the present.

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Vine Cottage Inn

P.O. Box 918 7402 Sam Snead Highway Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-839-2422 or 800-410-9755 InnKeeper@vinecottageinn.com www.vinecottageinn.com Proprietors: Jo & Jonah Windham

Vine Cottage Inn is a unique bed & breakfast with a true and welcoming country inn feel. It is located in the village of Hot Springs, in the breathtaking Allegheny Highlands of Bath County, Virginia. Vine Cottage Inn has called Hot Springs home for over 110 years, first opened its doors to visitors, travelers and guests in 1905. Vine Cottage Inn possesses a charm and simple elegance that embraces you. Situated one block from The Omni Homestead Resort, a world renowned resort & spa, Vine Cottage Inn guests can benefit from many of the amenities The Omni Homestead Resort offers while staying in an affordable, “like home” environment. With nine guest rooms and a two room suite, each with different décor, you have a wide selection of accommodations from which to pick. Gather at the breakfast table for a delightful fixed menu breakfast and good conversation with friends and future friends from far and near. Come and enjoy your “Home in Hot Springs.” It will be just like going to “Grandma’s House”.

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Warm Springs Inn

P.O. Box 308 12968 Sam Snead Highway Warm Springs, VA 24484 540-839-5351 wsi@tds.net www.warmspringsinnva.com Proprietors: Tricia & Peter Worthy

The history of the Warm Springs Inn makes it one of the most unique country inns in the nation. The core brick structure of today’s inn dates from around 1843 when it served as Bath County’s first court house and jail. In 1907, a new court house and county jail were built in nearby Warm Springs in an area known as Germantown. Today at the Warm Springs Inn, guests can still see where prisoners were held in the 19th century. This quaint bed and breakfast offers private quarters as well as private baths in each room, allowing for a completely relaxing trip for individuals, couples and families alike.


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The Cabin at Big Bend

Meadow Lane Farm

Fort Lewis Lodge

The Ashwood Farmhouse

Big Lick Retreat - Lake View Lodge

Turtle Brook Farm

Cabins/Cottages/Vacation Rentals Alvey Cottage

11205 Sam Snead Highway Hot Springs, VA 24445 804-282-8822 or 804-754-6445 alveycottage@aol.com

The Ashwood Farmhouse (AirBnB)

Big Lick Retreat

1400 Big Lick Lane Warm Springs, VA 24445 540-947-1862 info@biglickretreat.com www.biglickretreat.com

5632 Sam Snead Highway Hot Springs VA 24445 540-839-2122 stay@ashwoodfarmhouse.com ashwoodfarmhouse.com

Cabin by the Creek

Aunt Lotti's Cabin

Clarkson & Wallace Vacation Rentals

381 Crooked Spur Road Millboro, VA 24460 540-925-4434

Bath Villas at the Meadows 101 Meadow Drive Warm Springs, VA 24484 540-839-2124 www.bathvillameadows.com

Big Bend Farm

411 Big Bend Farm Road Millboro, VA 24460 540-997-5661 bigbendfarm@hughes.net www.bigbendfarm.com/cabin.htm

8783 Big Valley Road Bolar, VA 24484 540-468-2075 oceansand70@aol.com

Second Floor · 2814 Main Street Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-839-2609 www.warmspringscottages.com Properties: Feather Ridge · Hillcrest · Katie's Ridge · Logged Off McClintic Cottage · Meadow Lane Farm · Winding Ridge

Coffee Pot Lodge

157 Coffee Pot Road Millboro, VA 24460 540-997-0308 february1975@yahoo.com www.millborova-cabinrentals.com

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Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast - Summer Kitchen

Winding Ridge

Meadow Villas at Warm Springs

The Omni Homestead Resort

Camping at Douthat State Park

Cabins/Cottages/Vacation Rentals continued Creek Side Apartment

Upstairs on Main Street Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-969-9692 www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3585203

Douthat State Park Cabins

14239 Douthat State Park Road Millboro, VA 24460 540-862-8100/540-862-8117 · Reservations: 540-933-PARK douthat@dcr.virginia.gov

Fort Lewis Lodge

603 Old Plantation Way Millboro, VA 24460 540-925-2314 info@fortlewislodge.com www.fortlewislodge.com

Hemlock Cottage

Summer Kitchen 2241 Hidden Valley Road Warm Springs, VA 24484 540-839-3178 info@hiddenvalleybb.com www.hiddenvalleybb.com

King’s Boxwood Cottages 8883 Sam Snead Highway Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-839-3134 www.kingsvictorianbandb.com

King’s Canary Cottages

8883 Sam Snead Highway Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-839-3134 www.kingsvictorianbandb.com

9858 Jackson River Turnpike Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-839-3533 pathaynes@bacovaproperties.com www.bacovaproperties.com

The Loft

Hemlock Guest House

Main Street Apartment

157 Coffee Pot Road Millboro, VA 24460 540-997-0308 february1975@yahoo.com www.millborova-cabinrentals.com

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12 Katydid Trail Warm Springs, VA 24484 540-839-2985 gallery7@tds.net Upstairs on Main Street Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-969-9692 www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3547267


L odg ing Meadow Villas at Warm Springs 171 Meadow Lane Warm Springs, VA 24484 717-951-3955 hawdave@yahoo.com www.meadowvillas.com

Natural Retreats

P.O. Box 206 · 2737 Main Street Hot Springs, VA 24445 1-877-805-7794 concierge@naturalretreats.com www.naturalretreats.com

Sycamore Bend Cabin and River Retreat P.O. Box 206 · 5503 River Road Millboro, VA 24460 540-414-4983 amanda-mcg-11@live.com www.sycamorebendonthecowpasture.com

The Tannery

Old Germantown Road Warm Springs, VA 24484 303-518-4630 TheTannery29@hotmail.com www.HomeAway.com

Tuck-Away Cabins

25146 Mountain Valley Road Millboro, VA 24460 540-996-4111 or 540-996-4119 tuckaway@mgwnet.com

Turtle Brook Farm

2663 McGuffin Road Warm Springs, VA 24484 540-839-6646 turtlebrook1@tds.net www.turtlebrookfarm.com

Wilderness Ranch

Route 683 · Millboro, VA 24460 540-997-9225

Campgrounds Blowing Springs

Route 39 · 7698 Mountain Valley Road Warm Springs, VA 24484 From Warm Springs, take SR 39 west for 9 miles to the campground. Reservations: 877-444-6777 · Information: 800-342-2267 Operated by American Land & Leisure

Bolar Mountain Recreational Area and Lake Moomaw Route 600 · 756 Twin Ridge Drive Warm Springs, VA 24484 Reservations: 877-444-6777 · Information: 800-342-2267

Dominion Back Creek Recreational Area Route 600 · 316 Power Station Drive Warm Springs, VA 24484 540-279-4136

Douthat State Park

14239 Douthat State Park Road Millboro, VA 24460 540-862-8100/540-862-8117 · Reservations: 540-933-PARK douthat@dcr.virginia.gov

Hidden Valley Recreational Area

1531 Hidden Valley Road Warm Springs, VA 24484 Contact the Warm Springs Ranger District: 540-839-2521 Operated by the US Forest Service

Peaceful River Campground 42 Peaceful River Road Millboro, VA 24460 540-996-4256

Advance reservations required

Hotels The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-839-1766 or 800-838-1766 stay@omnihotels.com omnihotels.com/thehomestead

Motels Hillcrest Motel

6168 Sam Snead Highway Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-839-5316 hillcrest@tds.net

Roseloe Motel

10849 Sam Snead Highway Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-839-5373 RoseloeMotel@tds.net

Resorts The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-839-1766 or 800-838-1766 stay@omnihotels.com omnihotels.com/thehomestead

Operated by American Land & Leisure

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Weddin∞s Find Enjoyment

in the Co unt y o f B ath

in a fun -filled Cel ebration

Looking for a wedding venue? How about a place to hold your company’s annual corporate retreat? Whatever the occasion, the County of Bath has a selection of beautiful venues that can accommodate any size group. Plus, we have local professional photographers and event coordinators that can assist with all of the details. Its welcoming atmosphere and breathtakingly beautiful scenery make the County of Bath a great location for any type of event.

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Wed di ng & Ev e nt Pl a nni ng

elebrate your special day with friends, family and beautiful mountain scenery. We have a variety of wedding venue locations that can accommodate any size wedding.

Flowers

Video Production

Mountain Laurel Creations

Whiddon Productions

Mountain Laurel Creations is a local, neighborhood florist in County of Bath that provides beautiful flower arrangements, friendly service and customized orders for every occasion. Whether you need an elegant array of roses or a center piece for a summer dinner party, let Mountain Laurel Creations stylize your next flower arrangement. With an online flower shop and same day flower delivery, Mountain Laurel Creations makes ordering your flower bouquet convenient and fun.

Husband and wife team Chris and Kelly Whiddon are local videographers with a passion for filmmaking. Filming every wedding together, they create a work of art that be enjoyed for years to come.

9298 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-3232

Marriage Licenses Bath County Clerk’s Office

65 Courthouse Hill Road · Room 123, Warm Springs 540-839-7226 Marriage License may be obtained Monday – Friday: 8:30am–4:30pm When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, but you'll need to apply for the certificate together. You will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. Couples will receive their marriage license which must be given to their minister or to the Celebrant performing the ceremony. Your wedding Celebrant must be licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, if a civil wedding is being performed.

Photography Cristie & Co.

7729 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-5311 www.cristieandco.com Open Monday – Saturday: 10am-5pm or by appointment. As a native of the Allegheny Highlands, the owner of Cristie & Co. Photography has an eye for capturing beauty, whether it's the surrounding, scenic landscape or special occasions and events. With over 18 years of experience, Cristie & Co. specializes in keeping memories alive through the art of photography and capturing personality within each shot. Cristie & Co. caters to each clients needs individually and is the perfect place for your photography needs.

Prop Rental Country Junk

540-292-9516 www.WhiddonProductions.com

The Old Dairy

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or centuries, the County of Bath’s picturesque mountain region has remained untouched by time; a defining characteristic traceable to the area’s many historical

landmarks. For those of you planning a wedding, Natural Retreats offers a variety of breath-taking locations, luxurious accommodations as well as a personal concierge to help with any and all details for your very special day. We want to ensure that every part of your wedding is tailored to you; helping to create that perfect experience along with memories that will stay with you forever. Our locations include The Old Dairy located in the village of Warm Springs. The Old Dairy is a stunning, unique wedding venue at the Homestead

25739 Mountain Valley Road, Millboro 540-290-3468

Preserve. Built in 1928 and restored in 2007, The Dairy was once the sole

Whether you are looking for whiskey barrels, a water trough, wall hangings, or antique window frames, we offer a variety of Shabby Chic and Country themed props to enhance the romance of your wedding or the theme of your special event.

for more than 40 years. Each of our venues offers a variety of both indoor

dairy farm serving the local community and the historic Homestead Resort and outdoor settings. Please visit us: concierge@naturalretreats.com or call 540-315-8528 or 855-231-7320 for more information.

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SPECIAL OCCASION, WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUES In addition to the wide array of outdoor locations, cabins, cottages and condominiums suitable for weddings, receptions, family reunions and special occasions, the following venues specialize in assisting with all of your planning needs. Country Café

6156 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2111

Your Wedding at

The Omni Homestea d

T he timeless elegance of this unique wedding venue is rivaled only by the

Southern hospitality and attention to detail with which each and every event is approached. With 72,000 square feet of flexible event space, including two ballrooms plus the Casino Lawn, you will find the perfect space for your fairy-tale wedding. Plush accommodations, multiple dining options, and a wide variety of on-site activities make The Omni Homestead Resort ideal for an extended weekend celebration and a true vacation experience for family and friends. Every couple is unique and every wedding requires a fresh approach to ensure that your once-in-a-lifetime event is a true reflection of you. A team of hospitality professionals stand ready to assist you in the planning and execution of what will surely be a memorable event and will be your primary contact for your special day. With its expansive arched windows, grand staircase, towering Greek columns, and glittering chandeliers, the Crystal Room is the most popular setting for memorable wedding celebrations. Understated elegance distinguishes the Grand Ballroom, which was built in 2001, but features many of the architectural details from the original hotel, including 22-foot coffered ceilings, pendant lights, and an ample dance floor. Memorable summer weddings begin on the Casino Lawn. Nestled between the east and west wings of the hotel and poised directly under the iconic Homestead tower, the Casino Lawn accommodates intimate gatherings or grand affairs with equal ease. Make a grand entrance from the sweeping staircase across the meticulously manicured grounds, and exchange your vows under the crescentshaped pergola with the Allegheny Mountains as your witness.

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Country Café offers a separate dining area for rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, family reunions, retirement dinners and all other special occasions. A full banquet menu including both buffet and plated service is available.

The Old Dairy (pictured on page 19) Located on Route 220 · 46 Old Dairy Road, Warm Springs 540-839-6455 This circa 1928 commercial dairy once served all the dairy needs of the historical Homestead. After a meticulous restoration the several original buildings and two silos are now a community center with recreational facilities and meeting space ideal for weddings, parties or corporate retreats.

Diamond Triple C Ranch

541 Deerfield Road, Millboro 540-996-4277 www.diamondtriplecranch.com Diamond Triple C Ranch at Echo Valley has an expansive 80 acres of agricultural paradise. In addition, its state-of-the-art barn facilities and its resident alpacas make it a unique place to hold a wedding and reception.

Douthat State Park

14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro Visitor Services Specialist: 540-862-8117 · Reservations: 540-933-PARK douthat@dcr.virginia.gov Whether staying for a weekend in one of the beautiful, rustic cabins or pitching a tent on one of the inviting campsites in the park, Douthat State Park is a captivating, historic location that can serve as a great spot to host your next big event. This park features some of Virginia's most outstanding scenery, as well as a 50 acre lake that offers swimming, boating, and seasonal trout fishing and guests can explore the wildlife through walking trails on almost 4,500 acres of Douthat State Park. It’s an ideal outdoor spot for any occasion.

Fort Lewis Lodge

603 Old Plantation Way, Millboro 540-925-2314 info@fortlewislodge.com · www.fortlewislodge.com Fort Lewis Lodge is a vast 3,200 acre plantation inn first carved from the wilderness in the 1750's. This captivating environment is perfect for any special occasion, whether it's a wedding reception, corporate retreat or family reunion. The Lodge's architecturally stunning pavilion with mountain vistas in all directions provides an unforgettable experience. Traditional, yet unconventional, Fort Lewis Lodge is ready for your visit with lodging accommodations for up to 50 and receptions up to 100 people.


Wed di ng & Ev e nt Pl a nni ng Garth Newel Music Center

King’s Victorian Inn and Cottages

Discover your happily ever after! The Garth Newel Music Center sits amid a breathtaking mountain setting perfect for any wedding, reception or special event. Our staff happily works with you to create your memorable event. Built by the American artist, William Sergeant Kendall and his young wife Christine Herter Kendall in the 1920's, the Center's two historic structures and spectacular vista create an atmosphere of a visit to a country estate. Come join us in this unforgettable and uniquely lovely setting for your special occasion. Discover your Once Upon a Time at Garth Newel.

