The Inn at Warm Springs is past its first year mark

On this reporter’s beat, a year-old business under new ownership still qualifies for a new business profile, even when it’s been operating on the same site since the mid 1800s.   Jarek Mika talked to AMR about the Inn at Warm Springs.

“Hi I’m Jarek, with the Inn at Warm Springs. My journey to Bath County was actually a little bit longer. I originally came to stay at the Meadow Lane Lodge for the weekend, and during the weekend spent some time here, and came upon a property called Three Hills. And there was a ‘No Trespassing” sign right up by the road, so of course, I trespassed and went up to take a look at it, and fell in love with Three Hills and the view immediately. A few months later it became available, bought Three Hills, and started coming out to Bath County.”

Knowing that Jarek was looking for a successful business venture, as well as a beautiful view I asked him what he saw in Three Hills.

“I saw Three Hills as an opportunity to make something that has gone past repairable to be repaired. And something that could be brought back to life, so that was sort of the idea that this whole thing started with.”

“Well, you’re in the right neighborhood for bringing things back to life..”

Jarek’s family’s work was cut out for them with so much renovation ahead at Three Hills so, in the mean time they purchased and worked to reopen the Inn at Warm Springs with a new look, and a wonderful tavern and meal menu five evenings a week.

“That came a year later, which was last August. It has twenty-one rooms, and it’s been in the same family for quite some time so we took a few months to kind of sort of go through all the collectibles and memorabilia and determine what we would keep and not keep, and that’s how the idea of the yard sale came about.”

The benefit yard sale last summer was an early example, along with providing space for a book reading, and recent Chamber of Commerce gathering, of Jarek’s community spirit and welcoming nature.

I asked how the summer has been for the Tavern.

“It’s been very good. We’ve been actually really fortunate of having a nice following,

. . .


For information about events, or special occasions to be held at the Inn at Warm Springs please stay tuned to AMR.



Story By

Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

Current Weather