I’ve stayed at the Inn at Gristmill Square on several occasions and it is starting to become one of my favorite places to get away from it all. The inn is nestled in a valley and after a beautiful scenic drive in the mountains (I’ve joked that these mountains remained me of Costa Rica – windy but beautiful) to get to Warm Springs, you’ll arrive in a quaint village of several buildings that are all part of the inn.
The new owners seem to be stepping up their game every time I come back. It was already one of my favorite places when the previous owners own the Gristmill. However, nothing can beat continuous improvement where possible.
For the breakfast that is delivered to your room, there was also improvement and change. Last February when I stayed at the inn, we were served chocolate croissants and yogurt/granola in a wine glass – that was enough to satisfy and impress me. During a summer stay, we were served blueberry scones and yogurt/granola in mason jars, which was pretty adorable. For this stay, breakfast changed every day. The first morning, we were served biscuits (one of my favorite treats every time I cross south of the Mason-Dixon line) with Virginia ham with honey and orange marmalade – this in itself was divine! Accompanying this were some of the best blueberry scones that I’ve ever had and yogurt with granola and blueberries. I do admit, we were hoping to get the same breakfast the next day since that breakfast was nothing short of spectacular, but I think that the breakfast changed possibly due to a previous Tripadvisor complaint that the breakfast was the same – can’t please everyone. With that said, the breakfast for the next couple of days was also good and since it was different, we got to experience different foods (cinnamon roll, cheese and ham croissant, egg soufflé, fresh squeezed o.j. and fresh coffee).
Dinner at the Waterwheel restaurant was also great. Although, we ate too much lunch to finish everything, so we packed up a lot of it, including a more than half-full bottle of wine and dessert with ice cream to go. We ended up eating the dessert shortly after and saved the rest for the next day’s dinner at home, which was a nice treat after a long drive back home.
Some things to do while at the Gristmill:
1. Hiking at Hidden Valley trails (very close to the Inn and you get to see where Somersby was filmed). There are plenty of other trails too.
2. Explore Hot Springs (has some restaurants and shops – The Homestead also has shops)
3. Soak in the Jefferson pools (This is a must. Several Presidents have soaked in this pool, including Jefferson and Madison, and we were told that the structure was the original structure from the 1700s)
4. Take a scenic drive along route 39.
5. Visit the Garth Newel center for music. The staff and supporters there are very nice and welcoming and the scenery is breathtaking.
- Also Known As:
- Inn At Gristmill Square Hotel Warm Springs