Come discover the absolute beauty, charm and romantic enchantment of this 1899 Victorian masterpiece, found among Century old maple trees in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains. King's Victorian Inn and Cottages also offers lodging options for all occasions from romantic to historic cottages. Guests are sure to marvel at the beautifully structured cottages and sophisticated decor of the rooms. Make reservations by phone or mail for the Victorian wedding or wedding reception of a lifetime.

The Omni Homestead Resort (pictured on left)

7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-1766 or 888-796-5838 omnihotels.com/thehomestead

7402 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2422 or 800-410-9755 InnKeeper@vinecottageinn.com www.vinecottageinn.com

Immerse yourself in the beauty of The Omni Homestead Resort, Virginia's finest mountain resort surrounded by four-season splendor of the Allegheny Mountains. The Omni Homestead provides unequaled hospitality, elegant accommodations and distinctive Southern charm in an idyllic Virginia setting. Rich traditions and historic ambience make The Omni Homestead the premier resort for all of your vacation needs, as well as any special occasions, weddings or conferences. The Omni Homestead caters events grand and small with a wide selection of venues ideal for weddings, conference meetings, receptions and other special events (indoors and outdoors). The Omni Homestead Resort is sure to take care of your planning needs with care and elegance.

Vine Cottage Inn is a unique bed and breakfast with a truly welcoming country feel and is located on Sam Snead Highway in the village of Hot Springs. Vine Cottage Inn is positioned one block from The Omni Homestead. Vine Cottage Inn guests can benefit from many of the amenities The Omni Homestead offers while staying in an affordable, comfortable environment. Vine Cottage Inn has been a lodging establishment since 1905 and offers an array of romantic rooms. All stays include a full fixed menu breakfast for each guest. The Inn dining room is a delightful location for a small rehearsal dinner or bridal luncheon. Vine Cottage Inn is the perfect location for small family reunion or other special occasions.

Ingalls Field

Warm Springs Inn

403 Garth Newel Lane, Hot Springs 540-839-5018 office@GarthNewel.org · www.garthnewel.org

6240 Airport Road, Hot Springs 540-839-5326 www.ingallsfieldairport.com Ingalls Field is the highest public use airport east of the Mississippi providing the adventurous bride and groom with a unique wedding venue. Ringed by the Allegheny Mountains, Ingalls Field provides a breathtaking and awe inspiring wedding location for any couple.

The Inn at Gristmill Square

124 Old Mill Road, Warm Springs 540-839-2231 grist@tds.net www.gristmillsquare.com Located in the heart of the picturesque village of Warm Springs, The Inn at Gristmill Square is a unique bed and breakfast which offers an escape from the rush and noise of everyday life. The Inn at Gristmill Square resembles a small 19th Century mountain village with welcomed elements of the modern world. These unusual characteristics put a twist on the traditional inn stay and make special occasions at this venue far from ordinary. Perfect for a wedding or wedding reception, family reunion or retreat, the welcoming, homey atmosphere of the Inn at Gristmill Square will charm all visitors.

8883 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-3134 www.kingsvictorianbandb.com

Vine Cottage Inn

12968 Sam Snead Highway, Warm Springs 540-839-5351 wsi@tds.net www.warmspringsinnva.com Take a deep breath of crisp mountain air and your soul will instantly begin to relax at the Warm Springs Inn in Bath County. Not your typical bed and breakfast, Warm Springs Inn offers an eclectic style in an historical setting. Fifteen sleeping quarters offers guests intimate and unique accommodations at affordable prices. All rooms are located within three separate buildings, two of which have wraparound porches which offer a delightful place to relax during your stay. For your next special occasion, let Warm Springs Inn create a memorable experience for you and your guests.

Fort Lewis Lodge

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CATERING

Corporate Retreats

Entertain with the area’s finest food and wine for your next gathering

Get to know your co-workers in a more laid-back setting by holding your next meeting, retreat or corporate event in County of Bath. We have several corporate venue locations that can accommodate any size group.

by enlisting the help of one of our reputable catering companies. Cucci’s at the Varsity

11129 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-4000 Serving Bath County since 2007, Cucci's at the Varsity Italian Restaurant offers a diverse collection of products and services. From chicken parmigian to full pizzas to sandwiches, Cucci's at the Varsity is an affordable stop for quick, delicious Italian eats. Catering has never been easier with Cucci's at the Varsity, with dishes everyone will love.

Garth Newel Music Center

403 Garth Newel Lane, Hot Springs 540-839-5018 office@garthnewel.org www.garthnewel.org Relax and let us handle the details! Let our resident chef Josh Elliott and our wonderful staff cater your next event. We offer on-site and carry-out menus for every occasion from cocktail parties to elegant dinners, picnics to receptions.

The Inn at Gristmill Square

124 Old Mill Road. Warm Springs 540-839-2231 stay@gristmillsquare.com www.gristmillsquare.com Let The Waterwheel Restaurant at The Inn at Gristmill Square cater your next event. From a small cocktail reception to weddings or rehearsal dinners, The Waterwheel Restaurant is ready to work with you on your menu needs. We can do catering onsite in our banquet room or one of our outdoor venues, or we will travel to your home or event location. We can arrange the complete menu for your event, suggest local florists, and handle all the rentals needed to pull off the most spectacular occasion.

Fort Lewis Lodge

603 Old Plantation Way, Millboro 540-925-2314 info@fortlewislodge.com www.fortlewislodge.com Fort Lewis Lodge is a vast 3,200 acre plantation inn first carved from the wilderness in the 1750's. This captivating environment is perfect for any special occasion, whether it's a wedding reception, corporate retreat or family reunion. The Lodge's architecturally stunning pavilion with mountain vistas in all directions provides a peaceful get away, no matter the occasion.

Garth Newel Music Center

403 Garth Newel Lane, Hot Springs 540-839-5018 office@garthnewel.org www.garthnewel.org The Garth Newel Music Center sits amid a breathtaking mountain setting perfect for any special event. The Center sits on a 114 acre property and was built by the American artist, William Sergeant Kendall and his young wife Christine Herter Kendall in the 1920's. Garth Newel's two historic structures and spectacular vista create an atmosphere of a visit to a country estate. It is a perfect destination for your retreat. Come join us in this unforgettable and uniquely lovely setting for your special occasion.

Southern Inn Catering

37 South Main Street P.O. Box 497 Lexington, VA 24450 540.463.3612 (fax) 540.831.0632 megan@southerninn.com southerninncatering.com Southern Inn Catering prides itself on premier catering and event management. Southern Inn Catering uses fresh and local ingredients including beef, chicken, and produce. Our experienced event planners will guide you from start to finish in the planning and implementation of your event.

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Wed di ng & Ev e nt Pl a nni ng The Old Dairy

Located on Route 220 · 46 Old Dairy Road, Warm Springs 540-839-2899 This circa 1928 commercial dairy once served all the dairy needs of the Homestead Resort. After a meticulous restoration the several original buildings and two silos are now a community center with recreational facilities and meeting space ideal for weddings, parties or corporate retreats.

Vine Cottage Inn

7402 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2422 or 800-410-9755 InnKeeper@vinecottageinn.com www.vinecottageinn.com

The Omni Homestead Resort

7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-1766 or 888-796-5838 omnihotels.com/thehomestead Immerse yourself in the beauty of The Omni Homestead Resort, Virginia's finest mountain resort surrounded by four-season splendor of the Allegheny Mountains. The Omni Homestead provides unequaled hospitality, elegant accommodations and distinctive Southern charm in an idyllic Virginia setting. Rich traditions and historic ambience make The Omni Homestead the premier resort for all of your vacation needs, as well as any special occasions, weddings or conferences. The Omni Homestead caters events grand and small with a wide selection of venues ideal for weddings, conference meetings, receptions and other special events (indoors and outdoors). The Omni Homestead Resort is sure to take care of your planning needs with care and elegance.

The Inn at Gristmill Square

124 Old Mill Road, Warm Springs 540-839-2231 grist@tds.net www.gristmillsquare.com Located in the heart of the picturesque village of Warm Springs, The Inn at Gristmill Square is a unique bed and breakfast which offers an escape from the rush and noise of everyday life. The Inn at Gristmill Square resembles a small 19th Century mountain village with welcomed elements of the modern world. These unusual characteristics put a twist on the traditional inn stay and make special occasions at this venue far from ordinary. Perfect for a family reunion or retreat, the welcoming, homey atmosphere of the Inn at Gristmill Square will charm all visitors.

Vine Cottage Inn is a unique bed and breakfast with a truly welcoming country feel and is located on Sam Snead Highway in the village of Hot Springs. Vine Cottage Inn is positioned one block from The Omni Homestead. Vine Cottage Inn guests can benefit from many of the amenities The Omni Homestead offers while staying in an affordable, comfortable environment. Vine Cottage Inn offers the perfect location for the small corporate retreat. Book the entire Inn and you have ten guest rooms, dining/meeting room and break out space for one on one discussion. Meals and coffee/beverage breaks can be arranged.

Warm Springs Inn

12968 Sam Snead Highway, Warm Springs 540-839-5351 wsi@tds.net www.warmspringsinnva.com Take a deep breath of crisp mountain air and your soul will instantly begin to relax at the Warm Springs Inn in Bath County. Not your typical bed and breakfast, Warm Springs Inn offers an eclectic style in an historical setting. Fifteen sleeping quarters offers guests intimate and unique accommodations at affordable prices. All rooms are located within three separate buildings, two of which have wraparound porches which offer a delightful place to relax during your stay. For your next special occasion, let Warm Springs Inn create a memorable experience for you and your guests.

King’s Victorian Inn and Cottages 8883 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-3134 www.kingsvictorianbandb.com

Come discover the absolute beauty, charm and romantic enchantment of this 1899 Victorian masterpiece, found among Century old maple trees in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains. With a vast array of indoor and outdoor activities such as reading, golfing, horseback riding, mountain biking, canoeing, sightseeing and more, guests are sure to always be entertained. King's Victorian Vine Cottage Inn Inn and Cottages also offers lodging options for all occasions from romantic to historic cottages. Guests are sure to marvel at the beautifully structured cottages and sophisticated decor of the rooms. Make reservations by phone or mail for the Victorian getaway of a lifetime.

Fort Lewis Lodge

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The Th e Jeffer s on Pool s formerly the Warm Springs Pools

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egend has it that the first person to discover the healing power of the warm springs was an Indian brave. Weary from traveling across the rugged mountain terrain, he bathed in the warm mineral waters, and was instantly renewed. According to legend, the springs of Bath then became a sacred place to the Native Americans of the region. Not long thereafter, the Warm Springs became the first stop by European visitors and wealthy Americans on their summer sojourn to “take the waters”. The magnificent, naturally warm mineral springs are located in the village of Warm Springs. Originally developed as a spa resort in the mid 1750’s, the first bath house (the Gentlemen’s Pool House) was opened to the public on June 1, 1761 and is now considered the oldest wooden spa structure in continuous operation in the United States. The inside octagonal wooden pool is approximately 120 feet in circumference, and holds 40,000 gallons of constantly flowing, crystal clear mineral

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spring water which remains a constant 98.5 degrees regardless of the outside temperature. On June 1, 1836 a separate Ladies Pool House was opened, fed by a separate spring whose waters have the same properties as those which supply the adjacent Gentlemen’s Pool House. Today, as in days past, the pools remain a popular attraction to visitors who continue to seek their healing powers and to historians interested in the architectural and historical importance of the structures. Anyone who has enjoyed a soak in these mineral rich baths understands why they have been an enduring attraction for over two centuries. 540-839-7741 for information and seasonal hours

Th Thee Ho t Sp ri n g s at The Omni Homestead Resort

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othing Hot at Hot Springs except the Hot Water” trumpets an early advertising flyer for the Hot Springs pools located at the then Homestead Resort, wherein the benefits of water therapy for all manner of rheumatism gout and nervous diseases were touted. Today, those same mineral rich waters, naturally heated at a constant temperature of 105°, provide a source of relaxation and healing to guests visiting the present day Omni Homestead Resort situated in the picturesque village of Hot Springs. Two major springs from the Allegheny Mountains flow onto The Omni Homestead Resort property, naturally heated and requiring no chemical treatment, meaning guests of the hotel can enjoy the best hot springs in Virginia, literally straight from the source. 540-839-1766 or 800-838-1766 · omnihotels.com/thehomestead

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Spas take

relaxation to a

higher level

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t the Warm Spirit Spa, you will enter a world of soothing sounds, comforting aromas, healing hands – a perfect place to get away for deep relaxation and quieting the soul. Located in the village of Warm Springs, the Warm Spirit Spa is a cozy oasis offering therapeutic massage, facials, skin care and Ayurvedic body treatments by caring and experienced therapists.

What is Ayurveda? “Ayurveda” translated from Sanskrit as “knowledge of life,” is the world’s most ancient system of preventive health care. It originated in India more than 5,000 years ago during the ancient Vedic culture, and is still practiced today as a way to balance the body and promote healing from within, creating balance and strengthening the body’s healing abilities. Beginning in the spring of 2014, the Warm Spirit Spa will incorporate several of these rejuvenating massage and body treatments into our menu of services, including Shirodhara (3rd eye opening), Vishesh (massage), Abhyanga-Garshana (massage/exfoliation), and Swedna (herbal steam).

let the magic and experience of our therapists transform you. And, as an added treat, stop at The Jefferson Pools before or after your massage and enhance the restorative power of your bodywork.

