Last year my boyfriend planned a Valentine's Day getaway all on his own and found this place. The drive to the Inn at Gristmill Square was beautiful and the town was gorgeous, quiet and peaceful. When we arrived I told him, "This is my favorite place"! He chuckled because we weren't even out of the car yet.
Overall, I've never seen a place like the Inn at Gristmill. We went in February and it was freezing so there wasn't much to do but sit around the fireplace, read magazines, eat at the Waterwheel tavern and soak in the Jefferson Pools (another special and unique experience). It was a nice quiet, getaway from the hustle and bustle of the D.C. metro area.
This past February, I took a friend to the Inn to experience the place. We ate at the Waterwheel Restaurant and both the food and service were spectacular. The lighting at the restaurant is dim and calming and the setting is very relaxing. There is the Simon Kenton pub within the restaurant, which is a small little bar that doesn't fit a whole lot of people but it is very cozy. The atmosphere is very unique. They even have their own little wine cellar in the basement that you can freely visit to pick out a bottle of wine (check out the pictures that I took). Also in the basement, you can see the old waterwheel. Within the restaurant, you can see the flour mill where grain was turned into flour.
The first time that I stayed at the inn, we stayed in the Jennie Payne room, which was charming but had a unique set-up with a separate room with a shower/bathtub and another separate room for the bathroom. The set-up was kind of awkward but it was on the second floor so we couldn't hear noises from people above. The fireplace kept us warm as did the heater in the room. By the end of the night, we were roasting!
The second time that I stayed at the inn (this past February in 2012), we stayed in the Croft room, which also had a fireplace. The room was beautiful and it seemed to have new linens and couches. I heard that the inn was taken over by new owners as of February of last year, so it's quite possible that all of the rooms have been updated with new things. It appears that the new owners have step up the game of this place with new additions to the room and upgraded breakfast. Last year when I came breakfast, which was brought to your room consisted on coffee, juice, croissant with jam and butter. This was fine for me as I don't like to be too full for breakfast. This past February when I went, they also delivered breakfast to our room; however, breakfast consisted of coffee, juice, yogurt with granola and blueberries, chocolate croissants and blueberry muffins! It was a really beautiful breakfast with plenty to eat.
Pros: Unique, quaint, quiet getaway; terrific food; great service at the restaurant; new owners seemed to have updated the rooms with new furniture and linens
Cons: I asked for wood to be delivered twice to our room and it was never delivered. I suspect that the staff was too busy since the restaurant was packed.
Overall Conclusions/Recommendations: I would definitely recommend a stay at the Inn at Gristmill, and I will try to visit every chance I get. It truly is a nice, peaceful getaway in a sleepy town. I've never experienced a place quite like the Gristmill. This is best for a romantic getaway but it is also good for a weekend with the girls. Can't wait to visit soon!
Also, eat at the Waterwheel Restaurant at Gristmill for a very unique experience; however, make reservations prior to showing up since they always seem to be very busy (even at 9PM).
- Also Known As:
- Inn At Gristmill Square Hotel Warm Springs