Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Armour’s Hotel & Spa is the only venue still offering mineral baths in a bathing house behind the main building. Located in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, Armour’s was first built in 1924, though it then went by the name Count’s Hotel.
Armour’s Hotel and Spa
While there used to be other buildings at Armour’s Hotel and Spa that offered overnight accommodations, only the main house is still standing today. Currently, there are 24 rooms for rent, with eleven situated on the first floor. Known for its brickwork, it was the first and, for a time, the only building of this style in town.
The colonial revival-style mansion is long, 61 feet across the expansive front, and both stories have porches that extend the entire length. Rocking chairs dot these balconies, giving the building Southern charm. There are two types of rooms for accommodation: Deluxe and Suite.
The Deluxe offers a Queen size bed and pull-out sofa, along with private en suite bathrooms. The Suites offer up to two separate bedrooms and a living area equipped with a mini-fridge. Each room, whether Deluxe or a Suite, is individually decorated and studded with unique antiques. Upstairs there is a single honeymoon suite. Since it’s the only one, it should be booked far in advance.
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If you’re looking to soak, the best way to do it is to schedule a dip in the bathhouse. Clients are given thick robes and are often seen walking from their rooms to the spa clad in these plush wrappers. In the bathhouse, there are two claw-foot porcelain tubs for soaking. These are filled with the local mineral water, taken from wells on the property’s grounds.
Soaks last for an hour and other services can be added to your spa visit. Massage therapy is offered on-site, as is vibroacoustic therapy (massage using sound waves) and heated biomats.
Dining and Amenities
Armour’s offers Southern family-style dining for both breakfast and dinner. However, you may be surprised by the wide selection of food offered during the week. There are American staples on the menu, as well as Thai curries and Ethiopean entrees. Dining at Armour’s is open to the public as well as guests staying at the inn.
Wifi is available to visitors, although you may not feel like logging in when you could explore the more than two acres of grounds around the property. Guests are invited to hike and make use of the firepits, badminton space, and library stocked with books.
Former visitors mention seeing the creek flow from the balcony, swinging on the porch swings, and taking snacks outside to the picnic tables scattered here and there on the lawn. TVs are included in every room in case you’re not feeling social or the weather isn’t ideal at the time of your trip.
Address: 321 E. Main St., Red Boiling Springs, Tennesse