Along with our beloved Warm Spirit Spa Signature Massage (a healing combination of Swedish, deep tissue and hot stones massage) we offer a variety of other healing modalities such as cupping and Ayurvedic Treatments. Using your body’s needs as our guide, we will recommend the service best suited to your relaxation and restoration. Prefer a facial? Our licensed aesthetician will pamper you. Call 540-839-6600 for an appointment

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Ca l e n d a r of Ev e nts

Bluegrass Jamboree

2nd Saturday in April Bath County High School alleghenymountainradio.org · 540-839-5400

Warm Springs Mountain Challenge 2nd Weekend in June Bath County, VA wsmtnchallenge.com · 540-460-9367

Archduke Weekend

First Weekend in May, Friday-Sunday Garth Newel Music Center garthnewel.org · 540-839-5018

Wings and Wheels

3rd Saturday in July Ingalls Field DiscoverBath.com · 540-839-7202

Spectacular Fall Colors September - October Bath County, VA

FallFest

September 27, 2014 The Omni Homestead Resort thehomestead.com · 540-839-3875

Kids Fishing Day

Middle Mountain Momma

June Dominion Power Pumped Storage Station 540-839-2521

1st Sunday in May Douthat State Park mountainbikevirginia.com/MiddleMountainMomma.htm

The Omni Homestead SpringFest

Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival

3rd Saturday in May The Omni Homestead Resort thehomestead.com · 540-839-3875

End of September - Beginning of October Warm Springs, VA 540-839-2985

Bath County Triathlon: Moomaw Madness 3rd Saturday in June Lake Moomaw Marina SetupEvents.com · 540-839-5409

Quilts in the Alleghany Highlands Douthat Lake Run Two-Day Car Show

May Douthat State Park, Beach Complex dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/dou.shtml · 540-862-8100

1st Weekend in July, Friday-Saturday Millboro Elementary School millbororuritans@gmail.com

Apple Day: A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage & Arts & Craft Fair

2nd Weekend in October Douthat State Park dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/dou.shtml · 540-862-8100

Millboro Fire Department Christmas Parade December Millboro, VA

Hot Springs Christmas Parade Bath County Farmers' Market Every Saturday, June-September Downtown Hot Springs bacofarmmkt.com · 540-839-6644

Bath County Art Show 3rd Week in July Valley Elementary School BathCountyArts.org

December Downtown Hot Springs

For more information, please visit

www.DiscoverBath.com

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P a r a d is e a nature lover's

estled estled in in Virginia's Virginia's Western Western Highlands, Highlands, the the County County of of Bath Bath isis home home to to the the George George Washington Washington

National National Forest, Forest, Douthat Douthat State State Park, Park, Lake Lake Moomaw, Moomaw, The The Nature Nature Conservancy's Conservancy's Warm Warm Springs Springs Mountain Mountain Preserve, Preserve, Dominion Dominion Back Back Creek, Creek, the the Cowpasture Cowpasture and and Jackson Jackson Rivers. Rivers. The The area area offers offers stunning vistas, dark starlit skies, clear, cold streams and a wide range of recreational stunning vistas, dark starlit skies, clear, cold streams and a wide range of recreational opportunities. opportunities. Expect Expect to to see see white white tail tail deer, deer, wild wild turkey, turkey, black black bear bear and and other other game game animals animals within our vast woodlands. Known for our fly fishing, the streams and most lakes are stocked with within our vast woodlands. Known for our fly fishing, the streams and most lakes are stocked with brown, brown, brook brook and and rainbow rainbow trout. trout. Anglers Anglers also also catch catch large large and and small small mouth mouth bass, bass, bluegill, bluegill, crappies, crappies, catfish catfish and and more. more.

Known for our fly fishing, the streams and most lakes are stocked with brown, brook and rainbow trout. Anglers also catch large and small mouth bass, bluegill, crappies, catfish and more.

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O u td oor R ec rea ti on

ath County is home to Douthat State Park, which opened in 1936. Virginia’s state parks have been voted the best in the nation and Douthat is one of Virginia’s largest. Six hundred men of the Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC, built Douthat State Park in just two years. The park spreads over more than 4,500 acres, which includes Douthat Lake, as well as 72 miles of hiking trails, an amphitheater, a restaurant, 35 cabins and kayak, canoe and boat rentals. Every first weekend in May, Douthat State Park is home to Middle Mountain Momma Bike Challenge.

Another popular recreation spot is Lake Moomaw. In the 1920s, a man named Thomas Gathright purchased 11 farms in the rich Jackson River Valley – about 18,000 acres. Gathright operated this area as a hunting, fishing and wildlife preserve. After his death, the entire tract was sold to the Virginia Game Commission. The plan to build Gathright Dam – for flood control, as well as recreational opportunities – finally came to fruition. Farmhouses were razed, and in one case, dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere. Entire cemeteries were moved. The land was purposely flooded, and the 2,500-acre Lake Moomaw was completed in 1979. The lake is prized by fishermen and boaters. It is primitive, but does offer camping sites, boat rentals and a marina. Each June, teams from across Virginia and beyond gather for the Bath County Triathlon, competing in a triathlon of swimming, bicycling and running events. A third recreational lake is in the hamlet of Mountain Grove, near the West Virginia border. It was built during the construction of one of the world’s most powerful pumped storage generating systems. The Dominion Power Pumped Storage Station provides electricity for millions of homes across six states. In 1985, the year it went into operation, it was cited as one of the nation's outstanding engineering achievements.

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Camping

Canoeing/Kayaking/Boating

Blowing Springs

Dominion Back Creek Recreational Area

Operated by American Land & Leisure

Douthat State Park

Route 39 · 7698 Mountain Valley Road, Warm Springs From Warm Springs, take SR 39 west for 9 miles to the campground. Reservations: 877-444-6777 Information: 540-279-4186

Bolar Mountain Recreational Area and Lake Moomaw Route 600 · 756 Twin Ridge Drive, Warm Springs Reservations: 877-444-6777 · Information: 540-279-4186 Operated by American Land & Leisure

Dominion Back Creek Recreational Area

Route 600 · 316 Power Station Drive, Warm Springs 540-279-4136

Douthat State Park

14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro 540-862-8100/540-862-8117 · Reservations: 540-933-PARK douthat@dcr.virginia.gov

Greenwood Point Campground

Lake Moomaw · Twin Ridge Drive, Warm Springs 800-342-2267 Operated by American Land & Leisure

Hidden Valley Recreational Area

1531 Hidden Valley Road, Warm Springs Contact the Warm Springs Ranger District: 540-839-2521 Operated by the US Forest Service

Peaceful River Campground 42 Peaceful River Road, Millboro 540-996-4256 Advance reservations required

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Route 600 · 316 Power Station Drive, Warm Springs 540-279-4136 14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro 540-862-8100/540-862-8117 · Reservations: 540-933-PARK douthat@dcr.virginia.gov

The Marina at Lake Moomaw

Route 600 · 8446 Bolars Draft Road, Warm Springs 540-279-4144 Operated by American Land & Leisure

Natural Retreats

46 Old Dairy Road, Warm Springs 877-805-7794 concierge@naturalretreats.com


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Cycling/Biking Visit BiketheValley.com for additional bike trails. Douthat State Park

14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro 540-862-8100/540-862-8117 · Reservations: 540-933-PARK douthat@dcr.virginia.gov

Hidden Valley Dispersed Recreational Area

1531 Hidden Valley Road, Warm Springs Contact the Warm Springs Ranger District: 540-839-2521 Operated by the US Forest Service

Natural Retreats (Bike Rental) 46 Old Dairy Road, Warm Springs 877-805-7794 concierge@naturalretreats.com

a veil had been lifted, and I could see clearly for “ Itthewasfirstif time when I saw the night skies of Bath County. The detail, the scope, the clarity and immediacy of the firmament were awe inspiring. — Dorothy McGhee, Washington DC

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here here is is nothing nothing more more romantic romantic or or awe awe inspiring inspiring then then to to look look up up into into the the starlit starlit sky sky and and see see the the Big Big Dipper Dipper or or the the milk milk white white disc disc of of aa full full moon. moon. No No matter matter where where you you wander wander in in the the world, world, this this is is aa common common experience. experience. After After all, all, we we all all see see the the sky sky every every day day and and every every night. night. But, But, ifif you you are are lucky lucky enough enough to to spend spend the the night night with with us us in in the the County County of of Bath Bath you you will see the night sky in a whole different way. Why? Because, will see the night sky in a whole different way. Why? Because, Bath Bath County County isis one one of of the the best best places places for for stargazing stargazing in in the the eastern eastern United United States. States. A A truly truly dark dark and and star star filled filled sky sky has has become become aa rarity rarity in in some some places. places. Today’s Today’s suburban suburban landscapes landscapes filled filled with with all all manner manner of of outdoor outdoor lighting lighting filter filter out out the the stars stars and and create create aa haze haze that that all all but but mask mask the the night night skies skies in in aa blur blur of of light. light. But But in in the the County County of Bath, we have little outdoor lighting and no stop lights of Bath, we have little outdoor lighting and no stop lights so so on on aa clear clear night, night, you you will will see see literally literally thousands thousands of of stars, stars, not not to to mention mention the the Big Big Dipper, Dipper, Milky Milky Way Way and and the the occasional occasional shooting shooting star. star. And, And, you you don’t don’t have have to to go go anywhere anywhere special special to to become a star gazer in Bath County. Just step outside your become a star gazer in Bath County. Just step outside your room, room, your your cabin cabin or or your your tent tent and and look look up. up.

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Walton Tract

Access off Route 42 · Millboro The Cowpasture River features a warm water fishery. Here is an opportunity to hook a musky as well as perch and bass. The river flows through the Walton Tract, where a canoe can be used to fish or just enjoy the scenery.

Fishing Guides Epic Adventure Recreation

Fishing Fishing is permitted on all National Forest properties. Fishing on the Cowpasture River and The Jackson River by landowner permission only. Blowing Springs

Route 39 · 7698 Mountain Valley Road, Warm Springs Back Creek, a stocked trout stream, flows adjacent to the Blowing Springs Campground and offers very good trout fishing.

Bolar Mountain Recreational Area and Lake Moomaw Route 600 · 756 Twin Ridge Drive, Warm Springs Reservations: 877-444-6777 · Information: 800-342-2267 Managed by American Land & Leisure

Lake Moomaw is renowned for its excellent fishing, yielding citation size brown and rainbow trout.

Dominion Back Creek Recreational Area

Route 600 · 316 Power Station Drive, Warm Springs 540-279-4136 Fishing is permitted in the stream, upper pond and lower half of the lower pond.

Douthat State Park

14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro 540-862-8100/540-862-8117 · Reservations: 540-933-PARK douthat@dcr.virginia.gov The 50-acre Douthat Lake and adjoining Wilson Creek are stocked regularly with trout on a seasonal basis.

Hidden Valley Recreational Area

2241 Hidden Valley Road, Warm Springs Fishing on the Jackson River is a special regulation area requiring an additional stamp. Please obey posted limits.

807 N. Rockbridge Avenue, Covington 540-958-5014

Green Valley Hunter’s Paradise

6760 Deerfield Road, Millboro 540-996-4134 or 540-969-6561 · (Fax) 540-996-4132 huntersparadise@tds.net www.greenvalleyhuntersparadise.com We have 2 ½ miles of spring fed streams and stocked ponds where you will find Rainbow Trout, Browns, Brookies, Golden Trout and Perch.

Homestead Angler

7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-3812/7760

Jason Woods Hot Springs 540-839-5935

Fishing Licenses Bath County Clerk’s Office

65 Courthouse Hill Road, Room 123,Warm Springs 540-839-7226 hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm Hunting and Fishing Licenses

The Marina at Lake Moomaw

Route 600 · 8446 Bolars Draft Road, Warm Springs 540-279-4144 Operated by American Land and Leisure

Virginia Hunting & Fishing Licenses and Access Permits 866-721-6911 www.dgif.virginia.gov/licenses hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm, except holidays

Jackson River

The Jackson River offers a very diverse trout fishing opportunity. North of Lake Moomaw, the Hidden Valley and Poor Farm stretches of the river offer excellent fishing for stocked trout. Very popular with the fly fishermen is the 3 mile stretch between Poor Farm and Muddy Run.

Lake Moomaw Marina, LLC

Route 600 · 8446 Bolars Draft Road, Warm Springs 540-279-4144 Open May 1st through early October

Poor Farm

Route 623 to the national forest boundary End of Jackson River · Warm Springs

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Hiking

The County of Bath offers a diversity of hiking opportunities for all ages and experience levels. Over 160 miles of public trails are located in the George Washington National Forest, Douthat State Park, and The Nature Conservancy’s Warm Springs Mountain Preserve. Guests of area lodging facilities such as The Omni Homestead Resort, Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast, Natural Retreats, and Fort Lewis Lodge also enjoy access to miles of privately-owned trails. Only a sample of trails and routes are suggested here. Please contact the specific sites listed below for more information, trail conditions, and maps.

george washington national forest The County of Bath is located within the Warm Springs Ranger District, the only district on the George Washington National Forest to border the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia for its entirety. Over 120 miles of trails offer some of the most scenic and wild hiking experiences in Virginia, including access to a diversity of other recreational amenities and two wilderness areas. Contact the Warm Springs Ranger District office at 540-839-2521 for more information.

Hidden Valley Recreational Area

15321 Hidden Valley Road, Warm Springs Residing in a scenic valley along 6.5 miles of the Jackson River, Hidden Valley Dispersed Recreation Area offers 24 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, a 31-site campground, picnic area, exceptional trout fishing including a 3-mile special regulation section, and Warwickton, a historic antebellum mansion converted into a Bed and Breakfast. From the village of Warm Springs, travel State Route 39 west for 3.3 miles. Turn right onto McGuffin Road (State Route 621) and follow for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto Hidden Valley Road, which leads directly into the Recreation Area after approximately 1.5 miles.

Hidden Valley Nature Watch Trail Accessed from the parking area near Warwickton, this easy, family-friendly, 1.4-mile grassy trail follows the Hidden Valley Trail along the Jackson River before looping through the adjacent meadows and returning to the main road 100 yards south of the parking area. Numerous wildflower, wildlife and bird watching opportunities exist along the trail and interpretive signs and benches provide an educational and relaxing way to enjoy the scenic mountain views. This trail is also a favorite of locals seeking a refreshing morning walk and a great place to observe white-tailed deer, beavers, and other animals near dusk.

Cobbler Mountain/Muddy Run/Jackson River Gorge Trails Begin this 5.1-mile moderate circuit at the Cobbler Mountain Trail parking area located at the shale pit near the southern entrance to the Recreation Area. Follow the blue-blazed, single-track trail up a short climb to the ridge of Cobbler Mountain, then ascend to a wooden bridge crossing Chimney Run at 0.7 miles. Continue for 1.3 miles as the trail winds along the bottom of Cobbler Mountain, passes through a small field with views of Warwickton and then along a wetland area before descending to the intersection of the blue blazed Muddy Run Trail. Turn left on the Muddy Run Trail and after 0.1 miles, cross a small wooded footbridge over Muddy Run. After another 0.2 miles, cross the Jackson River on the large suspension bridge and then turn left on the Jackson River Gorge Trail as it follows Jackson River downstream towards Warwickton. After 1.8 miles, turn left at the mansion onto the gravel road that crosses a low water bridge over the river and continues back towards the Recreation Area entrance. Continue to follow Hidden Valley Road for 1.0 miles, past the campground entrance, and arrive back at the Cobbler Mountain Trail parking area.

Bolar Mountain Recreation Area

725 Twin Ridge Drive, Warm Springs Located along the shores of 2,530-acre Lake Moomaw, one of the largest lakes in Virginia, Bolar Mountain Recreation Area offers 11 miles of hiking only trails, along with numerous recreational amenities including four developed campgrounds, one primitive campground, boating and other water sports, a swimming beach, picnic areas, and a boat ramp and associated facilities at the Bolar Flat Marina. From the village of Warm Springs, travel State Route 39 west for 10.5 miles. Turn left on State Route 600 and follow it for approximately 7 miles to the intersection with Twin Ridge Drive. Turn right on Twin Ridge Drive to enter the Recreation Area.

