This charming Virginia town is what you need to see right now

  • Leaf peep in Virginia's Allegheny Mountains

    The historic and charming village of Warm Springs is nestled just west of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, in the County of Bath. It is a year-round visitor destination, but Mother Nature’s vivid display in autumn, when the trees burst into flaming fall colors, is the perfect time for a visit. More than 160 miles of public hiking trails crisscross the area, designed for all ages and experience levels.

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  • Relax in 19th century mineral waters, presidential-style

    Can you imagine soaking in the same hot mineral waters as President Thomas Jefferson did back in 1819? Named after their renowned visitor, the Jefferson Pools are located in the heart of Warm Springs. The first bathhouse (the Gentlemen's Pool House) was opened to the public in 1761 and is now considered the oldest wooden spa structure in continuous operation in the United States. The Ladies' Pool House was opened in 1836. Both structures offer a variety of soaking options for men, women and families.

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  • Keep musical traditions alive

    The spirit of music will surround you the moment you step onto the verdant lawns of the Garth Newel Music Center, located on over 100 acres in the hills overlooking Warm Springs. The center hosts more than 60 concerts annually and can also accommodate overnight visitors in its charming 1920’s country estate. Education remains an important part of the Garth Newel mission. As part of the Allegheny Mountain String project, local children learn to play instruments and perform the indigenous music of the region.

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  • Bond with nature

    Need to escape the stresses of everyday life for a while? Bath County is the perfect spot to sit back, soak in the beauty of the rolling countryside and commune with nature in a serene and quiet setting.
     

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  • Farm to table – an old tradition in Bath County

    Warm Springs is surrounded by acres of fertile farmland, so the "farm-to-table" concept is nothing new to the outstanding chefs who create their culinary masterpieces using the freshest of ingredients from local sources. Are you in need of some culinary inspiration? Take a class from Josh Elliott, resident chef at the Garth Newel Music Center, and in a few hours, you'll come away with culinary tips that will embellish your cooking technique – guaranteed!

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  • Grassroots movement

    John McCutcheon, one of the most respected folk musicians in the United States, weaves his musical magic at a special concert at the Garth Newel Music Center.  In addition to being an award-winning songwriter and vocalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional American instruments, many of which he plays during concerts.  Plan ahead to make sure your trip coincides with a special performance like this one.

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  • Make time for family fun

    Have kids in tow? Bath County is home to Douthat State Park, one of Virginia’s largest state parks. Canoe, kayak, fly fish, bike, rent a boat. Or just relax with your kids in the pristine waters of this scenic region.

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  • Enjoy chamber music in an intimate setting

    The Garth Newel Music Center is one of the premier and most active chamber music organizations in the nation. The masterful artists-in-residence are known for their spirited and impassioned performances of both standard and new chamber music repertoire.

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  • Green grass of home

    Even if you aren’t an avid hiker, you can enjoy miles of lovely and accessible paved pathways that lead you through pristine forests and lovely scenery in Bath County.

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  • Spend the night in an 18th century mill

    Since 1771, there has been a mill in operation on the spring that flows through Warm Springs.  Today, the lovingly-restored Inn at Gristmill Square offers historic accommodations, many with wood-burning fireplaces, for a romantic step back in time (without sacrificing modern day amenities).

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  • A world of art

    You wouldn’t expect a first-class art gallery to be nestled in a village the size of Warm Springs, but the Warm Springs Gallery is just that! The gallery features the unique creations of established and emerging artists from around the nation, as well as the work of local artisans and artists. Each fall, Warm Springs hosts the Bath County Plein Air Festival, where painters set up their easels and pull out their brushes to capture the natural beauty of the area on canvas.

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  • Unforgettable overlooks

    Four-legged friends are welcome on many of Bath County’s trails. On Route 39, on the way to Warm Springs, a visitor enjoys the views from Dan Ingalls overlook, together with her canine pals. The overlook provides expansive views on the Allegheny Mountains, part of the Warm Springs Mountain Preserve. It’s no surprise that the native Algonquin people who settled this region called these mountains "Allegheny," which means "endless." And "endless" definitely describes the view over the mountains from this vantage point.

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  • Virginia is for lovers

    You can’t beat what has to be one of the best state slogans ever created, and it’s so true! You can’t help but fall in love –perhaps in love again – wrapped in the amazing beauty of this lovely corner of Virginia.
     

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