Bolar Loop Trail Starting across the road from the beach area parking lot, walk around the wooden gate and follow a dirt road for a short distance to access the trailhead. This 2.1 mile moderate loop is a central connector to several other trails on Bolar Mountain and a variety of routes of different lengths are possible. Strictly following this blue-blazed loop leads to two scenic overlooks, Grouse Point and Islands, both with benches and panoramic views of Lake Moomaw. Several white-blazed spur trails lead from this loop to different access points in the Recreation Area.

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Bolar Mountain Recreation Area continued Greenwood Point Trail From the trailhead near the first camp site (#63) of Bolar Mountain Campsite 3, travel this 3.29-mile (one-way) blue-blazed trail to the 5-site Greenwood Point primitive campground for either an overnight backpacking experience or for a scenic day hike. After 0.2 miles, the trail will make a switchback through the first of several ravines. After crossing a small creek and crossing over a spur ridge, the trail descends again through another ravine before the steepest climb of 0.2 miles to the trail’s high point, and a beautiful vista of Lake Moomaw. From there, the trail descends for 0.4 miles crossing a stream over a wooden footbridge, then steeply ascends a spur ridge for 0.2 miles. The remaining 1.4 miles to the campground is generally an easy, flat hike through forested terrain.

douthat state park

14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro Douthat State Park is one of the first state parks in Virginia and offers over 43 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Numerous trail routes of different lengths and difficulties are possible, many of which offer outstanding views of Douthat Lake and the surrounding Allegheny Mountains. Visitors can also enjoy four miles of stream fishing, a 50-acre lake stocked with trout, a swimming beach, boat rentals, a gift shop and camp store, four campgrounds, 32 cabins and three lodges, picnic areas and a restaurant overlooking the lake. From the village of Warm Springs, travel east on State Route 39 for 7.8 miles. Turn right onto Douthat State Park Road (State Route 629) and travel 13.8 miles to the Park entrance. Contact the Douthat State Park office at 540-862-8100 for more information.

Allegheny Highlands Multi-User Trail System

Blue Suck Falls Trail

Located primarily along the eastern slope of Warm Springs Mountain and adjacent ridges, the Allegheny Highlands Trail System is a 63.3 mile system of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails connecting Douthat State Park and George Washington National Forest lands in Bath and Alleghany counties. This trail system offers some of the more remote and underutilized trails in the area. Numerous access points, trail lengths, and routes are possible.

This 3-mile (round-trip to falls or one-way to the Tuscarora Trail) moderate to difficult trail starts from the Discovery Center parking area in the Camp Carson Picnic Area. After about 1.5 miles, the blue-blazed, rocky trail reaches Blue Suck Falls, a series of small cascades which gets their unusual name from the Appalachian term for a whirlpool or a 'suck', which may be found at the base of the falls. At higher elevations beyond the falls, the trail features several east facing overlooks of the Allegheny Mountains, such as Lookout Rock, and after a series of switchbacks, arrives at the yellow-blazed Tuscarora Overlook Trail and other trail connections within the Park or the adjacent national forest.

Lasso Loop From the horse trailer parking area located on Sandy Springs Road (Forest Road 125) north of Douthat State Park, start this approximately 8-mile loop on the Brushy Ridge Trail. Follow this trail along an old logging road for 2.5 miles and turn right onto the Salt Pond Ridge Trail. Salt Pond Ridge Trail descends to Lime Kiln Road (Forest Road 194) in about 1.2 miles, after passing a large number of boulder outcrops and gorgeous mountain streams often inhabited by native brook trout. Turn right and follow Lime Kiln Road, a lightly travelled Forest Service dirt/ gravel road for 1.7 miles and then turn right on gated Forest Road 1901. Follow the 1901 road back to the intersection with Brushy Ridge Trail and turn left to descend the trail back towards the parking area.

Beards Gap Hollow/Locust Gap/Laurel View/Herons Run/ Tobacco Ridge Trails For this approximately 4-mile route, walk across the park road from the Visitor Center and cross Wilson Creek on a paved road leading towards the White Oak Campground. Shortly past the bridge, turn left onto the white-blazed Beards Gap Hollow Trail and ascend approximately 1 mile up the hollow and through short series of switchbacks to the top of a small spur ridge. Turn right on the yellow-blazed Locust Gap Trail and follow it along the ridge and through a dry pine-oak heath forest. After 0.5 miles, turn right on the blue-blazed Blue Suck Trail and then in another 0.25 turn left on the white-blazed Laurel View Trail. Follow this trail along a mid-elevation contour on the mountain for 1.5 miles and turn right on the orange-blazed Middle Hollow Trail. In another 0.5 miles, turn right on the blue-blazed Heron Run Trail and travel along the shore line of Douthat Lake. After 0.7 miles, turn right again on Blue Suck Trail and then in several hundred yards, turn left on the yellowblazed Tobacco Ridge Trail. After 0.5 miles, this trail reaches an overlook of Douthat Lake and then continues another 0.3 miles to the White Oak Campground and the trailhead at Wilson Creek.

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Beards Gap/Mountain Top/Ross Camp/Wilson Creek Trails Start this approximately 5-mile route on the blue-blazed Beards Gap Trail, which is accessed beside the Visitor Center and initially passes over a wooden footpath. Follow the trail up a series of switchbacks before arriving at the ridge, and intersection of the Bushy Hollow and Mountain Top trails in 1.1 miles. Turn left on the yellow- blazed Mountain Top Trail as it continues to climb along the ridge. In 0.25 miles the trail will reach the 4-way intersection of the Buck Hollow and Mountain Side trails. Stay straight on the yellow-blazed Mountain Top Trail and in 0.1 miles the trail will make a sharp turn to the right and pass the first vista of Douthat Lake. From this point, the trail will climb more steeply before leveling off and arriving at the route’s high point and boundary line with the national forest. Stay left as the trail follows the ridge, before descending more steeply and passing the best vista of Douthat Lake. The trail will now turn back to the left and in another 0.4 miles reach the intersection of the Ross Camp and Mountain Side trails. Turn right on the orange-blazed Ross Camp Trail and continue downslope to the white-blazed Wilson Creek Trail. Turn left on Wilson Creek Trail, paralleling the road and passing the Lodge and a picnic area on the return to the Visitor Center.

warm springs mountain preserve In 2002, The Nature Conservancy protected more than 9,000 acres on and around Warm Springs Mountain, forming its single largest preserve in Virginia. This keystone tract protects water quality for the valleys below and stitches together more than 300,000 acres of surrounding public lands, including the George Washington National Forest, which shares a 13-mile border. Over 5 miles of trails are open to visitors during daylight hours. Contact the Conservancy’s Warm Springs office at 540-839-3599 for more information.

Ingalls Overlook Trail This 1.2-mile trail (2.4 miles round-trip) begins at the Dan Ingalls Overlook on State Route 39. Interpretive signs along the first mile provide an excellent introduction to Warm Springs Mountain and the region’s natural history. The trail then climbs among a series of scenic rock formations with views of Shenandoah Mountain and the Cowpasture River valley before looping back to the main trail and returning to the overlook.

Bear Loop Trail Located adjacent to Ingalls Field airport at the end of State Route 703, this wide, relatively flat 3-mile loop trail offers 60-mile vistas across the Allegheny Plateau of West Virginia and towards the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Interpretive signs highlight the mountain’s diversity of wildlife species and habitats in addition to the Conservancy’s efforts to restore the region’s fire-adapted oak and pine forests.

Sandy Gap Trail Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, this 3.2-mile trail (one-way trip) features tranquil vistas and unique stone work, travels through the George Washington National Forest, and connects to the Douthat State Park trail system. This trail can be accessed directly from State Route 703 or from Sandy Springs Road (Forest Road 125), in which case the views of the Falling Springs valley from the trailhead overlook make this a truly rewarding climb.

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Horseback Riding

Hunting

Douthat State Park

Bolar Mountain Recreational Area and Lake Moomaw

14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro 540-862-8100/540-862-8117 · Reservations: 540-933-PARK douthat@dcr.virginia.gov There are 6 miles of trail in the park available for equestrian use on the Alleghany Highlands Multiuse, Equestrian State Trail. Equestrian campground and stables.

Hidden Valley Dispersed Recreational Area

1531 Hidden Valley Road, Warm Springs For information, contact the Warm Springs Ranger District: 540-839-2521 Operated by the US Forest Service

Horse trailer parking. Day use only. There are no overnight horse facilities available.

Turtle Brook Farm

2663 McGuffin Road, Warm Springs 540-839-6646 turtlebrook1@tds.net www.turtlebrookfarm.com Horse facilities include two 12x24 covered shelters with secure paddocks, a working ring, pasturage and trail access to thousands of acres of U.S. Forest land over Cobbler Mountain into Hidden Valley.

Route 600 · 756 Twin Ridge Drive, Warm Springs Reservations: 877-444-6777 · Information: 800-342-2267 Managed by American Land & Leisure

Hunting is permitted in the lake area with the following considerations. The discharging or uncasing of firearms is permitted only during an open game season and is not allowed around developed recreation areas. Hunting is not permitted between the road and the lake. A National Forest stamp is required for hunting at Lake Moomaw. Obtain a copy of the current Virginia hunting regulations for additional info.

Douthat State Park

14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro 540-862-8100/540-862-8117 · Reservations: 540-933-PARK douthat@dcr.virginia.gov Hunters may register to participate in both a muzzleloader hunt held November 12-15, and a rifle hunt held November 26-29.

Hunting Licenses Bath County Clerk’s Office

65 Courthouse Hill Road, Room 123,Warm Springs 540-839-7226 hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm Hunting and Fishing Licenses

The Marina at Lake Moomaw

Route 600 · 8446 Bolars Draft Road, Warm Springs 540-279-4144 Operated by American Land and Leisure

Virginia Hunting & Fishing Licenses and Access Permits 866-721-6911 www.dgif.virginia.gov/ licenses hours: Monday Friday, 8am-5pm, except holidays

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Route 629 14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro 540-862-8100

Epic Adventure Recreation

807 N. Rockbridge Ave., Covington 540-958-5014

Outfitters Allegheny Activities The Omni Homestead Resort offers a variety of incredible outdoor adventures such as fly fishing, hikes, Segway tours, equestrian activities, and shooting sports.

· Two championship golf courses including the Cascades Course, designed by William Flynn; and the Old Course, a Donald Ross design boasting the nation’s oldest tee in continuous use; New 18-hole Mini Cascades miniature golf course, inspired by the legendary Cascades Course. · Two-acre Allegheny Springs water attraction with two 100-foot water slides and 400-foot lazy river, water play zone, year-round family pool and whirlpool; Indoor swimming pool · Five-stand, skeet, trap and sporting clays at the renowned Shooting Club; Archery; Paintball · Horseback riding through the resort’s expansive Equestrian Center · Mountain biking; Cascades Gorge Hike · Canoeing; Kayaking; Paddle Boarding; Orvis-endorsed fly fishing · Skiing, snowboarding and tubing with instruction available; Ice Skating; Snowmobiling · Four clay tennis courts · Segway tours; Carriage rides; Hayrides · Homestead History Tours · Falconry

Green Valley Hunter's Paradise 6760 Deerfield Road, Millboro 540-996-4134 or 540-969-6561 (Fax) 540-996-4132 huntersparadise@tds.net www.greenvalleyhuntersparadise.com

Located in the beautiful village of Millboro, Green Valley Hunter's Paradise is a 2500 acre private game preserve offering prime habitat for a variety of indigenous animals including white tail deer, turkey, black bear, and upland birds. We offer a variety of hunting and fishing excursions on our private preserve and also offer trips to Lake Moomaw and the lower Jackson River. Renowned for bird hunting we offer pheasant, quail, chukar, grouse and turkey hunts. We have 2 ½ miles of spring fed streams and stocked ponds where you will find Rainbow Trout, Browns, Brookies, Golden Trout and Perch. In addition to hunting excursions, we offer sporting clay and skeet courses featuring LaPort system launchers. We have 50 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and ATV trail touring. For more information about our guided services as well as on property accommodations, please call 540-996-4131 or email huntersparadise@tds.net.

Killer Outfitting

204 Hickory Drive, Millboro 540-460-4927 www.killeroutfitting.weebly.com If you are looking for an adrenaline filled, exciting, hunt of a lifetime, look no further. We offer full package hunts for bear with hounds, spring gobbler hunts, as well as professional taxidermy services.

· Lawn Games – volleyball, badminton, croquet, etc. · 270-seat historic theater with nightly movies For more information, visit Allegheny Activities located within the hotel behind the Concierge desk in the Tower shops, or call 540-839-7760.

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Shooting Range Bath County Shooting Range 1686 Dry Run Road, Millboro 540-839-2521

Skateboard Park Picnic Areas

65 Panther Drive, Hot Springs 540-839-7211

Bolar Mountain Recreational Area and Lake Moomaw The Marina at Lake Moomaw, Route 600 8446 Bolars Draft Road, Warm Springs 540-279-4144 · Call 540-279-4186 for pricing and availability to reserve a picnic shelter.

Dominion Back Creek Recreational Area

Route 600 · 316 Power Station Drive, Warm Springs 540-279-4136

Douthat State Park

14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro 540-862-8100/540-862-8117 · Reservations: 540-933-PARK douthat@dcr.virginia.gov

Valley Elementary Picnic Shelter

65 Panther Drive, Hot Springs 540-839-7211 Please call for pricing and availability to reserve the shelter.

Playgrounds

Dominion Back Creek Recreational Area

Route 600 · 316 Power Station Drive, Warm Springs 540-279-4136

Douthat State Park

14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro 540-862-8100/540-862-8117 · Reservations: 540-933-PARK douthat@dcr.virginia.gov

Lake Moomaw

Bacova Village

Route 600 · 756 Twin Ridge Drive, Warm Springs Information: 800-342-2267

Middle of the Village

Operated by Land and Leisure

Douthat State Park

Swimming Pools

14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro 540-862-8100/540-862-8117 · Reservations: 540-933-PARK douthat@dcr.virginia.gov

Millboro Elementary School 411 Church Street, Millboro 540-997-5452

Valley Elementary School 65 Panther Drive, Hot Springs 540-839-7211

Scenic Overlooks Airport Road Overlook

On the way to Ingalls Field on Airport Road, Hot Springs

Dan Ingalls Overlook

Located on the top of Warm Springs Mountain, Route 39 Warm Springs

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Swimming

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Open to the Public Memorial Day – Labor Day Operated by the Bath County Parks and Recreation

hours: Monday - Saturday: 11am-6pm., Sunday: 1pm-6pm Cost: 2 & Under: Free; 16 & Under: $1; 17 and Up: $3

Ashwood Pool

65 Panther Drive, Hot Springs 540-839-7211

Millboro Pool

280 Church Street, Millboro 540-997-5505

Tennis Valley Elementary School 65 Panther Drive, Hot Springs 540-839-7211


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birding

wa l k s Suggested by Marek Smith, The Nature Conservancy

In spring time, Neotropical migratory birds will be returning to our area and the rest of the Central Appalachians from their wintering grounds in the tropics. Many are summer resident birds which will stay in the region through the fall, while others which nest farther north will just be passing through. Peak migration is generally around Mother’s Day. Here are a few of my recommendations for easy to access birding sites from the Warm Springs Valley in Bath County. For a nice walk along a paved road with very little, if any traffic, hike Delafield Road from the Omni Homestead Resort up the hill past the Owners Club and over to Holly Park (where Delafield turns east and North Forest Trail begins). You can make a 2.5-mile roundtrip loop by continuing along North Forest Trail and then turning right on Morgans Lane and returning to Delafield. For those not wanting to walk up Delafield by the Owners Club, you could drive up to Holly Park or enter from North Forest Trail at US 220. This stretch of road within The Homestead Preserve is an excellent area to see and hear Scarlet Tanager, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Black-and-White Warbler, Ovenbird, American Redstart, and Cerulean Warbler. For a river walk, travel (via Route 39 west) to Hidden Valley Recreational Area in the George Washington National Forest. Park at the low water bridge near Warwickton and hike the Hidden Valley Trail east along the river to the swinging bridge. You can return via the same trail or cross the bridge and return via the Jackson River Gorge Trail. Look and listen for Northern Parula, Indigo Bunting, Summer Tanager, Eastern Kingbird, and perhaps even Golden-winged Warbler in the shrubby field areas. Or better yet, just stay at Hidden Valley B&B with Pam and Ron, and you can wake up for an early morning walk before breakfast.

For a quiet drive along a national forest road, travel to Mares Run Road on the eastern slope of Warm Springs Mountain (via Route 39 east). Slowly drive the well-maintained, gravel and dirt road watching for Wild Turkey, Ruffed Grouse, White-tailed Deer, and maybe even a Black Bear. But for migratory birds, stop at the end of the road and hike back along the road for as far as you like looking and listening for Acadian Flycatcher, Hooded Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Black-throated Green Warbler, mostly in the hemlocks and rhododendrons along the creek. This is a good route to suggest for visitors wishing to stop somewhere on their way back to Staunton, Charlottesville, Richmond, or other places to the east. Finally, after the trees leaf out in the Valley, take advantage of the higher elevations along the Warm Springs Mountain ridgeline while the trees are still leafing out there. Without leaves in the way, viewing of many of these tree-top denizens is much easier. On the southern end of the mountain, drive up Airport Road (Route 703) very slowly, pulling over at the Airport Overlook and other wide places along the shoulder. Look for Chestnut-sided Warbler and Indigo Bunting near any overlooks on the western side of the road and perhaps catch a glimpse of a Canada Warbler along the rock/boulder slides on the eastern side of the road. For those wishing to hike rather than drive, travel instead to the northern end of the mountain at the Dan Ingalls Overlook on Route 39 and hike The Nature Conservancy’s Ingalls Overlook Trail north for 1.5 miles and return. The elevation is not quite as high as near the Airport and leaves emerge sooner, but the bird diversity is similar and tree-top viewing ideal.

There are many other good spots, including Douthat State Park, Bolar Recreation Area at Lake Moomaw, and the National Forest’s Wallace or Walton tracts on the Cowpasture River, but these are among my favorites. If you want to locate our rarer bird species, such as Golden-winged Warbler or Mourning Warbler, please give Nikole or Marek Smith a call at 540-839-3599.

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ounded in 1927 by Nannie West, Camp Mont Shenandoah is one of the oldest girls’ camps in Virginia. Nestled in the beautiful Virginia’s Western Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains along the pristine Cowpasture River in the County of Bath, Camp Mont Shenandoah is one of Virginia’s oldest and best loved overnight camps. Camp Mont Shenandoah provides a traditional summer camp experience for girls between the ages of 7 and 16. Since its inception in 1927, the five virtues of Love, Loyalty, Friendship, Sportsmanship and Spiritual Awareness have served as the guiding principles of Camp Mont Shenandoah. Camp life is about growth and discovery, strengthening friendships and building self-confidence. The goal of the Camp is to help each camper to gain a deeper understanding of self as she strengthens her relationships with other people and the world around her.

The exceptional Mont Shenandoah experience has kept families returning for generations and inspired numerous campers to return as counselors. Located in beautiful Bath County, Virginia, Camp Mont Shenandoah offers 60-acres of fields, woods with hiking trails, and waterfront access to a pristine mountain river. For More Information: Ann M. Warner, Director 218 Mont Shenandoah Lane, Millboro Springs · 540-997-5994 Fax: 540-997-0678 · info@campmontshenandoah.com The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.

These aren’t your usual summer camps. The camps in County of Bath, VA, are targeted towards those who are under-privileged and church groups, although all are welcome. Each camp offers its own package of activities. We invite you to go ahead and check them out and see what they can do for you! Camp Accovac 33021 Mountain Valley Road, Millboro 540-997-5964 www.campaccovac.net Located in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains of Western Virginia, Camp ACCOVAC is a Christian Camp, conference and retreat center offering a haven from the hectic pressures and pace of everyday life. Facilities are located on 84 peaceful acres just outside of Millboro. Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway or a facility to host your church camp, retreat or reunion, Camp ACCOVAC is ready to serve. Camp ACCOVAC is owned and operated by the Advent Christian Conference of Churches.

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Camp Alkulana

Virginia Elks Youth Camp, Inc.

Camp Alkulana is a camp and retreat facility which has been in continuous operation since it began in 1915. The kerosene lanterns which shone from the windows of the first cottage appeared as bright eyes shining through the forest. Thus the Indian word “alkulana” meaning “bright eyes” became the official camp name. Camp Alkulana is a year-round ministry of the Richmond Baptist Association with a targeted summer ministry to low income and at-risk children and youth of Central Virginia. Primary service is to churches within the Richmond Baptist Association but other groups are welcome when time and space allow.

The 137-acre camp is located in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains on the Cowpasture River on route 42. Open from April – November, the camp offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including swimming, basketball, softball, archery, a shooting range and games. Campers range in age from 8 – 13 and attend for one full week Sunday through Saturday. The first three weeks of camp are for girls, and the last three weeks are for boys. The Virginia Elks Youth Camp is one of two major state projects of the Virginia Elks Association and has been in continuous operation since 1950. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.

Little Gibralter Road, Millboro 540-997-9444 www.alkulana.org

145 Youth Camp Drive, Millboro 540-862-9489 or 540-862-3328 elksveycdirector@aol.com


Plan Ahead & Prepare · Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit. · Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies. · Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use. · Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups. · Repackage food to minimize waste. · Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.

Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces

Minimize Campfire Impacts

· Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow. · Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. · Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.

· Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. · Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires. · Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand. · Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

In popular areas: · Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.

· Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.

· Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.

· In pristine areas:

· Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.

· Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

Dispose of Waste Properly · Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter. · Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. · Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. · To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.

Leave What You Find · Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts. · Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. · Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. · Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

Respect Wildlife · Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. · Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. · Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. · Control pets at all times, or leave them at home. · Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors · Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. · Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail. · Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock. · Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors. · Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises. The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This copyrighted information has been reprinted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org

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arth Newel Music Center, recipient of the 2012 CMAcclaim award from Chamber Music America stands among the elite chamber music presenters and venues in North

America. Founded in 1973 and listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the

Virginia Landmarks Registry, the Music Center is located in Hot Springs, Virginia, in the heart of the beautiful Allegheny Mountains.

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ome to the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, the Music Center annually hosts more than sixty classical chamber music concerts, and performances by blues, jazz, bluegrass and other artists throughout the year. There’s no experience quite like an evening (or an afternoon, or a weekend) at Garth Newel Music Center, where expertly performed concerts, fine dining, a convivial atmosphere, and the pleasures of Southern hospitality are woven together seamlessly. As concertgoers arrive at the Music Center via a winding, tree-lined drive, the stresses of the workday world slip away. The scenic beauty of our grounds and the unimpeded and unmatched views of Dunn’s Gap are unveiled, setting the stage for the concert and dinner ahead.

403 Garth Newel Lane, Hot Springs 540-839-5018 or www.garthnewel.org office@garthnewel.org

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Patrons are greeted on the Herter Hall plaza by the welcoming sounds of laughter and passionate conversation. Pre-concert cocktails are sampled as the audience members get acquainted. Strolling the landscaped grounds, sharing a story and enjoying the company of friends, new-found and long-standing, are all part and parcel of the pre-concert experience.


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Prepared by Executive Chef Josh Elliott, Garth Newel’s multicourse dinners are, like our musical offerings, inventive and presented with attention to the finest of details. Dinners are served at tables of eight, and patrons often find themselves sharing their meal with musicians, Music Center board members and other new-found friends.

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he concert bell rings, seats are taken and the musicians enter from the wings: Whether it’s music drawn from the most elegant and historic eras of the classical music canon like Brahms and Schumann, Beethoven and Chopin, or contemporary classical works commissioned especially for performances, or the works of Jazz masters or Bluegrass giants performed by acclaimed touring artists, the goal is universal: Excellence! Our concerts are casual, conversational and (sometimes) challenging. We invite audience members to “dig deep,” to participate in preconcert icebreaker conversations with our musicians and guest artists, and to share their passions and expertise. Concert concluded, spring, summer and fall patrons are invited to the Herter Hall plaza for a pre-dinner aperitifs and hors d’oeuvres as the staff transforms the concert hall into our rustically-elegant dining room. (Wintertime patrons are encouraged to relax by one of our two fireplaces inside Herter Hall during the change-over.) Reset complete, dinner-going guests are invited to take their seats and break bread.

When not otherwise engaged with concerts or educational programs, the Music Center facilities are available to rent for weddings and parties, corporate functions, meetings and social events. Our 114-acre home is nestled on the west side of Warm Springs Mountain in idyllic Bath County, a scenic three hour drive from the Richmond and Washington, DC metropolitan areas and less than two hours from Roanoke, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg and surrounding communities. We invite you to join us.

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he Artists and Artisans of Bath County are woven together along Virginia’s Western Highlands Artisan Trail – a four county regional trail – that connects the artisan craftsperson from Alleghany through Craig, Highland and Bath. As you drive through Bath past farms, artisan studios, galleries and restaurants featuring locallysourced meat and produce, you step back in time and discover a way of life where creating and living are intertwined. There are dozens of Artisans featured on the County of Bath Artisan Trail. We would like you to meet a few.

Mary Barnes

“My head told me that I should continue to search for a ‘professional job’. My heart counseled that what I was doing was just fine. Finally my head realized what my heart had understood all along. I accepted where I was in my life and found time to become a full time weaver and bookmaker.”

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Oftentimes, an Artisan has worked in other fields before finding their heart in the passionate pursuit of their craft. Such is the story of Mary Barnes. Mary is a Weaver. Her Weaving Arts Studio is located in the tiny village of Millboro in the eastern most portion of the county. Mary was a school teacher. When she retired early she set out to find yet another “professional” job. While studying at the Pendle Hill Quaker Center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, she found herself embracing her artistic side. She had been an accomplished seamstress and dabbled in embroidery, knitting, needlepoint, quilting, upholstering, making slip covers and caning chairs – and now her heart told her to weave.

And weave she does, working with unique fibers to create a variety of clothing items like ruanas, shawls, vests, kimonos, mobiuses, cocoons and more – no two creations exactly alike.

To visit Mary at Weaving Arts Studio, please call 540-997-9179 or visit www.weavingarts.us. Please call for an appointment.

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Alix McGraw jewelery maker

McGraw Minerals specializes in fine gemstones, cut and polished by Bryan and Alix McGraw, which are then crafted into stunning pieces of jewelry. You will see the actual rough material and crystal structure of gemstones that are used to create the custom, oneof-a-kind jewelry pieces and then shop for that special piece of jewelry to take home and be treasured forever. Together, Alix and Bryan have been collecting fine gem rough material and rare quality specimens for almost two decades. Through their mutual love and fascination for gemstones, they have accumulated an incredible

inventory through which their business, McGraw Minerals Unique Jewelry & Gemstones, has evolved. Each one of these magnificent stones is not only the source of inspiration, but the very raw material that is used to create their hand-made jewelry.

Visit McGraw Minerals: 12178 Sam Snead Highway, Warm Springs, call 540-839-2599 or visit www.McGrawMinerals.com

Ron Shifflet

“We can build anything you can describe,” explains Ron. “And, we can build it with any kind of wood or finish you desire.”

master furniture maker Ron Shifflet has over 37 years of experience in the custom furniture industry. In 1998, he purchased Warm Springs Mountain Woodworks, where he produces custom made, hand-crafted furniture from solid wood in a variety of designs and styles. Whether you are looking for a period reproduction piece, a unique artisan artifact or have an original furniture design, Ron uses only the finest products and superior craftsmanship to build furniture that is considered one of kind works of art. In addition to furniture, Warm Springs Mountain Woodworks dismantles and moves and restores log cabins.

To visit Ron at Warm Springs Mountain Woodworks, please call 540-839-5255 or visit www.WarmSpringsMountainWoodworks.com

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The Gallery at Seven Oaks

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he Gallery at Seven Oaks offers a one-of-a-kind selection of art and artisan creations including elegant rustic furniture, wood turnings, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, encaustic paintings, and Tibetan rugs. The Gallery's mission is to access and feature the unique and handmade to complement your life and home. Be sure to stop by and discover the wonder that is The Gallery at Seven Oaks.

12178 Sam Snead Highway, Warm Springs 540-839-2599 路 TheGalleryAtSevenOaks.com email aback@tds.net

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Hot Springs Gallery

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onveniently located at the corner shop across the street from Sam Snead's Tavern, the Hot Springs Gallery offers a little glitz, a little glamour, a little bit of everything for the discerning shopper. With unique offerings that include high quality art, antiques and gifts at reasonable prices, you are certain to find that perfect gift for yourself or the folks at home. Owner Donna Ramsey Nevers is a professional art instructor.

7779 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-520-4684 or 540-520-4654 email: neversart@yahoo.com

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Warm Springs Gallery

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ince 1995, the Warm Springs Gallery has been offering its visitors an exciting and inspired collection of contemporary paintings and fine crafts. Each year, we search for work that meets the gallery's high standards of taste, craftsmanship, and originality, and each year visitors to Warm Springs Gallery are treated to a rich collection of fresh new work and familiar favorites.

Bottom of Courthouse Hill Road 12 Katydid Trail, Warm Springs 540-839-2985 路 WarmSpringsGallery.com

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The gallery exhibits a diverse roster of established and emerging artists from around the country. We represent more than twenty painters, whose styles span the spectrum from realism to abstraction, through landscape and still lifes, specializing in Virginia landscape paintings. The gallery also exhibits fine crafts, integrating exquisite sculptural objects in glass, wood, clay, fiber, and bronze alongside two-dimensional works.


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rtists worldwide are painting en plein air, venturing from their

There is no setting more perfect than Bath County, Virginia in early October

studios to paint along roadsides, atop mountains, by the sea, in

to find vibrant, unexpected scenic beauty. It is truly an artist's paradise. More

gardens and in cities to capture landscapes, figures and architecture

than 25 nationally-acclaimed artists gather in Warm Springs to participate in

in their natural elements. Discover the talent and techniques behind this art

the Annual Bath County Plein Air Festival, which is held in late September/

phenomenon and become a part of our flourishing arts scene. Come witness

early October and brought to you by the Warm Springs Gallery, located in

the dynamic competition and gathering of talent while exploring one of the

picturesque Warm Springs Art District. Painters will set up their easels and pull

most beautiful, historic small towns in Virginia.

out their brushes all across the county to document the landscape and culture of this beautiful area. It is not unusual to drive the quiet back roads and see an artist, easel up and brush poised to capture the natural beauty that is the County. If you visit during this time, you will have the unique opportunity to observe artists as they paint on location, attend artists workshops, demonstrations, and lectures. A variety of programs are set throughout the week. On Sunday morning, artists will display their paintings from the sunrise paint out and talk about their work and process at the gallery. Join us for a light breakfast and conversation at the Champagne Collector’s Sale. Paintings from the week will be sold at special event pricing. Don’t miss an opportunity to take home original art by some of the best plein air painters in the country!

For more information on this year’s annual event, please visit www.BathCountyPleinAirFestival.org or call 540-839-2985

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n Bath County, you can hike or fish during the day, enjoy a concert at a world-class chamber music center in the evening, or shop

in elegant galleries during the day. Want to paint? Then join us in the fall for the Plein Air Festival or visit during the summer months and enjoy a rustic retreat at Nimrod Hall, where you can take classes and paint to your heart's content. If artisan crafts are

your thing, then follow the four county Artisan Trail known as the Virginia’s Western Highlands Artisan Trail that traverses the County and introduces you to weavers, painters, furniture makers and. . . even a broom maker!

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he Bath County Arts Association Art Show features some

800 paintings, sculptures and photographs, and draws artists and visitors from across the country. The Show, which takes place the third week of July every year, brings with it a long-standing tradition of excellence and exhibits more than 300 artists from across Virginia and beyond.

The Bath County Arts Association uses all proceeds from this fundraiser to support the arts and arts education in the local community sponsoring such events as the Bluegrass Jamboree, the Allegheny Mountain String Project, the Missoula Children’s Theater, and the Garth Newel Music Center, as well as many arts education projects within the local schools.

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The art show is a rewarding way to support the arts and art education. Enthusiastic crowds line up on opening day, and a steady stream of visitors enjoy the art exhibition all week long. All the planning and hard work is rewarded when the show closes and excited patrons return to retrieve the art work they have purchased; happy artists collect their ribbons, prize money, and sales receipts; and the Arts Association garners the revenue that will fund another year of event sponsorships, scholarships, and arts education at Valley Elementary, Millboro Elementary, and Bath County High. www.bathcountyarts.org


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l H a l Step Back to a Simpler Time nimrod

imrod Hall has been a fixture of Bath County since 1783 and it has been the site of some sort of summer Inn or resort since the middle 1870’s. Located just off Route 42, about 4.5 miles from the village of Millboro Springs, Nimrod Hall has a unique rustic charm. Once the home of Camp Nimrod for Boys and Girls, today’s “Nimrod Hall” is really a group of buildings that include a large Main House, six cottages that have sleeping quarters and a variety of other outbuildings that are used by guests.

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Nimrod Hall is not exactly an Inn or a hotel and it is not quite a summer camp. In fact, it is not really like “anything” that is easy to define. The best way to describe Nimrod Hall is that for the first six weeks of the summer Nimrod Hall is home to visual artists where it becomes kind of an artist colony meets summer camp. All meals (home cooked) are provided during a guests stay. The décor is rustic in a painted clapboard, shabby chic sort of way. Looking very similar to the way it did in 1914, there is no air conditioning; no TV and you share bathrooms. The focus of each day is “the present” and what is happening that very minute – not yesterday, not tomorrow. We even have a name for it – the “Nimrod Bubble” – because you cease to know the news, care about world events or worry very much about anything at all. In fact, the biggest fear any guest must face is the fear of a late afternoon thundershower! Guests of Nimrod Hall also enjoy the splendors of nature the camp provides. There is a pond for swimming and fishing, fed by two natural springs. It is cold and refreshing even on the hottest Virginia days. For

those who prefer to swim in warmer temperatures, the Cowpasture River is at the bottom of the hill and is the cleanest, clearest river you could hope to enjoy. Tube trips down the river are a daily activity and swimming and hiking are just as accepted as sitting and doing nothing at all. Nimrod Hall is the epitome of acceptance of your personal choice between being active or simply relaxing. In addition to our artists’ weekends, the property welcomes guests from Mid-July thru August. While many cottages at Nimrod have been rented by the same families year after year (some families having been coming for over 45 years), cottage rentals do become available. Nimrod Hall offers the rare chance to escape to a different time in Virginia history, where the beauty is found in the fact that it is so very genuinely historic. www.nimrodhall.com

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Antiques & Artisans Local artists across the county have collected and created some of

the most rare pieces you can find. Vintage textiles, one of a kind handmade jewelry, rustic and antique furniture, antique pottery, and foreign rugs flood the shelves of local shops. Find that special piece in the County of Bath.

Ashwood School Antiques

5604 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2348 What was once an old, brick school house, Ashwood Antiques is now a retail antique store and museum that displays coins, marbles, books, etc. and sells furniture, vintage textiles, farm tables, antique books and glass. In addition to antiques, visitors can see restored pieces that were found in the original elementary school such as sliding chalkboards, old library bookshelves and even a grand piano. Come out to Ashwood School Antiques and be amazed at how fun antiques can be!

Echo Valley Fiber

At the Diamond Triple C Ranch 541 Deerfield Road, Millboro 540-996-4277 www.echovalleyfiber.com

Ashwood Station

5295 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2349 ashwoodstation@tds.net Ashwood Station is a shop filled with antiques, locally-made items and gifts. The old Ashwood Service Station was a landmark in the Ashwood/Healing Springs area since the early 1900's. We have rebuilt a structure that closely resembles the original (we even have vintage gas pumps on display - no gas for sale, though!) and hope that it, too, will become a local landmark. We offer antiques from our area as well as neighboring states, ranging from furniture to pottery and glassware, vintage jewelry and books to folk art. We currently have many handmade items from local artisans (jewelry, baskets, painted gourds, felted wool items, furniture, primitive signs, needlework, painted quilt ornaments, and paintings). We also carry a line of locally-roasted coffee and spice blends.

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Echo Valley Fiber is a natural extension of our love for alpacas and the fabulous fleece they provide. Located at Diamond Triple C Ranch in Millboro, VA, we proudly offer the finest in not only alpaca yarn, but many other specialty and exotics yarns such as buffalo, yak, silk, and bamboo. If you are a yarn enthusiast, you will love our store! The showpiece yarn we will carry is "Natural Echoes™", which is yarn that has been grown, sheared, spun and wound into wondrous yarn cakes and skeins right from our very own alpacas. Visit us, join our knitting guild, and create an heirloom!


The Sparrow's Nest

7702 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2475

Hot Springs Gallery

7779 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-520-4684 or 540-520-4654 neversart@yahoo.com

Located in Cottage Row and the Omni Homestead Resort, The Sparrow’s Nest features a wide variety of unique handcrafted items from local artisans and farms. The shop specializes in handcrafted jewelry, solid wood furniture, turned wooden bowls, original artwork, pottery, knit items, handmade soaps, greeting cards, soy candles and melts, lavender products, alpaca fiber products, primitive designs and so much more! Artisan food products from local farms include peanut brittle, beef jerky, rosemary pepper almonds, salsas, relishes, pickles, pepper jellies, and fruit jellies and jams. While in the shop, owner, Heather DeBoe, creates original jewelry pieces. Stop by to see demonstrations or design your own unique piece.

Conveniently located at the corner shop across the street from Sam Snead's Tavern, the Hot Springs Gallery offers a little glitz, a little glamour, a little bit of everything for the discerning shopper. With unique offerings that include high quality art, antiques and gifts at reasonable prices, you are certain to find that perfect gift for yourself or the folks at home. Owner, Donna Ramsey Nevers is a professional art instructor and teaches "Sip and Paint" classes twice a month at the Gallery.

Springhouse Antiques

15857 Mountain Valley Road, Warm Springs 540-839-2206

McGraw Minerals, LLC

12178 Sam Snead Highway, Warm Springs 540-839-2599 mcgrawminer@mgwnet.com Founded by artisans Alix and Bryan McGraw who through their passion for gemstones and magnificent eye for detail, have crafted astoundingly unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Alix and Bryan use silver, gold, and special wire-wrapping techniques to create exquisite custom pieces such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and pendants as well as other special creations.

Owners Jay and Claudia Trinca have lovingly renovated and restored the former Webb’s General Store building, transforming the space into Springhouse Antiques featuring early 19th century furniture, wood primitives, early stone ware and exquisite antique china, silver and glassware. Some elements of this historic original building, built in 1901, were salved and refinished such as the floorboards and original candy case (now used for displaying antiques).In addition to antiques, we have handmade candles, soap, woven throws, pillow table squares made in the USA, as well as place mats, and our own line of folk art items and furniture made by owners Jay and Claudia Trinca. Visit us and find that perfect gift or souvenir of your trip to Bath County.

Warm Springs Mountain Woodworks

540-839-3342 www.WarmSpringsMountainWoodworks.com Shifflett specializes in all manner of custom furniture building and design. Whether you are in the market for a shaker table, an 18th century desk or contemporary table, Warm Springs Mountain Woodworks can design and craft the piece.

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ake a break from shopping and visit the Bath County

Travel Back inTime Agritourism

99 Courthouse Hill Road, Warm Springs 540-839-2543 or www.bathcountyhistory.org

Coursey Springs State Fish Hatchery

Addison Patch Farm

207 Addison Patch Road, Hot Springs 540-679-9478 addisonpatchfarm.com In the same family for three generations, Addison Patch Farms is carrying on the tradition of the working the land to provide good food for your family to enjoy. A visit to Addison Patch Farm will provide you not only with a step back in time, but an opportunity to see how and where your food is raised. We will work with you to hand select the food products you want to bring home to your family. Addison Patch Farms features pasture raised Holstein Beef, farm fresh eggs, homemade country blend pork sausage, jams, jellies and maple syrup. We offer a variety of seasonal products, locally sourced food products, as well as fresh baked breads.

Alpaca Farm

Diamond Triple C Ranch 541 Deerfield Road, Millboro 540-996-4277 DiamondTripleCRanch.com Located in the village of Millboro, Diamond Triple C Ranch is home to the finest in Huacaya and Suri Alpacas. Stop by and enjoy an up close and personal encounter with a real alpaca.

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Historical Society, which is both a museum of local history and a center for genealogy and research. The building (which was originally the law offices of John Wilson Stephenson) was moved from its original location more than a mile away at the site of the current Warm Springs Inn. The museum features keepsakes and mementos that date back to even before Bath County was founded in 1790, all tastefully arranged in a series of rooms as they might have appeared in a stately Victorian-era home. Featured are furniture, clothing, china, crystal, even a little silver. The walls are decorated with old family portraits, and original artwork. Other museum rooms feature tools, war and railroad memorabilia, and, of course, los of artifacts relating to the springs and the hotels around them. Open seasonally from April – October, the Bath County Historical Society provides a vivid look into the past of this charming and historic county.

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300 Hatchery Lane, Millboro 540-925-2343 Coursey Springs is one of nine fish hatcheries operated by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Originally constructed in the 1960’s, this new state of the art facility draws water from the third largest spring in the State of Virginia and produces about 500,000 catchable size trout (or 350,000 pounds). Coursey Springs is a strictly grow out facility; no trout are spawned or hatched here. It receives trout fingerlings from the Paint Bank Fish Culture Station in Craig County, VA and grow them to a catchable size. Although the Hatchery has no formal Visitor Center, the public is welcome to receive a free guided tour 365 days a year from 8:00 – 3:00 p.m.


Shops & Retail

In the County of Bath, the shopping experience is very distinct. The elegant country ambiance encompasses you as you go from shop to shop. Take a gander at locally-produced goods from a number of boutiques, thrift shops, garden shops, and general stores.

ABC Retail Liquor Store

2827 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-2262 Whether you’re hosting a party or simply want to kick back with an ice-cold adult beverage, the local ABC store carries a wide variety of spirits for any occasion.

Bath Animal Welfare Foundation Country Thrift Shop

9295 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-8666 www.bawf.org Hours: Open Thursday - Saturday 10:00am4:00pm Stop in and browse through the various donated, gently-used items at the Bath Animal Welfare Thrift Shop. The inventory changes from day to day but the selection of furniture, antiques and paintings is consistently unique and one of a kind. The best part of it all – every dollar you spend goes directly to support the needs of homeless and abandoned pets in the community! It’s a terrific place to shop so come on by and see what all the buzz is about.

Bath County Farm & Garden Supply 9268 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-5174

The Christmas Shop (Seasonal)

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7943 omnihotels.com/thehomestead It’s always Christmas at The Christmas Shop! Located in The Omni Homestead’s Shopping Village, visitors get to celebrate Christmas more than one day a year as they discover the magic of the festive ornaments and other decorative memorabilia at The Omni Homestead’s Christmas Shop.

124 Old Mill Road, Warm Springs 540-839-2231 www.gristmillsquare.com Located in the old Blacksmith’s Shop at The Inn at Gristmill Square, the Country Store offers gifts for everyone to enjoy. Open daily from 7am-5pm, stop by to purchase unique jam, jellies and preserves, logo apparel, soaps and lotions, coffee mugs, and other fine gifts. Wine from the Waterwheel Restaurant can also be purchased.

Coming Home Country Store

9305 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-679-9748 cominghomecountrystore@gmail.com Hours: Open Thursday - Saturday, 9:00am5:00pm

You never know when you might need something from the local hardware store and garden supply. This all-purpose farm and garden supply has everything from hammer and nails, to plants. A must if you are planning your own event or practicing self reliance!

Antiques, local crafts, seasonal produce and produce and everything you can find in grandma's pantry.

Cascades Pro Shop

Whether you are looking for whiskey barrels, a water trough, wall hangings, or antique window frames, we offer a variety of Shabby Chic and Country themed props.

Rubino’s at the Cascades The Omni Homestead Resort 3789 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7994

The Country Store at The Inn at Gristmill Square

Country Junk

25739 Mountain Valley Road, Millboro 540-290-3468

Dollar General

9328 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2232 Did you forget a necessary travel item? County of Bath’s Dollar General sells basic household items, such as health and beauty aids, so you can find all of your conveniences at an affordable price, even when you’re away from home.

The First Lady

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7712 omnihotels.com/thehomestead Located in The Omni Homestead’s Shopping Village, The First Lady is the perfect place to get ladies’ designer sportswear, accessories and saffron jewelry.

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The Gift Shop at the Jefferson Pools 11 Bath Street, Warm Springs 540-839-5346 omnihotels.com/thehomestead

This little gem of a gift shop offers all things “spa” including products made from mountain ginseng and the waters from the Jefferson Pools, candles and spa sandals. Postcards and books detailing the history of the Springs in Bath County are also available.

The Hobby Horse

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7946 omnihotels.com/thehomestead Located in The Omni Homestead’s Shopping Village, The Hobby Horse is a terrific shop to find children’s clothing, furniture and gifts.

The Homestead Angler

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7771 omnihotels.com/thehomestead Located in The Omni Homestead’s Shopping Village, The Homestead Angler is your one-stopshop for outdoor clothing, equipment rentals, fishing permits, guide services and anything else to help meet all of your outdoor needs.

Laura’s Boutique

2840 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-2619 or 540-839-4682 Shop ‘til you drop at Laura's Boutique. A destination shopping trip for ladies of all ages, Laura's has 2500 square feet of apparel and accessories perfect for all seasons including brands such as Joseph Ribkoff, Nic and Zoe, Van Eli Shoes and Boots, Karen Kane, Three Sisters, Katherine K, Hugo and much more. Laura’s also has an assortment of Crabtree and Evelyn products, as well as baby gifts. If you are visiting during the first weekends in March and September, take advantage of the semi-annual clearance sales and no matter when you come, you will undoubtedly discover the perfect gift.

Maybelle’s

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7612 omnihotels.com/thehomestead

Quilts Unlimited & J. Fenton Gifts

2739 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-5955 www.quiltsunlimited.com Hours: Open Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm; Monday, Thursday - Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm; Closed Tuesday & Wednesday In walking distance of The Omni Homestead, Quilts Unlimited & J. Fenton Gifts is located in downtown Hot Springs, along the town's four blocks. The shop offers a wide variety of gift items, including boxes, games, kaleidoscopes, pottery and quilts and a great selection of American handcrafted jewelry in silver and semi-precious stones. And let’s not forget about the kids! One section of the store features toys, children's books, baby gifts and clothing, kid's raincoats and boots.

Make your visit extra sweet with popular and vintage lollipops and candies. This one of a kind candy story is located adjacent to the First Lady.

The Mountain Lodge Ski Shop(Seasonal) The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7818 omnihotels.com/thehomestead

Izzy’s Attic

25739 Mountain Valley Road, Millboro 540-290-3468 Izzy’s Attic is a family owned shop featuring primitive and country décor, refurbished furniture, candles and one of a kind gift items.

The Mountain Lodge Ski Shop is just that – the perfect place for ski apparel and other skiing accessories!

Seasons

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7402 omnihotels.com/thehomestead Located in The Omni Homestead’s Shopping Village, you’ll find fine kitchenware, candles, gifts and more at Seasons!

The 1766 Shop

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7743 omnihotels.com/thehomestead Located in The Omni Homestead’s Shopping Village, The 1766 Shop sells custom apparel and gift items for ladies, gentlemen and children. The store also features the renowned Homestead hallmark and a wide selection of newspapers, magazines, toiletries and tobacco items for your convenience.

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S hops & R eta il The Spa Shop

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7547 omnihotels.com/thehomestead Located in The Omni Homestead’s Shopping Village, The Spa Shop features a great selection of exercise wear, as well as bath and spa products made exclusively for The Omni Homestead.

The Spa Suite

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7833 omnihotels.com/thehomestead

Springhouse Antiques

15857 Mountain Valley Road, Warm Springs 540-839-2206

The Sparrow's Nest

The Omni Homestead Resort – Cottage Row 7702 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2475 homesteadsparrowsnest@yahoo.com Located in Cottage Row and The Omni Homestead Resort, The Sparrow’s Nest features a wide variety of unique handcrafted items from local artisans and farms. The shop specializes in handcrafted jewelry, solid wood furniture, turned wooden bowls, original artwork, pottery, knit items, handmade soaps, greeting cards, soy candles and melts, lavender products, alpaca fiber products, primitive designs and so much more! Artisan food products from local farms include peanut brittle, beef jerky, rosemary pepper almonds, salsas, relishes, pickles, pepper jellies, and fruit jellies and jams. While in the shop, owner, Heather DeBoe, creates original jewelry pieces. Stop by to see demonstrations or design your own unique piece.

Owners Jay and Claudia Trinca have lovingly renovated and restored the former Webb’s General Store building, transforming the space into Springhouse Antiques featuring early 19th century furniture, wood primitives, early stone ware and exquisite antique china, silver and glassware. Some elements of this historic original building, built in 1901, were salved and refinished such as the floorboards and original candy case (now used for displaying antiques). In addition to antiques, we have handmade candles, soap, woven throws, pillow table squares made in the USA, as well as place mats, and our own line of folk art items and furniture made by owners Jay and Claudia Trinca. Visit us and find that perfect gift or souvenir of your trip to Bath County.

Webb’s General Store

The Sweet Dreams Spa Shop

Located in The Omni Homestead’s Shopping Village, W.M.S. Flynn offers a great selection of men's apparel, furnishings, and gifts for all ages. Come by and visit!

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7542 omnihotels.com/thehomestead

15828 Mountain Valley Rd., Warm Springs 540-839-2451 Established in 1901, Webb’s General Store is the oldest continuously operated store in the same building in Bath County. The store features “Virginia Made” and “Virginia’s Finest” Products, Virginia wines and craft beers, along with local artisan craft and gifts items. The deli serves locally sourced beef and pork, as well as take out convenience meals.

W.M.S. Flynn

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7999 omnihotels.com/thehomestead

You’ll think you’re dreaming when you come by The Sweet Dreams Spa Shop located in The Omni Homestead’s Shopping Village. The shop is the exclusive spot for The Omni Homestead’s own line of bath gels, lotions, lounge wear, pj's and hoodies. Come by and visit!

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Restaurant Guide

Every restaurant, deli and bed and breakfast in County of Bath offers an experience unique to any other. The assortment of delis and inns are great for visitors on the go, but we also have multiple fine dining establishments for a romantic dinner away.

pies for an experience you won’t soon forget. Dine-in and carry-out available. Beer and wine on premises only.

Cucci’s at the Varsity (Casual)

11129 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-4000

Casino Restaurant

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7743 or 800-838-1766 omnihotels.com/thehomestead Casino Restaurant, conveniently located near the Old Course and Allegheny Springs, is a casual venue for lunch and dinner. The menu features Crispy Pork "Wings", healthy Turkey Chili, The Casino Club, Wood Fired Pizza and more! Amongst the dessert options are Hot Chocolate Beignets and Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding. We are open for lunch and dinner. Please call us at 540-839-1766 to confirm operating hours.

Cucci’s at the Varsity is an all-star pizzeria with a winning menu. Delicious pizza, homemade marinara sauce, melt-in-your-mouth bread and, of course, the specialty sandwiches such as the Teacher, the Referee, the Principal and the Librarian have customers coming back for more. Cucci’s offers delivery to the Owners Club homes, The Homestead Preserve homes and other hotel/inn locations in Hot Springs and Warm Springs. Dinein and carry-out are also available. An on premise convenience store offers a good selection of soft drinks, snacks and wines to take back to your room. Now offering take out breakfast MondaySaturday. Gasoline is sold on premises 24/7.

If you are looking for good home cooking at a fair price, come on down to the Country Café. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner you will find good, freshly prepared country fare like grits and fried chicken, as well as a freshly stocked salad bar with homemade dressings, steak, shrimp or a great burger. Try the decadent homemade

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Come to Jason’s Pizza and Subs and enjoy delicious pizza, subs, stromboli, hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue and more!

Rt. 629 · 14239 Douthat State Park Rd, Millboro 540-862-8111

Fort Lewis Lodge 6156 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2111

16392 Sam Snead Highway, Warm Springs 540-839-3301

Douthat Park Lakeview Restaurant (Casual)

Douthat Park Lakeview Restaurant’s gorgeous scenic overlook complements the decadent dining where pheasant and trout are available on the menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekends from Easter through Memorial Day, this restaurant is just as tasty as it is scenic.

Country Café (Casual)

Jason’s Pizza and Subs (Casual)

603 Old Plantation Way, Millboro 540-925-2314 www.fortlewislodge.com Prepare to be "wowed” with your dining experience at Ft. Lewis Lodges’ Lewis Mill. Ft. Lewis Lodge is a full service country inn at the heart of a 3200-acre estate where evening meals featuring contemporary American cuisine and produce from the garden are served. Open April through November. Reservations required for non-guests.

Les Cochons d’Or

2829 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-8900 www.lcdoinc.com · dine@lescondor.com Welcome to Les Cochons d’Or (pronounced Lay Co-Shawn Door) aka The Golden Pigs or just LCdO for short; an intimate, casual restaurant located in the quaint downtown village of Hot Springs. LCdO offers inspired rustic American dining with a French twist. We use quality ingredients and a simple philosophy fostered by a group of people passionate about food, wine and personalized service. Savor fresh local ingredients elegantly prepared using our wood burning grill. We are a small restaurant with an urban feel in a relaxed country setting. We offer a full bar. Name your poison or your passion and whether it be wine, beer or cocktails, or . . . let us create that special drink for you.


D i ni ng – R esta ura nts Visit the local institution that is Sam Snead’s Tavern. Located across the street from The Omni Homestead, Sam Snead’s Tavern offers legendary fine wines, beer and the finest Certified Angus Beef in the country. The fresh Virginia Allegheny Mountain Trout and French onion soup are signature dishes at the tavern and will undoubtedly leave you with a need for more Snead! Reservations required.

Lindsay’s Roost Bar & Grill (Casual) Off Main Street next to BB&T 15 Sunset Hill, Hot Springs 540-839-2142

Lindsay’s Roost Bar & Grill is a local favorite stocked with good food, friendly faces and great service. Enjoy hot coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner and delicious dessert. Come see what the fuss is all about!

Adorned with columns and a rotunda with Palladian windows, the atmosphere is magical, providing a space for a great dining experience. The international wine list is award winning, the entrees are prepared to perfection and the nightly tradition of dancing and live music brings guests from all over to come back for more. Each morning, enjoy a perfectly delectable breakfast including The Omni Homestead’s famous glazed and cinnamon donuts. Dress is resort casual for breakfast and jacket required for dinner. No jeans permitted and a tie suggested for men twelve and older. The Main Dining Room is open for breakfast and dinner daily. Reservations required.

Jefferson's Restaurant and Bar

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7743 or 800-838-1766 omnihotels.com/thehomestead

Rubino's at the Cascades Golf Course 3789 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-1766 or 800-838-1766 omnihotels.com/thehomestead

Visit Rubino’s at the Cascades and enjoy a casual lunch dining atmosphere. Whether you have just finished a round of golf, are coming down from an exhilarating hike or just enjoying your day at The Omni Homestead, Rubino’s is the perfect place to relax with delicious sandwiches, refreshing salads and scrumptious desserts. Rubino’s is open daily for lunch April through October. Rubino’s also does private evening parties. Reservations are required.

Jefferson's Restaurant and Bar is a casual, yet elegant setting and the latest addition to The Omni Homestead's dining options. A modern American grill with regional influences, Jefferson's takes a farm-to-table approach with a handpicked selection of prime and regional meats. Jefferson's serves lunch and dinner with creative small plates and lighter fare. Choose from dining indoors in a setting wrapped in a rich wood paneling with high-tech, wide-screen televisions or join us on the outdoor terrace, overlooking the Casino Lawn. Advance reservations for dinner are strongly recommended. Please call us at 540-839-1766 to confirm operating hours.

The Waterwheel Restaurant

The Inn at Gristmill Square 124 Old Mill Road, Warm Springs 540-839-2231 www.gristmillsquare.com Open year-round every night for dinner. Brunch is available every Sunday. The Waterwheel Restaurant at The Inn at Gristmill Square is a Virginia Historic Landmark. The Waterwheel Restaurant serves traditional American foods in an elegantly rustic setting amidst the gears and inner-workings of the old mill. A trip to the restaurant isn’t complete without a visit to the world-class wine cellar offering a vast collection of fine wine from around the globe. Or, have a pint in the Simon Kenton Pub popularly dubbed, “the best four seats in Bath County.” The Waterwheel Restaurant remains a charming destination for visitors to Bath County. Reservations are suggested, call for hours of operation.

The Main Dining Room Sam Snead’s Tavern

2849 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-1766 or 800-838-1766 omnihotels.com/thehomestead

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7743 or 800-838-1766 omnihotels.com/thehomestead For more than a century, The Omni Homestead's guests and County of Bath locals have relished in the wonder of The Main Dining Room.

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Convenience & Take-Out After hitting the trails to mountain bike, ski, hike, or fish, it is likely you’ll

want to shack up in your cozy room. Lucky for you, the County of Bath has

numerous take out shops located throughout the area for a quick stop and go. Sometimes there is nothing better than a home cooked meal. Just like mama used to make!

Country Café

6156 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2111 If you are looking for good home cooking at a fair price, come on down to the Country Café. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner you will find good, freshly prepared country fare like grits and fried chicken, as well as a freshly stocked salad bar with homemade dressings, steak, shrimp or a great burger. Try the decadent homemade pies for an experience you won’t soon forget. Dine-in and carry-out available. Beer and wine on premises only.

Duck-In Deli and Subway

McAllister’s General Store

“Duck in” to the Duck-In convenience store for milk, bread, candy, beer, soda, Virginia-made peanuts and more!

McAllister’s General Store offers fresh made sandwiches, deli salads, along with beverages, chips and snack items.

2832 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-3000

2442 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-2242

Fast Break Food Mart

Route 220 · 9046 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2942

Cucci’s at the Varsity

11129 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-4000 Cucci’s at the Varsity is an all-star pizzeria with a winning menu. Delicious pizza, homemade marinara sauce, melt-in-your-mouth bread and, of course, the specialty sandwiches such as the Teacher, the Referee, the Principal and the Librarian have customers coming back for more. Cucci’s offers delivery to the Owners Club homes, The Homestead Preserve homes and other hotel/inn locations in Hot Springs and Warm Springs. Dinein and carry-out are also available. An on premise convenience store offers a good selection of soft drinks, snacks and wines to take back to your room. Now offering take out breakfast MondaySaturday. Gasoline is sold on premises 24/7.

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Come into Fast Break Food Mart and find all your basic needs for your travels and everyday demands. Enjoy carry-out pizza and sandwiches – perfect for when you’re on the go! Fast break offers BP gasoline.

Jason’s Pizza and Subs

16392 Sam Snead Highway, Warm Springs 540-839-3301 Come to Jason’s Pizza and Subs and enjoy delicious pizza, subs, stromboli, hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue and more!

Lindsay’s Roost Bar & Grill (Casual) Off Main Street next to BB&T 15 Sunset Hill, Hot Springs 540-839-2142

Lindsay’s Roost Bar & Grill is a local favorite stocked with good food, friendly faces and great service. Enjoy hot coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner and delicious dessert. Come see what the fuss is all about!

Martha’s Market

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-1776 omnihotels.com/thehomestead Martha’s Market is the perfect place to grab a quick bite or a specialty brewed coffee or tea on the go, or sit down and enjoy freshly made salads, sandwiches and other gourmet delights. Don't miss the delectable pastries baked on premises daily in the Pastry Shop!


D i ni ng – Conv e ni e n ce & Ta ke O ut

Milk House Market at The Old Dairy

Millboro Mercantile

The Store House Cafe

Come enjoy gourmet soups and sandwiches, a fine selection of European and Virginia made cheeses, honey, fine coffees and teas and homemade desserts; and browse through a selection of gift items including table linens, note cards and tote bags at the Milk House Market at The Old Dairy in Warm Springs. Catering, takeout and delivery available.

Located at the junction of Routes 39 and 42, Millboro Mercantile offers gasoline and a full line of grocery items. A refrigerator section offers milk and ice cream products along with groceries, snacks and a good selection of wines. Deer checkin station.

If you are hankering for your Starbuck's fix or just want to enjoy a freshly made salad or gourmet sandwich (London broil on ciabatta, anyone?) please stop by the Store House Café in downtown Hot Springs. We serve Starbuck's specialty drinks, homemade cookies, pastries, salads, sandwiches, water and soft drinks. Dine in or take out.

Route 220 · 46 Old Dairy Road, Warm Springs 540-839-MILK (6455)

30462 Mountain Valley Road, Millboro 540-997-5533

Mountain Grove General Store

4549 Mountain Valley Road, Warm Springs 540-279-4151 Mountain Grove General Store offers basic convenience items, beverages and snacks.

Oakridge Station

21808 Mountain Valley Road, Millboro 540-996-4151

Millboro General Store 197 Main Street, Millboro 540-997-9497

The original building, which was constructed in 1871, has served as a “small department store and mini-supermarket” for this little village for many years. In the tradition of a general store Millboro General offers a large selection of grocery items and essentials as well as charming collectibles for home décor or souvenirs. The deli offerings include menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner sandwiches, with the kitchen closing at 7:00 p.m. You can also purchase gasoline (including non-ethanol) and off road diesel.

Oakridge is a full-service convenience store offering gasoline, snack and beverage items, freshly made sandwiches and Hunt Brothers Pizza. Hunting Licenses available. Check in Station for Bear, Deer, Turkey.

Pit Stop

12291 Sam Snead Highway, Warm Springs 540-839-5852 The Pit Stop is a full-service convenience store, offering sandwiches and salads made to order, as well as a large variety of beverages, snacks and sundries.

2814 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-2185

Valley Supermarket (IGA)

9110 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2221 Valley Supermarket is a full-service grocery store where you'll find meat, produce and other food and cooking essentials along with take-out food items such as fried chicken and readymade sandwiches. Souvenir logo wear items such as t-shirts and sweatshirts are available.

Webb’s General Store

15828 Mountain Valley Road, Warm Springs 540-839-2451 Established in 1901, Webb’s General Store is the oldest continuously operated store in the same building in County of Bath. The store features “Virginia Made” and “Virginia’s Finest” Products, Virginia wines and craft beers, along with local artisan craft and gifts items. The deli serves locally sourced beef and pork, as well as take out convenience meals such as North Carolina BBQ, fried chicken, ribs, homemade soups, desserts, Philly cheese steaks, breakfast sandwiches and more. They also sell gasoline, hunting and fishing supplies and are a game check in station for bear, deer and turkey.

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ATMs

Banking

BB&T

BB&T

277 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-2621 or 800-226-5228

Cucci’s at the Varsity

11129 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-4000

Duck-In

2832 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-3000

First & Citizens Bank

9406 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-3525

277 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-2621 or 800-226-5228 ATM Available

Carter Bank & Trust

9008 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-3568 hours: Drive-in banking 7am-7pm Monday - Saturday

First & Citizens Bank

9406 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-3525

197 Main Street, Millboro 540-997-9497

Millboro Mercantile

30462 Mountain Valley Road, Millboro 540-997-5533

Mountain Grove General Store

4549 Mountain Valley Road, Warm Springs 540-279-4151

Oakridge Station

21808 Mountain Valley Road, Millboro 540-996-4151

Webb’s General Store

First National Bank

15828 Mountain Valley Road, Warm Springs 540-839-2451

ATM Available

Laundry & Dry Cleaning

Located in the Business Center, Hot Springs 540-839-1766

Dentist

The Omni Homestead Laundry and Dry Cleaners

Oakridge Station

6084 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-3500

First National Bank

2812 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-2743

Omni Homestead Resort & Spa

21808 Mountain Valley Road, Millboro 540-996-4151

Webb’s General Store

15828 Mountain Valley Road, Warm Springs 540-839-2451

Attorneys Betty K. Cauley Attorney at Law

PO Box 219, Warm Springs 30 Sepp Kober Drive, Hot Springs 540-839-3444 · Fax: 540-839-3446

R. Creigh Deeds Attorney at Law PO Drawer D, Hot Springs 540-839-2473 or 800-545-5899 Fax: 540-839-6306

Peter J. Judah Attorney at Law PO Box 774, Hot Springs 540-839-5777 · Fax: 540-839-5612 attorneyjudah@tds.net John C. Singleton Attorney at Law

Courthouse Road, PO Box 116, Warm Springs 540-839-2473 or 800-545-5899 Fax: 540-839-6306

2812 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-2743

Dr. J. Martin Diamond, DDS

Emergency Medical Bath Community Hospital 83 Park Drive, Hot Springs 540-839-7000

Fitness Bath Community Rehab & Wellness Center

9247 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-7330 bcrw@bcchospital.org

Fuel Cucci’s at the Varsity

11129 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-4000

Fast Break Food Mart

Route 220 · 6046 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2942

Home Oil & Gas Company

9227 Sam Snead Drive, Hot Springs 540-839-5363

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Millboro General Store

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Off Main Street behind BB&T 52 Sunset Hill, Hot Springs 540-839-7625

Pharmacy Hot Springs Pharmacy, Inc.

2833 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-7350 · Fax: 540-839-5248

Places of Worship Anglican Christ Church at Union Chapel

1974 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-862-1619

Baptist Calvary Baptist

429 Crooked Spur Road, Millboro 540-997-1133

Healing Springs Baptist

4697 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2675

Horeb Baptist

5742 Cowpasture River, Millboro 540-862-2202

Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church

89 Mt. Pisgah Road, Warm Springs 540-839-2393


Othe r S e r v i ces Piney Grove Baptist Church 1862 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-2397

Brethren Chimney Run Church of the Brethren 15027 Sam Snead Highway, Warm Springs

Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart

Burnsville United Methodist 9280 Tower Hill Road, Burnsville 540-925-2410

Eden United Methodist

3740 Switzerland Trail, Hot Springs 540-839-5407

Green Valley United Methodist Church 6594 Deerfield Road, Millboro

Clarkson & Wallace Real Estate Virginia Hot Springs Realty, LLC

Episcopal St. Luke’s Espiscopal

Virginia Chapel United Methodist

15027 Sam Snead Highway, Warm Springs

Faith Covenant Family Church

81 Wilkinson Avenue, Hot Springs 540-839-5482

Pentecostal Life Line Ministries

136 Fairview Lane, Hot Springs 540-839-5035

Charismatic 241 Redemption Road, Hot Springs 540-839-3012

Presbyterian

Green Valley Church

7433 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2638

Hot Springs Independent Baptist Church

Millboro Presbyterian Church

6594 Deerfield Road, Millboro

737 Virginia Avenue, Hot Springs

Living Stones Ministries 100 Griffith Road, Millboro 540-836-4576

Millboro Christian

82 TC Walker Road, Millboro 540-997-0770

Oaks Grove Church

8275 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro

Woodland Church

347 McClung Drive, Millboro 540-996-4249

Methodist Ashwood United Methodist

5674 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2276

Bacova Properties

Starr Bolar United Methodist Church 49 Poor Farm Road, Warm Springs 540-839-2391

Chimney Run Church of the Brethren

9946 Jackson River Turnpike P.O. Box 785, Bacova 540-839-2353 www.AlleghenyMountainre.com 2815 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-3533 www.BacovaProperties.com

Off Omni Homestead Drive 1499 Shady Lane, Hot Springs 540-839-2603

Independent

Allegheny Mountain Real Estate Company

Mountain Grove United Methodist 104 Grove Lane, Warm Springs 540-279-4430

7537 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-2279

Realtors

Hot Springs Presbyterian Church

2814 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-2609 · 540-839-2899 www.ClarksonandWallace.com

Fresh Estates and Country Properties 12187 Sam Snead Highway, Warm Springs 540-839-3101 www.FreshEstates.com

Natural Retreats/Homestead Preserve 46 Old Dairy Road, Warm Springs 540-315-8870 www.HomesteadPreserve.com

Warm Springs Properties, LLC 540-839-2425 WarmSpringsProperties.com

126 Church Street, Millboro

Schools

Warm Springs Presbyterian Church

Public & Private Schools

73 Church Drive, Warm Springs 540-839-2423

Windy Cove Presbyterian

102 Windy Cove Road, Millboro 540-997-5395

Bath County High School

464 Charger Lane, Hot Springs 540-839-2431 · Fax: 540-839-3290

Millboro Elementary

Public Fax

411 Church Street, Millboro 540-997-5452 ore 540-839-5804 Fax: 540-997-0123

Bath County Public Library

Valley Elementary

96 Courthouse Hill Rd., PO Box 250, Warm Springs 540-839-7286 · (Fax) 540-839-3058 www.rrlib.net

Chamber of Commerce

2696 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-5409

98 Panther Drive, Hot Springs 540-839-5395 Fax: 540-839-5392

Colleges & Universities Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

1000 Dabney Drive, Box 1000, Clifton Forge 540-261-1211 · Fax: 540-863-2915

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Othe r S e r v i ces

Spa & Beauty Services

Transportation Services

Millboro Springs Garage

30462 Mountain Valley Road, Millboro 540-997-0004

Car Rental Enterprise Car Rental

Available from Ingalls Field Airport 6240 Airport Road, Hot Springs Reservations: 540-965-7698

Rail Service to the Region The Spa

The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-839-1766 omnihotels.com/thehomestead

Genia's Hairstyling Shop

Airports Ingalls Field

6240 Airport Road, Hot Springs 540-839-5326 www.ingallsfieldairport.com

2696 Main Street, Hot Springs 540-839-5733

Other Airports Serving the Region

Jefferson Pools

100 Bower Loop · Charlottesville 434-973-8342

Located at the junction of Route 220 and Route 39 11 Bath Street, Warm Springs 540-839-7741

The Barber Shop

7731 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs 540-292-4916

The Hair Place

407 Forestry Road, Hot Springs 540-839-8700

The Hairstyling Shop

9227 Sam Snead Highway, Suite C, Hot Springs 540-839-5413 A Salon and Day Spa

Warm Spirit Spa

Located next to the Gristmill 92 Old Germantown Road, Warm Springs 540-839-6600

Charlottesville Albemarle Airport

Greenbrier Valley Airport Lewisburg, WV 24901 304-645-3961

Roanoke Regional Airport

Charlottesville Union Station

810 West Main Street, Charlottesville

Truck Towing Bath County Collision Center 84 Stagecoach Road, Millboro 540-996-4145

Jerry's Wrecker Service

67 Country Crossroads Drive, Warm Springs 540-839-2801

Veterinary & Boarding

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Valley Animal Hospital

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Automotive Repair Bath County Collision Center 84 Stagecoach Road, Millboro 540-996-4145

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“the rural wave” – rural life – july 2007 There are all sorts of interesting social aspects here. First, most wavers are men. Women are wont to wave, lest we be thought too friendly. Many of the waving men are driving pickup trucks. The older and slower the truck, the more apt a driver will be to wave. A passing Mercedes, Lexus, or Jaguar driver almost never bestows a wave. Men wearing ties just don’t have time to wave. They are busy thinking

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esterday, I was catching up with a friend from Northern

California, who also owns a place in Warm Springs. He’d just made the drive across the country, and he was still shaking his head in awe about something. It’s endemic. It’s uniquely ours. It’s the Rural Wave. You won’t find it in Fairfax, or Norfolk, or the Napa Valley. But, drive just a few miles on a country road, and you’ll encounter it at nearly every turn. A pickup will pass and, as it does, the driver will wave. At you. A stranger. Visitors are perplexed, if not amused. Especially those from urban areas where, if a stranger in a passing car lifts a finger, it’s usually the

about business. Ditto for cell phone users. Frankly, we’d rather a driver yakking on a cell phone not lift yet another finger from the wheel. My California friend was amazed that, as he drove some 3,000 miles to get here – taking the scenic route through Montana – not one driver waved until he reached Route 39 between Millboro and Warm Springs. “After that,” he noted, “I think nine drivers out of 10 waved at us.” This fellow drives throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. “The only time I ever recall being waved at, other than here,” he says, “was someplace out in God’s Lost Texas.” All things considered, I’d rather be waving in beautiful Bath County. I strive to wave, unless I’m having a particularly grumpy day. Once, however, I was gripping the wheel to avoid a squirrel, and I inadvertently raised my middle finger from the wheel. I can’t seem to forget it; I guess the person to whom I sent the gesture is still wondering, too.

middle digit.

Why do we rural folks wave?

Around these parts, folks have perfected the one-finger wave. In no

I think it’s because we live and work and play in a small town. We know

way does it impede their driving. The index finger is simply lifted,

almost everyone, whether we like them or not. And even if we don’t

briefly, and then returns to the steering wheel. There is seldom a nod,

“cotton to” someone, we will, by rural decree, have to have intercourse

and certainly not something so flamboyant as a smile.

with them sooner or later.

Chances are, an SUV full of Maryland tourists are led to think,

So, we wave at every car; this is no place to be discerning. Our friends

“What did he mean by that?”

are happy. Our detractors are distracted. Our tourists are confused, but

But after the fourth or fifth wave from the fourth or fifth vehicle, they

soon enough, they’re smiling.

get it: The natives are friendly!

Is it any wonder they’re

There are all sorts of rural waves. The most prevalent is the “one finger

still smiling when they get

salute.” The greeting can be doubled – two fingers off the wheel – a throwback to the old “peace” sign. On odd occasions, a driver will lift each index finger. One gesture you will never see in rural locales is that city hipster thing where the thumb and little finger are raised in a Randy Jackson way. And never, ever, will a rural local actually

to their hotel? Is it any wonder they want to come back again? Is it any wonder so many decide to move here and make this place

“wave,” with all fingers up and moving. That one’s personal, reserved

their own?

for immediate family.

— Margo Oxendine

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